Mushtaq Ali Trophy: Railways score thrilling win over Kerala

Vishnu Vinod
Vishnu Vinod. File photo: KCA

New Delhi: Vishnu Vinod's unbeaten 62 went in vain as Kerala lost to Railways by six runs in an Elite Group D match of the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy National T20 Championships here on Saturday.

Chasing a target of 145, Kerala lost four wickets up front. Mohammed Azharuddeen was the first to go for six. Jalaj Saxena, who came in at No. 3, was out for a duck. Rohan S Kunnummal, who replaced an injured Robin Uthappa, fell for 10, while the in-form Sanju Samson was dismissed for six as Kerala slumped to 24/4 in the sixth over.

Vishnu and Sachin Baby  (25) revived the Kerala innings with a 70-run stand for the fifth wicket off 54 balls. Vishnu hit four fours and two sixes in his 43-ball knock. 

Though Manu Krishan (21 not out off 10 balls) tried his best, Kerala ended up on 138/6 as Railways posted their first win from three games.

Yuvraj (3/23) was the pick of the Railways bowlers.

Earlier, Railways made 144/6 after being put in to bat.

The Railways batters found the going tough initially as they slipped to 41/3 in the eighth over.

Wicketkeeper Upendra Yadav was the top scorer with an unbeaten 39. Shubham Chaubey smashed an uneaten 19 off six balls to take them past the 140-run mark which proved crucial in the end.

Leggie Midhun claimed 3/24 from his four overs.

Kerala, who have fours points from three matches, next meet Assam in the six-team Group D on Monday.

Brief scores: Railways 144/6 in 20 overs (Upendra Yadav 39 not out; S Midhun 3/24) bt Kerala 138/6 in 20 overs (Vishnu Vinod 62 not out; Yuvraj 3/23).

Points: Railways 4; Kerala 0.

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