Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 Tournament: Punjab Defeats J&K By 10 Wickets  

Rayes Afzal

SRINAGAR: In the ongoing Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy 2021, Group A (Elite)toppers Punjab defeated J&K in a one-sided, low-scoring contest on Saturday at KSCA Cricket Ground (3), Alur, Bangalore.

Earlier in the day, Punjab captain Mandeep Singh won the toss and opted to bowl first. J&K batters struggled from the get-go and did not get off to a good start, losing wickets at regular intervals.

Eventually the J&K team managed an overall score of 139 for the loss of 8 wickets in the allotted 20 overs.

Shubham Pundir (42 of 34) and Qamran Iqbal (27 off 29) were the top scorers for J&K. While Siddarth Kaul (4-33) and Harpreet Brar (2-22) were the key-performers with the ball for Punjab.

Chasing a low total of 139, Punjab’s opening pair did not allow J&K bowlers a whiff of a chance and dominated the game right from the start, managing to seal the tie in the 15th over, without losing a wicket.

Abhishek Sharma (73 of 46) and Simran Singh (59 of 42) made sure Punjab got to their target easily.

By beating J&K, Punjab registered their fourth consecutive win of the tournament and cemented their place at the top of the Group A (Elite) standings.

For J&K the loss means they slip down to 3rd place, having won just two out of their opening four games.

Brief Scores:

J&K - Shubham Pundir 42 (34) (3x4, 2x6), Qamran Iqbal 27 (29) (2x4, 1x6)

S Kaul 4 overs, 33 runs, 4 wickets, Harpreet Brar 4 overs, 22 runs, 2 wickets

Punjab - Prabhsimran Singh 59 (42), (4x4, 4x6), Abhishek Sharma 73 (46), (4x4, 4x6).

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