January 17, 2021 03:19 PM IST
Mumbai: Kerala’s victory in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy has finally come to an end. Andhra Pradesh, which has not won a single match, has beaten Kerala, which has beaten domestic cricket teams like Mumbai and Delhi. Andhra, led by former Indian batsman Ambati Rayudu, thrashed Kerala by six wickets. After losing the toss and opting to bat, Kerala were bowled out for 112. With 17 balls and six wickets in hand, Andhra easily surpassed the target.
This is Kerala’s first defeat of the season. And Andhra’s first victory. With this, Kerala’s knockout dreams also suffered a setback. Kerala played the first three matches at the famous Wankhede Stadium and today at the Sharad Pawar Cricket Academy Stadium against Kerala. Kerala, who batted second in the first three matches, lost the toss and opted to bat first.
Andhra Pradesh’s top scorer was opener Ashwin Hebbar with 48 off 46 balls with six fours and a six. Captain Ambati Rayudu was unbeaten on 38 off 27 balls with four fours and a six. KS Bharat (nine off eight balls), Manish Golamaru (five off seven balls), Ricky Bhui (one off seven balls) and Prashant Kumar (nine not out off eight balls) were the other notable contributors.
For Kerala, Jalaj Saxena took two wickets for just nine runs in four overs. Sreesanth conceded 25 runs in three overs and Sachin Baby conceded 20 runs in three overs.
Earlier in the match against Andhra Pradesh, Kerala scored 112 for four in the allotted 20 overs. At one stage, Kerala were 38 for four.
Sachin Baby scores a half century for Kerala Sachin Baby was Kerala’s top scorer with 51 off 34 balls with one four and four sixes. Jalaj Saxena was unbeaten on 27 off 34 balls with a four. Their partnership of 62 balls from the crease added 74 runs to the Kerala scoreboard. For Andhra Pradesh, Manish Golamaru took two wickets for 19 runs in four overs.
Uthappa and Azharuddin added 21 runs for the first wicket in 4.2 overs. Kerala lost four wickets for just 17 runs. Robin Uthappa (eight off 17 balls), Mohammad Azharuddin (12 off 12 balls), skipper Sanju Samson (seven off 14 balls) and Vishnu Vinod (four off nine balls) put on 17 runs for the second wicket. This was followed by the Sachin Baby-Jalaj Saxena partnership that sustained Kerala.