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Last-over win gives Delhi final berth

Rishabh Pant cuts the ball fine for a four Getty Images

Delhi made it to the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy final with a slim three-wicket win they sealed in the final over of the match against Uttar Pradesh. Chasing 141, UP needed 13 runs from the last six balls with two wickets in hand and started the last over with a six but the run-outs of Saurabh Kumar, who kept UP in the match until then with an 18-ball 33, and Mohsin Khan meant they fell short.

After being put in to bat, Delhi finished with 140 for 9 in 20 overs with Rishabh Pant's 34-ball 58, his fifth 50-plus score in seven matches. Delhi were off to a wobbly start, with Gautam Gambhir caught behind for 1 off seamer Amit Mishra in the first over. However, Pant and Dhruv Shorey (12), who has been in good form lately, added 38 runs in 3.5 overs. But, Shorey and Unmukt Chand (0), playing his first match of the tournament, fell in successive overs. Delhi slumped to 67 for 4 when Nitish Rana, who had a good IPL season with Mumbai Indians last year and stands a good chance of being picked up at this year's auction, fell for a duck too.

By the time Pant was run out in the 12th over, he had struck three sixes on the leg side and five fours around the ground. It was then left to Milind Kumar, who struck 32 off 28 balls, and captain Pradeep Sangwan (14*) to steer Delhi to a respectable total. Ankit Rajpoot, Mohammad Israr and Mohsin finished with two wickets each.

While UP's top-order batsmen got starts, nobody went on to get a big score. After captain and in-form batsman Suresh Raina (16 off 12 balls) and Akshdeep Nath (1) fell cheaply, Rinku Singh (34 off 26) and Saurabh tried to take UP home. However, Saurabh's run-out off the second ball of the last over resulted in Uttar Pradesh falling short, as they couldn't score six off the last four deliveries. Milind effected three run-outs, including Saurabh's, and also took two catches. Left-arm spinner Pawan Negi, who is likely to be snapped up in the auction, finished with 2 for 13 from his two overs.

U. Pradesh 2nd innings Partnerships

WktRunsPlayers
1st18UA SharmaS Chaudhary
2nd29SK RainaUA Sharma
3rd3UA SharmaRK Singh
4th4AD NathRK Singh
5th41SN KhanRK Singh
6th5Saurabh KumarRK Singh
7th1Amit MishraSaurabh Kumar
8th1Saurabh KumarMohd Israr
9th33Saurabh KumarMohsin Khan
10th2AS RajpootMohsin Khan

Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy

Super League Group A
TEAMMWLPTNRR
MAHA440160.826
BENG431120.827
JKAND4228-0.786
GUJ41340.262
RLYS4040-1.175
Super League Group B
TEAMMWLPTNRR
KNTKA440161.283
MUM431120.544
VIDAR42280.756
DELHI4134-1.698
UP4040-0.882
Group A
TEAMMWLPTNRR
JKAND651201.838
DELHI651201.604
KER642161.92
AP633121.832
J + K63312-0.41
MNPR6154-3.244
NAGA6060-3.876
Group B
TEAMMWLPTNRR
VIDAR651201.083
GUJ642161.28
HP642160.705
TN642160.397
RAJ633120.758
Bihar6154-1.877
MEGHA6060-2.311
Group C
TEAMMWLPTNRR
MUM651201.59
RLYS651201.264
SAU642161.241
PNJB633120.581
MP633120.179
GOA6154-0.802
SIKM6060-4.466
Group D
TEAMMWLPTNRR
KNTKA770282.959
BENG752202.259
CGARH743161.539
ASSAM743161.4
HRYNA743160.881
ODSH73412-0.157
ARPR7164-3.885
MIZOR7070-5.371
Group E
TEAMMWLPTNRR
UP751222.154
MAHA751221.249
SVCS742180.529
UKHND74218-1.287
BRODA73314-0.059
HYD7156-0.182
PONDI7156-1.238
TPURA7156-1.265