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Bowlers rule the roost at Mushtaq Ali T20 tourney

New Delhi, Feb 3: Bowlers hogged the limelight on Friday as most of the Mushtaq Ali inter-state T20 cricket matches turned out to be low-scoring affairs.

In the East zone clash at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata, Assam medium pacer Pritam Das returned with figures of 5/9 to dismiss Tripura for a paltry 85. In response, Assam lost just three wickets to overhaul Tripura’s target with more than seven overs to spare.

In another clash at the same venue, hosts Bengal beat Odisha by 24 runs to continue their unbeaten run in the tourment. Bengal rode on useful contributions from opener Shreevats Goswami (33), Writtick Chatterjee (33) and Pramod Chandila (32) to post 145/7 after being sent into bat.

In reply, Odisha were bowled out for 121 in 18.4 overs, thanks to medium pacer Sayan Ghosh’s 3/25 and supported by left-arm spinner Pragyan Ojha, who took 2/29.

Down south, inspired by leg-spinner D. Swaroop Kumar’s five wicket haul, Andhra beat Hyderabad by 11 runs. Electing to bat after winning the toss, captain Hanuma Vihari top-scored with 49 runs to post 140 before bowling Hyderabad for 129 at MRF Pachyappas Ground in Cheni.

Meanwhile, Kartaka medium pacer Sreeth Aravind scalped four wickets to guide his side to a six-wicket win over Goa and reach the top of the South zone table at the M.A. Chidambaram Stadium in Cheni.

Aravind returned with figures of 4/29 to restrict Goa to 120 before Kartaka skipper R. Viy Kumar top-scored with 34 runs to take the side over the line with 50 balls to spare.

In another tie at the same venue, promising batsman Baba Aparajith’s unbeaten 51 helped hosts Tamil du beat Kerala by five wickets.

Electing to bat, Kerala were restricted to a paltry 128, thanks to medium pacer Aswin Crist’s 3/19 before Aparajith guided the home side to victory with more than an over remaining.

In the central zone clash, Madhya Pradesh beat Uttar Pradesh by 26 runs at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur while Chhattisgarh edged past Railways by six runs at the same venue. IANS

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