SMAT Highlights Semifinal 2: Punjab beats Delhi by 6 wickets, Baroda defeats Assam to enter final

SMAT Semifinals Highlights Punjab vs Delhi, Assam vs Baroda: Get theHighligts and Updates from the semifinals of the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy.

Published : Nov 04, 2023 10:48 IST - 8 MINS READ

Yash Dhull-led Delhi takes on Punjab in the semifinal of the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy.
Yash Dhull-led Delhi takes on Punjab in the semifinal of the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy. | Photo Credit: ANI

Yash Dhull-led Delhi takes on Punjab in the semifinal of the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy. | Photo Credit: ANI

Baroda 146/4 in 16.1 Overs: Pania finishes off in style as Baroda has gunned down the total with six wickets to enter the final. An outstanding show from Baroda and thanks to the openers who set the stage on fire. Punjab will take on Baroda in the final!

Baroda 104/3 in 11 Overs: Jyotsnil Singh falls as Assam is trying to make further inroads, but given the target, Baroda is favourites to win the game.

Baroda 78/0 in 7 Overs: Baroda needs 66 runs from 78 balls, and the best part is they haven’t lost a wicket, and the match is slowly slipping away from Assam’s grasp.

Baroda 69/0 in 6 Overs: Ninad Rathva and Jyotsnil Singh are going strong, and Assam has struggled to make inroads. The target is just 144, and both the Baroda openers haven’t shown any signs of throwing their wickets away.

Baroda 13/0 in 2 Overs: Ninad Rathva and Jyotsnil Singh have given Baroda a sedate start, and Assam has to pick early wickets to make an impression. Having scored just 143 runs, wickets will be key for Assam if it has to halt Baroda from entering the final. 

Assam 143 all out in 20 Overs: Advantage Baroda, as after a 46-run opening stand, with Rishav Das scoring a brilliant 48, the Assam side collapsed, with skipper Riyan Parag failing to score in a much-needed situation. Abhimanyu Singh starred with the ball by picking a four-wicket haul and has been the star performer for Baroda. Atit Sheth picked up two wickets and helped Baroda restrict Assam to a total that the Baroda batsmen could chase.

Assam 115/6 in 17 Overs: In the last 22 deliveries, Assam has choked by losing wickets in a cluster and Abhimanyu Singh picking three wickets. Krunal has been marshalling his side to perfection and has picked a brilliant catch to stall Assam’s growth. Baroda’s ground fielding has been top class.

Assam 107/4 in 15 Overs: The 100 is up for Assam, and Sibsankar holds the key and has to tee off to give Assam the lift. But with Riyan Parag back in the hut, Baroda is charging with its bowlers picking crucial wickets. 

Assam 87/3 in 12 Overs: Gone! It was a huge wicket as Riyan Parag walks back to the hut after falling to a back-of-length delivery and pulling straight into the hands of the fielder at mid-wicket. This was a shot he could have avoided, and the rush of blood caused Assam a big loss.

Assam 64/2 in 9 Overs: Krunal Pandya has so far been ineffective in his bowling and has been expensive, leaking 28 runs in his three overs. Assam’s fortunes lie on the hands of Riyan Parag and Rishav Das. 

Assam 47/1 in 6 Overs: Atit Sheth picks the prized wicket of Denish Das, who flicks a back-of-length delivery straight into the hands of Ninad Rathva at mid-wicket. Assam loses its first wicket and the enforcer falls for a 20-ball 32.

Assam 44/0 in 5 Overs: Denish Das has blazed away to give Assam a brilliant start with an unbeaten 32 off 19 balls. Rishav Das, meanwhile, has been impressive, with a lovely chip over the mid-on for a boundary. A Robin Uthappa moment where the batsman casully walks down the track and lofts the bowler for a boundary. Top batting.

Assam 22/0 in 3 Overs: Rishav Das and Denish have given a good start, with Krunal Pandya operating from the other end in search of a breakthrough. 

Toss: Baroda has opted to bowl first against Assam


Assam Playing XI: Rishav Das, Denish Das, Sumit Ghadigaonkar(w), Riyan Parag(c), Sibsankar Roy, Pallavkumar Das, Akash Sengupta, Avinov Choudhury, Mukhtar Hussain, Sourav Dey, Mrinmoy Dutta

Baroda Playing XI: Jyotsnil Singh, Ninad Rathva, Abhimanyu Singh, Krunal Pandya(c), Vishnu Solanki(w), Shivalik Sharma, Bhanu Pania, Mahesh Pithiya, Atit Sheth, Lukman Meriwala, Soyeb Sopariya

Punjab enters Final: Punjab nails down the target of 184 with Mandeep smashing a 36-ball 63. Throught to the finals!

Punjab 108/3 in 12 Overs: Mandeep and Abhishek have taken Punjab pretty close to the target, and they are going great guns in the middle after losing just three wickets. 

