Baroda, Punjab face off in final of Mushtaq Ali T20 tourney

Baroda beat Delhi while Punjab defeated Mumbai to enter the final of the Mushtaq Ali T20 Trophy Getty Images

Mumbai: Mar 26, 2012

Baroda and Punjab set up the final clash in the Mushtaq Ali T20 Trophy defeating Delhi and Mumbai, respectively, at the Bandra Kurla Complex on Monday.

Baroda beat Delhi by seven wickets in a high-scoring first semifinal.

Chasing a formidable 170, Baroda cantered to win in 17.1 overs with Kedar Devdhar (96) and Aditya Waghmode (60) smashing Delhi bowlers all around the park.

Devdhar’s scintillating knock came off just 40 balls at a staggering strike rate of 240, hitting six sixes and 11 boundaries. Waghmode consumed the same number of balls for his fine fifty and shared a 143-run stand with Devdhar.

Delhi posted a competitive 169 for nine thanks to Shikhar Dhawan’s 62 off 43 balls. The other contributions came from Mithun Manhas (23), Rajat Bhatia (27) and Yogesh Nagar (21).

Later in the day, Punjab thrashed Mumbai by five wickets.

The visitors restricted the home team to 122 for nine and chased it down with six balls to spare.

Chandan Mandan (55) was the star for Punjab, striking the lone fifty of the match.

Fast bowler Manpreet Gony was the pick of the bowlers, picking up three wickets for 32 runs. Skipper Harbhajan Singh bowled three overs for 17 runs.

The highly-rated Mumbai batting failed with opener Ajinkya Rahane’s 21 being the top-score.

The final between Baroda and Punjab will be played Tuesday. (IANS)