What a pity to be run out when playing well !, Mushtaq Ali’s unexpected blow to Kerala from Andhra in the Twenty20 tournament. The Kerala team started the tournament by borrowing Yash’s mass dialogue from KGF First Part, ‘All 10 I hit were dons’. The real victims of the Kerala team that started beating Puducherry were the real Delhi and Mumbai. Kerala led by Sanju has become a giant killer!
Ambati Rayudu and his team blocked Kerala’s desire to enter the quarterfinals as a group e topper by winning against Andhra Pradesh, which was out of form in the tournament. Kerala is second in the group with 12 points from 4 matches with 3 wins and Haryana is first with 16 points from 4 matches. Today’s match against Haryana will write the fate of Kerala …
Rise to the knockout stage?
38 teams are battling for the title in the tournament. The first round matches will be played between the elite groups A to E and one plate group. The first place finishers in each group will advance to the knockout stage. The other two teams that perform best in the group stage can also advance to the knockout stages.
Kerala lost the lead in the run rate with the defeat of Andhra Pradesh. In the group stage, Kerala’s next rival is Haryana. If they can beat Haryana by a good margin, Kerala can be in the knockout stage as the top runners in the group. Third-placed Mumbai with 8 points are no longer up for the challenge. Even if Kerala finishes second in the group, there is a chance of a knockout, but it will depend on the results of other teams’ matches. These chances will only exist if Kerala wins the match against Haryana by a good margin.
With 16 points, Punjab from Group A, Tamil Nadu from Group B and Baroda from Group C almost secured the knockout stage. Bihar also secured the position with 16 points from the 8-team plate group. The strongest fight is in Group D. Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Saurashtra, who are vying for the top spot in the group, have 12 points each.
English Summary: Kerala’s Knock-out chances in Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy