Round-up: Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, April 12

UP, Kerala and Delhi post wins

Baroda lost to Kerala but reached final for the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy. Haryana beat UP, while Delhi beat Rajasthan on the last day of the league phase. Here are the highlights of Day 5 of the ongoing Super League of the T20 tournament:

Group A

Goa vs Gujarat: Goa won their last game of the league against Gujarat by four wickets in Rajkot. The top three of the Gujarat line-up ensured their team got to a competitive total after electing to bat first. An 86-run opening stand helped lay a platform for the formidable score. No.3 bat SK Patel made 50 not-out, while openers PK Panchal and RD Darbar made 47 and 43 respectively. Chasing the target, Swapnil Asnodkar once again played a crucial knock for his team. The Goa captain made 64 while the rest of the line-up made useful contributions to help the team to victory with five overs to spare.

Haryana vs UPCA: UP posted a six-wicket win over Haryana to strengthen their position at the top the group table. Chasing 179 in Rajkot, UP opener PS Gupta powered his team to victory with a 102 not-out. Earlier, Ravi Dewan’s 46, at the top of the order, helped set the tone of the innings. Although the middle order returned without a substantial contribution, the lower-middle order batsmen, including R Dalal (24*) and S Rathi (10), took the team to 178 for eight.

Group B

Baroda vs Kerala: Although Baroda’s winning streak was halted by Kerala, the team from West Zone confirmed a berth in the final on the basis of their net run-rate. The team from South Zone beat Baroda by 22 runs in the Group B match of the T20 Super League for the Syed Mushtaq Ali trophy in Mumbai in their quest to claim a berth in the final. After setting the opposition a 153-run target, thanks to a late blitzkrieg by Raiphi Gomez (42* off 19 balls), Kerala bowlers restricted Baroda to 130 for eight. Click here for the full report.

DDCA vs Rajasthan: Delhi beat Rajasthan by seven wickets on the last day of the league phase. Kshitiz Sharma’s 42-ball 57 helped Delhi to 144 for four after Rajasthan were asked to bat first. For Delhi, Javed Khan and Yogesh Nagar claimed four and three wickets respectively to bowl their team to a comprehensive win.


Round-up: Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, April 11

Panchal’s all-round performance helps Guj to victory

Baroda stay on top of the Group B points table in the lead up to the coveted domestic T20 trophy. PK Panchal took Gujarat to a convincing win over Uttar Pradesh, while bowlers helped Kerala to victory. Here are the highlights of Day 4 of the ongoing Super League of the T20 tournament:

Group A

Goa vs Jharkhand: Opting to bat first, Sagun Kamat (40) and Swapnil Asnodkar (57) put together an 88-run partnership to lay the foundation for Goa's 172 for four and set Jharkhand a challenging total. G Gawas then set the ball rolling by sending back Ishank Jaggi with seven runs on the board. Gawas went on to finish with three for 18, while D Misal picked two wickets for 15 runs to help bowl Goa to a 58-run victory.

Gujarat vs UPCA: PK Panchal starred in Gujarat's 34-run victory over UPCA. Opening the innings, Panchal scored 74 to power Gujarat to 187 for four and then returned to claim four wickets to bowl the team to a thumping victory. R Bhatt picked three wickets, while K Thakore, Jay Desai and Rohit Dahiya picked a wicket each to help bowl UP out for 150.

Group B

Baroda vs Rajasthan: Table-toppers of their group, Baroda cantered to a 10-wicket win against Rajasthan in the ongoing phase of the domestic T20 tournament. Electing to field first, Baroda bundled out Rajasthan for 103 with three balls remaining in the innings. R Arothre and Lukman Meriwala claimed three wickets each, while Hardik Pandya picked two. Krunal Pandya and Abhijit Karmabelkar chipped in with a wicket each as they sliced through the opposition line-up. Openers Kedar Devdhar and Aditya Waghmode then chased down the subpar total with 23 balls to spare. Devdhar remained not out on 45, while his opening partner was not out on 50.

Bengal vs Kerala: In a low-scoring game in Mumbai, Kerala posted a 19-wicket against Bengal. After the team from South was helped to 101 for eight, thanks to a 51 by Rohan Prem, the Manu Krishnan-led attack skittled Bengal out for 82. Defending the low total, Krishnan claimed four wickets, while P Prasanth and Rakesh KJ took two wickets each. Basil Thampy picked one wicket to help bowl Kerala to victory.