Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 QF2 HP VS TN: Aparajith, Shahrukh shine as Tamil Nadu defeat Himachal Pradesh to reach semis

Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 – Tamil Nadu beat Himachal Pradesh: Baba Aparajith and Shahrukh Khan played unbeaten knocks of 52 and 40 respectively as Tamil Nadu defeated Himachal Pradesh by five wickets in the second quarterfinal of the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy on Tuesday here at the Motera Stadium.

While Himachal Pradesh has been knocked out, Tamil Nadu progressed to the semi-finals. Tamil Nadu will now face the winner of the Bihar-Rajasthan match in the first semi-final of the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy on Friday. Earlier in the day, Karnataka lost to Punjab to bow out of the tournament. Chasing 136, Tamil Nadu lost their first three wickets of N Jagadeeshan (7), Hari Nishanth (17), and Arun Karthik (0) quite early as all three were clean bowled by Vaibhav Arora and this reduced Dinesh Karthik’s side to 25/3 in the fourth over.

Sonu Yadav and Aparajith then got together at the crease and the duo retrieved the innings for Tamil Nadu as they put on a stand of 35 runs, but as soon as the innings started to gain some stability, Himachal Pradesh got the breakthrough of Yadav (16), with Tamil Nadu still 76 runs away from the target.

Skipper Dinesh Karthik had a lot riding on his shoulders but to his side’s disappointment, he was able to score just two runs and Tamil Nadu was left starring down the barrel at 66/5 in the 13th over. After Karthik’s dismissal, Baba Aparajith took matters into his own hand and he changed the tempo of his innings to put pressure on Himachal Pradesh bowlers.
Aparajith then found support in Shahrukh Khan and both batters took Tamil Nadu over the line by five wickets with 13 balls to spare. The duo formed an unbeaten stand of 75 runs off just 32 balls to Tamil Nadu over the finishing line.

Earlier, a three-wicket haul by Sonu Yadav helped Tamil Nadu restrict Himachal Pradesh to 135/9 in the allotted twenty overs.

Asked to bat first, Himachal Pradesh got off to a bad start as the side lost its opener Prashant Chopra (6) in the fourth over of the innings. Baba Aparajith then dismissed Rana (28) in the seventh over, reducing Himachal Pradesh to 39/2.

Nitin Sharma and RI Thakur then got together at the crease and the duo stitched a brief 29-run stand, but as soon as Himachal Pradesh started gaining an upper hand, Sandeep Warrier dismissed Nitin (26), reducing the side to 68/3 in the 12th over.

Tamil Nadu bowlers were able to maintain a check on the run-flow, and for Himachal Pradesh, skipper Rishi Dhawan played an unbeaten knock of 35 runs and in the end, the side posted a total of more than the 130-run mark in the allotted twenty overs.

Brief Scores: Himachal Pradesh 135/9 (Rishi Dhawan 35*, Nitin Sharma 26, Sonu Yadav 3-14); Tamil Nadu 141/5 (Baba Aparajith 52*, Shahrukh Khan 40*, Vaibhav Arora 3-30).

HIMACHAL PRADESH INNINGS

BATSMEN R B 4s 6s SR
Abhimanyu Rana  run out (Ashwin) 28 26 5 0 107.69
Prashant Chopra † b Sonu Yadav 6 6 1 0 100.00
Nitin Sharma  c Arun Karthik b Sandeep Warrier 26 26 1 1 100.00
Ravi Thakur  c Aparajith b Sai Kishore 16 18 1 0 88.89
Rishi Dhawan (c) not out 35 26 2 1 134.62
Ayush Jamwal  b Sonu Yadav 3 4 0 0 75.00
Pankaj Jaswal  c Arun Karthik b Sandeep Warrier 7 4 0 1 175.00
Ekant Sen  c †KD Karthik b Sonu Yadav 5 7 1 0 71.43
Digvijay Rangi  run out (Sonu Yadav/†KD Karthik) 0 1 0 0 0.00
Mayank Dagar  c Arun Karthik b Mohammed 1 2 0 0 50.00
Vaibhav Arora  not out 0 0 0 0 0.00
Extras (lb 1, w 7) 8
TOTAL (20 Ov, RR: 6.75) 135/9
Fall of wickets: 1-24 (Prashant Chopra, 3.2 ov), 2-39 (Abhimanyu Rana, 6.6 ov), 3-68 (Nitin Sharma, 11.3 ov), 4-99 (Ravi Thakur, 14.5 ov), 5-109 (Ayush Jamwal, 16.2 ov), 6-120 (Pankaj Jaswal, 17.3 ov), 7-126 (Ekant Sen, 18.5 ov), 8-127 (Digvijay Rangi, 19.1 ov), 9-130 (Mayank Dagar, 19.4 ov)
BOWLING O M R W ECON WD NB
Sandeep Warrier 4 0 32 2 8.00 0 0
Sonu Yadav 4 1 14 3 3.50 0 0
Baba Aparajith 2 0 13 0 6.50 0 0
Ravisrinivasan Sai Kishore 4 0 27 1 6.75 2 0
Murugan Ashwin 4 0 30 0 7.50 2 0
M Mohammed 2 0 18 1 9.00 2 0

TAMIL NAIDU INNINGS

BATSMEN R B 4s 6s SR
C Hari Nishanth  b Arora 17 13 2 0 130.77
Narayan Jagadeesan  b Arora 7 6 1 0 116.67
Baba Aparajith  not out 52 45 3 2 115.56
Arun Karthik  b Arora 0 3 0 0 0.00
Sonu Yadav  c Nitin Sharma b Jaswal 16 16 2 0 100.00
Dinesh Karthik (c)† c †Chopra b Dagar 2 5 0 0 40.00
Shahrukh Khan  not out 40 19 5 2 210.53
Extras (lb 4, w 3) 7
TOTAL (17.5 Ov, RR: 7.90) 141/5
Fall of wickets: 1-18 (Narayan Jagadeesan, 1.6 ov), 2-25 (C Hari Nishanth, 3.3 ov), 3-25 (Arun Karthik, 3.6 ov), 4-60 (Sonu Yadav, 10.4 ov), 5-66 (Dinesh Karthik, 12.3 ov)
BOWLING O M R W ECON WD NB
Rishi Dhawan 3 0 30 0 10.00 0 0
Vaibhav Arora 4 1 30 3 7.50 1 0
Pankaj Jaswal 2.5 0 25 1 8.82 1 0
Mayank Dagar 4 0 24 1 6.00 0 0
Ayush Jamwal 4 0 28 0 7.00 1 0