Jharkhand claimed the final spot from Group A for the Super League of the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy 2019 piping Kerala in Round 7 by five wickets at the Devineni Venkata Ramana Praneetha Ground, Mulapadu on Saturday.
Jharkhand claimed the final spot from Group A for the Super League of the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy 2019 piping Kerala in Round 7 by five wickets at the Devineni Venkata Ramana Praneetha Ground, Mulapadu on Saturday.

Jharkhand claimed the final spot from Group A for the Super League of the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy 2019 piping Kerala in Round 7 by five wickets at the Devineni Venkata Ramana Praneetha Ground, Mulapadu on Saturday.

With Delhi already going through to the next stage with a seven-wicket win over Nagaland it was down to one spot between Kerala and Jharkhand, who were tied on 16 points, to advance from their group and Jharkhand chased down a stiff total of 177 with five balls remaining to push Kerala out.

Riding on opener Anand Singh’s 47-ball 72 and Saurabh Tiwary’s unbeaten 50-ball 24, Jharkhand got the better of a potent Kerala attack featuring Basil Thampi, Sandeep Warrier and MD Nidheesh.

This, despite losing their in-form player Ishan Kishan for just one early in the chase to Warrier. Anand and Virat Singh added 71 runs for the second wicket to put Jharkhand on course. Virat made 46 before falling to Warrier.

Kerala made a brief comeback scalping three wickets for just ten runs with Abhishek Mohan removing the well-set Anand, Thampi getting rid of Ishan Jaggi (0) and Vinoop Manoharan adding the scalp of Kumar Deobrat (0). But Tiwary’s assault wich included five sixes and two fours ensured Jharkhand claimed their fifth win in six games and join Delhi from their Group to the next stage.

Earlier, Kerala opted to bat first and put on a decent show with the bat with the top-four being among the runs. While openers Vishnu Vinod and Rohan Kunnummal made 27 and 34, respectively, skipper Sachin Baby and Manoharan added 36 and 31. But none of them wer able to build on their starts.

Brief Scores: Jharkhand 180/5 (Anand Singh 72, Saurabh Tiwary 50*; Sandeep Warrier 2/21) beat Kerala 176/6