Pathan Strikes to Remove Well-Set Nishanth


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Sun, 31 Jan 2021 09:57:56 pm

Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy Final: Ninad Rathva, left-arm orthodox, pressed into action now. Eight runs from the over. We now enter the final five overs of the chase now. Tamil Nadu now need 32 runs in 30 balls to win this tournament. Baba Aparajith is on 24 off 29 with his captain unbeaten on 16 off 12. Score 89/2 in 15 overs, chasing 121

Sun, 31 Jan 2021 09:53:18 pm

Tamil Nadu vs Baroda Live Blog: A good over from Babashafi Pathan. He has been bowling his hearth out, as have been others. The contest is with Tamil Nadu right now but a couple of wickets could turn the tide. Three singles in the over. Score 81/2 in 14 overs, chasing 121

Sun, 31 Jan 2021 09:48:43 pm

Tamil Nadu vs Baroda Live Cricket Score: Bhargav Bhatt back into the attack and Dinesh Karthik welcomes him with a four to mid-wicket. He errs in line and gives away an extra run in wide. Four more singles follow and the total from the over is nine. Score 78/2 in 13 overs, chasing 121

Sun, 31 Jan 2021 09:43:29 pm

Over 12: End of a successful over from Babashafi Pathan – two runs and a wicket in it. Tamil Nadu need 52 runs in 48 balls with their captain Dinesh Karthik new man in the middle, joining Baba Aparajith.

Sun, 31 Jan 2021 09:42:41 pm

OUT! A big wicket for Baroda this one and it has come at the right time. Tamil Nadu were cruising in the chase but Babashafi Pathan has provided the breakthrough with the scalp of Hari Nishanth. A pick-up shot from the TN batsman but Bhargav Bhatt did well to slid and despite juggling for a bit, held onto the catch near in the deep. Nishanth scored 35 off 38 with three fours and a six. Score 67/2 in 11.2 overs, chasing 121

Sun, 31 Jan 2021 09:38:41 pm

TN vs BDA Live: Baroda desperately need wickets here. And their captain has brought back Lukman Meriwala, who has time and again brought him wickets throughout the tournament. However, the two Tamil Nadu batsmen – Hari Nishanth and Baba Aparajith – are well settled now. Aparajith struck his first four of the innings flicking the second delivery to mid-on. Six runs from the over. Score 67/1 in 11 overs, chasing 121.

Sun, 31 Jan 2021 09:32:47 pm

Over 10: Babashafi Pathan, right-arm fast medium, introduced into the attack. A decent first over off which came just six runs including one thanks to an overthrow . Tamil Nadu are 61/1 after 10 overs and now need 60 runs in as many balls to win the tournament.

Sun, 31 Jan 2021 09:26:27 pm

Tamil Nadu vs Baroda Live Blog: Bhargav Bhatt put down a tough chance to dismiss Hari Nishant off his own bowling. Nishant came down the track and muscled it straight back with the bowler just about getting his fingers to the ball as it burst through for a single. Four runs from the over. Score 55/1 in 9 overs, chasing 121

Sun, 31 Jan 2021 09:23:01 pm

Tamil Nadu vs Baroda Live Updates: The pressure was building and the big shot was coming. Hari Nishant steps out and launches a flighted delivery from Karthik Kakade over long-off for a six. And he followed that with a couple to bring up Tamil Nadu’s fifty. 10 runs from Kakade’s second over. Score 51/1 in 8 overs, chasing 121

Sun, 31 Jan 2021 09:21:14 pm

Fifty up for Tamil Nadu in 7.5 overs

Sun, 31 Jan 2021 09:19:08 pm

Tamil Nadu vs Baroda Live Cricket Score: Bhargav Bhatt is back into the attack now. He’s looked much better in his over, allowing just three runs off it. He was hit for two fours in his first over, bowled in the powerplay. Score 41/1 in 7 overs, chasing 121

Sun, 31 Jan 2021 09:15:50 pm

End of Powerplay: Tamil Nadu have made 38/1, chasing 121 in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy final tonight. They now need 83 runs in 84 balls with nine wickets remaining. Karthik Kakade bowled the final over in the powerplay and did well to keep the TN batsmen to just two singles. Hari Nishanth is batting on 20 off 20 with Baba Aparajith on 3 off 4.

