After posting 138/5 riding on Singh’s 63-ball 70 and Rinku Singh’s 37-ball 56*, UP bowlers held their nerves to restrict Services to 137/6 to claim their fourth win of the campaign, which also took them to the top of the table.
After posting 138/5 riding on Singh’s 63-ball 70 and Rinku Singh’s 37-ball 56*, UP bowlers held their nerves to restrict Services to 137/6 to claim their fourth win of the campaign, which also took them to the top of the table.

Opener Samarth Singh notched up his second fifty of the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy 2019 as Uttar Pradesh won their fourth Group E match against Services by one run at the Palam A Stadium, New Delhi on Wednesday.

After posting 138/5 riding on Singh’s 63-ball 70 and Rinku Singh’s 37-ball 56*, UP bowlers held their nerves to restrict Services to 137/6 to claim their fourth win of the campaign, which also took them to the top of the table.

After opting to bat first, UP had scored 26 runs for the opening before losing four wickets in the space of just ten runs with Upendra Yadav falling to Mohit Kumar for six, followed by the wickets of India international Suresh Raina for 3 taken by Diwesh Pathania, Priyam Garg for one to Mohit and the skipper Akshdeep Nath falling for a duck to Vikas Yadav.

For 36/4, UP were revived by Samarth and Rinku, who added 91 runs for the fifth wicket. By the time Samarth got out, UP had score 127 in 18.3 overs and UP went on to post 138/5.

For Services, Mohit claimed 2/23 while Pathania and Yadav claimed one wicket each.

In reply, Services Ravi Chauhan departed for a duck without facing a single delivery before Nakul Verma and Rahul Singh added 37 runs for the second wicket. Rahul was the second wicket to fall for 27 to Yash Dayal. Verma then added 31 runs for the third wicket to Shiva Singh for 20. Skipper Rajat Paliwal and Vikas Hathwala rallied for Services, before Paliwal departed for 30 to Saurabh Kumar.

Two more wickets fell in the span of seven runs as UP edged ahead and despite Hathwala’s unbeaten 39 off 33, Services fell two runs short of the target.

Brief Scores: Uttar Pradesh 138/5 (Samarth Singh 70, Rinku Singh 56; Mohit Kumar 2/23) beat Services 137/6 (Vikas Hathwala 39*; Yash Dayal 1/15) by one run.