A surprising unbeaten 46-ball 71 from Vishnu Solanki (4×4, 5×6) helped Baroda snatch victory off the ultimate supply towards Haryana within the quarterfinals of the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy on Wednesday.
Needing 15 off the final three balls and 5 off one, Solanki pulled out the helicopter shot to flick Sumit Kumar down the bottom for six.
Solanki, who got here in with Baroda 33 for one, added 68 with captain Kedar Devdhar (43, 40b, 2×4, 2×6) in a chase of 149.
The two didn’t take undue dangers towards Haryana’s trump card Yuzvendra Chahal (one for 15 off 4 overs), however focused the opposite spinners, Jayant Yadav and Rahul Tewatia.
Devdhar received caught into Tewatia, accumulating 12 off an over whereas Solanki scored 13 off Jayant.
Baroda was threatening to take the sport away from Haryana when Sumit prised out Devdhar for 43. The asking charge began to climb after a few tight overs on the loss of life, however Solanki had the ultimate say.
Earlier, Haryana, requested to bat, misplaced openers Chaitanya Bishnoi and Guntashveer Singh throughout the first 5 overs. A 3rd-wicket stand of 80 between Shivam Chauhan (35, 29b, 3×4, 1×6) and Himanshu Rana (49, 40b, 7×4) noticed Haryana attain a promising 105 for 2.
However, as soon as Chauhan and Rana had been dismissed in successive overs, Haryana misplaced the momentum and completed at 148 for seven, a complete it almost defended.
On the rampage
In the opposite quarterfinal, Rajasthan rode on Mahipal Lomror’s unbeaten 78 (37b, 5×4, 5×6) and contributions from Bharat Sharma (38) and Ankit Lamba (38) to attain 164 for 5 towards Bihar. The latter fell brief by 16 runs regardless of Mangal Mahrour’s greatest efforts. He remained unbeaten on 68.
The scores: Haryana 148/7 in 20 overs (Himanshu Rana 49, Shivam Chauhan 35) misplaced to Baroda 150/2 in 20 overs (Kedar Devdhar 43, Vishnu Solanki 71 n.o.).
Rajasthan 164/5 in 20 overs (Bharat Sharma 38, Ankit Lamba 38, Mahipal Lomror 78 n.o.) bt Bihar 148/4 in 20 overs (Mangal Mahrour 68 n.o.).
The semifinal line-up: January 29: Tamil Nadu vs. Rajasthan, midday; Punjab vs. Baroda, 7 p.m.