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Sanju Samson upstages Yuvraj to steer Kerala into quarters

Press Trust of India  |  Kochi 

Sanju Samson smashed 72 off 56 balls as completed a five wicket win over to cruise into the quarterfinals of the Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 Trophy.

(54 off 44) took to 135 for 7 before Samson stole the show to lead to their fifth win in as many games.

are still in hunt for a quarterfinals with a game to go tomorrow. They have 12 points from three wins in five games and are placed fourth in Group B behind runaway leaders (20 points), second placed (16 points) and Saurashtra, who are also on 12 points but have better net run rate.

Top two teams from each of the four groups qualify for the quarterfinals.

Yuvraj's half century was timely ahead of the T20s in He hammered seven fours and a six though it was not enough for a positive outcome for Punjab.

Sanju on the other hand was in sparkling form and struck six fours and three sixes in what was a highly entertaining innings.

Punjab captain had a decent outing with the ball, taking two wickets for 19 runs in four overs.

Brief scores: Punjab 135/7 in 20 overs (Yuraj Singh 54; P Prasanth 3/11).

Kerala 139/5 in 19.5 overs (Sanju Samson 72, 2/19).

First Published: Sat, January 09 2016. 20:07 IST