Defending a modest score of 122 for nine, Mali starred for Railways knocking off the first three wickets © Getty Images (Representational Image)
Defending a modest score of 122 for nine, Mali starred for Railways knocking off the first three wickets © Getty Images (Representational Image)

Vadodara: Medium pacer Ranjit Mali returned with impressive figures of four for 26 to help Railways beat Andhra by seven runs in a low-scoring Group C match of the Syed Mushtaq Ali Twenty20 cricket tournament on Monday. Defending a modest score of 122 for nine, Mali starred for Railways knocking off the first three wickets of openers Prasanth Kumar, KS Bharath and Koripalli Sreekanth to unstelle Andhra’s chase. He later returned back to pick up another wicket in the form of Sirla Srinivas to pick up his fourth scalp of the day. Besides, Mali Anureet Singh (2/16) picked up two wickets as Andhra were bowled out for 115 in 19.4 overs. Live Cricket Updates, Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy 2015-16

Earlier opting to bat, Railways did not have the best of outing and could only manage 122 for the loss of nine wickets. Akshat R Pandey (28) top-scored for the Railway men while Faiz Ahmed (260 and Asad Pathan (23) were the other notable contributors for the side. Left-arm fast bowler Cheepurapalli Stephen picked up four wickets for Andhra giving away 15 runs.

Brief Scores:

Railways 122 for 9 in 20 overs (Akshat R Pandey 28; Cheepurapalli Stephen 4 for 15) beat Andhra 115 in 19.4 overs (K Karan Shinde 28; Ranjit Mali 4 for 26) by 7 runs.