Ishwar Pandey vindicated his captain Naman Ojha's decision to field first as he reduced Andhra Pradesh to 22 for four inside five overs © Getty Images
Ishwar Pandey vindicated his captain Naman Ojha’s decision to field first as he reduced Andhra Pradesh to 22 for four inside five overs © Getty Images

Vadodara: Paceman Ishwar Pandey ripped apart the rival top-order with a four-wicket haul as Madhya Pradesh overwhelmed Andhra Pradesh by five wickets in a Syed Mushtaq Ai Trophy Group C match on Saturday. Pandey vindicated his captain Naman Ojha’s decision to field first as he reduced Andhra Pradesh to 22 for four inside five overs with a four-wicket burst. He removed both the openers — Srikar Bharat (9) and Prasanth Kumar (3) — before dismissing Koripalli Srikanth (9) and A Pradeep (0). Andhra could never recover from that assault and only four of their batsmen could manage double digit score with Sirla Srinivas being the top-scorer with 22. All they managed was only 95 on the board.

Medium-pacer Venkatesh Iyer (2/10) also contributed in Madhya Pradesh’s cause as he took two wickets and gave away only 10 runs in his four-over quota. MP’s chase was disastrous, losing three batsmen with only 10 runs on the board. However, Harpreet Singh dug in and held one end together with his unbeaten 40-run knock. Sohraab Dhaliwal (25 not out) also played his part in MP’s win as he supported Harpreet well from the other end and led his side to finish line with eight balls to spare.

Brief Scores:

Andhra Pradesh 95 for 9 in 20 overs.(Sirla Srinivas 22, K Ashwin Hebbar 15; I Pandey 4 for 20) lost to Madhya Pradesh 96 for 5 in 18.2 overs.(Harpreet Singh 40, Sohraab Dhaliwal 25; B Ayapaa 2 for 18) by 5 wickets.