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Mushtaq Ali T20: Jharkhand advance to knockouts after win over Kerala

Press Trust of India

Last Updated: January 10, 2016, 18:15 IST

A file photo of Jharkhand batsman Ishank Jaggi. (AFP)

A file photo of Jharkhand batsman Ishank Jaggi. (AFP)

Jharkhand defeated Kerala by six wickets to qualify for the knockout stage of the national T20 championship for Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy on Sunday.

Kochi: Jharkhand defeated Kerala by six wickets to qualify for the knockout stage of the national T20 championship for Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy on Sunday.

Opting to field in the Group B match, Jharkhand restricted Kerala to 169 for six in the stipulated 20 overs at St St Paul’s College Ground.

In reply, Jharkhand chased down the target in exactly 19 overs, reaching 174 with four wickets to spare.

Ishank Jaggi top-scored for Jharkhand with 45 off 32 balls, while Kaushal Singh slammed 33 off just 18 balls with the help of three boundaries and two sixes to guide the side home.

Leftarm spinner Shahbaz Nadeem was the most successful bowler for Jharkhand, returning impressive figures of three for 31 in his quota of four overs.

With the result going in favour of Jharkhand, Kerala opener Sanju Samson’s strokfilled 87 off 53 balls, with nine boundaries and four sixes, went in vain.

Rohan Prem (47 off 31 balls) was the other substantial contributor for Kerala.

Despite the defeat, Kerala, too, progressed with five wins in six outings, as many as Jharkhand.

first published:January 10, 2016, 18:15 IST
last updated:January 10, 2016, 18:15 IST