Baroda rode on skipper Kedar Devdhar’s combating 64 and bowlers’ spectacular present to beat Punjab by 25 runs and enter the ultimate of the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy on Friday. Put into bat on the Sardar Patel Stadium, Baroda posted a aggressive 160 for 3 after which restricted Punjab to 135 for 8. Half centuries from skipper Devdhar (64 off 49 balls) and two-down Kartik Kakade (53 not out off 41balls) laid the inspiration for Baroda’s whole. Baroda misplaced opener Ninad Rathva (15) early as he was cleaned up by skilled pacer Siddharth Kaul (1/31).
Then in-form Vishnu Solanki (12) and Devdhar joined arms and fetched 14 runs off the sixth over as Baroda ended the powerplay at 44 for 1.
When it seemed like the 2 would take the sport away from Punjab, younger leggie Mayank Markande (1/29) did the trick and trapped Solanki in entrance within the ninth over as Baroda slumped to 57 for two.
Devdhar received a life on 31 when Kaul dropped a skier at short-fine leg.
He grabbed the prospect with each arms and along with Kakade added 93 runs for the third wicket.
Kakade hammered 5 boundaries and two sixes and was ably supported by Devdhar, who later shifted gears. Devdhar’s knock was laced with 4 fours and three sixes. Baroda added 54 runs within the final 5 overs.
Chasing 161, Punjab had been by no means on the right track. They misplaced opener Abhishek Sharma (5) within the second over.
Pacer Lukman Meriwala (3/28) struck once more as he dismissed in-form Prabhsimran Singh (15), who was holed out within the deep as Punjab slumped to 21 for two.
Anmolpreet Singh (15) too didn’t convert his begin and in an effort to meet up with the required run-rate, was holed out within the deep.
Baroda saved making in-roads as they dismissed Ramandeep Singh (6) with Ninad Rathva (2/18) registering his second scalp of the day.
Run-rate stress received to Gurkeerat Mann (39), who too was holed out within the deep, as Punjab misplaced its half aspect for 85.
Skipper Mandeep Singh (42 not out), who injured his shoulder whereas fielding and got here out to bat down the order, tried his finest however couldn’t take his aspect residence.
Baroda will now tackle Tamil Nadu within the summit conflict on Sunday.
Temporary Scores: Baroda 160/3 (Kedar Devdhar 64; Kartik Kakade 53 not out; Mayank Markande 1/29, Siddharth Kaul 1/31) beat Punjab 135/8 (Mandeep Singh 42 not out, Gurkeerat Mann 39; Lukman Meriwala 3/28, Ninad Rathva 2/18) by 25 runs.
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