Anand Singh’s 53 coupled with Virat Singh’s unbeaten half-century which was crucial in the run-chase helped Jharkhand register a five-wicket win over Railways in the Syed Mushtaq Ali 2019 Super League Group A match on Sunday. Jharkhand, who had defeated Gujarat by one run on Friday, have made it two wins in a row, while Railways crashed to their second straight defeat.

Chasing 136 – a not-so daunting target at the Holkar Stadium in Indore – Jharkhand were off to a good start with openers Anand and Ishan Kishan stitching 47 runs. The skipper Ishan was run out for 16. Anand, who fired from the other end, brought up his fifty, but couldn’t last longer after he was dismissed by Anureet Singh for 53 – his 39-ball knock studded with six boundaries and a solitary six. (ALSO READ: Mumbai bounce back crushing Delhi by eight wickets)

Jharkhand then lost three quick wickets, but Virat held the innings together with a brilliant 40 off 50* which included two fours and as many hits over the fence as Jharkhand chased down the target with one over to spare. For Railways, Harsh Tyagi snapped two for 25 in his four overs. (ALSO READ: Maharashtra sail to seven-wicket win)

Earlier, after being put into bat, Railways lost opener Mrunal Devdhar for 8 after he was cleaned up by Rahul Shukla. It took some hitting from Pratham Singh, who added 41 off 39, his innings laced with three boundaries and one six, for Railways to reach 135/8. None of the other batsmen registered any significant contributions. For Jharkhand, Shukla returned with two for 19 in his four overs.

Brief scores: Jharkhand 136/5 in 19 overs (Anand Singh 53, Virat Singh 50*; Harsh Tyagi 2/25) beat Railways 135/8 (Pratham Singh 41; Rahul Shukla 2/19) by five wickets