Sun, 31 Jan 2021 09:12:39 pm

Over 5: Atit Sheth has been brought back into the attack. A good over for Tamil Nadu this one as they collect 10 runs from it including a boundary to Hari Nishant – struck over extra cover. Nishant moves to 19 off 15 and batting alongside him is Baba Aparajith on 2 off 3. Score 36/1, chasing 121

Sun, 31 Jan 2021 09:05:44 pm

OUT! A big wicket for Baroda as they have gotten rid of tournament’s leading run-getter and TN opener N Jagadeesan. This was bowled short by Lukman Meriwala and Jagadeesan went for a pull shot and ends up holing out to mid-wicket fielder Karthik Kakade. He scored 14 off 12. Tamil Nadu 26/1 in 3.5 overs

Sun, 31 Jan 2021 09:02:42 pm

Tamil Nadu vs Baroda Live Updates: Baroda captain Kedar Devdhar has realised bowling with pace isn’t going to be any helpful for his team. So he brings Bhargav Bhatt, left-arm orthodox, into the attack. N Jagadeeshan flicks the second delivery through mid-on for his first four of the innings. He then finishes the over with another boundary and this time too, sending the ball racing through mid-on. Meanwhile, two Baroda fielders ended up colliding with each other with one of them being tended by the team physio. Score 21/0 in 3 overs, chasing 121

Sun, 31 Jan 2021 08:56:01 pm

Tamil Nadu vs Baroda Live Cricket Score: Lukman Meriwala had started well, keeping the two TN batters on the leash. However, Hari Nishant went on the backfoot off the final delivery, making some room and then cut it through point for his second four of the innings. Six runs from the over. Score 11/0 in 2 overs, chasing 121

Sun, 31 Jan 2021 08:50:56 pm

Over 1: Hari Nishant gets off the mark with a four off Atit Sheth – off the backfoot threading the gap in covers. One more single from the over takes Tamil Nadu to 5/0, chasing 121

Sun, 31 Jan 2021 08:46:42 pm

So we are back with Tamil Nadu’s chase. Hari Nishanth and N Jagadeesan are the two openers. Atit Sheth has the new ball. TN need 121 to win. Here we go.

Sun, 31 Jan 2021 08:40:40 pm

So Baroda have recovered to finish at 120/9 after being 34/6 at one stage. They lost wickets off the last two deliveries including Vishnu Solanki (49) to a run out while Babashafi Pathan was out for a first-ball duck off the final delivery. This has been some recovery from Baroda who were staring down the barrel after M Siddharth, playing in his first match of the tournament, had spun a trap to take four wickets. They were 36/6 in 8.5 overs before a 58-run stand between Solanki and Atit Sheteh (29) for the seventh wicket gave them some hope. A late flourish followed with Baroda making 49 runs from the final four overs. Credit goes to Solanki for keeping his nerves in control and batting till the end to ensure his team has a chance to win this game.

Sun, 31 Jan 2021 08:30:40 pm

OUT! Vishnu Solanki ends up being run-out on 49 while going for a second off the penultimate delivery of Baroda innings. This has been some innings from Solanki considering the circumstances it has come under. He scored 49 off 55 with one four and two sixes.

