Akshar Patel was part of the Indian team,which took on South Africa in the T20I and ODI series recently © Getty Images
Akshar Patel was part of the Indian team,which took on South Africa in the T20I and ODI series recently © Getty Images

Mumbai: All-rounder Akshar Patel showed his value in the shorter format with a match-winning knock for his side Reliance 1 against Air India on the second day of the IDBI Federal Life Insurance DY Patil T20 tournament on Tuesday. At the DY Patil Stadium in Navi Mumbai, Axar (50) came in to bat when his side was struggling at 66 for four in their chase of Air India’s 172-4. The 22-year-old added 75 runs for the fifth wicket with Yogesh Nagar (32) as Reliance 1 eked out a four-wicket win with one ball to spare. Earlier, Paul Valthaty (81) starred for Air India as they posted a challenging 172-4 in their 20 overs. READ: India’s spin cupboard suddenly seems full

The match of the day, however, was the encounter between Tata Sports Club and the State Bank of Hyderabad which ended in a thrilling tie at the University Ground.

Brief scores:

Group A: At DY Patil Stadium: Air India 172-4 in 20 overs (Paul Valthaty 81, Prashant Naik 41; Baltej Singh 2 for 33) lost to Reliance 1 177 for 6 in 19.5 overs (Akshar Patel 50, Yogesh Nagar 32, Apoorv Wankhede 25*; Raunaq Sharma 3 for 31) by four wickets

Group C: At University Ground: Central Railway 146-8 in 20 overs (Sanjog Binkar 26 n.o., Harshad Rawle 22, Amit Paunikar 22; Rakesh Prabhu 3-31, Samad Fallah 2-44) lost to Jain Irrigation 147-3 in 18.5 overs (Faiz Fazal 47, Jay Bista 33, Mansingh Nigde 25 n.o.)-by seven wickets

Group B: At DY Patil Stadium: Indian Oil 143 in 20 overs (Pinal Shah 40, Deepak Hooda 23; Nathu Singh 3-16, Piyush Chawla 2 for 20) lost to DY Patil (A) 144-1 in 13 overs (Saurabh Wakaskar 63, Swapnil Asnodkar 73*) by nine wickets.

Group B: At University Ground: Tata Sports Club 191 for 5 in 20 overs (Ian Dev Chouhan 50, Hridayesh Pawar 48*, Sujit Nayak 45; tied with State Bank of Hyderabad 191 for 9 in 20 overs (T Suman 56, S Anoop Pai 44, Denay Devi Prince 34; Aditya Dhumal 3 for 29, Wilkin Mota 3 for 31).