Kerala’s campaign within the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy T20 match got here to a heartbreaking finish on the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Tuesday.
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A win would have taken the team to the knockout stage, nevertheless, it went all the way down to Haryana by 4 runs, chasing 199, within the deciding match in Group E. The victory took Haryana to the highest of the pool because it is superior with an all-win record. For Kerala, it was the second defeat in a row after profitable its first three matches.
The loss would have been particularly disappointing for Sachin Baby, who almost took the team residence with an excellent knock of 68 off 36 balls (3×4, 6×6). Kerala wanted 12 of the ultimate over bowled by seamer Arun Chaprana, who had Salman Nizar beautifully caught at deep midwicket off the third ball.
The batsmen had crossed, however, the baby was run out by a splendid direct hit from the purpose boundary by Shivam Chouhan. That left Kerala requiring 10 off the final two balls, however, Jalaj Saxena might handle only 5. If not for Baby‘s valiant effort, Kerala’s problem would have ended sooner. The dismissals of two well-set batsmen, Sanju Samson (51, 31b, 5×4, 3×6) and Mohammed Azharuddin (35, 25b, 2×4, 2×6) within the 1lth over had introduced Haryana again into the match.
Kerala’s possibilities depended primarily on Baby. He placed on 37 for the fourth wicket with Vishnu Vinod (10) and 49 for the fifth Salman Nizar (5).
Earlier, effective knocks from opener Chaitanya Bishnoi (45, 29b, 6×4, 1×6), Shivam (59, 34b, 6×4, 2×4), Rahul Tewatia (41 not out, 26b, 4×4, 2×6) and Sumit (21 not out, 10b, 3×4, 1×6) took Haryana to a difficult complete after being put in to bat. Jalaj and Baby took two wickets every with their off-spin.