Baroda beat Punjab by 25 points to advance to Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy Final | Cricket News

AHMEDABAD: Baroda rode on skipper Kedar Devdhar 64’s fights and the bowlers’ impressive show to beat Punjab by 25 points and enter the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy final on Friday.
Baroda will now face Tamil Nadu in Sunday’s summit clash.
Batted at the Sardar Patel Stadium, Baroda posted a 160-for-3 in competition, then limited the Punjab to 135-for-8.
Half a century between skipper Devdhar (64 out of 49 balls) and Kartik Kakade (53 not out of 41 balls) laid the foundation for Baroda’s total.
Baroda lost opener Ninad Rathva (15) early as he was cleaned up by experienced pacemaker Siddharth Kaul (1/31).
Then, in form, Vishnu Solanki (12) and Devdhar united and got 14 points in the sixth as Baroda ended the power play at 44 to 1.
When it looked like the two would win the game away from Punjab, leggy youngster Mayank Markande (1/29) did the trick and trapped Solanki ahead in the ninth as Baroda dropped to 57-2.
Devdhar had a life on the 31st when Kaul let down a skier in short, thin leg.
He seized the opportunity with two hands and with Kakade added 93 points for the third wicket.
Kakade hammered five limits and two sixes and was ably supported by Devdhar, who then shifted gears.
Devdhar’s move was laced with four fours and three sixes. Baroda has added 54 points in the last five overs.
In pursuit of 161, the Punjab has never been on the right track. They lost the first Abhishek Sharma (5) to the second.
Pacemaker Lukman Meriwala (3/28) struck again by brushing aside fit Prabhsimran Singh (15), who was knocked back into the depths as the Punjab collapsed at 21-2.
Anmolpreet Singh (15) also failed to convert his start and, in an effort to catch up with the required run rate, was driven into the depths.
Baroda continued to make inroads, dismissing Ramandeep Singh (6) with Ninad Rathva (2/18) recording his second scalp of the day.
The racing pressure reached Gurkeerat Mann (39), who was also dug into the depths, as the Punjab lost their half-side for 85.
Skipper Mandeep Singh (42 not released), who injured his shoulder while lining up and came out to strike the order, did his best but was unable to bring his team home.
Brief scores: Baroda 160/3 (Kedar Devdhar 64; Kartik Kakade 53 not released; Mayank Markande 1/29, Siddharth Kaul 1/31) beat Punjab 135/8 (Mandeep Singh 42 not released, Gurkeerat Mann 39; Lukman Meriwala 3 / 28, Ninad Rathva 2/18) by 25 points.

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