Rajkot: A fine piece of bowling by Akshdeep Nath, followed by opener Mukul Dagar’s breezy 63 drove Uttar Pradesh to a solid eight-wicket victory over Jharkhand in a Group A match of the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, at the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium, here, on Wednesday.
It turned out to be a perfect start for Uttar Pradesh at the super league stage, while for Jharkhand, it was their second defeat in as many days. Their chances of reaching the final are slowly fading.
In another match of the day, Haryana defeated Gujarat by six wickets.
Electing to bat, Gujarat made a competitive 146, losing 7 wickets but failed to defend the total as Haryana chased down the target while losing four wickets off 19.3 overs.
Gujarat had a shaky start as they lost Rajdeep Darbar (3) and Smit Patel (1), but Priyank Panchal (36) and Himalaya Barad (48) helped their side to post a competitive total of 146.
Baroda defeated Delhi by 16 runs in a Group B match on the day. Batting first Baroda made 131 for siux in their allotted 20 overs. Chasing 132, Delhi could only manage 115 losing nine wickets.
m Baroda 131/6. Delhi 115/9 in 20 ovs (J. Anand 54). Baroda won by 16 runs
m Gujarat 146/7 in 20 ovs (H. Barad 48). Haryana 150/4 in 19.3 ovs (A. Barot 56). Haryana won by 6 wickets
m Jharkhand 114/6 in 20 ovs (I. Jaggi 39). Uttar Pradesh 120/2 in 14.4 ovs. Uttar Pradesh won by 8 wickets.