Baroda v Vidarbha, Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy 2015-16, Mumbai January 15, 2016

Pandya sixathon secures Baroda victory

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Baroda 168 for 4 (Pandya 86*) beat Vidarbha 162 for 5 (Satish 54, Wankhede 40) by six wickets

File photo - Hardik Pandya followed up his blistering knock against Delhi with a match-winning effort for Baroda © BCCI

Allrounder Hardik Pandya slammed eight sixes in his unbeaten 86 as he guided Baroda to a six-wicket win over Vidarbha in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy Super League match in Mumbai.

Baroda, who were struggling at 85 for 4 in the 13th over, went into the last five overs of the chase needing 63 runs. Pandya, who had recently struck 34 runs in an over, took charge of the chase, slamming sixes off Ravi Jangid and Ravi Thakur to help Baroda reach the target with an over to spare. Pandya's 43-ball knock - his fifth half-century - is his best in T20 cricket. Pandya was supported by Irfan Pathan (26*), who contributed to the unbeaten 83-run, fifth-wicket partnership.

Earlier Vidarbha were buoyed by Ganesh Satish's 31-ball 54 with supporting knocks from wicketkeeper Jitesh Sharma (35) and Apoorv Wankhede (40).

Mumbai 164 for 4 (Tare 71) beat Kerala 160 for 7 (Prem 69, Trivedi 3-34) by six wickets

A half-century from Aditya Tare steered Mumbai past a difficult start and took them to a six-wicket win over Kerala at the Wankhede Stadium. Chasing 161, Mumbai were 21 for 2 before Tare and Siddhesh Lad (36) steadied them with a 70-run stand for the third wicket. Tare then added 48 for the fourth wicket with Abhishek Nayar before he fell in the 17th over, having made 71 off 46 balls, with nine fours and a six. With 22 required from the last 19 balls, Nayar saw Mumbai home, finishing unbeaten on 38 off 20 balls.

Sent in to bat, Kerala rode on the back of a 45-ball 69 (7x4, 2x6) from Rohan Prem, and his partnerships of 57 for the second wicket with Sanju Samson (22) and 55 for the third wicket with Sachin Baby (32). But Kerala lost steam towards the end of their innings, scoring only 19 runs off the last 14 balls while losing four wickets.

Uttar Pradesh 134 for 1 (Samarth 64, Prashant 42*) beat Jharkhand 133 for 7 (Shasheem 40, Amit 2-14) by nine wickets

The 112-run opening partnership between Samarth Singh and Prashant Gupta helped Uttar Pradesh comfortably march over Jharkhand with a nine-wicket victory in a Group B Super League match at Bandra-Kurla Complex ground.

The absence of any stern contest from Jharkhand, with both bat and ball, robbed the match of any excitement forcing a Uttar Pradesh player to remark "arrey, yeh cricket hain? [Oi, is this cricket?]"

Electing to field Uttar Pradesh never faced any pressure as none of the Jharkhand batsmen proved to be threatening.

Jharkhand's hopes rested on the Saurabh Tiwary, whose aggressive batting style had earned him plaudits and big money from franchises few years ago in the IPL. Tiwary showed some glimpses of his old form, hitting a couple of big sixes, but suffered an embarrassing end to his innings. Tiwary charged Suresh Raina, who was bowling his first over and was completely beaten by the flat trajectory and pace of the ball, and was easily stumped.

Jharkand finished on 133, a target that UP's top order chased without fuss with 19 balls to spare.

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  • Rajan Nagarajan on January 16, 2016, 5:56 GMT

    These lads should be groomed with special coaching camps for these budding players and make them international worthy so that they could perform when they are called for.

  • Amit on January 16, 2016, 5:32 GMT

    people need to understand that hitting few sixes doesn't make anyone talented. I have been playing throughout my life and there are many patches when I hit league level bowlers for sixes. did any one heard of Rahul dravid during his initial days in 90s, I used to turn off my television when he used to come to bat. look at the records , he was one time fastest 50 Holder and delight to watch. this lad is New and let him play for an year or two. dhoni isn't wrong, look at performance of the bowlers who were like the best in domestic circuit. we always criticize but think about a professional who is doing this job for country than one who is writing just comments. I heard a lot about dhawan but it was same with Rohit. why we became so judgemental. yuvi got his chances before dhoni dumped him. same goes to any talent. until unless you invest in time your fruits are always small. I still think that rishi dhawan isn't international talent. does anyone understand meaning of international....

  • Sushreyo on January 16, 2016, 5:04 GMT

    Please, I beg of you, don't call him the next Kapil Dev! This really makes no sense. Let him be the best Hardik Pandya he can be. Let this kid play and ease into the big league. We have seen previously that the difference in standard between Indian first class cricket and international cricket can be at times very unsettling!

  • David on January 16, 2016, 2:30 GMT

    I wonder how good his bowling is? If it is good then he could be the finisher India need. Dhoni is losing his mojo rapdily if he hasn't lost it already. India is in dire need of a finisher. The 2nd ODI was lost due to the lack of a finisher in my opinion. Not even a single 6 in the last 5 overs.... Not good enough ...

  • Haksar on January 16, 2016, 0:46 GMT

    Wish they had taken Hardik in the one dayers

  • karthik on January 15, 2016, 16:59 GMT

    madhusudhan,What? Boundaries weren't short. That is the normal wankhede size .And even if it was indeed short that doesn't matter as pandya cleared them easily

  • Nandan on January 15, 2016, 16:27 GMT

    Dhoni says there is no ready made talent in India. Really look around MSD.

  • vinay on January 15, 2016, 16:22 GMT

    future india star........ all rounder

  • parameswaran on January 15, 2016, 15:31 GMT

    Very impressed with Pandya, He seems to be a confident young man who seems to be ready to the pace bowling all rounder we lack. Kerala were unfortunate today. Rohan Prem batted brilliantly. He is also a wonderful all round talent. Gujarat is playing very well.

  • andrew on January 15, 2016, 14:42 GMT

    Most exciting all-rounder we have since Kapil Dev. He bowls at 135-140 kph & bats in the top 3 for his team.

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