Sun, 31 Jan 2021 08:26:36 pm

Over 19: Vishnu Solanki is doing the job for Baroda! He has been a figure of calmness throughout the innings, watching wickets tumble at the other end. After watching cautiously from the other end, he now opens up with two big hits in the penultimate over. The first six over square leg, to get his team to 100 runs and then brought out the helicopter shot to end the over, sending the ball soaring over midwicket region for another maximum. 15 runs from the over. Baroda 108/7

Sun, 31 Jan 2021 08:22:46 pm

OUT! An excellent catch from Arun Karthik. He has been outstanding for Tamil Nadu in the field even in the semifinals where they were guilty of dropping several easy catches. Atit Sheth was looking for another big
hit and picked up a slower one from Sonu Yadav early to launch it high into the night sky but he only managed the toe end of the bat. And at long-off, Karthik settled underneath it nicely to complete the catch. Sheth scored 29 off 30 with two fours and a six. Score 94/6 in 18.2 overs

Sun, 31 Jan 2021 08:20:31 pm

Over 18: Atit Sheth ends Murugan Ashwin’s fourth and final over with the first six of the innings – a slog sweep over deep midwicket boundary. What a shot! That must have put a smile in the Baroda camp. 11 runs from the over. Ashwin ends wicketless – 0/27. Baroda 93/6

Sun, 31 Jan 2021 08:18:25 pm

Over 17.4: With a single, Atit Sheth brings up the fifty-run partnership with Vishnu Solanki for the seventh wicket.

Sun, 31 Jan 2021 08:15:55 pm

TN vs BRD Live Score: This has been quite a productive over for Baroda. Sonu Yadav, under pressure, concedes 11 runs. The over began with Atit Sheth attempting a pull but getting a top-edge with the ball rising over wicketkeeper Dinesh Karthik for a four. He then scooped the third delivery over short fine leg for a second boundary of the over. Yadav then ended up bowling a wide. For the first time this innings, Baroda have had the upperhand in an over. Score 82/6 in 17 overs

Sun, 31 Jan 2021 08:10:07 pm

M Mohammed into the attack now. Vishnu Solanki went for a risky second run but put in a dive to reach home in time. Five runs from the over. Baroda 71/6 in 16 overs

Sun, 31 Jan 2021 08:06:05 pm

Tamil Nadu vs Baroda Live Blog: Spin in Murugan Ashwin continues from the other end. There was some drama in the middle of the over when Vishnu Solanki asked Ashwin to wait after getting ready to take the strike. The ball was already delivered and Solanki hung his bat out. It would have been very interesting had the ball hit the stumps. The umpire eventually called it a dead ball. Four singles from the over take Baroda to 66/6 in 15 overs

Sun, 31 Jan 2021 08:01:09 pm

Over 14: Tamil Nadu aren’t holding back. The fielders are diving to prevent even a single. They want to keep Baroda to a low total. Just three singles from Sonu Yadav’s first over. One good news for Baroda is that they haven’t lost a wicket since the ninth over which means a couple of batters have settled in. What’s even more important for them is the presence of Vishnu Solanki who is batting on 26 off 40 and has found a willing partner in Atit Sheth who is on 8 off 15. Score 62/6

Sun, 31 Jan 2021 07:58:54 pm

So after 13 straight overs of spin, we will have some pace. Sonu Yadav comes in to bowl his first over of the innings

Sun, 31 Jan 2021 07:56:35 pm

Tamil Nadu vs Baroda Live Updates: Murugan Ashwin is back into the attack. He starts with a no ball. A free-hit follows but Vishnu Solanki only manages to get a single off it. Eight runs from the second over of Ashwin including one off wide and another off a no ball. Score 59/6 in 13 overs

Sun, 31 Jan 2021 07:52:34 pm

Still no signs of pace from Tamil Nadu.

