TN collapse helps Baroda end season with win
And Madhya Pradesh joined Mumbai in the quarter-finals from Group C, after beating Odisha by seven wickets
Pace-bowler Lukman Meriwala and left-arm spinner Swapnil Singh took four wickets each as Tamil Nadu crumbled to 130 all out and suffered a 102-run defeat against Baroda. The loss meant that Tamil Nadu finished their season without a single win, a possibility Baroda averted with this result. Tamil Nadu's bowlers had done well on the third day to give their side an advantage, bowling out Baroda for 197 to set up a fourth-innings target of 233. They went into stumps at 2 for no loss, but early into the fourth day the new-ball pair of Atit Sheth and Meriwala cut through the top order, leaving Tamil Nadu reeling at 30 for 5. There was a brief respite, as B Aparajith and Washington Sundar kept Baroda at bay, but Swapnil soon broke through that partnership and went on to sweep up the lower order.
Aparajith was the only TN batsman to score more than 25, top-scoring with a battling 60. Meriwala had returns of 4 for 22 in 16 overs, while Swapnil was even more miserly - 4 for 21 in 19.1 overs. The four-for capped off a good season for Swapnil - he ended as Baroda's highest run-getter with 565 runs at an average of 62.77 and the second-highest wicket-taker behind Sheth, with 20 dismissals at an average of 25.5.
Madhya Pradesh qualified into the quarter-finals, where they will face Delhi after finishing on top of Group C with a seven-wicket win over Odisha at the Holkar Cricket Stadium in Indore. The day began with Odisha on 237 for 4, trailing by four runs after being asked to follow on. Overnight batsman Shantanu Mishra was bowled first ball of the day by Puneet Datey (2-48). At the other end Subhranshu Senapati, who began the day on 78, brought up his second century in as many games. He put on
55 for the sixth wicket with Nataraj Behera, and 33 for the seventh wicket with Deepak Behera. But his dismissal for 125 was the start of a collapse that saw them fall from 325 for 6 to 337 all out. Legspinner Mihir Hirwani finished with 5 for 97.
Madhya Pradesh fell to 45 for 3 in pursuit of 111 before an unbroken stand between Devendra Bundela (50*) and Harpreet Singh (37*) took them home.