Cheteshwar Pujara blasted seven fours and a six during his 57-ball innings to anchor Saurashtra to 144 for six in stipulated 20 overs PTI (File photo)
Cheteshwar Pujara blasted seven fours and a six during his 57-ball innings to anchor Saurashtra to 144 for six in stipulated 20 overs PTI (File photo)

Kochi: Cheteshwar Pujara smashed a superb half-century to power Saurashtra to a 66-run win over Tripura in a Group B Twenty20 match of Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy at Nehru Stadium on Saturday. Pujara blasted seven fours and a six during his 57-ball innings to anchor Saurashtra to 144 for six in stipulated 20 overs. They then returned to dismiss Tripura for 78 with 15 balls to spare. DS Punia (3/19) was the pick of the bowlers, while Jaydev Unadkat (2/21), Shaurya Sanandia (2/14) and K R Makvana (2/8) scalped two wickets each for Saurashtra. Chasing 145 to win, Tripura suffered a complete colappse as only two batsmen — Udiyan Bose (12) and Nirupam Sen (12) — could reach double figures.

Brief Scores:

Saurashtra 144 for 6 in 20 overs (C Pujara 67; S Majumder 2 for 22) beat Tripura 78 in 17.3 overs (NN Sen 12; DS Punia 3 for 19) by 66 runs.