Siddharth Kaul took four wickets for 26 runs, including a hat-trick, and on Prabhasimran Singh’s unbeaten 89, Punjab defeated Karnataka by nine wickets in the Elite Group A of the Syed Mushtaq Ali Twenty20 Trophy here on Tuesday (1 ) Occupied the field.

Punjab reached the top with two wins in as many matches, while Karnataka slipped to the first of two losses.

falling apart

After being bowled, Karnataka scored 125 runs for eight wickets in 20 overs.

Only Rohan Kadam (32, 33B, 3X4) showed some fighting, while the more established players – Devadatta Padikkal (19), Karun Nair (13) and K. Gautam (13) won.

Punjab’s seamer Siddharth’s hat-trick came in the 17th over when he scored Kadam, Anirudh Joshi and A. Mithun dismissed.

Punjab had no trouble chasing the target, extending the target to 5.2 overs. Young wicketkeeper-batsmen Prabhasimran and Abhishek Sharma (30, 30B, 2X, 1X6) put Punjab on the right track, scoring 93 for the opening wicket.

Prabhasimran scored an unbeaten 89 off 52 balls with the help of nine fours and five sixes.

Devadhar, Shivam shine

In another fixture, Railways defeated Uttar Pradesh by eight wickets. Mrinal Deodhar (57, 52B, 8×4) and Shivam Choudhary (not 56, 39B, 6×4, 1×6) helped Railways achieve the short-run target of 134 runs with 14 balls to spare.

With two wins, Railways are tied with Punjab in points, but the latter is ahead at net run rate.

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