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Shubman Gill’s first T20 ton propels Punjab to Mushtaq Ali Trophy semi-final | Cricket News

KOLKATA: Shubman Gill celebrated his T20I call up to the New Zealand tour in style, crushing his first century in the format when Punjab defeated Karnataka by nine runs in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy quarterfinals on Monday.
The opener skipped to the last ball of the penultimate and scored as the top scorer with a career-best 126 in Punjab’s 225 for four.

In response, the two-time champion and last season’s runner-up battled before being capped at 216 for six. Punjab will face Himachal Pradesh in the first semi-final at Eden Gardens on Thursday.
Earlier, 23-year-old Gill, who is all set for a T20I debut in the upcoming New Zealand tour, made a big statement.
Taking full advantage of a delay from Karnataka gloveman Luvnith Sisodia on 34, Gill made his way to a 30-ball 50, then completed the century in 49 balls.
In all, he hit 11 fours and nine sixes in a knock that was a mix of artistry and aggression.
Entered, Punjab had a shaky start as they lost Abhishek Sharma and Prabhsimran Singh early but after that it was all about Gill.
The youngster forged a 151 point partnership with Anmolpreet Singh (59 out of 43b) and reached 161 within 16 overs.
Gill continued in a similar vein with Sanvir Singh giving him fine support with a solid 27 not from 13 balls.
Veteran Manish Pandey lifted Karnataka from 18/3 with a 29-ball 45, then Abhinav Manohar held them in the chase with a 29-ball 62.
Manoj Bhandage hit 25 from 9 balls, while Manohar and Krishnappa Gowtham (30 not out; 14b) narrowed the comparison to 38 from the last two overs.
But Siddarth Kaul and Harpreet Brar held their nerves to seal a victory for Punjab.
Dhawan falls for 37 as Vidarbha knockout Delhi
Delhi fell just one point short in a tricky 158 chase to be knocked out by Vidarbha in a second quarter-final at the Jadavpur University Second Campus ground in Salt Lake.
It was Yash Thakur who was the architect of their win as he pitched a perfect final to sack Lalit Yadav (17) and Lakshya Thareja (4) in three balls to turn the match in their favor.
Vidarbha will face Mumbai in the second semifinal in Eden.
Delhi chased 157 and needed 26 from the last two overs and managed 16 from veteran India pacer Umesh Yadav.
In the last over, Thakur dropped two wickets.
Previously, Dhawan, who was appointed India ODI captain for the New Zealand tour, got off to a solid start when he set a 48-point tie with Himmat Singh (27).
But Singh became Thakur’s first victim, while Dhawan was sacked by Aditya Sarwate (2/16) in the ninth, as Vidarbha continued to take wickets at regular intervals.
Vidarbha scored 157 for five with skipper Akshay Wadkar from the front in a 53-ball 63.
Bengal crashes, defends 200 vs Himachal. not
Bengal suffered a four wicket loss against Himachal Pradesh in another thrilling final eight finish.
Shahbaz Ahmed top scorer for Bengal in a 32-ball 59 to propel them to 199 for six.
In response, Akash Vasisht of Himachal hit an unbeaten 76 from 42 balls, while Nikhil Gangta scored 50 on 37 deliveries to win one last ball.
Mumbai to Saurashtra
Shreyas Iyer top scorer for Mumbai with a 30-ball 40 while Shivam Dube came out with a 25 out of 13 balls as Mumbai sealed a two wicket win against Saurashtra.
Prerak Mankad’s explosive 25-ball 61, studded with seven fours and three sixes, propelled Saurashtra to 166 for eight.
In response, Mumbai lost two wickets in the power play and skipper Ajinkya Rahane also failed to convert his start. But Dube persisted to complete the chase with three balls left.
Chetan Sakariya (4/33) and Kushang Patel (2/33) were the most successful bowlers.
Short scores:
At Eden Gardens: Punjab 225/4; 20 overs (Shubman Gill 126, Anmolpreet Singh 59; Vidwath Kaverappa 3/44) b Karnataka 216/6; 20 overs (Abhinav Manohar 62 not out, Manish Pandey 45; Ramandeep Singh 2/26) with nine runs.
Saurashtra 166/8; 20 overs (Prerak Mankad 61; Tushar Deshpande 3/37, Mohit Avashti 2/23) lost to Mumbai 168/8; 20 overs (Shreyas Iyer 40, Shivam Dube 25 not out; Chetan Sakariya 4/33, Kushang Patel 2/33) with two wickets.
On JU Second Campus: Vidarbha 157/5; 20 overs (Akshay Wadkar 63) b Delhi 156/6; 20 overs (Yash Dhull 39 not out, Shikhar Dhawan 37; Yash Thakur 29/4) with one point.
At Videocon Academy: Bengal 199/6; 20 overs (Shahbaz Ahmed 59; Kanwar Abhinay 4/47, Rishi Dhawan 2/40) lost to Himachal Pradesh 200/6; 20 overs (Akash Vasisht 76 not out, Nikhil Gangta 50; Ravi Kumar 2/29) with four wickets.
Lineup of semi-finals: Punjab vs Himachal Pradesh; Vidarbha vs Mumbai (Thursday at Eden Gardens).

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