Sun, 31 Jan 2021 07:52:02 pm

Over 12: 50 up for Baroda in 11.5 overs. They will need Vishnu Solanki to bat till the end and hope someone sticks with him that long if they hope to post a respectable total. So far, it has been a terrible show. Accepted, the pitch isn’t easy to bat on but some of the shots Baroda batsmen have played today weren’t up to the mark either. Score 51/6

Sun, 31 Jan 2021 07:49:12 pm

Tamil Nadu vs Baroda Live Cricket Score: Manimaran Siddharth ends his spell. It’s been a dream performance from the spinner playing in his first competitive match since February 2020. He took 4/20 from four overs to leave Baroda in all sorts of trouble. IPL franchises must have made a note of his show today. He was with Kolkata Knight Riders before being released. Will they buy him back? Score 46/6 in 11 overs

Sun, 31 Jan 2021 07:46:55 pm

End of Over 10: So at the halfway stage of their innings, Baroda are 44/6, Dinesh Karthik brought back Baba Aparajith into the attack and in some relief for Baroda, Vishnu Solanki struck a four off the first delivery of the over. Eight runs from Aparajith’s second over.

Sun, 31 Jan 2021 07:44:07 pm

Over 9: End of a highly successful over from Manimaran Siddharth. A double-wicket maiden from the spinner. Baroda 36/6 with Vishnu Solanki (11*) and Atit Sheth (0*) in the middle.

Sun, 31 Jan 2021 07:42:22 pm

OUT! Another one bites the dust. This contest has been terribly one-sided so far. Manimaran Siddharth has taken his fourth wicket. Karthik Kakade had just guided a quicker one from Siddharth for a four behind point. And he went on the backfoot again but brought down his bat a bit early to get an inside edge with the ball hitting the pitch and then the wicket. A poor, poor performance from Baroda so far. Score 36/6 in 8.5 overs

Sun, 31 Jan 2021 07:39:09 pm

OUT! What a masterstroke playing Manimaran Siddharth has turned out to be today from Tamil Nadu captain Dinesh Karthik. It doesn’t look like Siddharth is playing his first competitive game in almost a year. Flight and turn as Abhimanyu Rajput chips it back to the bowler for a simple caught and bowled. He scored 2 off 8. Baroda are reeling in Ahmedabad after losing half their side. Score 32/5 in 8.1 overs

Sun, 31 Jan 2021 07:35:49 pm

TN vs BRD Live Score: Murugan Ashwin into the attack now. Dinesh Karthik is still searching for wickets. All eight overs so far have been bowled by spinners. A fast bowler yet to be seen in action. Just four singles from the first over of Ashwin. Baroda 32/4 in 8 overs

Sun, 31 Jan 2021 07:33:27 pm

Over 7: Ravisrinivasan Sai Kishore ends his spell with a maiden, His figures: 4-1-11-0. An excellent spell from the spinner. The pressure he built from one end was vital to Tamil Nadu taking those four early wickets. Baroda have a mountain to climb now. They need their batters to build partnerships now. Score 28/4

Sun, 31 Jan 2021 07:29:51 pm

OUT! Oh dear, it’s gone worse for Baroda now. They have lost their fourth wicket inside the Powerplay overs with Bhanu Pania being run out at the striker’s end. It was pushed towards backward point by Vishnu Solanki who then called his partner for a quick single. Arun Karthik charged at the ball and was quick to release the throw with his captain Dinesh Karthik breaking the stumps. Pania walks back for a duck. Baroda 28/4 in 6.3 overs

Sun, 31 Jan 2021 07:24:56 pm

OUT! Manimaran Siddharth strikes in successive overs as he outfoxes Smit Patel to trap him lbw on 1. Baroda in trouble now. They have lost three wickets for the addition of just 28 runs now. Siddharth fires in a quick one and Patel was stuck on the crease, didn’t know what hit him. The umpire had no hesitation in raising the finger. Baroda 28/3 in 5.5 overs

Sun, 31 Jan 2021 07:22:10 pm

Tamil Nadu vs Baroda Live Blog: R Sai Kishore continues from the other end. Vishnu Solanki takes three runs off him including a couple. Another tight over from the spinner. Baroda under a lot of pressure. They have now just one over remaining in the powerplay. Score 25/2 in 5 overs

