Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy Highlights: Mahrour fifty in vain as Rajasthan beats Bihar by 16 runs

Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy 2021 Highlights: Get the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy updates and commentary from the third and fourth quarterfinals of the 2020-21 season, where Haryana, Baroda, Bihar and Rajasthan will be in action.

The Rajasthan Royals left-hander was prepared to wage a lone battle and hit five boundaries and five towering sixes en route an unbeaten 78 against Bihar.   -  TWITTER

Hello and welcome to Sportstar's live coverage of the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy 2021 quarterfinal match being played between Rajasthan and Bihar in Ahmedabad.

RAJASTHAN   164/5 (20 overs)     vs   148/4 (20 overs)    BIHAR


That's all for tonight! Do join us for the semi-final action on January 29, 2021 at 12 pm for more exciting action.

Semi-Final schedule: Tamil Nadu vs Rajasthan (Jan 29, 12pm), Baroda vs Punjab (Jan 29, 7pm)

Brief score: Rajastan 164/5 in 20 overs (Lomror 78*, Kashyap 2/28) beat Bihar 148/4 in 20 overs (Mahrour 68*, Choudhary 1/25)

RESULT: Bihar 148/4 after 20 overs - Rajasthan enter the semi-finals with a 16-run win.
Excellent bowling display from Ashok Menaria's boys in the absence of their best bowlers, Deepak and Rahul Chahar. Bihar failed to ace the chase after failing to accelerate earlier on a tricky, slow surface. With six wickets in hand, Bihar would have surely hoped for a stronger fight.

Mangal Mahrour's 68* was the only silver lining in the Bihar innings as he found himself lost out on well-set partners in the chase.

Bihar 138/4 after 19 overs: 27 needed of 6 balls. An excellent over from Khaleel Ahmed. The left-armer came over the wicket to the right-handed batting pair and cramped up the duo for space and made it difficult to aim for the big shots as much they would have hoped to. This is surely Rajasthan's game now.

Bihar 129/4 after 18 overs: 36 needed of 12 balls. Both teams were at the same score at this stage. Mahrour fails to connect well against Bishnoi save for one strong shot for six down the ground.  Bihar would have certainly wanted a boundary or two more from this over. Pressure mounting on the batsmen with two overs to go.

Bihar 120/4 after 17 overs: 45 needed of 18 balls. The runs are coming for Bihar of streaky boundaries over the keeper and what not! Mahrour would be relieved that his partner Vikash has relieved some pressure off him. We are in for a stiff finish here....

Bihar 99/3 after 15 overs: Bihar is taking the game deep and has shelved any undue risk in the last four overs to lay it into this stage. 65 needed of 30 balls and Bihar will pin its hopes on Mahrour who has kept the runs ticking.

Bihar 68/3 after 11 overs: Just when the partnership began to bloom, Bihar has lost another wicket. Excellent bowling from Chandrapal Singh as he loops a slower one to Gani and forces him to for a biggie over long-off. Gani mistimes it and Lomror makes no mistake at the deep boundary. Sakibul Gani c Lomror b Chundawat 10 (11b 1x4 0x6)

Bihar 67/2 after 10 overs:  Mahrour and Gani have slowly built a partnership and the pair has rotated the strike freely. An uphill task awaits as Bihar requires 98 from the remaining 10 overs.

Bihar 43/2 after 7 overs: OUT! And there we have it, Babul Kumar has run himself out. A risky single attempt with the ball being nudged to Bishnoi at point. Kumar runs to the danger end but the leggie hit the stumps in one go. Bihar has lost both its openers now. Babul Kumar run out (Ravi Bishnoi) 24 (20b 4x4 0x6)

Bihar 39/1 after 6 overs: A sedate start to the Bihar run-chase. Babul Kumar has failed to capitalise and take on from his fine start. He alongside Mahrour has opted to take it slow throught the Powerplay. Will that come to haunt Bihar in the overs ahead?

Bihar 14/1 after 2 overs: OUT! A cracking over from Aniket Choudhary. He has sent Rathour packing with a nagging delivery outside off. A half-hearted Rathour tries a tame punch and has chopped the ball back to the stumps. Shasheem Rathour b Choudhary 0 (2b 0x4 0x6)

Bihar 13/0 after 1 over: Akash Singh has been smashed for three crisp boundaries by Babul. The left-armer has offered width and the Bihar opener has smashed them through the cover region.

The chase is underway. Bihar openers Shasheem Rathour and Babul Kumar are in the middle. Akash Singh with the new ball for Rajasthan.

Brief Score: Rajasthan 164/5 (Lomror 78*, Sharma 38, Lamba 38, Kashyap 2/28)

Fall of Wickets: 1-59 (Bharat Sharma, 8.6 ov), 2-60 (Ashok Menaria, 9.5 ov), 3-109 (Ankit Lamba, 15.3 ov), 4-119 (Rajesh Bishnoi, 16.6 ov), 5-144 (Arjit Gupta, 19.1 ov)


Rajasthan 164/5 after 20 overs: 6,6,6 - Lomror powers Rajasthan to a string finish! Poor choice from Bihar to give the final over to the spinner Aman. Lomror cashed in on the left-armer for three whopping sixes to guide his side to an excellent finish on a tricky surface.

