Opener Smarath Singh’s 61-ball 93 went in vain as Uttar Pradesh failed to chase down a target of 150 against Maharashtra in Round 1 of the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy 2019 Group E match at Palam A Stadium, New Delhi on Thursday. (ALSO READ: Puducherry upset Ambati Rayudu-led Hyderabad by three runs)

Singh’s knock was the only substantial contribution for UP with the next best score being just ten runs from skipper Akshdeep Nath as UP were bundled out for 137 in 19.3 overs, losing the match by 12 runs.

Maharashtra put in an inspired bowling performance with left-arm spinner Satyajeet Bachhav claiming 3/23 in his four overs. Divyang Himganekar, debutant Manoj Ingale and veteran Samad Fallah picked two wickets each.

After being put in to bat, Maharashtra had a poor start losing their first two wickets for just 21 runs. Opener Yash Nahar departed in the first ball of the match to Yash Dayal, followed by the wicket of Swapnil Gugale for seven, taken by Bobby Yadav.

But, Rituraj Gaikwad and skipper Naushad Shaikh added 48 runs for the third wicket to revive Maharashtra. Gaikwad departed after scoring 35, but Shaikh found support in wicketkeeper batsman Nikhil Naik (41) as the duo put on 39 runs for the fourth wicket. Bobby Yadav removed Shaikh for 41 while Mohsin Khan accounted for Naik.

Ankit Bawne’s 13-ball 14 pushed Maharashtra’s total to 149/5. For UP, Boddy Yadav returned 2/34 while Dayal, Mohsin and Saurabh Kumar claimed one wicket each.

In reply, UP kept losing wickets at regular intervals. Fallah drew first blood with the wicket of Upendra Yadav for 1 in the first over, while Ingale got the big fish Suresh Raina for 5 in the fourth over. By, the 12th over over UP had slumped to 83/5, with in-form Rinku Singh (1) and Priyam Garg (4) back in the hut. But Samrath Singh waged a lone battle and hit ten fours and three sixes during his knock of 93, before becoming the last wicket to fall.

Brief Scores: Maharashtra 149/5 (Naushad Shaikh 41, Nikhil Naik 41; Bobby Yadav 2/34) beat Uttar Pradesh 137 (Samarth Singh 93; Satyajeet Bachhav 3/23) by 12 runs.