Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy 2019: Making a strong case for himself ahead of upcoming ICC World Cup 2019, Manish Pandey played a sensational knock of unbeaten 111 off 46 balls that helped Karnataka post a mammoth total of 226/4 in 20 overs against Arunachal Pradesh in Group D, Round 3 match at the Barabati Stadium in Cuttack .
Pandey’s innings was laced with 9 scorching boundaries and 7 huge maximums as he sent every Arunachal bowler on a leather hunt to every part of the ground.
This is Pandey’s 2nd century in T20 cricket with the first coming back in 2009 IPL. He was associated with Royal Challengers Bangalore during that period. He brought up his hundred in 43 balls by scoring 60 runs from his last 21 balls.
Pandey’s knock helped Karnataka post a mountainous total of 226 in 20 overs which eventually proved out to be a huge task for Arunachal batsmen. Arunachal batsmen failed to put up any fight and lost the encounter by a huge margin of 146 runs. Shreyas Gopal starred with the ball for Karnataka as he picked up a five-for while giving away just 11 runs.
Earlier in the last match, Pandey revived Karnataka innings with a half-century as they beat Assam by 15 runs in their Group D, Round 1 match of the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy on Friday.
After posting 169/6 thanks largely to captain Pandey’s 70, Karnataka blew away Assam top-order inside Powerplay, reducing them to 20/4 in 4.5 overs. A late recovery show saw wicketkeeper Wasiqur Rahman hitting 62 off 41 and a quickfire unbeaten 53 from Rajjakuddin Ahmed did reduce the margin, even fanning Assam’s dying hopes but Karnataka held on for a relatively comfortable win.
Assam ended on 154/7 but would have rued their top-order not contributing enough which would have meant a different result.