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Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy Semifinals Highlights: Baroda beat Punjab by 25 runs

Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, Punjab vs Baroda Highlights: Kedar Devdhar and Karthik Kakade hit fifties and Lukman Meriwala registered figures of 3/28 in Baroda's 25-run win.

By: Sports Desk |
Updated: January 29, 2021 10:42:22 pm
Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy Semifinal 2: Punjab vs Baroda. (BCCI)

Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, Punjab vs Baroda Highlights: Baroda set up a summit clash with Tamil Nadu after defeating Punjab by 25 runs in the second semi-final of the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy at the Motera Stadium in Ahmedabad on Friday.

After winning the toss, Punjab opted to bowl first. Kedar Devdhar (64) and Karthik Kakade (53*) guided Baroda to a challenging 160/3 at the end of 20 overs in the first innings. During the chase, Baroda assumed the driving seat by regularly scalping wickets with Lukman Meriwala registering figures of 3/28. The Devdhar-led team restricted Punjab to 135/8 in the second innings to win the semi-final.

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Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, Punjab vs Baroda Highlights:

22:27 (IST)29 Jan 2021

Despite 17 runs coming in the last over of the chase, Punjab fail to reach the target and lose the semi-final by 25 runs. They said dew, they said bowling is tough, they said batting becomes easy but Baroda have shown some character despite losing the toss.

22:13 (IST)29 Jan 2021

After Kakade removed Brar in the previous over, Punjab suffered another casualty. On the final ball of Sheth's over, Markande gifts his wicket to Kumar's hands by lofting it high in the air. They need 51 runs in the last two overs. Mission impossible now. 

21:57 (IST)29 Jan 2021
Punjab in deep trouble, Gurkeerat dismissed

Punjab seem to be trouble as the required run-rate is touching 15 now. A wicket and eight runs in the last two overs. Still, Gurkeerat continues to show some fight with a six. Pathan exacts revenge and removes him with a caught out. BDA: 85/5 (14.5 overs)

21:32 (IST)29 Jan 2021

Baroda have their third wicket! Punjab couldn't increase their run-rate and felt the pressure... and Anmolpreet finally paid the price. Rathva scalps his wicket with the help of Sheth's catch. The batsman walks back on 15. Next up, Ramandeep. BDA: 53/3 (9 overs)

21:21 (IST)29 Jan 2021
Gurkeerat adds some verve to batting attack

Gurkeerat Singh (11*) comes on and with a statement for Punjab. He punishes Bhatt for a four and keeps the run-counter ticking for his team, providing confidence to his partner Anmolpreet (4*) at the other end. Nine runs off the over. PUN: 35/2 (6 overs)

21:07 (IST)29 Jan 2021
Punjab suffer double trouble

Ever since Meriwala crippled the opening attack of Punjab with a wicket-maiden in the second over, they have gone inside a shell. Simran (15) tried to be adventurous with a couple of fours but he loses his wicket to Meriwala again. Trouble? PUN: 21/2 (4 overs)

20:53 (IST)29 Jan 2021
Simran, Sharma open for Punjab

Simran Singh and Abhishek Sharma are at the crease. Atit Sheth opens the attack and he gets smacked by Sharma on the third ball of the innings... straight to the ropes. Punjab are off to a confident start, but can they maintain the run-rate? PUN: 6/0 (1 over)

20:40 (IST)29 Jan 2021
Punjab need 161 runs to win

With 24 runs in the final two overs, Baroda finish their exciting innings on 160/3 at the end of 20 overs. Devdhar led the way with his 64 until he was dismissed by Sandeep, but Kakade (53*) and Seth (9*) comfortably guided their team to a challenging total.

20:29 (IST)29 Jan 2021
Kakade celebrates his half-ton!

Way to go! Kakade lifts his bat after scoring his fifty in 37 balls. Five fours and two sixes to go with it. BDA: 142/2 (18.3 overs)

20:20 (IST)29 Jan 2021
Devdhar reaches half-century with a six

Both the batsmen look like men on a mission as they continue with their partnership quite bravely. Facing Kaul, Devdhar lifts the ball high in the air for a huge maximum and brings up his fifty in 42 balls. Kakade's on 43 at the other end. BDA: 129/2 (17 overs)

20:05 (IST)29 Jan 2021
Kakade leads the way for Baroda

The floodgates have opened now! Kakade goes berserk as he smacks Markande for a six, and then continues his hot streak in the next over. A four and a six against Brar, and suddenly Baroda are back in it. 25 runs in last two overs. BDA: 100/2 (14 overs)

19:54 (IST)29 Jan 2021
Punjab in the driving seat now

Things have slowed down on the batting front ever since Solanki fell to Markande. Kakade and Devdhar are taking it slow now, trying to save their wickets for the death overs. Brar and Markande are still looking for the third wicket. BDA: 75/2 (12 overs)

19:43 (IST)29 Jan 2021

After an economical over by Brar, Markande does the deed for Punjab. He removes the dangerous Solanki with a brilliant delivery which caught the batsman plumb between the wickets. A big, big wicket! The batsman departs on 12. BDA: 57/2 (8.2 overs)

19:33 (IST)29 Jan 2021
Baroda end powerplay on a high

A flurry of boundaries! Baroda are back to the way they started the innings as Solanki (6*) and Devdhar (21*) pummel Arshdeep throughout the over with three boundaries. The 13-run over helps Baroda close the powerplay on a high. BDA: 44/1 (6 overs)

19:24 (IST)29 Jan 2021

Breakthrough! After his tight opening over, Kaul reaps the rewards of the pressure he put on Rathva. The batsman fails to deal with a knuckle ball just outside off stump and gets castled on 15. Next up, the destructive Vishnu Solanki. BDA: 28/1 (4.1 overs)

19:20 (IST)29 Jan 2021
Punjab put some pressure on

After the blistering opening over, Devdhar joined the party with a six against the young Arshdeep Singh. Kaul comes into the attack and tries to slow down the openers. Sharma continues his spell and concedes just two runs in his second over. BDA: 28/0 (4 overs)

19:07 (IST)29 Jan 2021
Devdhar, Rathva open for Baroda

Kedar Devdhar and Ninad Rathva are at the crease. Sandeep Sharma opens the attack and he gets immediately punished by Rathva by two well-timed boundaries. Baroda are off to a good start as they get 11 runs from the first over. BDA: 11/0 (1 over)

19:00 (IST)29 Jan 2021
Here are the Playing XIs...

Baroda (Playing XI): Kedar Devdhar(c), Smit Patel(w), Vishnu Solanki, Abhimanyu Rajput, Ninad Rathva, Atit Sheth, Bhanu Pania, Babashafi Pathan, Lukman Meriwala, Bhargav Bhatt, Karthik Kakade

Punjab (Playing XI): Abhishek Sharma, Simran Singh(w), Mandeep Singh(c), Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Anmolpreet Singh, Ramandeep Singh, Harpreet Brar, Mayank Markande, Siddarth Kaul, Sandeep Sharma, Arshdeep Singh

18:45 (IST)29 Jan 2021
Punjab opt to bowl first

Punjab have won the toss and have opted to field. "We will bowl first because of the dew factor. If the dew comes in the pitch should be better for batting. We have the experience in our squad. Same team for us," said Mandeep Singh.

18:25 (IST)29 Jan 2021
Who will face Tamil Nadu in the final?

Tamil Nadu progressed to the final earlier, and now it's time to find out who will be the other finalist. Punjab or Baroda? Stay tuned.