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Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy | Heart-breaking end to Kerala’s campaign

Key player: Haryana’s Shivam Chouhan hit a half-century and also brilliantly ran out Sachin Baby.  

Kerala’s campaign in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy T20 tournament came to a heart-breaking end at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Tuesday.

A win would have taken the team to the knockout stage, but it went down to Haryana by four runs, chasing 199, in the deciding match in Group-E.

Haryana tops the pool

The victory took Haryana to the top of the pool, as it advanced with an all-win record. For Kerala, it was the second defeat in a row, after winning its first three matches.

The loss would have been particularly disappointing for Sachin Baby, who nearly took the team home with a brilliant knock of 68 (36b, 3x4, 6x6).

Kerala needed 12 off the final over bowled by seamer Arun Chaprana, who had Salman Nizar caught brilliantly at deep-midwicket off the third ball.

Splendid run out

The batsmen had crossed, but Baby was run out by a splendid direct hit from the point boundary by Shivam Chouhan. That left Kerala needing 10 off the last two balls, but Jalaj Saxena could manage only five. If not for Baby’s valiant effort, Kerala’s challenge would have ended sooner. The dismissals of two well-set batsmen — Sanju Samson (51, 31b, 5x4, 3x6) and Mohammed Azharuddeen (35, 25b, 2x4, 2x6) — in the 11th over by seamer Sumit Kumar had brought Haryana back into the match.

The second-wicket stand was worth 81.

Baby put on 37 for the fourth wicket with Vishnu Vinod (10) and 49 for the fifth with Nizar (five).

Earlier, fine knocks from opener Chaitanya Bishnoi (45, 29b, 6x4, 1x6), Shivam (59, 34b, 6x4, 2x6), Rahul Tewatia (41 not out, 26b, 4x4, 2x6) and Sumit (21 not out, 10b, 3x4, 1x6) took Haryana to a challenging total after being put in.

Jalaj and Baby took two wickets each.

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