Cricket news - Azharuddeen stuns Mumbai with 37-ball century; Punit Bisht hits 17 sixes in 51-ball 146

[Representational photo] Elsewhere, Rahul Chahar picked up a hat-trick and fifer to secure a narrow win for Rajasthan

[Representational photo] Elsewhere, Rahul Chahar picked up a hat-trick and fifer to secure a narrow win for Rajasthan

Group D

Vidarbha vs Saurashtra

Avi Barot smashed 93 off 41 as Saurashtra made 233 for 7 against Vidarbha and ended up with a 79-run win. . They were able to get to the massive score despite an impressive effort from Darshan Nalkande, who ended with 4-0-32-4. Atharva Taide leaked 32 from one over as other bowlers struggled to contain Barot and Prerak Mankad (59).

During the chase, Jitesh Sharma smashed 43 off 27 but didn't get much support as the other batsmen failed to make their starts count. Chetan Sakariya picked up 5 for 11 while Mankad bagged 4 for 48 to ensure an easy win for Saurashtra.

Brief scores: Saurashtra 233/7 in 20 overs (Avi Barot 93, Prerak Mankad 59; Darshan Nalkande 4-32) beat Vidarbha 154 in 17.2 overs (Chetan Sakariya 5-11) by 79 runs.

Services vs Goa

Services batsman Ravi Chauhan made 62 but Aditya Kaushik smashed 78 to help Goa walk away with a five-wicket win in chase of 160. Services were 95 for 1 in 11.1 overs but failed to kick on and were restricted to a par score. Kaushik received good support from Amit Verma as they managed to cross the line with two balls to spare despite Mohit Kumar's three-wicket haul.

Brief scores: Services 160/7 in 20 overs (Ravi Chauhan 62) lost to Goa 163/5 in 19.4 overs (Aditya Kaushik 78; Mohit Kumar 3-32) by five wickets.

Group E

Mumbai vs Kerala

Kerala opening batsman Mohammed Azharuddeen hit a sensational 37-ball hundred to stun Mumbai at the Wankhede Stadium as his side picked up their second win on the trot. Chasing a mammoth 197 for victory, Azharuddeen was unfazed and launched into the Mumbai attack right from the word go with some breathtaking shots. With the senior partner Robin Uthappa taking a backseat, Azharuddeen smashed 11 sixes and registered the joint third-fastest 100 in T20 cricket by an Indian batsman. He remained unbeaten on 137 off just 54 balls as Kerala, quite stunningly, won with 25 balls to spare.

Earlier in the evening, 19-year-old Yashasvi Jaiswal's response against a 37-year-old Sreesanth set the tongues wagging as the young opener took on the experienced seamer to give Mumbai a solid start. Following the 88-run stand for the first wicket, skipper Suryakumar Yadav and allrounder Shivam Dube provided the finishing touches to guide Mumbai to 196/7 - a total that was swatted aside with ease.

Brief scores:Mumbai196/7 in 20 overs (Aditya Tare 42, Yashasvi Jaiswal 40; KM Asif 3-25) lost to Kerala201/2 in 15.5 overs (Mohammed Azharuddeen 137*, Robin Uthappa 33) by 8 wickets

Madhya Pradesh vs Rajasthan

Rahul Chahar took a stunning hat-trick to bowl Rajasthan to a 10-run victory over Madhya Pradesh. Defending just 148, Rajasthan were staring at a defeat when the MP openers made a brisk start to the run chase. However, the legspinner struck twice off the last two balls of the powerplay before picking up a wicket off the first ball of his next over. He made it 4 wickets off 5 balls by castling Avesh Khan as MP limped to 46/4. Chahar eventually ended up with a five-wicket haul.

Skipper Parth Sahani kept his side's hopes alive with a belligerent half-century but his run-out in the final over signalled the end for Madhya Pradesh. Earlier in the evening, Rajasthan struggled with the bat as MP kept striking at regular intervals. Ravi Bishnoi's promotion at number 3 didn't work as Mahipal Lomror and Ankit Lamba resurrected the innings. While Lomror made a rapid fifty, Avesh Khan destroyed the lower middle-order to bowl Rajasthan out for 148 - a total that proved to be enough on the night.

Brief scores: Rajasthan 148 in 19.2 overs (Mahipal Lomror 51; Avesh Khan 4-22, Kuldeep Sen 3-22) beat Madhya Pradesh 138/8 in 20 overs (Parth Sahani 74; Rahul Chahar 5-14) by 10 runs

Haryana vs Puducherry

Sheldon Jackson's 50-ball 82 went in vain as Puducherry handed Haryana their second win in a row. Even though the openers failed to fire, Puducherry received a boost when Jackson stepped up with Paras Dogra for company at the other end. The two stitched a handy 77-run stand for the third wicket but Haryana struck at the right time getting rid of Dogra with four overs left in the innings.

