Uttar Pradesh beat Baroda by two wickets in a last-ball thriller in the Super League (Group B) match of the Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 tournament, here on Friday.
Chasing 128 runs, Uttar Pradesh required 16 runs off the last over with just two wickets in hand. Imtiyaz Ahmad (15 not out) struck two sixes in the last over to take his side home.
Uttar Pradesh’s middle-order batsmen made useful contributions with Mohd Kaif and Tanmay Srivastava scoring 24 each and sharing a crucial 44-run stand for the third wicket after their side was reduced to 20 for two in the fifth over.
Earlier, Baroda scored 128 for eight with HH Pandya top-scoring with an unbeaten 37.
Meanwhile, a good all-round performance helped Kerala register a comfortable six-wicket victory over Odisha after they were dismissed for a modest 125 in a Group A encounter.
Electing to field, Kerala restricted the opposition for 125 for eigth in the stipulated 20 overs which they chased down with six wickets in hand and four balls to spare.
Niraj steers Gujarat
Riding on Niraj Patel and Jesal Karia's fine knocks, Gujarat got the better of Vidarbha by three wickets in Group A.
Electing to bat, Vidarbha posted 156 for seven in their stipulated 20 overs. And then Gujarat reached the target with five balls to spare.
Shalabh Shrivastava top scored with 34 off 30 balls, laced with three boundaries, as Vidarbha posted a competitive total. For Gujarat, Jasprit Bumrah was the pick of the bowlers with the figures of three for 33.