Vishnu Solanki helped Baroda pull off a last-over heist against Haryana with a sensational 71, which included a six off the game’s final ball, to fire his team into the semifinals of the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy on Wednesday. Baroda first restricted Haryana to 148/7 in the third quarterfinal, and then it was Solanki, who hammered four fours and five sixes in his 46-ball unbeaten knock to get his team over the line after 18 runs were needed off the final over.
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Haryana had brought down the equation to 23 off 12 balls for Baroda, and their skipper Mohit Sharma (0/30) conceded only five runs in the penultimate over to make the equation tougher for Baroda. However, 28-year-old Solanki had other plans and took on medium pacer Sumit Kumar (1/37) in the final over, hitting two sixes and a four, to script an eight-wicket win for his team.
The right-handed batsman fittingly finished the game with a six, a helicopter shot on the final ball to seal the game with Baroda needing five runs off the final ball. Earlier put into bat at the Sardar Patel Stadium, Haryana lost opener Guntashveer Singh (1) early. Soon it became 25/2 after the other opener Chaitanya Bishnoi (21) also fell cheaply.
However, Himanshu Rana (49 off 40 balls) and Shivam Chauhan (35 off 29 balls) rallied the innings with their 80-run third-wicket stand. While Chauhan hammered three fours and a six, Rana’s knock was laced with seven boundaries. However, in the 15th over, pacer Atit Sheth (1/27) broke the stand after Chauhan gave a sitter to Vishnu Solanki.
Rana also threw his wicket in the 16th over, as Haryana slumped to 115/4. The bowlers did well to restrict Haryana below the 150-run mark, despite a 16-ball unbeaten 20 from Sumit. For Baroda, off-spinner Kartik Kakade (2/7) was the pick of the bowlers.
Chasing 149, Baroda lost opener Smit Patel (21) early as he became spinner Yuzvendra Chahal’s (1/15) only victim. Kedar Devdhar (43 off 40 balls; 2×4. 2×6) and Solanki added 68-runs for the second wicket as they took the game deep. The duo initially took time to settle, but then changed gears. However, Sumit Kumar broke the stand by dismissing Devdhar.
Solanki then took the onus on himself and took their side home in the company of Abhimanyu Singh Rajput (13 not out).
Brief 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) by 8 wickets.
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