Delhi, Haryana, Services win in Syed Mushtaq trophy

New Delhi: Pacer Sumit Narwal shone with both bat and ball to help Delhi beat Himachal Pradesh by 34 runs in a twenty20 match of the North Zone Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy here on Wednesday.

Narwal scored an unbeaten 27 runs down the order and scalped two wickets to help Delhi bowl out Himachal Pradesh for 106 in 18.2 overs after setting a victory target of 141 at Palam A Ground here.

Electing to bat, Delhi made a shaky start and even though its middle order chipped in with some useful contribution, they lacked good partnership to score a big total.

Puneet Mehra (29) was the highest scorer, while Puneet Bisht (26), Mithun Manhas (22) were the other contributors.

Besides Narwal, Rajat Bhatia (3/25) and Kapil Yadav (2/22) shone with the ball, while Pradeep Sangwan and Chetanya Nanda also chipped in with one wicket each.

For Himachal, opener Sangram Singh (23) and Abhinav Bali (23) were the top-scorers but their middle order failed to provide adequate support as they kept losing wickets at regular intervals.

In another north zone match, opener Mukul Dagar fired an unbeaten 56-ball 99 and left-arm pacer Sanjay Budhwar scalped three wickets to help Haryana beat Punjab by 19 runs.

Put into bat, Haryana posted a challenging 174 for four built mainly around Dagar’s blistering innings which included 15 boundaries and six sixes.

In reply, Punjab lost half of their side inside nine overs and were tottering at 52 for five in 8.2 overs but Bipul Sharma played an unfinished 44-ball 79 innings to provide some resistance before folding at 155 in 20 overs.

Sharma’s innings was studded with six fours and four sixes.

For Haryana, Budhwar took three wickets for 34, while Amit Mishra picked up two wickets. Joginder Sharma, A Chandila and Dhruv Singh accounted for one wicket each.

In another match, Service produced a brilliant bowling and fielding performance to carve out a 18-run victory over Jammu and Kashmir at Palam B ground here.

Invited to bat first, Service struggled to post 112 for eight in their alloted 20 overs but their bowlers lead by Sumit Singh (2/14) and Amrinder Singh (2/15) shot out J & K for 94 with 13 balls to spare to notch up a deserving win.

For Services, S Yadav, Irfan Khan, Abhishek Sinha and Yashpal Singh contributed to the team taking one wicket each.