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Rajasthan through to final despite Sran heroics

Barinder Sran bowled Sikandar Raza off the inside edge AFP

Barinder Sran's three-wicket haul helped Punjab sneak home by five-runs against Rajasthan, but they couldn't prevent them from securing a place in the final of the Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 tournament. Although Rajasthan and Punjab finished with 12 points each, the former qualified by virtue of a better net run-rate. Rajasthan will now take on Delhi in Kolkata on Friday.

Earlier, having been put into bat, Punjab managed only 129 for 9 in 20 overs. Captain Harbhajan Singh promoted himself to No.3 like he has done all tournament, and scored a 31-ball 32. The other major contribution came from Sharad Lumba, who made 31 off 26 batting at No.6. Yuvraj Singh laboured to 4 off 11 balls two days after he had struggled his way to a 33-ball 17 against Jharkhand. He finished his tournament with 209 runs from nine innings at a strike-rate of 96.29, the lowest for a frontline batsman in the team. While Manan Vohra made 20, Gurkeerat Singh and Mandeep Singh made one each.

Left-arm seamer Khaleel Ahmed finished with figures of 3 for 17 to emerge as the joint second-leading wicket-taker of the tournament. Seamer Deepak Chahar, meanwhile, took his tally to 19 wickets - despite hobbling off with a leg injury after taking two wickets - to become the tournament's highest wicket-taker. Chahar and Khaleel, who have been part of Rising Pune Supergiant and Delhi Daredevils respectively, have listed their base prices at INR 20 Lakh.

Rajasthan got off to a poor start in their chase, losing Aditya Garhwal and Salman Khan with only four runs on the board. It was down to Ankit Lamba, who scored a 37-ball 47, and Mahipal Lomror (21) to repair thing. They put on a 49-run stand for the third wicket. However, Manpreet Gony (2 for 20) and Sran picked up five wickets between them to kill the chase. Sran, who has turned out for Rajasthan Royals, Sunrisers Hyderabad and Gujarat Lions in the previous editions, has listed his reserve price at INR 50 lakh ahead of the auction.

Jharkhand 2nd innings Partnerships

WktRunsPlayers
1st28S GhoshRK Nemat
2nd9S GhoshIR Jaggi
3rd51SS TiwaryIR Jaggi
4th6Keshav KumarIR Jaggi
5th10S NadeemIR Jaggi

Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy

Super League Group A
TEAMMWLPTNRR
RAJ431120.519
PNJB431120.08
KNTKA42281.418
MUM4134-0.302
JHARK4134-1.747
Super League Group B
TEAMMWLPTNRR
DELHI431120.6
UP42281.011
BRODA42280.234
BENG4228-0.692
TN4134-1.178
Central Zone
TEAMMWLPTNRR
RAJ541160.716
UP532120.585
VIDAR532120.505
MP532120.112
RLYS5144-0.79
CGARH5144-1.237
East Zone
TEAMMWLPTNRR
BENG440160.863
JHARK431121.08
ODSH42281.085
TRPRA4134-1.326
ASSAM4040-1.484
North Zone
TEAMMWLPTNRR
DELHI541162.267
PNJB53212-0.14
SVCS52380.121
HRYNA5238-0.2
HP5238-0.804
J + K5238-0.838
South Zone
TEAMMWLPTNRR
KNTKA541161.354
TN541160.435
AP541160.109
HYDBD5238-0.074
KER5144-0.375
GOA5050-1.499
West Zone
TEAMMWLPTNRR
BRODA440161.218
MUM42280.803
SAU4228-0.222
GUJ4134-0.405
MAHA4134-1.27