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Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy 2023: Punjab Post Highest Ever Score In SMAT History, Slam 275/6 Against Andhra Pradesh

Ranchi witnessed history as Punjab slammed the highest ever score in SMAT history. Abhishek Sharma scored a century while Anmolpreet Singh smashed 87 off just 26 balls as Punjab posted a 275-run total.

Abhishek Sharma celebrates his ton
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During the ongoing Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy 2023, Punjab scripted it's name in the record books by slamming a record total in the tournament. Punjab batters sent the Andhra bowlers to all corners of the ground as they slammed 275 in Ranchi, all thanks to Abhishek Sharma's 51-ball century (112) and Anmolpreet Singh who scored 87 off mere 26 deliveries. By doing so, Punjab's total is the highest in Indian T20 cricket (SMAT or IPL) and fourth highest overall in T20 cricket history.(ODI World Cup | Cricket News)

Punjab also broke the record previously held by Mumbai against Sikkim in 2019 when they had smashed 258 back then.

Talking about this match, Abhishek Sharma's innings included nine fours and as many maximums as he blitzed away the Andhra bowlers. Amidst that, the likes of Prabsimran Singh and Naman Dhir also contributed with the bat.

Talking about Anmolpreet's knock of 87, the batter's innings saw him register a strike rate of 334.62, which is third-fastest knock in SMAT for a batter who has played a minimum of 10 deliveries. Previous record was held by Saurav Chauhan of Gujarat, who had achieved the feat by smashing 18-ball 61 runs against Arunachal Pradesh on the opening day of Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy 2023.

Highest team total in Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy
275/6 - Punjab vs Andhra (Ranchi, 2023)
258/4 - Mumbai vs Sikkim (Indore, 2019)
252/4 - Andhra vs Manipur (Mulapadu, 2019)
250/3 - Karnataka vs Services (Vizianagaram, 2019)
244/4 - Madhya Pradesh vs Meghalaya (Mumbai, 2019)

Highest team total in T20 cricket history (men's)
314/3 - Nepal vs Mongolia (Hangzhou, 2023)
278/3 - Afghanistan vs Ireland (Dehradun, 2019)
278/4 - Czech Republic vs Turkey (Ilfov County, 2019)
275/6 - Punjab vs Andhra (Ranchi, 2023)
273/2 - Melbourne Stars vs Hobart Hurricanes (Melbourne, 2022).

In reply, Arunachal Pradesh could only muster 170 for the loss of seven wickets in the alloted 20 overs. Ricky Bhui scored a 52-ball 104 as AP fell short by 105 runs.

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