Rajasthan 129/4 after 18 overs: Lomror nears his fifty as Rajasthan's hopes are pinned on him. The southpaw has blazed two boundaries of Rahul Kumar as his side will certainly aim to breach the 150-run mark from here.

Rajasthan 112/3 after 16 overs: OUT! Lamba's sluggish stay at the crease has come to an end. He has failed to get the scoreboard moving and resorted to keeping one end safe while Lomror went on the assault at the other. Lamba holes out after hitting a loose shot straight up in the air. The debutant Kashyap has finished with figues of 4-0-28-2! Ankit Lamba c Gani b Kashyap 38 (41b 2x4 1x6)

Rajasthan 103/2 after 13 overs: 100 up for Rajasthan as Lomror is dropped at the long-off boundary. Bihar has failed to win the small moments in the game so far and Rajasthan is now set for a good finish.

Rajasthan 86/2 after 13 overs: Rajasthan has not suffered from the loss of successive wickets. Lamba has held the fort at one end albeit a tad slow while Mahipal Lomror has come out dashing from ball one.

Rajasthan 61/1 after 10 overs: OUT! The captain has been dismissed for a first-ball duck! Menaria has been pushed to the backfoot with a quicker one by the debutant Suraj Kashyap in his first over!  Ashok Menaria c †Vikash Yadav b Kashyap 0 (1b)

Rajasthan 59/1 after 9 overs: OUT! Aman has broken the partnership. Bharat never looked comfortable with the ball sliding in towards him and the left-armer has finally cracked the code. Bihar has broken the partnership which was deftly gaining steam. Bharat Sharma b Ashutosh Aman 38 (33b 4x4 2x6)

Rajasthan 42/0 after 6 overs: A massive six from Lamba to finish the Powerplay. The openers have slowly got themselves into the groove as Bihar has failed to keep the the bowling tight and cash in on the half chances.

Rajasthan 28/0 after 4 overs: The Rajasthan openers have gotten off to a start and by no means has it been a pleasant one. They have managed to chip in with a few boundaries from vague cross-batted heaves and frustrated the Bihar bowlers.

Rajasthan 5/0 after 1 over: The left-armer Anuj Raj begins well as he brings the ball back into the right-handed Bharat who has had a streaky start, with his feet moving nowhere.

MATCH UNDERWAY - Rajasthan openers Ankit Lamba and Bharat Sharma are at the middle. Anuj Raj opens the attack for Bihar.

TOSS:  Rajasthan Won the Toss & elected to Bat

Rajasthan XI: A M Singh ,B S Sharma (W),M K Lomror,S K K Ahmed,Ashok Menaria (C),A V Choudhary,Ankit Lamba,A R Gupta,R K Bishnoi,C P Singh,Rm Bishnoi

Bihar XI: Rahmat Ullah,Vikash (W),Mahrour,A Raj,RAHUL KUMAR,Samar Quadri,Ashutosh Aman (C),Babul Kumar,S Gani,Rathour,Suraj Kashyap

Welcome to the evening session!
Rajasthan takes on Bihar in the last quarter-final clash. Toss updates by 6:40 pm. Stay tuned....


What a finish. Vishnu Solanki seals a thrilling win with a last-ball six as Baroda storm into the SMAT semis. Spare a thought for the young Sumit Kumar. With18 to defend off the last over, Kumar conceded three off the first three before Solanki collect 16 off the last three balls to knock Haryana out.



Baroda 126/2 in 18 Overs: Vishnu Solkani slams a 36-ball 50. He gets there with two consecutive fours off Mohit Sharma, who is fast running out of options. Baroda need 23 in 12 balls.

Baroda 107/2 in 16 Overs: Sumit Kumar gets a much-needed breakthrough as Baroda skipper Kedar Devdhar holes out for a well-crafted 43. Abhimanyu Rajput joins Solanki. Chaprana bowls an excellent 16th over, concedes just five. Baroda need 42 runs in 24 balls.

Baroda 94/1 in 14 Overs: The fifty partnership is up between Solanki and Devdhar, who is leading by example. Devdhar moves into the fourties with a pull over the square-leg fence off Sumit Kumar. This assault from the Baroda batsmen has forced Haryana to bowl Chahal out. Things going Baroda's way at the moment. Chahal: 4-1-15-1. Baroda needs 55 runs in 36 balls

Baroda 80/1 in 12 Overs: Devdhar and Solanki are switching gears! Devdhar collects 12 off Tewatia's second over with a six and a four. Solanki got 13 off Jayant Yadav's third.