Punjab 36/2 in 4 Overs: Mayank Yadav has picked up two wickets by removing Prabhsimran and Naman Dhir, and Punjab has suffered a setback. 

Punjab 21/0 in 2 Overs: Prabhsimran Singh and Abhishek Sharma have given Punjab a good start and will look to provide a solid platform. 

Punjab begins chase: Right then, we are all set for the chase, and Ayush Badoni was the showstopper with the bat for Delhi. For Punjab, it will be Prabhsimran Singh and Abhishek Sharma who have been given the responsibility of giving the team a good start in chase of 184 for a place in the final. Here we go!

Delhi 183/7 in 20 Overs: The innings has largely revolved around Badoni’s knock, who scored an unbeaten 80 off 57 balls and Punjab did crawl back towards the back end, but Badoni with seven boundaries and four sixes has helped Delhi post a solid total on board. Punjab needs 184 runs to enter the final. Back in a bit.

Delhi 166/5 in 18 Overs: This is a gem of a knock from Badoni, and he is going great guns, targetting the extra cover region. The noticeable part is the batsman sitting deep in the crease and the follow-through has been brilliant with solid control and manufacturing shots combined with power and timing. Top knock!

Delhi 144/5 in 16 Overs: Time for some fireworks as the match enters the final stage with Badoni reaching a well-deserved half-century in 39 balls in the company of Lalit Yadav. Badoni has shown that he has got a range of shots under his belt with the latest being stepping down the track and smashing Markande over the covers for a maximum followed by a boundary. Impressive innings so far, and Badoni will look to stay till the end to power Delhi to a strong total. 

Delhi 122/5 in 14 Overs: Mayank Markande into the attack, and the spinner has done relatively well, bowling an economical spell in the two overs he has bowled. An unnecessary confusion packs off Himmat Singh who gets run-out and that brings Impact Player Harsh Tyagi, who has replaced Priyansh. However, Harsh failed to make an impact as the southpaw walked back after getting an inside edge as the ball knocked down the leg stump with Markande picking his first wicket.

Delhi 108/3 in 12 Overs: The 100 is up for Delhi, and Ayush Badoni is in some form and is dealing in boundaries. A six over extra cover followed by two boundaries, with a delicate slice through the backward point region being the pick of the shot. The last eight overs should yield more runs, with Badoni dropping anchor and holding the key.

Delhi 77/2 in 8 Overs: The partnership is slowly building, and both batsmen have found their feet in the middle, matching stroke for stroke. Punjab is now eyeing a breakthrough to clamp down the flow of runs and bounce back. 

Delhi 57/2 in 6 Overs: The onus now lies on Ayush Badoni and Anuj, and the duo has to set the platform and give Delhi the chance for a good flourish. Although it has lost two wickets, the run rate is touching around nine runs per over and this is a crucial period of play for both teams. The 50 is up for Delhi, and Anuj is in full flow with the bat and looks in good touch after hitting a half-century in the previous game.  

Delhi 34/2 in 4 Overs: Siddharth Kaul strikes once again, and this time the pacer traps Yash Dhull, who pays the price of playing across the line. Delhi not only lost its skipper but also a review and that’s a huge blow as Dhull was looking in fine shape and timing the ball well. Delhi is in need of a partnership as Ayush Badoni is the new man in, and the batsman opens his account with a fine pull shot. 

Delhi 19/1 in 2 Overs: Punjab strikes as Siddharth Kaul removes Priyansh, who falls for a 6-ball 13; the over-aggression didn’t work for the opener. Yash Dhull, the skipper, walks in after Priyansh fails to generate power while trying to smack the bowler over the extra cover region. Anmolpreet Singh takes an excellent catch to pack off the opener.

Delhi 14/0 in 1 Over: Priyansh and Anuj Rawat have given a brilliant start, with the former smashing Arshdeep Singh for two consecutive boundaries. Arshdeep is lacking a bit of control as the pacer is yet to hit his rhythm. Short and wide deliveries have been punished as Anuj gets off the mark with a boundary to end the over. 14 runs from the first over with both openers starting in a positive way.

Toss: Punjab opts to bowl first against Delhi


Delhi Playing XI: Priyansh Arya, Anuj Rawat(w), Yash Dhull(c), Himmat Singh, Lalit Yadav, Ayush Badoni, Dev Lakra, Navdeep Saini, Suyash Sharma, Mayank Yadav, Pradeep Sangwan

Punjab Playing XI: Abhishek Sharma, Prabhsimran Singh(w), Mandeep Singh(c), Anmolpreet Singh, Nehal Wadhera, Sanvir Singh, Ramandeep Singh, Mayank Markande, Siddarth Kaul, Arshdeep Singh, Harpreet Brar

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