Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy: the rain frustrates the frustrated Punjab, loses to Hyderabad for two races

CHANDIGARH: There was a smile on Mandeep Singh's face after he gave her one. Ambati Rayudu outside the bowling of Mohamaad Siraj, since the rain had cost Punjab again. They went down for a couple of races to Hyderabad under the D/L method in their current Group C match Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy at the Government Senior Model High School (GMSSS), Sector 26, here on Friday.

Chasing a modest 150, Punjab on one stage was sailing with Shubman gill (48 of 42b; 4x4, 2x6) and Gurkeerat Mann (16 not out of 16b; 2x4) were in the fold. But a 20-minute rain break changed the scenario, as they failed to reach the revised 100 goal in 14 attempts.

Shubman, who was playing a risk-free entry, lost his momentum and was caught by Akash Bhandari, who was patrolling his long leg. Shubman was at his best dominant moment in the two-step wicket. He initially took his time, but played some striking punches during his innings.

Shubman's departure took the Mandeep pattern to the fold and showed the intention from the first ball. He planted Chama Milind for six consecutive on his head. In the final, he hit Siraj for a six on a thin leg. But despite the late push, he failed to beat his team.

For Hyderabad, Mohamaad Siraj (1/26), Chama Milind (1/13), Ravi Teja (1/22) and Mehedi Hasan (1/11) contributed one wicket each.

Earlier, Hyderabad skipper Ambati Rayudu won the toss and opted to bat. Openers Tanmay Agarwal (42 of 46b; 3x4) and Rayudu (34 of 25b; 4x4, 1x6) gave Hyderabad a start of 61 runs for the first wicket. Rayudu looked at him with an extremely good touch, but could not convert his exit when Sandeep Sharma caught him from Nikhil Chaudhary.

Then, Akshath Reddy (47 of 27b; 2x4, 4x6) gave a boost to the Hyderabad entrances. He put 39 races for the second wicket with Tanmay and then a valuable 43-race stand for the fourth wicket with B Sandeep (18 of 15b; 1x4, 1x6). The Punjab playing field had also disappointed his team by dropping five catches.

For Punjab, Sandeep Sharma (3/11) and Siddharth Kaul (3/44) were the choice of bowlers.

Short scores

Hyderabad: 149 for 7 in 20 overs (Akshath Reddy 47, Tanmay Aggarwal 42, Ambati Rayudu 34; Sandeep Sharma 3/11, Siddharth Kaul 3/44)

Punjab: 97 for 4 in 14 overs ( Shubman gill 48, Amndeep Singh 16; Hassan 1/11, Milind 1/13)