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Delhi pip Uttar Pradesh to set up final clash with Rajasthan


SYED MUSHTAQ ALI TROPHY, 2018

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Rishabh Pant smashed another quickfire fifty as Delhi booked a berth in the final against Rajasthan. © BCCI

Delhi vs Uttar Pradesh, Kolkata

Rishabh Pant smashed a 34-ball 58 followed by a fine bowling performance as Delhi defended a lowly 140 to eke out a three-run victory over Uttar Pradesh and make it to the final of the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy. The Ranji Trophy finalists were constantly dented by UP troika of Ankit Rajpoot, Mohd Israr and Mohsin Khan, but Pant and Milind Kumar’s contributions pushed Delhi to 140. UP lost previous their fixture’s heroes Umang Sharma and Suresh Raina early and were under pressure despite being in a small chase. Subodh Bhati (2 for 28) and Pawan Negi (2 for 13) probed UP further. Despite Rinku Singh and Saurabh Kumar’s efforts, UP were caught short by just three runs. UP’s lower-order suffered three run-outs, including that of Mohsin Khan on the last ball of the innings.

With the win, Delhi top Group B and make it to the final, and they will face Group A toppers Rajasthan.

Brief Scores: Delhi 140/9 in 20 overs (Rishabh Pant 58; Mohammad Isar 2-12) beat Uttar Pradesh 137 in 20 overs (Rinku Singh 34, Saurabh Kumar 33; Subodh Bhati 2-28) by 3 runs

Punjab vs Rajasthan, Kolkata

Punjab collected all the points from this game but failed to restrict Rajasthan to a score that could’ve bumped them up to the top of the table based on Net Run Rate. Rajasthan fell five runs short in chase after Punjab posted 129 for 8, but advanced to the final where they will meet Delhi. Punjab were tasked with restricting Rajasthan to 106.

Punjab captain Harbhajan Singh top-scored for his side with a 31-ball 32 while batting at No.3 as bowlers from both sides had a good day out. Sharad Lumba added 31 off 26 balls, but the first innings belonged to the Rajasthan bowlers – led ably by pacer Khaleel Ahmed who bagged three wickets. The Chahar brothers bagged two wickets each as Punjab were restricted to a paltry score. An early run out and a Manpreet Gony wicket gave Punjab some hope as Rajasthan were down to 4 for 2. However, opener Ankit Lamba held the innings together, even as Barinder Sran ripped through the middle-order. By the time Lamba was dismissed, Rajasthan had 87 runs in 12.3 overs, and comfortably went past the total that they needed to secure their final spot. The consolation for Punjab was that they finished with a five-run victory.

Brief Scores: Punjab 129/9 in 20 overs (Harbhajan Singh 32, Sharad Lumba 31; Khaleel Ahmed 3-17) beat Rajasthan 124/8 in 20 overs (Ankit Lamba 47; Barinder Sran 3-23) by 5 runs

Baroda vs Tamil Nadu, Kolkata

Bowlers and opening batsman Kedar Devdhar helped Baroda finish their campaign with a victory and a third-place finish, while Tamil Nadu ended at the last spot. Tamil Nadu struggled after opting to bat first, as they were reduced to 28 for 4. N Jagadeesan, Washington Sundar and Srikkanth Anirudha combined to revive Tamil Nadu and give their team total some respectability, as they finished on 123 for 7. Devdhar smashed more than half of that total – 68 off 55 balls. Swapnil Singh scored a 25-ball 29 as the chase was completed in 16.5 overs.

Brief Scores: Tamil Nadu 123/7 in 20 overs (Srikkanth Anirudha 32; Rishi Arohe 1-11) lost to Baroda 125/5 in 17.1 overs (Kedar Devdhar 68; Rahil Shah 1-27) by 5 wickets

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