Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy 2021, Group A: 3 best batting performances

The 2021-2022 Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy kicked off earlier today with several T20 matches taking place across India. Three Elite Group A matches took place on the opening day of the 2021/22 Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy.

Defending champions Tamil Nadu started their campaign with a victory over Maharashtra at the Bharat Ratna Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ekana Cricket Stadium. Punjab beat Pondicherry by eight wickets in one place while Odisha beat Goa at Bharat Ratna Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ekana Cricket Stadium B.

The hitters didn’t have much fun in Lucknow today. Only two teams managed to score more than 150 points in the three elite group A matches that took place on Matchday 1 of the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy 2021/22. Still, there have been remarkable performances from a few people.

We take a look at the top three batting performances from the three Elite Group A games.

3. Vijay Shankar – 42 * (21) against Maharashtra

What a fierce finish from Vijay Shankar !!!! 💫💫Score 42 * (21) with a SR of 200 !! 🤯Captains Knock !!!! 😎

Tamil Nadu skipper Vijay Shankar played a 42-point winning stroke for his condition in his 2021/22 Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy opener against Maharashtra. Shankar came out at bat in the 13th when Tamil Nadu’s score was 80/2.

The versatile went on to accumulate 42 runs and 21 deliveries at a superb 2022 strike rate. Vijay Shankar smashed five fours and a six in his stroke. His innings took Tamil Nadu to a total of 167 points in 20 overs.

2. Ruturaj Gaikwad – 51 (30) vs. Tamil Nadu

Ruturaj Gaikwad was instrumental in winning the 2021 Chennai Super Kings IPL Championship. He was the top runner in the Chennai-based franchise. However, Gaikwad had to play against Tamil Nadu in the 2021-22 Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy earlier today.

The right-handed hitter was Maharashtra’s captain in their match against Tamil Nadu. As mentioned earlier, Vijay Shankar’s magnificent performance helped Tamil Nadu set a 168 point goal for Maharashtra.

Gaikwad gave his team a strong start, totaling 51 races out of 30 deliveries. He hit an eight fours and a six in his entertaining shot. Sadly, Maharashtra lost some of its momentum after Murugan Ashwin trapped Gaikwad in front of its stumps. Tamil Nadu limited Maharashtra to 155/6 and won by 12 points.

1. Abhishek Sharma – 54 * (33) against Pondicherry

Abhishek Sharma today at #SyedMushtaqAliTrophy With the ball – 7/3 in 4 overs. With the stick – 54 off 33 Captain leading forward.

Sunrisers Hyderabad star Abhishek Sharma captained the Punjab in their 2021-22 Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy match against Pondicherry earlier today. The Punjab skipper played in his team’s eight-wicket victory over Pondicherry.

In the opening innings, Sharma cast an impressive 3/7 spell. He opened the bowling alley for his team and fired S Karthik and Pavan Deshpande. In her second more, Sharma cleaned up veteran hitter Paras Dogra.

Later in the game, Abhishek scored half a century to help Punjab chase a 107-point target in 12.5 overs. He hit five fours and two sixes in his 54 of 33 balls. Punjab currently leads the Elite Group A standings with a net run rate of +3.038. The team led by Abhishek Sharma will face Maharashtra tomorrow.

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