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March 25, 2012
Punjab's new-ball duo of VRV Singh and Manpreet Gony rattled Madhya Pradesh early, and paved the way for their team to qualify for the semi-finals, with a seven-wicket win at the Bandra Kurla Complex. MP chose to bat, but VRV Singh and Gony reduced them to 16 for 6 in 5.2 overs. Rameez Khan and Ankit Sharma gave the score some respectability with their 74-run partnership, but 120 was not enough to challenge Punjab's batting. VRV Singh finished with 4 for 24, while Gony had remarkable figures of 4-3-5-3. Gurkeerat Singh ensured the chase was comfortable, with 57 off 49 balls. Punjab will play Mumbai in the second semi-final, on Monday.
Ambati Rayudu steered Baroda into the semi-finals, scoring 66 in their chase of 112 against Bengal at the Bandra Kurla Complex. Baroda's bowlers had restricted Bengal to a modest total but their batsmen, apart from Rayudu, struggled. They slipped to 26 for 3 before Rayudu began repairing the innings. Shami Ahmed struck in the second over, and then gave Bengal hope with two more wickets, in the 14th and 17th overs, to finish with figures of 3 for 14. Rayudu, though, held his nerve and stayed at the crease till his team were within three runs of the target. His innings included nine fours and two sixes, while the rest of the Baroda batsmen scored only four boundaries between them. Bengal's batsmen had also struggled to hit boundaries and the run-rate did not rise much above 5.5 an over. Murtuja Vahora and Ketan Panchal took two wickets each as Bengal could only manage 111 for 7. Baroda will play Delhi in the first semi-final, on Monday.
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