Sirsa, Sep 7 (UNI) A fourth wicket partnership of 45 runs between Yashpal Singh and Amit Kumar helped Indian Navy down Air India by 16 runs in the JCD International Twenty20 Cricket League at the JCD National Academy Stadium here today.
Air India preferred to chase the victory target as they opted to field after winning the toss. After losing three wickets for 68 runs, Yashpal and Amit carried the total to 113 before Amit Kumar departed. His innings of 30 contained two fours and two sixes.
Yashpal went on to score 47 with the help of two fours and three sixes in 28 deliveries. Sanjeev Mishra remained not out on 21.
Opender Narinder Singh contributed 17 runs. He raced to the boundary four times.
Navy scored 136 for 6 in stipulated 20 overs. Air India right arm off spinner Ajit Chandela bowled a fine line to claim 4 for 23.
Ishan Ganda got 1 for 30.
Chasing a victory target of 137, Air India were dismissed for 120 in 19.4 overs. They got an early jolt as their captain and opener J Arun Kumar (1) was run out with scoreboard reading five for one. Air India lost three more quick wickets and were struggling at 43 for 4 after 8.6 overs.
Rohit Kumar (48, 3x4s, 2x6s) and Tejeshwi Yadav (19) were associated in a 38-run partnership for the fifth wicket. They carried the total to 81 for 8 in 14.1 overs. Rahul Yadav (15), all-rounder Ajit Chandela (11) and Deepak Joon (11) were their other main scorers. However, they fell short by 16 runs.
Medium fast bower Fazil Mohd (2 for 21) and off spinner Amit Kumar (2 for 22) were the most successful bowlers for Navy. Yashpal Singh and Ajit Chandela won the man of the match awardjointly.
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