Sun, 31 Jan 2021 07:19:52 pm

OUT! That’s a big blow to Baroda as their captain Kedar Devdhar has been dislodged by Manimaran Siddharath. Devdhar had just struck back-to-back boundaries off Siddharth – the first via an outside edge while the second an inside-out drive over covers. He went for another big shot but this time ended up handing a simple catch to N Jagadeesan at point. He scored 16 off 10. Baroda 22/2 in 3.5 overs

Sun, 31 Jan 2021 07:13:26 pm

Over 3: R Sai Kishore continues. He had started the contest by conceding a four off the very first delivery. In his second though, he keeps Baroda to just two runs. Captain Kedar Devdhar (7) is bat
ting alongside Vishnu Solanki (3). Baroda 11/1

Sun, 31 Jan 2021 07:10:18 pm

Tamil Nadu vs Baroda Live Updates: End of a successful first over from Baba Aparajith. He has given his team a breakthrough in Ninad Rathva and allowed just three singles in it. Score 9/1 in 2 overs

Sun, 31 Jan 2021 07:09:14 pm

OUT! An early blow to Baroda as Baba Aparajith strikes with his very first delivery of the match. It’s an excellent effort in the field from Arun Karthik as well. Ninad Rathva cuts and Karthik dives at backward point to complete a superb catch sending him back to the dressing room. Rathva scored 1 off 1. Baroda 6/1 in 1.2 overs

Sun, 31 Jan 2021 07:05:49 pm

Tamil Nadu vs Baroda Live Cricket Score: R Sai Kishore starts for Tamil Nadu. On strike is Kedar Devdhar. A poor start from the spinner as he offers width and length first up with Devdhar cutting it past point to get off the mark with a four. Devdhar then quickly moves to the other end with a quick single. Ninad Rathva gets off the mark with a single. Six runs from the over. Score 6/0 in 1 over

Sun, 31 Jan 2021 07:01:43 pm

So the two Baroda openers Kedar Devdhar and Ninad Rathva are out in the middle. R Sai Kishore has the new ball. Tamil Nadu start with a spinner.

Sun, 31 Jan 2021 06:59:58 pm

Kedar Devdhar: Would have batted first as well. Will get to know how the pitch behaves only after six overs. As a captain I don’t have to say much to the bowlers as they come up with their own plans and largely they have been successful.

Sun, 31 Jan 2021 06:58:24 pm

Baroda are unchanged for the final while Tamil Nadu have made one change.

Sun, 31 Jan 2021 06:58:05 pm

Dinesh Karthik: We have been consistently chasing, so we’ll be sticking to that. Under lights, it’s a bit difficult to take flat catches. You need to get used to this ground. Every member of the batting order has stood up at some time. I am not behind any target.

Sun, 31 Jan 2021 06:50:35 pm

The match will get underway from 7:00 pm (IST)

Sun, 31 Jan 2021 06:49:56 pm

Tamil Nadu captain Dinesh Karthik has pulled out a surprise by including Manimaran Siddharth, who hasn’t played this season, into the playing XI for the final. Siddharth’s last competitive match was in February 2020. Aswin Christ, who had a forgettable game in the semifinal against Rajasthan, has been dropped.

Sun, 31 Jan 2021 06:46:03 pm

Tamil Nadu Playing XI: Hari Nishanth, N Jagadeesan, Baba Aparajith, Arun Karthik, Dinesh Karthik (wk/captain), Shahrukh Khan, Sonu Yadav, R Sai Kishore, M Mohammed, Murugan Ashwin, Manimaran Siddharth

Sun, 31 Jan 2021 06:45:07 pm

Baroda Playing XI: Kedar Devdhar (captain), Ninad Rathva, Vishnu Solanki, Karthik Kakade, Atit Sheth, Smit Patel (wk), Abhimanyu Rajput, Bhanu Pania, Babashafi Pathan, Lukman Meriwala, Bhargav Bhatt

Sun, 31 Jan 2021 06:41:47 pm

TOSS: Tamil Nadu captain Dinesh Karthik has won the toss and opted to field first against Baroda in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy final.

