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Cricket news - Delhi make strong comeback; Ricky Bhui blows Nagaland away
Best batting performances
Ricky Bhui hit the joint-fastest century in the T20 format by an Indian when he carted the Nagaland bowlers all over the park in Vijayawada. Bhui hit ten sixes and five fours to bring up a century off just 38 deliveries as Andhra scored an imposing 244 for 4. Only two Nagaland batsmen touched double digits as they were bowled out for a paltry 65.
While we witnessed a few centuries on the opening day, Ishan Kishan added one more on the second day when he hammered an unbeaten 100 off just 55 balls in which he had slammed seven sixes. A target of 169 was chased down with ease by Jharkhand against Jammu and Kashmir.
Shreyas Iyer dominated headlines on Thursday for his exploits with the bat and even though he chipped in again on Friday against Punjab, it was Suryakumar Yadav who made the difference with a 49-ball 80 that helped Mumbai beat Punjab by 35 runs. As many as six Mumbai batsmen registered ducks including skipper Ajinkya Rahane but Punjab too endured a batting failure that saw them get bowled out for just 120 as Dhawal Kulkarni picked up four wickets. Veteran Yuvraj Singh had a disappointing outing, scoring just 7 off 11 balls.
After scoring only five in the first game, Suresh Raina roared back to form with an unbeaten half-century that was vital in Uttar Pradesh's win over Hyderabad in Delhi. In the chase of 140, Raina made an unbeaten 54 off just 35 balls as UP won with nine balls to spare. Hyderabad skipper Ambati Rayudu struggled in his 31-ball 29 earlier in the game.
Best bowling performances
Delhi endured a tough start to their campaign, losing on the opening day but made a strong comeback 24 hours later by registering a massive win. Subodh Bhati was the man who led their charge as he bowled a tight spell where he wrecked Manipur's middle-order with a three-wicket haul that ensured Delhi had only 114 to chase, which they did comfortably.
Rahul Shukla, who has previously played in the IPL, had a great outing against Jammu and Kashmir in Jharkhand's dominant win. Shukla accounted for three of the top four batsmen and eventually finished with five wickets.
Karnataka delivered an allround performance against Bengal to register their second straight win. Abhimanyu Mithun picked up a wicket in the powerplay, one in the middle overs and one more at the death to keep denting Bengal that restricted them to just 131. The target of 132 was achieved with ease as the Karnataka openers hit fluent fifties.
Odisha's Pappu Roy delivered one of the best spells in the format, picking up three wickets in his four overs while conceding just nine runs. His heroics restricted Haryana to 141 but a top order failure saw Odisha still fall short of the target by 10 runs.
Saurashtra's seamers had a field day as they collectively delivered to bowl Madhya Pradesh out for 138 in their encounter in Indore. While Chetan Sakariya and Prerak Mankad caused damage up top. skipper Jaydev Unadkat chipped in at the death. Cheteshwar Pujara, who began with a century, contributed once again with a fluent 68 off just 46 balls as Saurashtra opened their account with a six-wicket win.
Surprise results and thrillers
Uttarakhand caused an upset in Delhi by toppling a strong Baroda side by seven wickets. The experienced Yusuf Pathan chipped in with an unbeaten 47 that guided Baroda to 152 but Saurabh Rawat and Vaibhav Singh added 64 runs for the third wicket in the run chase to help their team register a win with an over to spare.
Rajasthan and Gujarat played out an absolute thriller in Hyderabad with the result being decided via a super over. Rajasthan first collapsed to 143 for 7 from 99 for 2, and in reply, Khaleel Ahmed and Aniket Choudhary combined to restrict their Gujarat to an identical score forcing a super over. Both teams made exactly four runs in the one-over eliminator but Gujarat were declared winners since they lost only one wicket, compared to Rajasthan who lost both.
Even though Assam defeating Mizoram doesn't exactly qualify as a surprise result, the manner in which Mizoram approached the target of 202 proved to be questionable. Mizoram were content in batting out the 20 overs with opener Lalhruaizela finishing on 24* off 55 deliveries. Mizoram eventually made only 70 for the loss of six wickets, to lose by 131 runs.
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