Chandigarh: Mau Jahid Khan scored his third consecutive century from three matches to help Chandigarh thump Railways by 10 wickets and top Group F in the IndusInd Bank Nagesh Trophy National T20 Cricket Tournament for the Blind which was played here at the PCA Stadium. Manipur finished second in the group after beating Assam by 7 wickets.
Railways were put into bat by Chandigarh in a game reduced to 18 overs per side. Opener Paras Bhatia anchored the innings and scored a brilliant century of 61 balls with the help of 11 boundaries. This innings helped Railways post a score of 189/9 in 18 overs. Sanjay Kumar Shah and Vipul Jethva scored 20 runs each. Naseeb Singh, Taj Mohammad and Sumant Poddar bagged a wicket each for Chandigarh. In reply, Chandigarh openers gave no chance to the opposition bowlers as they took them to the cleaners. Mau Jahid Khan scored an unbeaten 104 of 56 balls with the help of 17 boundaries and captain Ved Prakash remained unbeaten on 54 from 34 balls. Chandigarh crossed the target in just 13.2 overs.
In the other match of the group, Manipur won the toss and send Assam to bat. Assam scored 191/3 in 18 overs which was aided by a 4th wicket unbeaten partnership of 118 runs between Humen Buragohain and Deben Adhikari. Humen scored 65 and Deben scored 39 runs. Manipur opener Pradeep Singh anchored the innings from start to finish and ensured that Manipur cross the line in 16.2 overs. He scored an unbeaten 121 runs of 63 balls with the help of 16 boundaries.
The 3-day Group F matches came to an end today and Chandigarh out performing in the group stage has now qualified to the next level of the tournament. Chandigarh will have to face a cross over match to find the place in the Super 8 which will be held later this month. A total of 6 matches were played at Chandigarh. The matches were hosted by Cricket Association for the Blind in Chandigarh, Cricket Association for the Blind in India, NAB Chandigarh guided by Samarthanam Trust for the Disabled and supported by IndusInd Bank.
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