Hello and welcome to Sportstar’s live broadcast of the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy semi-final match between Punjab and Baroda in Ahmedabad.
|PUNJAB vs 129/2 (17 years old) BARODA|
Baroda 129/2 after 17 overs: FIFTY for skipper Devdhar! He hits the mark with a crunchy draw of a loose delivery from Kaul who has watched his part so far. Baroda is set to finish over 170 here and would certainly aim to post a solid total against this Punjab batting lineup.
Baroda 106/2 after 15 overs: A great surer under Arshdeep’s situation but Kakade hit the final ball on the ground for a limit. Punjab skipper Mandeep Singh dives the ball but misses it and has hurt himself. He squeezes his left shoulder and winced in pain and was taken out of bounds for treatment.
Baroda 101/2 after 14 overs: Massive over for Baroda! Kakade lived up to his role and took the pressure off his captain Devdhar. Harpreet is taken down with a limit and a six on the ground in a 15-run over!
Baroda 85/2 after 13 overs: Just in time, Kakade faced Markande for an imposing six. Baroda has started to move and it will be interesting to see the Punjab bowlers approach from now on.
Baroda 71/2 after 11 overs: The Punjab continues to dominate the intermediaries. Baroda looked a bit hazy on the approach and skipper Devdhar couldn’t find a solid partner who took the score. Kakade will be pinned to take the lead as Devdhar holds a end for the next five.
Baroda 59/2 after 9 overs: OUT! Baroda’s hero Solanki has fallen. The pressure reached it this time with the drying up of the borders. Markande throws in a straight loop delivery as Solanki attempts the reverse sweep and misses and the ball winds onto the pad before the stumps. Vishnu Solanki lbw b Markande 12 (12b 2×4 0x6)
Baroda 44/1 after 6 overs: Baroda stepped on the accelerator again. Devdhar and Solanka rack up three limits from left hand Arshdeep Singh to end Powerplay.
Baroda 30/1 after 5 overs: OUT! A Kaul cracker! Rathva is puzzled by a hot swinger. The ball hits the bat and comes back to the stump. Baroda fluffed against Kaul and Sharma after a quick start. Ninad Rathva b Kaul 15 (15b 3×4 0x6)
Baroda 28/0 after 4 overs: Two crackles from Kaul and Sandeep to check the flow. The Baroda openers were preserved just as the pacers attacked the stumps and held the line.
Baroda 22/0 after 2 overs: Baroda has got off to a good start! Arshdeep goes through a fine until Kedar Devdhar decides to break through the bounce of the final ball for a cracking six-hand draw over the center wicket.
Baroda 11/0 after 1 on: Sandeep starts off with a rebel and concedes two limits to the Baroda openers.
Match in progress! Baroda’s skipper Kedar Devdhar and Ninad Rathva at the fold. Sandeep Sharma with the new ball for Punjab.
TOSS: Punjab won the Toss, elected on the field
Punjab XI: Harpreet Brar, Abhishek Sharma, Arshdeep Singh, Prabhsimran Singh (W), Mandeep Singh (C), Gurkeerat Mann, Mayank Markande, Sandeep Sharma, Siddharth Kaul, Anmolpreet Singh, Ramandeep Singh
Baroda XI: NA Rathva, Bhanu Pania, A Sheth, Abhimanyusingh, Bhargav Bhatt, Kedar Devdhar (C), LI Meriwala, SK Patel (W), Vishnu Solanki, BA Pathan, KR Kakade
Welcome to the evening session as the Punjab takes on Baroda in SF2!
An unbeaten 89 from Arun Karthik propelled Tamil Nadu to their second consecutive final! They remain undefeated this season and have had wood over Rajasthan in the semifinals for the second season in a row. What a performance. Massive props for TN bowlers too, especially Sai Kishore and Mr. Mohammed, who pulled things off with the ball when Rajasthan was hitting big with the bat. Tamil Nadu will now await the winner of the Punjab vs Baroda match.
– END OF THE MATCH –
TN 150/3 in 18 Overs: Rajasthan have lost two consecutive catches in one. Return the favor, eh? Tamil Nadu on the eve of a second successive SMAT final.
TN 134/3 in 16 Overs: Arun Karthik gets his 50 out of 33 deliveries. Sense Rounds. In the meantime, the partnership of 50 copies is in place between Arun Karthik and Dinesh Karthik. DK was dropped by Bishnoi on the 21st. Arun Karthik is in a hurry – he gets a four and a six off Aniket Choudhary. Tamil Nadu needs 21 races in 24 balls.
TN 112/3 in 14 Overs: A complete breakdown in communication between Arun Karthik and Dinesh Karthik almost costs the old one their counter. But Arun survives as goalkeeper Bharat Sharma misses his shyness on the striker’s side. Just to rub the salt on the wound, get four on the next ball. Dinesh Karthik then finds himself stuck in Bishnoi, collects three borders. Tamil Nadu needs 43 runs in 36 balls.
TN 83/3 in 12 Overs: Karthik, meanwhile, continues to spin the lanes one way or the other – a healthy advantage over Chandrapal’s bowling alley eludes the keeper and runs away for four. Bishnoi keeps things tight at the other end – just three points off his second. Tamil Nadu needs 72 races in 48 balls. Ajit Gupta limps off the pitch. Seems to be uncomfortable.
