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Report: Kerala vs Baroda, Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, 2014

Baroda lose, yet reach finals based on net run-rate

Although Baroda’s winning streak was halted by Kerala, the team from West Zone sealed its 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 the 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.

Earlier, opting to field first at Wankhede Stadium, Munaf Patel struck twice in the third over to leave Kerala on 15 for two. He trapped Rakesh KJ leg-before, while Vishnu Vinod pulled to short mid-wicket to follow him back in the hut.

Rohan Prem then joined VA Jagdeesh in the middle, and the pair added 39 runs for the third wicket, until Krunal Pandya caught the latter off his own bowling. Prem, who had come to the crease after the fall of two quick wickets, hit Rishi Arothe straight to claim four runs. In the next over, Jagdeesh struck Hardik Pandya fine past the ‘keeper to collect four more en route to the team’s 50. However, he departed in the following over.

In Krunal’s next over, the bowler was hit over midwicket for six by J Jafar. But he also picked the wicket of Rohan Prem. He dislodged Prem’s bails for 30, and in his next over, he accounted for Sachin Baby’s wicket to leave Kerala on 81 for five.

Jafar Jamal and Raiphi Gomez then took on the Baroda attack to build a 30-ball 55-run stand. While Jamal found the ropes, Gomez joined in gleaning runs off the Baroda bowlers. His 19-ball 42* cameo gave Kerala the necessary impetus. Gomez lofted Munaf over long-on and long-off in the penultimate over. It was on the first ball of the last over that Lukman Meriwala sent back Jamal for 37. However, with P Prasanth for company, Gomez took the team to 152 for six with a big hit off the last ball.

Kedar Devdhar and Aditya Waghmode then came out to chase the competitive score, but the former was run out with the team on 32. Abhimanyu Chauhan was caught by Prem off his own bowling after adding just two to the total. Hardik then joined Waghmode in carrying the innings forward as Baroda looked to seal their spot in the final.

While the Kerala bowlers toiled to create breakthroughs, the pair continued to milk them. Runs came at a steady pace for Baroda as Waghmode led the charge while anchoring the innings. Unbeaten on 46 in his previous innings, Waghmode smashed Rakesh for six to inch towards his half-century, and then ran two to bring up his 50 off 31 balls. However, he handed a catch to the bowler off the next delivery to depart with the team on 87 for three.

He was replaced by Deepak Hooda in the middle. Kerala used as many as seven bowlers as they looked for a wicket. Rohan Prem, who had been more economical of the bowlers, accounted for Hooda. After Hooda perished while taking the aerial route, Abhijit Karmabelkar walked out to the middle and was castled in the next over.

With half the side back in the dressing room and Baroda needing 59 off last five overs, the match was headed for a close finish. Hardik Pandya was dismissed by Rakesh, while a direct hit from extra cover later in the over got rid of Pinal Shah, leaving the team on 105 for seven in the 18th over.

With the match tipped in Kerala’s favour, Arothe joined Krunal in the middle. With the team on 125, Krunal too was sent back by Rakesh in the last over. Arothe and Meriwala then took the team to 130 for eight at the end of their quota of overs. 

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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.