Vishnu Solanki helped Baroda in a final heist against Haryana with a sensational 71, including a six from the last ball of the game, to propel his team to the semi-finals of the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy on Wednesday. Baroda first limited Haryana to 148/7 in the third quarter-final, and then it was Solanki, who hit four fours and five sixes in his 46 ball unbeaten knock to get his team over the line after 18 runs were needed after the final.
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Haryana had narrowed the comparison down to 23 of 12 balls for Baroda, and their skipper Mohit Sharma (0/30) conceded only five runs in the penultimate over to make the comparison more difficult for Baroda. 28-year-old Solanki, however, had other plans and took on medium pacemaker Sumit Kumar (1/37) in the final, with two sixes and a four, to write an eight-wicket victory for his team.
The right-handed batsman ended the game appropriately with a six, a chopper firing the last ball to end the game, and Baroda needed five runs from the last ball. Earlier in the innings at Sardar Patel Stadium, Haryana opener Guntashveer Singh (1) lost early. It quickly became 25/2 after the other opener Chaitanya Bishnoi (21) also fell cheaply.
However, Himanshu Rana (49 of 40 balls) and Shivam Chauhan (35 of 29 balls) collected the innings with their 80-run third wicket standard. While Chauhan hammered three fours and a six, Rana’s knock was seven bounds. However, in the 15th over, pacemaker Atit Sheth (1/27) broke the score after Chauhan gave a sitter to Vishnu Solanki.
Rana also threw his wicket in the 16th, while Haryana dropped to 115/4. The bowlers did well to limit Haryana to below 150 points, despite Sumit’s 16-ball unbeaten 20. For Baroda, the off-spinner Kartik Kakade (2/7) was the bowlers’ choice.
In the chase of 149, Baroda lost opener Smit Patel (21) early when he became the only victim of spinner Yuzvendra Chahal (1/15). Kedar Devdhar (43 of 40 balls; 2×4. 2×6) and Solanki added 68 runs for the second wicket as they went deep into the game. The duo initially took their time to settle in, but then switched. However, Sumit Kumar broke the position by firing Devdhar.
Solanki then assumed responsibility and took their she home in the company of Abhimanyu Singh Rajput (13 not out).
Short scores: Haryana 148/7 (Himanshu Rana 49, Shivam Chauhan 35; Kartik Kakade 2/7, Atit Sheth 1/27) lost to Baroda 150/2 (Vishnu Solanki 71 not out, Kedar Devdhar 43, Yuzvendra Chahal 1/15) with 8 wickets.
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