Siddarth Kaul, Sandeep Sharma and Arshdeep Singh mixed to do the job for Punjab
Punjab 89 for 1 (Prabhsimran 49*, Mandeep 35*) beat Karnataka 87 (Kaul 3-15, Arshdeep 2-16, Sandeep 2-17) by 9 wickets
Punjab’s prime order chased down their goal of 88 with ease after their tempo assault of Sandeep Sharma, Arshdeep Singh and Siddarth Kaul took seven wickets between them to rout defending champions Karnataka within the first Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy quarter-final, on the newly-inaugurated Sardar Patel Stadium in Ahmedabad. Medium-pacer Ramandeep Singh additionally chipped in with two middle-order wickets, and Karnataka by no means recovered after slipping from 24 for zero to 26 for 4.
After openers Devdutt Padikkal (11) and Karun Nair (12) handed catches to mid-off throughout the house of 4 deliveries, Kaul dismissed Pavan Deshpande for a duck in a double-wicket maiden, Mayank Markande taking a shocking diving catch at midwicket. BR Sharath then edged Arshdeep and Karnataka have been 4 down contained in the powerplay. Aniruddha Joshi (27 off 34) and Shreyas Gopal (13 off 11) revived the innings briefly earlier than Ramandeep had Gopal and J Suchith caught behind. Markande bowled Joshi with a googly on the different finish, because the final 5 partnerships managed 15 runs in complete, Kaul and Sandeep ending the innings with return catches of Abhimanyu Mithun and Prasidh Krishna. At present joint-second on the wicket-takers’ list this season with a tally of 13, Kaul completed with beautiful figures of 4-1-15-3.
Punjab additionally misplaced an early wicket, that of Abhishek Sharma who slashed Mithun straight to level for Four within the first over, earlier than Prabhsimran Singh and captain Mandeep Singh stitched collectively an unbeaten stand of 85 off 70 balls. Prabhsimran drove and pulled the quick bowlers with disdain for 2 fours and three sixes, whereas Mandeep exhibited some elegant cowl drives for his 4 fours and a six. Prabhsimran ended the sport with a pull for six off Gopal within the 13th over.