Hosts Kerala and Andhra Pradesh notch up a comfortable wins

The IndusInd Bank Nagesh trophy season 2019-20, moved down south where Kerala began their home leg at Kochi with a comfortable seven wicket victory over Jharkhand. The toss was won by the hosts in the presence of Sachin Baby, Captain of Kerala Ranji trophy cricket team. Jharkhand made a very sedate start and could never get out of second gear as the Kerala bowlers pegged them down to a very paltry score of 129 in their 20 overs. Brilliant bowling and fielding performance from the hosts was well on display.

Chasing a relatively small target the openers from Kerala took a cautious approach, this led to them losing a couple of wickets and scoring at just a run a ball until the halfway mark. Muhammed and Abdul Munaz then up the ante as they chased down the target with three overs and seven wickets to spare. The presentation ceremony was conducted in the presence of James Thankachan, Kerala Zone Head, Muthoot group.

Brief Scores:

Jharkhand: 129/6 in 20 overs

Rohit 19(29) Nishit 18(24)

Vishnu 1/16 Venugopal 1/19

Kerala 130/3 in 17 overs

Muhammed 42*(39) Abdul 38(28)

Rahul 1/28 Golu 1/36

Man of the match: Abdul Munaz

In the second match of the day Andhra Pradesh beat Maharashtra by seven wickets. Andhra Pradesh won the toss on a dry pitch and opted to put Maharashtra in. The bowlers led by the captain, Ajay Reddy stuck blows at regular intervals as the Maharashtra batsman struggled to score. In the end they just managed to scrape past 100 as they finished with 101 in their 20 overs.

The bowlers started strongly for the team from the west as they picked up two quick wickets but then the duo of Durga Rao and Ajay Reddy steadied the ship with a solid partnership with the skipper scoring a well composed half century as the last season’s finalists emerged victorious by seven wickets. The presentation ceremony was attended by Ajesh Thomas, CEO of Hitus Medicare. 

Brief Scores:

Maharashtra 101/7 in 20 overs.

Anil 46(62) Abhijeet 25 (33)

Ajay 3/19 Venkateswara 1/5

Andhra Pradesh : 104/3 in 14.1 overs

Ajay 53(39) Durga 34*(41)

Rahul 2/21 Anil 1/5

Man of the match : Ajay Kumar Reddy

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