Vishnu Solanki helped Baroda pull off a final heist against Haryana with a sensational 71, which included a six from the last ball of the game, to send his side back to the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy semi-finals on Wednesday. Baroda first limited Haryana to 148/7 in the third quarter-final, then it was Solanki, who hammered four fours and five sixes in his unbeaten 46-ball stroke to get his team across the line after 18 points off. the final.
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Haryana had reduced the equation to 23 out of 12 balls for Baroda, and their skipper Mohit Sharma (0/30) conceded only five points in the penultimate to make the equation more difficult for Baroda. However, 28-year-old Solanki had other plans and faced average pacemaker Sumit Kumar (1/37) in the final, hitting two sixes and a four, to script an eight-wicket victory for his team.
The right-handed batsman finished the game well with a six, a helicopter shot on the final ball to seal the game, with Baroda needing five points on the final ball. Previously batted at Sardar Patel Stadium, Haryana lost first opener Guntashveer Singh (1) early. Soon it turned 25/2 after the other opener Chaitanya Bishnoi (21) also fell on the cheap.
However, Himanshu Rana (49 of 40 balls) and Shivam Chauhan (35 of 29 balls) rallied the heats with their third stand of 80 points. As Chauhan hammered three fours and a six, Rana’s shot was marked by seven limits. However, in 15th place pacemaker Atit Sheth (1/27) broke the stand after Chauhan gave Vishnu Solanki a keeper.
Rana also threw her wicket in the 16th, as Haryana slumped to 115/4. Bowlers did well to limit Haryana below the 150-point mark, despite Sumit’s unbeaten 16-ball 20. For Baroda, Kartik Kakade (2/7) was the bowlers’ choice.
In pursuit of 149, Baroda lost the first Smit Patel (21) as soon as he became the sole victim of spinner Yuzvendra Chahal (1/15). Kedar Devdhar (43 on 40 balls; 2×4. 2×6) and Solanki added 68 points for the second wicket as they took the game deep. The duo took a while to settle down at first, but then shifted gears. However, Sumit Kumar broke the stand by firing Devdhar.
Solanki then took the burden on himself and drove their camp home in the company of Abhimanyu Singh Rajput (13 not released).
Brief scores: Haryana 148/7 (Himanshu Rana 49, Shivam Chauhan 35; Kartik Kakade 2/7, Atit Sheth 1/27) lost against Baroda 150/2 (Vishnu Solanki 71 not released, Kedar Devdhar 43, Yuzvendra Chahal 1/15) by 8 counters.
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