Nagesh Trophy: Telangana, Uttar Pradesh qualify for Super 8

Telangana on Tuesday beat Jammu & Kashmir by 1 run in the eliminator match of the ongoing 6th edition of the Nagesh Trophy – Men’s National T20 Cricket Tournament for the Blind 2023-24 at JB Cricket Ground.

Telangana on Tuesday beat Jammu & Kashmir by 1 run in the eliminator match of the ongoing 6th edition of the Nagesh Trophy – Men’s National T20 Cricket Tournament for the Blind 2023-24 at JB Cricket Ground.

With a win, Telangana qualified for the Super Eight stage and became the 8th team to do so after Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Odisha, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Delhi and Uttar Pradesh.

Opting to bat first, Telangana smashed 101/5 in the 10 overs with Nikhil Bathula scoring 54 of 32 balls. Jammu & Kashmir started off well with Mohd Azeem smashing each and every corner of the ground. However, Telangana restricted them at 100, hence winning the match by 1 run. Nikhil Bathula was adjudged as the Player of the Match.

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Earlier on Sunday, Uttar Pradesh defeated Tripura by 138 runs at Manas Sports Academy in Lucknow. Opting to bat first, Uttar Pradesh scored 180 in the allotted 20 overs and then restricted Tripura to 42/10. Chandan Kumar who scored 45 off 32 balls was named as the Player of the Match.

Following the conclusion of the League Stage in December 2023, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Odisha, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Delhi had qualified for the Super 8 stage following their exemplary performances. Uttar Pradesh and Tripura, Telangana and Jammu & Kashmir locked horns in the Eliminator games.

Super 8 stage will begin on January 29 following an inauguration in Nagpur on January 28. The Super 8 stage will run for three days and the semi-finals will be played on February 1. The finals of the megaevent will take place on February 2 in Nagpur.

Nagesh Trophy was launched in the memory of Late SP Nagesh, Founder President, Cricket Association for the Blind in India and Founder Trustee, Samarthanam Trust for the Disabled.

(IANS)