Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy 2013-14, Super League April 12, 2014

Baroda in final despite loss, Goa fall just short

ESPNcricinfo staff

Group A

Prashant Gupta's unbeaten maiden T20 hundred helped Uttar Pradesh chase down a 179-run target against Haryana, boosting their run rate and, eventually it turned out, putting them in the final against Baroda on Monday.*

Prashant slammed 102 off 58 balls striking five fours and seven sixes as he guided the run chase with steady partnerships. He had good support from Eklavya Dwivedi and Akshdeep Nath as UP achieved the target with four balls to spare.

Earlier, Haryana were reduced to 119 for 5 in the 14th over after their openers Avi Barot and Rahul Dewan had added 63. Late cameos from Rahul Dalal (24 from 19 balls) and Lokesh Sharma (16 off 10 balls), however, lifted the side to a competitive 178 for 8.

Both Goa - one of the most dominant teams in this tournament - and Gujarat needed to win big to topple UP at the top of the points table, and seal their place in the final. Both teams fell short, Goa heartbreakingly so. Gujarat needed to win by roughly 30 runs, defending 180. Goa needed to chase it down before the completion of the 15th over. Gujarat didn't get close, Goa fell short by roughly two balls. Needing a boundary off 14.4 to lift their net run rate over UP's, the set Harshad Gadekar was out caught. The following delivery, the other set batsman, Rohit Asnodkar was bowled by left-arm seamer Kamlesh Thakor. Goa finished the game with a four one ball later, but it was not enough - again it was so close yet so far for them; had they managed a six off this final delivery, their net run rate would still have been marginally better than UP's.

That they were able to get so close was once again down to a solid platform set at the top - opener Swapnil Asnodkar slammed 64 off 28 deliveries.

If Gujarat were in with a good chance of their own, that was also because of the solid beginning their top order game them. Priyank Panchal and Rajdeep Darbar added 86 in nine overs, before No. 3 Smit Patel hit 50 not out of 31 to take them to a very competitive 180.

Goa had suffered similar heartache even in the Ranji Trophy, failing to make the knockouts by the thinnest of margins.

Group B

Baroda qualified for the final of the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy despite yielding their three-match winning streak in the Super League. Kerala were joined with them on 12 points with the victory, but were 0.114 points shy in the run-rate battle. The fact that it got that close was because of an unmitigated assault from Raiphi Gomez. He razed 42 off 19 balls, with three fours and three sixes to imbue momentum to a meandering Kerala innings. Jafar Jamal held the other end during a stand of 55 runs in 30 balls as a scoreline of 81 for 5 in 14.1 was transformed to 152 for 6 in 20 overs.

Aditya Waghmode kept Baroda in the hunt with a well-paced half-century. But the middle overs proved disastrous as KJ Rakesh and Rohan Prem orchestrated a collapse - five wickets for 18 runs. Waghmode was the first domino who fell after scoring 50 off 32 balls. The tail realised the futility of an equation that demanded 48 off 13 balls and ushered Baroda through to the 20 overs to salvage vital run-rate points.

A fifty from Kshitiz Sharma and seven wickets shared between Javed Khan and Yogesh Nagar helped Delhi beat Rajasthan by seven runs.

Kshitiz's 57 off 42 balls had four fours and four sixes and helped lift Delhi from 36 for 3 to 121 before Sumit Narwal smacked a quick 17 off seven balls to take the score to 144 for 4.

In reply, Arjit Gupta looked set to steer Rajasthan to victory, smacking a 36-ball 72 with five fours and six sixes. His dismissal in the 13th over, however, created instability within the ranks and two overs later, Ankit Lamba's dismissal triggered a slide that saw Rajasthan lose their last seven wickets for 21 runs to fold for 137. Javed and Nagar were the architects of the collapse and finished with 4 for 18 and 3 for 13 respectively.

12.45GMT, April 12: The round-up has been updated, after the completion of the Goa-Gujarat game.

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  • Jo on April 17, 2014, 0:34 GMT

    Next time around Goa will get past these narrow margins... I hope they will come back hard next season... both Ranji and SMAT. It is bad for a good show not being enough to make in roads...

    The rule should change to give opportunities to a lower order team to get a chance if they are such close with a top order team. It the top order team to get benefit, they can be atleast better with a 0.1 better than a low order team. The cut-off should be the positional difference between the two teams should be 5 or more.

  • Jo on April 17, 2014, 0:22 GMT

    Super League, Group A Teams Mat Won Lost Tied N/R Pts Net RR For Against Uttar Pradesh 4 3 1 0 0 12 +0.906 635/74.0 614/80.0 Goa 4 3 1 0 0 12 +0.879 608/73.0 596/80.0

    Super League, Group B Teams Mat Won Lost Tied N/R Pts Net RR For Against Baroda 4 3 1 0 0 12 +0.774 463/70.1 466/80.0 Kerala 4 3 1 0 0 12 +0.661 575/80.0 521/79.5

    RR diff Grp A - 0.027 Grp B - 0.113 - Kerala won against Baroda

    Its like the mark difference between 1st rank and 2nd rank students in state exam :-)... so some luck was favoring both Baroda and UP :-)

  • Unni on April 14, 2014, 13:10 GMT

    Its not GOA but Kerala who rocked big time. They missed the finals due to a last ball defeat to Rajastan and a bad run rate.

    Kerala has somany T20 match winners.

  • Utpal on April 13, 2014, 17:20 GMT

    Forget about Baroda and UP, they are already established team, but the biggest story of the season should be GOA. Absolutely amazing performance by a smll isalnd with a population of million or so. I read scoreboard after scoreboard where they thrashed the bowling of much stronger/bigger oppnents. Brilliant batting and captaincy by Asnodkar. What a thrashing he gave to Gujarat. Just dont understand why this player is not part of IPL. Brilliant Play by Gadekar and Amit Yadav as well. GOA really Punched above its weight

  • Android on April 13, 2014, 9:14 GMT

    Y Pathan made significant contribution in the earlier matches. Now he isn't playing. May be he is with is IPL team.

  • Quichang on April 13, 2014, 9:01 GMT

    Lukman Meriwala and Javed Khan are really a good prospect for Team India..should atleast get a shot in Team India A.

  • Binu on April 12, 2014, 18:07 GMT

    Yusuf Pathan is not having any role in this victory in SMA t20, two new faces Lukman Merriwala and Hardik pandya are behind their success Good prospects they are!

  • Rahul on April 12, 2014, 14:46 GMT

    Baroda is in final because of yousuf pathan,good start.....

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