Jackson went on to strike five sixes in his innings and was dismissed in the final over of the innings as Puducherry finished with 148/4 in their quota. Perhaps, the poor start and the poor finish didn't help matters as Puducherry clearly fell short by 15-20 runs. Haryana made a similar start in their run chase but Himanshu Rana struck a breezy half-century and had Shivam Chauhan at the other end to steady the ship. Even though both the batsmen departed, Haryana picked up the win with an over to spare.

Brief scores:Puducherry 148/4 in 20 overs (Sheldon Jackson, Paras Dogra 32; Arun Chaprana 2-19) lost to Haryana 149/4 in 19 overs (Himanshu Rana 58, Shivam Chauhan 45; Pankaj Singh 2-31) by 6 wickets

Delhi vs Andhra

An impressive Delhi outfit picked up another comprehensive win in their group encounter against Andhra, who continued to falter with the bat. Delhi's bowlers set up the easy win with a neat performance led by Ishant Sharma who finished with figures of 2-17 in his four overs. While Simarjeet Singh and Lalit Yadav also picked up two each. Pradeep Sangwan finished with a three-wicket haul. If not for a handy cameo by KV Sasikanth right at the death, Andhra would have stuttered to breach the 120-mark. Skipper Ambati Rayudu had another disappointing outing, getting bowled for just 1.

Even though openers Shikhar Dhawan and Hiten Dalal perished in just the second over, Nitish Rana and Anuj Rawat ensured Delhi didn't suffer a collapse. Following their half-century stand, Himmat Singh and Lalit Yadav finished off proceedings with a quick 40-run stand.

Brief scores:Andhra 124/9 in 20 overs (Ashwin Hebbar 32; Pradeep Sangwan 3-33, Ishant Sharma 2-17) lost to Delhi 128/4 in 17 overs (Anuj Rawat 33, Himmat Singh 32*; Harishankar Reddy 2-40) by 6 wickets

Plate Group

Meghalaya vs Mizoram

Punit Bisht smashed an unbeaten 146 off 51 balls to carry Meghalaya to a massive 130-run win over Mizoram. Put in, Meghalaya were 28 for 2 before Bisht collaborated with Yogesh Tiwari (53 off 47) to score 120 for the third wicket in the next 10.4 overs. There was a late wobble after Tiwari was dismissed but Bisht carried on to score his century off 41 balls. Meghalaya had made their first 50 in 8.1 overs and then reached the 100-run mark in 12.3 overs. They smashed 130 runs in the last 45 balls to take the game away for the opposition.

Bisht smashed 17 sixes - the joint-second highest in a single T20 game with Chris Gayle, who also tops the list with 18 in a Bangladesh Premier League match - before Aditya Singhania returned figures of 4 for 15 where he bowled 17 dot balls to complete a successful day at work.

Brief scores: Meghalaya 230/6 in 20 overs (Puneet Bisht 146*) beat Mizoram 100/9 in 20 overs (Aditya Singhania 4-15) by 130 runs.

Nagaland vs Arunachal Pradesh

Akhilesh Sahani smashed 31 off 9 to carry Nagaland to 145 for 7 after they were reduced to 105 for 5 in 17.1 overs. Techi Doria and Rahul Dayal chipped in with 30s before the late blitz gave them a fighting score. Chetan Bisht and Shrikant Mundhe then struck half-centuries to ease Nagaland to a nine-wicket win.

Brief scores: Nagaland 145/7 in 20 overs (Techi Doria 36) vs Arunachal Pradesh 149/1 in 15.5 overs (Shrikant Mundhe 69*, Chetan Bisht 50*) by nine wickets.

Bihar vs Sikkim

Nilesh Lamichaney, Ashish Thapa and Varun Sood got stars but a middle-order meltdown meant that Sikkim were able to manage just 110 for 8. Ashutosh Aman returned figures of 4-0-18-4 to star for Bihar in their eight-wicket win. With the job done by the bowlers, Mangal Mahrour made 55 to ensure the target was achieved in 19.1 overs.

Brief scores: Sikkim 110/8 in 20 overs (Ashutosh Aman 4-18) lost to Bihar 111/2 in 19.1 overs (Mangal Mahrour 55) by eight wickets.

Chandigarh vs Manipur

Shivam Bhambri's half-century carried Chandigarh to 56 while Manan Vohra and Ankit Kaushik made handy contributions to carry their side of 175 for 8. In their chase, Manipur were left reeling at 7 for 3 in the first five overs with Bipul Sharma bagging two wickets. They never recovered from the early blows and eventually ran out of steam.

Brief scores: Chandigarh 175/8 in 20 overs (Shivam Bhambri 56) beat Manipur 68/8 in 20 overs (Gurinder Singh 3-10) by 110 runs.