Railways deny Pujara pleasure after maiden T20 ton
Twelve years after he first performed the format, Cheteshwar Pujara lastly has a century to indicate in T20s. Nevertheless, his 61-ball 100 not out on the opening day of the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy in Indore wasn’t sufficient to offer Saurashtra victory in opposition to Railways.
Pujara carried his bat via Saurashtra’s innings, which ended on 188 for 3 in 20 overs. Alongside the way in which, he turned the primary Saurashtra batsman to make a T20 century, surpassing his earlier finest – a 55-ball 81 – in opposition to Jammu & Kashmir in 2016. His second half-century on Thursday was three balls slower than his first, which got here off 29 balls. In all, he hit 14 fours and a six.
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He placed on 85 with wicketkeeper Harvik Desai and adopted it up with an 82-run stand with Robin Uthappa, who made a 31-ball 46. This was Uthappa’s first aggressive fixture in 4 months following an ankle surgical procedure in London. Uthappa, a key participant for Kolkata Knight Riders since 2014, had missed the Ranji Trophy and spent the time away engaged on his rehabilitation. In between, he additionally had temporary commentary stints throughout India’s limited-overs collection in Australia.
With India’s subsequent Take a look at project solely in July within the Caribbean, Pujara is more likely to determine for Saurashtra all through the T20 match, that additionally options Ajinkya Rahane, Prithvi Shaw, Shreyas Iyer, R Ashwin and Mayank Agarwal.
Pujara, who hasn’t featured within the IPL since his stint with Kings XI Punjab in 2014, is doubtlessly a 3rd season of county cricket in the summertime earlier than India subsequent play Take a look at cricket after the World Cup.
Iyer smashes report for highest T20 rating
Mumbai smashed the third-highest T20 rating in India, and the seventh highest in all T20 cricket, after they completed at 258 for 4 in opposition to Sikkim in Indore.
On the way in which, Shreyas Iyer’s 55-ball 147 additionally broke Rishabh Pant’s 128 not out as the very best T20 rating by an Indian.
Iyer struck 15 sixes and 7 fours in his innings, together with a 35-run over off Sikkim medium-pacer Tashi Bhalla. He was assisted by Suryakumar Yadav’s 33-ball 63.
By the way, Iyer’s 15 sixes additionally noticed him take the report amongst Indian batsmen for many sixes in a T20 innings from M Vijay (11). Iyer is now perched tied-fourth with Chris Gayle on the general record.
Puducherry, Uttarakhand trigger upsets
In different outcomes, Puducherry and Uttarakhand upset Hyderabad and Companies with thrilling wins, by three runs and three wickets respectively.
Enjoying their first match in opposition to a group not a part of the Plate Group, Puducherry have been pushed by Paras Dogra’s 89 off 48 balls after being put in to bat by Hyderabad. Dogra got here in at 39 for 2 within the sixth over, batted until the ultimate ball, having carried Puducherry to 159 for six.
Hyderabad appeared effectively on the right track, with Akshath Reddy batting on a half-century and solely 34 runs to get off 29 balls with seven wickets in hand. However Parandaman Thamaraikannan’s four for 39 derailed the chase and regardless of Akshat remaining unbeaten on a 51-ball 69, Hyderabad ended three runs quick at 156 for 9.
Uttarakhand, recent off a Ranji Trophy quarter-final look, surged to victory over Companies with only one ball to spare. Companies had placed on 164 for 5 after successful the toss, captain Rajat Paliwal main the way in which with 54 off 35. Karn Kaushal gave Uttarakhand a rollicking begin with 58 off 32, however the group suffered a mini collapse when he fell, going from 72 for no loss to 100 for 5. With 65 wanted off 41 balls, lower-order batsman Girish Rauturi smashed 49 off 27 balls, and although he fell on the second ball of the 20th over, Uttarakhand acquired over the road.