Sun, 31 Jan 2021 06:38:52 pm

Toss and team news shortly

Tamil Nadu vs Baroda Live Cricket Score

Hello everyone and a warm welcome to our live coverage from the grand finale of the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy 2021. The two unbeaten teams Tamil Nadu and Baroda will be squaring off at the Sardar Patel Stadium in Ahmedabad for the trophy. Both the teams entered the knockouts unbeaten and topping their respective groups. Tami Nadu defeated Himachal Pradesh in their quarterfinals clash to make the semis where they beat Rajasthan by seven wickets. On the other hand, Baroda defeated Haryana in their quarterfinals clash before locking horns with Punjab in the second semifinals on Friday where they registered a 25-run win to set up a final date with Tamil Nadu.

Tamil Nadu vs Baroda Final Preview

The Tamil Nadu side with right blend of youth and experience under Dinesh Karthik, has hardly looked in any sort of trouble since their group stage encounters with dominating victories while chasing. Baroda, under their battle-hardened stand-in captain Kedar Devdhar, had won some one-sided matches but also a cliff-hanger against Haryana in the quarter-final where Vishnu Solanki hit a last-ball helicopter shot to win the match. Baroda’s performance is more praiseworthy after their premier batsman Deepak Hooda stormed out after his differences with skipper Krunal Pandya, who also had to leave after his father’s death. Tamil Nadu was also in a spot of bother in the quarterfinal against Himachal Pradesh but some big-hitting by Shahrukh Khan and a composed knock by Baba Aparajith saw them through. Veteran K B Arun Karthik then played a beautiful knock of 89 against Rajasthan to take his state to the final. Opener N Jagadeesan (350 runs) tops the run-scorers list while his opening partner C Hari Nishaanth’s form has tapered off after a bright start. Skipper Karthik hasn’t played a big knock but has been a stabilising influence in the middle-order during tricky run-chases. Shahrukh will be eager to impress talent scouts in what will effectively be his last chance before the IPL auctions next month. Lanky left-arm spinner R Sai Kishore (8 wkts so far) will have to play a big role on Sunday along with leggie M Ashwin and Aparajith, who has been more than useful with his off-breaks. Medium-pacers Mohammed Mohammed and R Sonu Yadav have played their parts but Tamil Nadu think-tank might be tempted to drop a misfiring Aswin Crist, who came in for Sandeep Warrier and bring G Periyasamy into the playing XI For Baroda, a title triumph will mean their third national trophy in shortest format. And for that to happen, burly opener Devdhar, the highest run-getter for the team with 333 runs. will have to score big again. (Preview Courtesy: PTI)

Tamil Nadu vs Baroda Final Full Squads

Tamil Nadu: Manimaran Siddharth, G Periyaswamy, Hari Nishanth, N Jagadeesan, Baba Aparajith, Arun Karthik, Sonu Yadav, Dinesh Karthik (wk/captain), Shahrukh Khan, Ravisrinivasan Sai Kishore, Sandeep Warrier, M Mohammed, Murugan Ashwin, Vijay Shankar, Aswin Crist, Baba Indrajith, Laxmesha Suryaprakash, Jagatheesan Kousik, Jaganath Sinivas, Pradosh Ranjan Paul Baroda: Kedar Devdhar (captain), Ninad Rathva, Vishnu Solanki, Karthik Kakade, Atit Sheth, Smit Patel (wk), Abhimanyu Rajput, Bhanu Pania, Babashafi Pathan, Lukman Meriwala, Bhargav Bhatt, Deepak Hooda, Pratik Keshavlal Ghodadra, Dhruv Patel, Mohit Mongia, Pratyush Kumar, Soyeb Sopariya, Chintal Gandhi