Chasing 161 for a win at the DRIEMS Ground, Tangi, table-toppers UP rode on opener Prashant Gupta's quick fire 48 © Getty Images (Representational Image)
Chasing 161 for a win at the DRIEMS Ground, Tangi, table-toppers UP rode on opener Prashant Gupta’s quick fire 48 © Getty Images (Representational Image)

Cuttack: Uttar Pradesh top-order made it count as they outplayed Karnataka by five wickets in the Group D Twenty20 cricket match to notch up their third straight win in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy on Monday. Chasing 161 for a win at the DRIEMS Ground, Tangi, table-toppers UP rode on opener Prashant Gupta’s quick fire 48 to achieve the target in 19.1 overs. Gupta’s 55-run opening stand with Samarth Singh (22) set up the 8 run per-over chase, while Suresh Raina (28) and skipper Eklavya Dwivedi (29 not out) also made key contributions to make the challenging target look easy. Live Cricket Updates, Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy 2015-16

Earlier electing to bat, Karnataka posted a respectable 160 for six in 20 overs with opener Mohammad Taha making a 40-ball 45. Chidhambaram Gautam (24 not out) and Aniruddha Joshi (20 not out) also did their bit to put up a respectable score. Piyush Chawla picked up two wickets. Karnataka lost their second match in the third outing to be placed fourth on the table.

Brief Scores:

Karnataka 160 for 6 in 20 overs (Mohammad Taha 45, Robin Uthappa 25; Piyush Chawla 2 for 24) beat Uttar Pradesh 161 for 5 in 19.1 overs (Prashant Gupta 48, Eklavya Dwivedi 29*; R Vinay Kumar 1 for 26) by 5 wickets.

Points: Uttar Pradesh 4, Karnataka 0.