Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy 2018 - Day 5 Round Up

Henrietta Strickland
January 14, 2018

The only problem was that his left-foot was touching the ropes, something the replays clearly showed.

There were reports that a protest by Hyderabad players led by captain Ambati Rayudu over addition of two runs to the Karnataka total delayed the start of the second game between Andhra and Kerala. The call irked Hyderabad captain Ambati Rayudu, Cricbuzz reported.

Hyderabad lost the tie by two runs as they folded up scoring 203/9 at the end of their 20 overs. The second match had to be reduced to a 13-overs affair.

"There was some confusion in the middle at the start of our innings". What I went and told the umpire was 'sir you can not change the score, we are batting for 204 as our target, ' " said Rayudu.

The match was stopped again for nine minutes, Rayudu said as the officials deliberated whether to revise the total.

Karnataka posted a narrow two run win over Hyderabad in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy T20 South Zone tournament in Vishakhapatnam on Thursday amid controversial circumstances. The team maintained its position and went about the chase with a target of 204 in mind.

In the two West zone matches played at Rajkot, Baroda outshone Saurashtra by 8 wickets while Mumbai triumphed over Maharashtra by 7 wickets. Umpire Ulhas Gandhe also did not bother to go upstairs for a video replay as Karnataka ended their first innings at 203/5. Hyderabad were informed before their run chase. The Hyderabad management did not like the way the match officials, including match referee Rajib Debbarma, revised the target without consulting their skipper.

Maharashtra 89 all out (Rahul Tripathi 21; Akash Parkar 3/22) lost to Mumbai 92/3 (Aditya Tare 42 not out, Siddesh Lad 25, JP Zope 1/14). K Devdhar and Deepak Hooda stroked their way towards the target as Baroda chased the total down in 16.3 overs.

A tremendous fightback by the bowlers, followed by a quickfire 34-ball 64 from Ashwin Hebbar guided Andhra to a six-wicket win over Kerala in the curtailed game, but only just.

Skipper Vijay Shankar returned to the side after missing the first two games owing to injury concerns, but couldn't do much with the bat, falling for four to Amogh Desai.

Binny, in the 11th over, took two quick wickets dismissing the inform Reddy. Vinod stuck around for a while longer and hit three fours and four sixes in a 20-ball 45. The top three Hyderabad batsmen, including DB Ravi Teja (14), added 126 runs by the 11th over to significantly improve their chances of a victory. Karthik drove them with six fours and a six during his 43-ball knock, the late impetus coming from the skipper (26), R Sanjay Yadav (28* off 20) and N Jagadeesan (10* in seven).

The 131-run second-wicket partnership made the task daunting for Hyderabad, but once Tanmay Agarwal and Akshath got going, it didn't seem as impossible as it did at one stage.

Karnataka will face table-toppers Tamil Nadu in their next match.

Leg-spinner M Ashwin, who kept things tight in the middle and Washington, picked up two wickets each while left-arm spinner R Sai Kishore bowled just one over to for his solitary wicket.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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