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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
5PK PanchalSK Patel
14MC JunejaSK Patel
35RH BhattSK Patel
5CJ GandhiSK Patel
1SK PatelHR Barad
31JB KariaSK Patel
12RP DahiyaSK Patel
7RB KalariaSK Patel
13SK PatelCT Gaja

Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy

Super League, Group A
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MP42281.14
HP4228-0.017
AP4228-1.109
JKAND4040-1.357
Super League, Group B
TeamMWLPTNRR
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MUM42280.571
RAJ42280.45
ODSH42280.334
HYD4134-1.465
Central Zone
TeamMWLPTNRR
MP431121.086
RAJ431120.545
RLYS42280.415
UP4134-0.257
VIDAR4134-1.713
East Zone
TeamMWLPTNRR
ODSH431122.025
JKAND43112-0.392
BENG42280.328
TPURA4134-0.984
ASSAM4134-1.203
North Zone
TeamMWLPTNRR
PNJB541162.475
HP541160.334
DELHI532120.126
SVCS5238-0.205
HRYNA5238-0.675
J + K5050-1.962
South Zone
TeamMWLPTNRR
AP541160.212
HYD532120.943
KNTKA532120.655
TN53212-0.416
KER52380.374
GOA5050-1.928
West Zone
TeamMWLPTNRR
MUM431120.525
GUJ43112-0.436
SAU42280.374
BRODA41260.199
MAHA4032-0.864