Tamil Nadu produced a powerful batting show after left-arm spinner M Siddarth’s four-wicket haul as they lifted the coveted Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 Trophy after defeating Baroda by seven wickets within the closing right here on Sunday.
This was Tamil Nadu’s second Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy triumph, after profitable their first title means again in 2006-07. Baroda, who had gained the title twice previously (in 2011-12 and 2013-14), ended runners-up this time.
Siddharth (4/20) spun his net across the Baroda batsmen to limit them to a meagre 120 for 9 after which Tamil Nadu overhauled the goal in 18 overs, with opener C Hari Nishaanth top-scoring with 35.
Chasing 121 for a win, Tamil Nadu misplaced opener Narayan Jagadeesan (14) early as pacer Lukman Meriwala (1/34) picked up the primary wicket, with the opposition at 26/1.
But Nishaanth (35; 3×4; 1×6) continued taking part in his pictures and was joined by Baba Aparajith (29 not out off 35 balls) as Tamil Nadu reached 61/1 after 10 overs.
However, medium-pacer Babashafi Pathan eliminated Nishaanth within the twelfth over, as he holed out within the deep, to cut back TN to 67/2 and provides Baroda a glimmer of hope.
Skipper Dinesh Karthik performed his half to perfection with a 16-ball 22 however perished when his facet wanted 20 runs off 23 balls.
Aparajith and Shahrukh Khan (18 not out off 7 balls; 2×4; 1×6) then took TN residence. Shahrukh, fittingly, completed the sport with a boundary. Earlier, Siddharth’s sensible bowling upfront enabled TN to limit Baroda to 120 for 9 on a troublesome observe.
It was largely because of the 58-run seventh wicket stand between Vishnu Solanki (49 off 55 balls; 1×4; 2×6) and Atit Sheth (29 off 30 balls; 2×4;1×6) that Baroda after being lowered to 36/6 managed a three-figure whole.
Siddharth used the pitch to his benefit by various the tempo of his deliveries and likewise utilizing the crease properly to create awkward angles for the batsmen.
Put into bat on a Sardar Patel Stadium observe that supplied each flip and bounce, Baroda misplaced left-handed opener Ninad Rathva (1) early because the transfer to begin with spinners from each the ends paid off for Tamil Nadu.
Rathva was caught by KB Arun Karthik off offie Baba Aparajith (1/16). Aparajith and left-arm spinner R Sai Kishore (0/11) stored issues tight as Baroda was 11/1 after three overs.
Skipper Kedar Devdhar (16), who had hammered three boundaries, couldn’t convert his begins and gave a sitter to Narayan Jagadeesan at cowl because the wiry Siddharth picked up his first wicket.
Brief Scores: Baroda 120/9 (Vishnu Solanki 49, Atit Sheth 29; M Siddharth 4/20; M Mohammed 1/16) misplaced to Tamil Nadu 123/3 (C Hari Nishaanth 35, Baba Aparajith 29 not out; Atit Sheth 1/20, Babashafi Pathan 1/23) by 7 wickets. PTI NRB KHS PDS