Mushtaq: Haryana maul Meghalaya by 99 runs; Harshal shines

Mumbai, Nov 18 (PTI) Powered by an all-round show byHarshal Patel, Haryana ended their league stage campaign on ahigh with a 99-run win against Meghalaya in a Group D match ofthe Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy here on Monday.

Haryana have already made it to the Super League stageof the national T20 tournament, which begins in Surat onNovember 21.

Mumbai, who lost only one game in the league phase,have also booked their place in the Super League stage.

Put into bat at the Bandra-Kurla Complex (BKC) in thesuburbs, Haryana rode on a quick fire 82 off 40 balls byopener Patel to amass a competitive 202/6 despite losing twoearly wickets of Himanshura and in-form Chaitanya Bishnoi.

While wickets were tumbling at the other end, Patelheld fort at one end and toyed with a pedestrian bowlingattack of Meghalaya, hammering five fours and seven sixesduring his stay at the crease.

A quick fire unbeaten 31 not out by Rahul Tewatiahelped Haryana cross the 200-run mark.

The chase was an uphill task for Meghalaya, whostruggled to get going and were restricted to 103/9.

Patel, a right-arm medium pacer, then shone with theball to return with fine figures of 3/22.

Meanwhile, in an inconsequential Group D game, MadhyaPradesh bowlers held their nerves to eke out a thrilling five-run victory against Pondicherry at the Wankhede Stadium insouth Mumbai.

Brief scores: At BKC: Haryana 202-6 in 20 overs (Harshal Patel 82,Rahul Tewatia not out 31; Sanjay Yadav 2-24, Amiangshu Sen 2-19) beat Meghalaya 103-9 (Abhay Negi 25, Sanjay Yadav 21, RaviTeja 21; Harshal Patel 3-22) by 99 runs. Haryana 4 points,Meghalaya 0 points.

At Wankhede: Madhya Pradesh 177/6 (Ashutosh Sharma 84,Venkatesh Iyer 35; R Vinay Kumar 4/30) beat Pondicherry 172/5(B Arun Karthik 60, Paras Dogra 41; Rahul Batham 2/24) by fiveruns. MP 4 points, Pondicherry 0 points. PTI NRBRSY RSY