Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy: Siddharth Kaul, Prabhsimran Singh help beat Punjab and defend Karnataka to reach semi-final

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Siddharth Kaul’s three-wicket draw and Prabhsimran Singh’s unbeaten 49-run knock helped Punjab defeat defending champion Karnataka by nine wickets in the first quarter-final of the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy on Tuesday, at Motera Stadium. While Karnataka has been eliminated, Punjab advanced to the semi-finals. Later in the day, Tamil Nadu and Himachal Pradesh come into action in the second quarter final. Punjab will now face the winner of the Baroda-Haryana competition in the second semifinal of the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy on Friday.

In the chase of 88, Punjab didn’t get off to a good start when the team lost Abhishek Sharma (4) in the very first over of the innings. The lefthanded batter was sent back to the pavilion by Abhimanyu Mithun.

Mandeep Singh then joined Prabhsimran Singh in the middle and the duo picked up the innings for Punjab. Both batsmen mixed caution with aggression and eventually took over the side with 44 balls. Mandeep and Simran were undefeated at 35 and 49 respectively and their partnership was undefeated at 85.

Previously, Siddharth’s show with the ball helped Punjab join Karnataka for 87.

First in at bat, Karnataka got off to a bad start when the team lost its first four wickets in the power play overs. Devdutt Padikkal (11), Karun Nair (12), Sharath BR (2) and Pavan Deshpande (0) all failed to leave a point and Karanataka took the score 37/4 after the first six overs.

Shreyas Gopal and Aniruddha Joshi put together a short score of 25 runs, but as soon as the duo started looking comfortably at the fold, Punjab hit back when Ramandeep Singh sacked Gopal (13), reducing Karnataka to 51/5 in the eighth over .

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Aniruddha went on to play 27 runs from 33 balls, but his wake also came to an end in the 15th when he was cleared by Mayank Markande. The lower order was also unable to contribute much, and as a result, Karnataka was bundled for 87.

Short scores: Karnataka 87 (Aniruddha Joshi 27, Shreyas Gopal 13; Siddharth Kaul 3-15); Punjab 89/1 (Prabhsimran Singh 49 *, Mandeep Singh 35 *; Abhimanyu Mithun 1-11).

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