Railways claimed their third victory in as many games in Group C of the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy 2019 with a five-wicket win over Madhya Pradesh at the Holkar Cricket Stadium, Indore on Monday.
Railways claimed their third victory in as many games in Group C of the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy 2019 with a five-wicket win over Madhya Pradesh at the Holkar Cricket Stadium, Indore on Monday.

Railways claimed their third victory in as many games in Group C of the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy 2019 with a five-wicket win over Madhya Pradesh at the Holkar Cricket Stadium, Indore on Monday.

Chasing a target of 160 to win, Railways won with two balls to spare riding on Pratham Singh’s 36-ball 61 and Amit Paunikar’s late assault of 21 off 14 balls. MP slumped to their third defeat in four games.

Earlier, after being out in to bat, MP had a poor start losing Salman Baig (0) and Rishabh Chauhan (0) to pacer Amit Mishra inside the first three overs. Veteran Naman Ojha and Parth Sahani rebuilt MP’s innings with a stand of 110 runs. Ojha’s 45-ball 74-run knock was laced with five fours and five sixes before he fell to Mishra, who finished with 3/19 in his four overs.

Anureet Singh removed Sahani soon after, but Sohraab Dhaliwal (23) and Venkatesh Iyer (15*) pushed MP’s total past the 150-run mark.

In reply, Railways openers Mrunal Devdhar and Pratham added 57 runs for the opening wicket in just 6.3 overs. Devdhar was the first to depart after scoring 20, run out by Ishwar Pandey.

Pratham added another 37 runs with Prashant Awasthi (17), before MP made a brief comeback taking four wickets for just 24 runs, with leg spinner Mihir Hirwani scalping three in quick time. Hirwani removed Awasthi in the 11th over while Iyer got rid of the well-set Pratham in the next. Hirwani then added his second and third scalp in his consecutive overs with the wickets of Amit Chopra (5) and Abhinav Dixit (4), to leave Railways in a spot of bother.

However, Ashish Yadav and Paunikar got together for a stand of 45 runs for the sixth wicket to lead their team home. Yadav remained unbeaten on 32 off 24 balls.

Brief Scores: Railways 161/5 (Pratham Singh 61; Mihir Hirwani 3/20) beat Madhya Pradesh 159/6 (Naman Ojha 74; Amit Mishra 3/19) by five wickets