TN 70/3 in 10 Overs: Karthik brings out the reverse sweep against Chandrapal, gets four points. Meanwhile, Ravi Bishnoi, bowling his first of the match, gets rid of fit Jagadeesan. Dinesh Karthik joins Arun Karthik. Tamil Nadu needs 85 races in 60 balls.
TN 52/2 in 8 Overs: Jagadeesan welcomes left-arm spinner Chandrapal into the attack with a cut-off shot for four. Excellent placement. Karthik raises the team of fifty with a limit off Khaleel.
TN 35/2 in 6 Overs: Ul-Haq throws a short ball, and Karthik shoots it on a square leg for six. Khaleel Ahmed enters the attack and concedes seven of his first. End of Powerplay.
TN 18/2 in 4 Overs: Ul-Haq traps Nishanth in front with a forming long ball and beats him instantly. Aniket Choudhary then caught Aparajith in the trap to further reduce TN’s chances. Arun Karthik joins Jagadeesan.
TN 13/0 in 2 Overs: An erratic departure from Tanveer Ul-Haq. He concedes 5wides before being taken for a border by Hari Nishanth. Aniket Choudhary, sharing the new ball with Ul-Haq, immediately creates doubts in Jagadeesan’s mind. The right-hander survives a close call for the first ball before being cut in half by a gorgeous swinger. But Jagadeesan ends the end with a clean cover for four.
– Sleeves in Tamil Nadu –
After an 83-point stand between Menaria and Gupta, Tamil Nadu fought to keep Rajasthan below 160. Mr. Mohammed played a sensational final blow, conceding two points and picking up three wickets. His 4 for 24 paired with Sai Kishore’s 2 for 16 has formed the cornerstone of TN bowling. Menaria hit a 50 but couldn’t continue. The last 5 Overs, Rajasthan has lost five wickets for just 24 races. TN needs 155 to win.
– END OF HANDS –
RAJ 143/5 in 18 Overs: Tamil Nadu has brought things back here. These two counters of Menaria and Lomror, followed by the dismissal of Gupta, put a brake on the rating rate of Rajasthan. Gupta is leaving for 45 years. Mr. Ashwin gets the breakthrough.
RAJ 133/4 in 16 Overs: Mohammed gets rid of Lomror in good shape. Tamil Nadu retaliates. Rajesh Bishnoi joins Gupta. Sai Kishore comes out. Great numbers for the left arm spinner: 4-0-16-2.
RAJ 127/3 in 14 Overs: Sai Kishore with a much needed breakthrough. Menaria punched Arun Karthik, who landed a clean take at the deep mid-wicket. An 83-track stand was eventually broken. Mahipal Lomror joins Gupta, who is now playing.
RAJ 105/2 in 12 Overs: Menaria and Gupta show no signs of slowing down. Menaria gets his 50 balls out of 30. He would have been absent but for another lost catch; this time, Aswin Crist loses a mere chance to bowling to Sai Kishore. This represents three lost catches in total. Sloppy fielding.
RAJ 89/2 in 10 Overs: No more bowling changes. Mr. Mohammed enters the attack. Menaria lets him know who’s in charge by crushing a square leg for four. Tamil Nadu doesn’t help itself by continuing to lose catches: Aparajith drops Gupta in the long run, a chariot really. The partnership of 50 copies is in place between Menaria and Gupta.
RAJ 73/2 in 8 Overs: Arjit Gupta has joined Menaria and Rajasthan’s intention is clear here: They are going to go after the TN spinners. Gupta picks Aparajith’s break and hammers him in the middle of the wicket for his first six games. Thick and fast coming course. Leg thrower Mr. Ashwin was brought into the attack. Menaria also collects a limit on him.
RAJ 56/2 in 6 Overs: DK is ringing in the bowling changes and they seem to be working for the time being. Baba Aparajith gets Garhwal after the latter hits him for a six and a four. But that doesn’t deter Menaria from collecting four successive Borders in Crist’s second turn. Rajasthan is here for the long haul.
RAJ 26/1 in 4 Overs: Just a spell for Sai Kishore. Aswin Christ replaces him. Garhwal greets him with two boundaries back to back. Tamil Nadu has been slightly erratic since that first window. Did Karthik miss a trick by not giving Sai Kishore a second? Meanwhile, Garhwal gains confidence. He collects yet another border, this time off Sonu Yadav.
RAJ 7/1 in 2 Overs: Dinesh Karthik’s call to open with spin is immediately confirmed as R Sai Kishore gets the opener Bharat Sharma for a duck. Dream start for Tamil Nadu. Ashok Menaria is # 3. Average Stimulator Sonu Yadav shares the tasks of New Balloon with Sai Kishore. He could have had his first wicket but Shahrukh let down an extra short cover goalie. He conceded 5 of his first.
TOSS UPDATE: Rajasthan won the draw and chose to beat Ahmedabad.
Tamil Nadu: Hari Nishanth, N Jagadeesan, Baba Aparajith, Arun Karthik, Sonu Yadav, Dinesh Karthik (w / c), Shahrukh Khan, Ravisrinivasan Sai Kishore, M Mohammed, Murugan Ashwin, Aswin Crist
Rajasthan: Bharat Sharma (w), Aditya Garhwal, Ashok Menaria (c), Mahipal Lomror, Rajesh Bishnoi, Arjit Gupta, Chandrapal Singh, Aniket Choudhary, Ravi Bishnoi, Khaleel Ahmed, Tanveer-Ul-Haq
Where to look?
The quarter-finals will be broadcast live on Star sports.