Tamil Nadu and Baroda on Friday set up the final showdown after securing wins in their respective semifinals of the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy 2020-21 at the Motera Stadium in Ahmedabad.
While the Dinesh Karthik-led Tamil Nadu beat Rajasthan by seven wickets, Kedar Devdhar and Co. came out on top against Punjab to reach the final.
Tamil Nadu vs Rajasthan: Semifinal 1
Arun Karthik starred with the bat as Tamil Nadu beat Rajasthan by seven wickets to march into the final.
The right-hander creamed an unbeaten 89 off 54 balls as the Dinesh Karthik-led unit, who needed 155 runs to win, chased down the target in 18.4 overs.
Arun Karthik remained unbeaten on 89 while skipper Dinesh Karthik scored 26* off 17 balls and added 89 runs to help Tamil Nadu secure a place in the final.
Tamil Nadu 158/3 (Arun Karthik 89*, N Jagadeesan 28; Tanveer-Ul-Haq 1/22)
Rajasthan 154/9 (Ashok Menaria 51, Arjit Gupta 45; M Mohammed 4/24)
Punjab vs Baroda: Semifinal 2
Lukman Meriwala then picked up three wickets with the ball as Baroda, who scored 160/3, limited Punjab to 135/8.
In the chase, Punjab lost both their openers – Abhishek Sharma and Prabhsimran Singh – in the powerplay as Meriwala helped Baroda get early breakthroughs.
skipper Devdhar got out in the final over after scoring 64, Baroda posted 160/3 on the board.
Baroda 160/3 (Kedar Devdhar 64, Karthik Kanade 53*; Mayank Markande 1/29)
Punjab 135/8 (Mandeep Singh 42*, Gurkeerat Singh Mann 39; Lukman Meriwala 3/28)
Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy 2020-21 Tamil Nadu and Baroda set up final showdown in Sardar Patel Stadium, Ahmedabad