Baroda 55/1 in 10 Overs: Chahal's bowled his third over. He goes for five. So, Haryana clearly on the lookout for wickets. Meanwhile, Solanki welcomed Rahul Tewatia - he replaced Jayant Yadav - into the attack by reverse sweeping the leg-spinner for six. Tewatia went for eight in his first over.

Baroda 42/1 in 8 Overs: Chahal and Yadav are tightening Haryana's grip on this match with parsimonious spells. Kedar Devdhar and Vishnu Solanki are content with knocking around singles and not taking undue risks against Chahal.

Baroda 33/1 in 6 Overs: First signs of spin. Yuzvendra Chahal and Jayant Yadav bowling in tandem inside the Powerplay. Chahal strikes with the third ball of his first over, gets Patel caught at slip. A wicket maiden first up for the Indian leggie. Just the breakthrough Haryana were looking for.

Baroda 27/0 in 4 Overs: Smit Patel's first scoring shot is a boundary wide of mid-on off Mohit Sharma. His second boundary came courtesy a cracking cut shot off Chaprana, who created a caught behind chance off the very next ball, only for the keeper to let it through for four.

Baroda 10/0 in 2 Overs: Kedar Devdhar and Smit Patel are off to a steady start. Devdhar got a boundary off Mohit Sharma in his first over. Arun Chaprana is sharing the new ball with Mohit.



Baroda's ground fielding, both in the circle and in the deep, and catching in the outfield was brilliant. Shivam Chauhan and Himanshu Rana wrested the advantage for Haryana after two early dismissals. But both fell in quick succession as Baroda clawed its way back into the contest. They conceded only 36 in the last 5 overs and picked up 4 wickets as Haryana settled for 148/7 at the end of 20 overs. Kartik Kakade picked two for seven while Atit Sheth and Babashafi Pathan took one each. Baroda need 149 to win.

Haryana 123/4 in 18 Overs: Baroda have pulled things back after Rana's dismissal. Meriwala's third over went for just two while Sheth conceded six in his fourth. Sumit Kumar has joined Tewatia.

Haryana 115/4 in 16 Overs: Sheth broke the burgeoning third-wicket stand between Rana and Chauhan, whom he had caught for 35. The big-hitting Rahul Tewatia joined Rana, who fell one short of his fifty.

Haryana 105/2 in 14 Overs: Pathan continues to leak runs. Eleven coming off his second with Rana flicking a low full toss on leg-stump to square-leg for four. He then welcomed Bhatt back into the attack with a boundary to third-man. Rana followed it up with yet another four to deep mid-wicket.

Haryana 85/2 in 12 Overs: After six back-to-back overs of spin, Devdhar turns to medium-pacer Babashafi Pathan. Pace on the ball is what both Rana and Chauhan were waiting for as the duo collected 11 off Pathan's first over. Chauhan brought up the fifty stand with a six and a four off Rathva's third. Haryana getting a move on. That said, both batsmen need to work on their running between the wickets. Plenty of confusion out there.

Haryana 58/2 in 10 Overs: Both batsmen have knocked the ball around and got the odd boundaries but Baroda have been sharp in the field, not giving anything away so far.

Haryana 42/2 in 8 Overs: Baroda have decided to employ a spin-heavy attack inside the first 10 overs. Ninad Rathva, another left arm orthodox, started by conceding three singles. Meanwhile, Bhatt induced an outside edge from Rana which flew past the vacant first slip region for four.

Haryana 33/2 in 6 Overs: Karthik Kakade, right-arm off break, struck in his first over to remove the dangerous looking Bishnoi. The southpaw tried to launch one over long-on but a massive leading edge was gobbled up by Rajput at mid-off. Shivam Chauhan has joined Rana. Chauhan greeted left-arm orthodox, Bhargav Bhatt, with a boundary.

Haryana 23/1 in 4 Overs: In the next over, Singh chose to run for a tight single but Kedar Devdhar scurried from long-on and fired another direct hit at the bowler's end. Bishnoi hit two sixes off Sheth's remaining four deliveries. Bishnoi has been joined by Himanshu Rana. Meriwala's second over went for just two.

Haryana 8/0 in 2 Overs: Haryana openers Chaitanya Bishnoi and Guntashveer Singh are off to a cautious start. Baroda new-ball pair Atit Sheth and Lukman Meriwala have been disciplined with their line and length so far. Bishnoi did get one way to the deep mid-wicket fence.

TOSS UPDATE: Baroda has won the toss and elected to field first.

Haryana (Playing XI): Chaitanya Bishnoi, Arun Chaprana, Himanshu Rana, Shivam Chauhan, Rohit Parmod Sharma(w), Rahul Tewatia, Sumit Kumar, Guntashveer Singh, Jayant Yadav, Mohit Sharma(c), Yuzvendra Chahal

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

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Where to watch?

The quarterfinals will be telecast live on Star Sports.