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Smit guides Gujarat to title in tense chase

Gujarat 123 for 8 (Smit 50*, Kaul 2-28) beat Punjab 117 for 9 (Dahiya 4-15) by two wickets
Scorecard

Wicketkeeper and opening batsman Smit Patel's unbeaten 50 helped Gujarat ace a tense chase against Punjab to win their second Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy title in Bhubaneshwar. Chasing 118, Gujara finished with two wickets and one ball to spare.

Punjab's bowlers kept the defence of a middling total going by striking early, and reducing Gujarat to 19 for 2 by the fifth over. Smit and Rujul Bhatt stitched together a 35-run partnership but that brief period of stability was nearly undone after the side lost three wickets in as many overs to slip from 54 for 2 to 60 for 5 in the 12th. Another small partnership - this time for the sixth wicket between Smit and Jesal Karia - was followed by another slide, leaving Gujarat at 110 for 8 in the 19th over. Smit, however, kept his nerve and guided the side home, finishing unbeaten on 50 off 49 balls, his second successive T20 fifty.

Earlier, Rohit Dahiya's 4 for 15 limited Punjab to 117. Punjab had a promising start after being put in to bat as the openers added 23 in 4.4 overs before Dahiya broke the stand. Gujarat's attack capitalised on the breakthrough and Punjab were quickly reduced to 76 for 5. Dahiya returned towards the end of the innings to limit them further, striking twice in the 19th over as Punjab ended their innings at 117 for 9.

Gujarat 2nd innings Partnerships

WktRunsPlayers
1st5PK PanchalSK Patel
2nd14MC JunejaSK Patel
3rd35RH BhattSK Patel
4th5CJ GandhiSK Patel
5th1SK PatelHR Barad
6th31JB KariaSK Patel
7th12RP DahiyaSK Patel
8th7RB KalariaSK Patel
9th13SK PatelCT Gaja

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