Syed mushtaq ali trophy final Tamil Nadu completely thrashed Baroda to win their 2nd tittle. Spinners came to the party for TN in this low scoring encounter. Manimaran, who was playing his first game of the season, took 4 wickets to restrict Baroda for 120 runs.
BARODA : 120/9 (20 Overs). V Solanki 49(55), A Seth 29(30), Manimaran 4/20, Aparajith 1/16.
TAMIL NADU : 123/3 (18 Overs). Nishanth 35(38), Aparajith 29(35), Babashafi 1/23, Atit Sheth 1/20.
Man of the Match: Manimaran Siddharth
Baroda Batsmen Fall for Spin
Tamil Nadu and captain Dinesh Karthik already had a plan in their minds. Winning the toss, they opted to bowl first. DK decided to open the bowling with spin from both ends. This was a brave decision with a fruitful reward. Aparajith got opener Ninad 1(3) in his very first ball. Manimaran was brought to the attack in the 3 rd over itself. He went for 11 runs with the wicket of Baroda captain Devdhar 16(10).Baroda batsmen looked clueless against him. He went on taking wickets from one end and soon Baroda were 36/6 in 8.5 Overs. V Solanki and A Seth had a small but important 58 run partnership taking the score to 94. Solanki 49(55) was denied his 50 as he looked to steal 2 runs but fell short. A small cameo by Bhatt 12(5) took Baroda to 120 in 20 Overs.
Tamil Nadu Win Syed mushtaq ali trophy final After 13 Years
The chase was set with openers adding 26 runs in 3.5 overs. Nishanth 35(38) provided a perfect foundation for his team. Aparajith showed his all-round capabilities by scoring 29(35) after an economic spell in the 1 st innings. With a 34 runs partnership with DK 22(16), TN inched closer too victory. A small cameo from Shahrukh Khan 18(7) ensured a victory with 2 overs to spare. This also means that TN has finished the tournament unbeaten.
After a 1 run loss in the finals last year, this victory meant a lot for TN players. With a lot of big players missing from both the teams, some new talents have surfaced at the right time before the auctions and would be interesting to see who gets a go at the IPL.