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Punjab, Baroda in Syed Mushtaq Ali final

Press Trust Of India
Mar 26, 2012 at 09:18pm IST

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Mumbai: On a day of upsets, Punjab and Baroda chased down targets successfully to knock out favourites Mumbai and Delhi and enter the final of the Syed Mushtaq Ali All India T20 tournament here.

Punjab rode on Mumbai's poor batting to restrict the hosts to a meagre 122 for 9 and then chased the target with five wickets and six balls to spare in the second semi-final.

Earlier, Kedar Devdhar cracked a superb 96 to power his side to a comprehensive seven-wicket victory over Delhi with 2.5 overs to spare in the first semi-final at the Mumbai Cricket Association's BKC ground.

Punjab, Baroda enter Syed Mushtaq Ali final

Shikhar Dhawan struck 62 in 42 balls as Delhi posted 169 for 9 against Baroda.

The final is to be held at the Cricket Club of India's Brabourne Stadium on Tuesday.

Diminutive Devdhar and his second wicket partnership with Aditya Waghmode took the game away from Delhi after they had piled up a challenging 169 for 9 built mainly around opener Shikhar Dhawan's 62 in 42 balls.

Devdhar struck six sixes, all on the leg side and three of them in one over from Mithun Manhas, and 11 fours in his 40-ball whirlwind innings to blow away the Delhi team.

After the fall of an early wicket, Devdhar - who was sent in at No 3 after having opened in the previous game - and Waghmode, who made 60 in 40 balls with 8 fours and a six, put on 133 runs off only 65 balls to seal their rivals' fate.

The deciding over in the match was the 12th in the run-chase when Devdhar waded into Manhas and clubbed the slow bowler for three sixes - over square leg and mid wicket - and a four.

In the previous over, Delhi had given away 11 runs. Both the batsmen were dismissed by Pawan Negi, but by then the match was as good as over in Baroda's favour. Negi finished with 2 for 33.

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