Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy: Mumbai out of the title race with a relentless third defeat

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If the Mumbai team wins their remaining matches, then they will have only eight points, which will not be enough to qualify for the knockout stage.

Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy: The domestic cricket team crashed out of the title race with an eight-wicket defeat against Haryana in the Group E match of the Mumbai Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy T20 tournament on Friday. Mumbai still has two matches left, but their hopes of reaching the next round with a third consecutive defeat in the season have been dashed. As per the format of the tournament, apart from the top teams of all groups (six groups), the next two top teams from elite group A to group E will qualify for the knockout stage.

If the Mumbai team wins their remaining matches, then they will have only eight points, which will not be enough to qualify for the knockout stage. Apart from Kerala, two other teams have 12–12 points at the top of the group table. At the BKC ground, Mumbai were bowled out for 143 in front of the brilliant bowling of veteran spinner Jayant Yadav (four wickets for 22 runs) and right-arm fast bowler Arun Chaprana (three wickets for 22 runs).

Young opener for Mumbai Yashasvi Jaiswal scored 35 runs. But they did not get any support in the top order. Captain Aditya Tare scored eight runs while batsmen like Suryakumar Yadav, Siddesh Lad and Shivam Dubey failed to open the account. Sarfaraz Khan (30) and Atharva Ankolekar (37) led him to a respectable score when the team was struggling to lose five wickets for 56 runs.

Haryana, with an unbeaten 75-run unbeaten 75 off 53 balls and Shivam Chauhan’s 43 not out from Himanshu Rana and with an unbroken partnership of 117 runs for the third wicket between the two, won the match by eight wickets with 14 balls remaining.

Delhi lost in high scoring match

In another match of the group, Kerala defeated Delhi by six wickets. In this match played at Wankhede Stadium, Delhi scored 212 for four on the basis of half-century innings of Shikhar Dhawan (77) and Lalit Yadav (52 not out). Kerala won the match by scoring 218 for four from innings of 91 not out by Robin Uthappa and 71 not out by Vishnu Vinod.

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