Odisha denied by umpiring gaffe, Hyderabad and Rajasthan maintain all-win information
A hat-trick, a 4-over return with out giving up a run, a controversial boundary name that rescued the defending champions and scintillating performances from IPL stars have been among the many many highlights from the group levels of the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, India’s home T20 competitors.
As the caravan strikes to New Delhi for the knockouts, amid worsening air high quality that has left the native administration considering a lockdown, here is a fast have a look at these made it and those that missed out.
Defending champions Tamil Nadu and Maharashtra, led by the in-form Ruturaj Gaikwad, each made the lower on the again of 4 wins in 5 matches. However, Maharashtra should play the pre-quarterfinal regardless of ending with a greater internet run fee than TN as a result of head-to-head is the primary criterion for groups tied on factors. When the 2 sides met, TN comfortably defended 167 despite Gaikwad’s 30-ball half-century.
Maharashtra will not have Gaikwad’s companies from right here on, as he’s a part of India’s T20I staff for the New Zealand sequence. TN, who endured an enormous slice of luck en route within the group stage, will not have any such worries, having a full squad to select from.
Bengal stole the highest spot from excessive-flying Karnataka in the final group game, however each side made it via to the knockouts with none hiccups. Both sides might be lacking key gamers due to both India A or nationwide duties. Bengal might be with out Abhimanyu Easwaran and Wriddhiman Saha, whereas Karnataka might be with out Mayank Agarwal, Ok. Gowtham, Devdutt Padikkal and Prasidh Krishna.
Rajasthan have been the undisputed leaders, sustaining an all-win record to blaze into the knockouts, whilst Himachal staved off competitors from Andhra and Jharkhand to squeeze into the knockouts because the second facet from the group.
Gujarat topped the pool with 4 wins in 5 video games, on the again of medical batting performances, led by Priyank Panchal. However, their designated captain will not be obtainable for the knockouts due to India A commitments, together with Arzan Nagwaswalla, the left-arm quick bowler who picked up seven wickets. Piyush Chawla, who featured in only one sport at IPL 2021, proved why he is not a spent power but. He picked up 5 wickets in as many video games and was economical, conceding at simply 6.42 per over.
They named two captains and two squads previous to departure, the form of confusion and chaos not new to Hyderabad cricket. But on the sector, they managed to show a nook, successful all 5 video games to make the quarterfinals. Tanmay Agarwal, the captain, is presently the match’s highest run-getter with 302 runs in 5 innings at a strike fee of 150, whereas left-arm seamer CV Milind leads the wicket charts with 16 scalps, together with a better of 5 for 8 that helped defend 147 against Uttar Pradesh.
Two-time Ranji winners Vidarbha proved no match for the remainder of the pack, as they emerged runaway winners from this group. Meghalaya and Tripura fought onerous to submit 4 wins in 5 video games, however could not shut out video games in opposition to Vidarbha.
Shashank Kishore is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo