Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy 2018: Baroda, Maharashtra Start Proceedings With Victory
Baroda clinched the opening encounter of the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy 2018 by defeating Mumbai by 13 runs.
After batting first, Baroda posted a huge total of 210 on the board. Openers did a great job for Baroda as Kedar Devdhar (38 off 24), and Urvil Patel (50 off 28) shared 91 runs for the first wicket in just 8.3 overs.
Both the openers fell in the same over but skipper, Deepak Hooda (66 off 39) and Krunal Pandya (44* off 26) took charge soon.
They both shared 106 runs for the third wicket and steered the team to a big total.
Mumbai had a jittery start as they lost the wicket of skipper Aditya Tare in the very first over. Jay Bista and Siddesh Lad tried to keep Mumbai in the race but could never really lead the team to a victory.
Suryakumar Yadav (22 off 10) and Shivam Dubeyu (33 off 14) though minimized the difference of loss to just 13 runs with their aggressive innings.
Brief scores: Baroda 210/3 (Deepak Hooda 66, Krunal Pandya 44*; Tushar Deshpande 2-38) defeat Mumbai 197/8 (Siddesh Lad 82, Shivam Dubey 33; Lukman Meriwala 3-29, Atit Sheth 3-31) by 13 runs.
Domnic Muthuswami bowls Maharashtra to victory –
Maharashtra chased down a target of 152 in 19.3 overs to start the proceedings with a win. Former Kings XI Punjab player, Nikhil Naik played the anchor role by playing an innings of 70* off 37 to lead the team to a win.
Apart from him, Ruturaj Gaikwad and Prayag Bhati played an innings of 26 and 23 respectively, playing a crucial role in the chase.
Earlier, Gujarat posted a total of 151 at the loss of eight wickets. Gujarat never was in a race to post a big total, and it were the innings of 38 from Axar Patel and Chirag Gandhi of 61* that helped Gujarat to reach this total.
Domnic Muthuswami shone with the ball and bowled a spell of 4-0-27-4.
Kedar Jadhav, who is a part of Maharashtra side, did not play the game.
Brief scores: Maharashtra 154/6 (Nikhil Naik 70*, Ruturaj Gaikwad 26; Piyush Chawla 3-27) defeat Gujarat 151/8 (Chirag Gandhi 61*, Axar Patel 38; Dominic Muthuswami 4-27) by four wickets.
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