Baroda win thriller to regain Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy

MUMBAI: Baroda beat Uttar Pradesh by three runs to regain the Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 trophy in a thrilling last-ball finish at the Wankhede Stadium on Monday.
Chasing a challenging target of 145, Uttar Pradesh needed 11 runs off 7 balls but lost the plot as the batsmen at the crease, Praveen Kumar and Upendra Yadav, couldn’t manage to overhaul the target and UP finished at 141 for six.
Yadav smashed a six off the penultimate ball after Kumar just scored a single in the four balls he faced. With a boundary needed to win, Baroda’s Rishi Arothe kept his cool to dismiss Yadav with a low full toss.
Earlier, put in to bat, Baroda posted 144 for seven.
They were led by skipper Aditya Waghmode’s quick-fire 31-ball 42.
Baroda lost wickets in quick succession and could add just 64 runs in the last 10 overs.
Praveen Kumar and Ali Murtaza scalped two wickets each while Amit Mishra and Prashant Gupta got a wicket apiece.
In reply, UP suffered a set back when opener Mukul Dagar was dismissed in the fourth over but Prashant Gupta and Eklavya Dwivedi forged a 98-run stand for the second-wicket to steer the team towards the total.
Gupta made a 53-ball 68 that was laced with eight fours and a six, while Dwivedi made 56 off 47 balls that comprised six fours.
UP lost the plot after Gupta was caught brilliantly at mid-on by Abhijit Karambelkar and later lost quick wickets to finish short of the finishing line.
Lukman Meriwala, who was the highest wicket-taker in the tournament, scalped 3 for 31.