After Khaleel Ahmed had restricted Gujarat for just fours in the eliminator for the loss of one wicket, India international Piyush Chawla also gave away just four runs, but Rajasthan lost two wickets
After Khaleel Ahmed had restricted Gujarat for just fours in the eliminator for the loss of one wicket, India international Piyush Chawla also gave away just four runs, but Rajasthan lost two wickets

Gujarat beat Rajasthan by the closest of margins in the one-over eliminator to bag four points in Round 2 of Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy 2019 Group B match at the Lalabhai Contractor Stadium, Surat on Friday.

After Khaleel Ahmed had restricted Gujarat for just fours in the eliminator for the loss of one wicket, India international Piyush Chawla also gave away just four runs, but Rajasthan lost two wickets, with Chetan Bist falling short of his crease off the final delivery, thus handing Gujarat the match.

Chasing 143 to win, Gujarat also finished at 143, courtesy Axar Patel’s 25-ball 33-run knock, but he was the last batsman out, off the last delivery of the 20th over, thus pushing the game to overtime.

Earlier, Rajasthan opting to bat first, got off to a good start but a batting collapse restricted them to 143/7. Opener Manendar Singh made 48 off 35 while veteran Robin Bist made 46 off 47. From a healthy 113/3 in 14.2 overs, Rajasthan slumped to 139/7 in the 20th over, losing four wickets for just 26 runs.

For Gujarat Tejas Patel snarred 4/26 in his four overs while Hemang Patel returned 2/10 in his two overs.

In reply, Gujarat’s top five all got starts, but fail to convert, leaving Axar to rally. Opener Urvil Patel was the first to go for ten taken by Aniket Choudhary while skipper Priyank Panchal could only add 24 before falling to leg spinner Rahul Chahar. Dhruv Raval made 25 while Hiten Mehra made 16, but both of them were scalped by Khaleel to dent Gujarat’s progress.

Axar and Hemang (11*) then ensured the game went in to the eliminator.

Brief Scores: Gujarat 4/1 & 143/7 (Axar Patel 33; Khaleel Ahmed 3/19) beat Rajasthan 4/2 (Manendar Singh 48; Tejas Patel 4/26) in one over eliminator