After two losses, Railways made its presence felt by shocking Kerala by six runs in a Group D match of the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy at the Ferozeshah Kotla ground here on Saturday.
In a group where all six teams have won and lost at least one match after three rounds, Gujarat displaced Madhya Pradesh at the top with a resounding 50-run victory.
Assam is proving to be the surprise packet of the group after jumping to the second spot with its second win – a three-wicket verdict over Bihar.
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Railway pulled off the day’s biggest surprise, Asked to bat, the Railwaymen managed a fighting 144/6, thanks to some big hits late in the innings by Shubham Chaubey (19 not out off six balls, 2×4, 1×6) and Harsh Tyagi (17 off 11 balls, 1×4, 1×6).
From the other end, wicketkeeper-batter Upendra Yadav anchored the innings with an unbeaten 39 off 37 balls. Kerala’s Sudhesan Midhun (3/24) and Jalaj Saxena (0/17) restricted the run flow.
In reply, Kerala was 24/4 in powerplay, losing its top batters – Mohammad Azharuddeen, Jalaj Saxena, Rohan Kunnummal and Sanju Samson – in that order. A 70-run stand followed between Vishnu Vinod (62 not out, 43b, 4×4, 2×6) and Sachin Baby (25 off 27 deliveries). Railways’ medium pacers Yuvraj Singh (3/23) and Ananta Saha (1/21) kept Kerala in check.
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Later, Unnikrishnan Manukrishnan’s cameo produced a 10-ball unbeaten 21 before Kerala fell agonisingly short of the target.
After Bihar rode on Babul Kumar’s 82 to score 135/8, Assam’s skipper Riyan Parag smashed a 33-ball 58 to set the victory-course.
At the Air Force ground, Gujarat gave no chance to Madhya Pradesh after skipper Priyank Panchal’s 79 in 162/3. Thereafter all five bowlers took wickets as MP crashed from 60/1 to 112.