File photo of Mohammad Kaif (Getty Images)
Indore: Uttar Pradesh beat Baroda by two wickets in a last-ball thriller in the Super League (Group B) match of the Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 tournament here on Friday. Chasing 128 runs, Uttar Pradesh required 16 runs off the last over with just two wickets in hand. Imtiyaz Ahmad (15 not out) struck two sixes in the last over to take his side home.
Uttar Pradesh's middle-order batsmen made useful contributions with Mohammad Kaif and Tanmay Srivastava scoring 24 each and sharing a crucial 44-run stand for the third wicket after their side was reduced to 20 for 2 in the fifth over. For Baroda, M Y Vahora grabbed 3 for 13 runs while B A Bhatt took 2 for 27.
Earlier, Baroda scored 128 for 8 with H H Pandya top-scoring with an unbeaten 37. Pandya shared a 48-run stand with J B Chhaya (22) for the fourth wicket to provide some semblance of respectability to the score. For UP, A S Mishra was the most successful bowler with figures of 3 for 23 while Imtiyaz took 2 for 20.
Meanwhile, a good all-round performance helped Kerala register a comfortable six-wicket victory over Odisha after they were dismissed for a modest 125 in a Group A encounter. Electing to field, Kerala restricted the opposition for 125 for 8 in the stipulated 20 overs which they chased down with six wickets in hand and four balls to spare.
For Odisha, opener Ankit Yadav made run-a-ball 28 which included three fours. A 35-run partnership for the ninth wicket between Lagnajit Samal (20) and Suryakant Pradhan (18) took Odisha past the three digit mark. Pacers Nizar Niyas (2 for 24) and VA Jagadeesh (2 for 10) bagged two wickets each while left-arm spinner Padmanabhan Prasanth got one wicket.
Kerala, in reply, were 44 for 3 in 7.5 overs. Sanju Viswanadh scored unbeaten 41 runs including two sixes and a four, and shared a 64-run stand with Sachin Baby (33) to take Kerala home. Odisha pacers Suryakant Pradhan, Basant Mohanty and Lagnajit Samal got one wicket each.