A disciplined Baroda outclassed Punjab by 25 runs in the Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 Trophy semifinal at Ahmedabad on Friday.
Batting first, Baroda paced its innings well to post 160 for three, before the bowlers cut Punjab down to 135 for eight.
Punjab fell out of contention quite early in the chase, when left-arm pacer Lukman Meriwala picked up form openers Abhishek Sharma (5) and Prabhsimran Singh (15) cheaply. Left-arm spinner Ninad Rathva kept the pressure on, dismissing Anmolpreet Singh (15) and Ramandeep Singh (6).
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Medium pacer Babashafi Pathan put the final nail in the coffin when he got Gurkeerat Mann (39, 37b, 3×4, 1×6) to lob a catch to deep point. Gurkeerat left with the required run rate touching 15 – too steep amountain to climb for his teammates.
Punjab captain Mandeep…