Gujarat, Punjab in title clash

Karnataka crash out after five-wicket loss to Baroda

Manprit Juneja smashed an unbeaten 108 as Gujarat thrashed Kerala by 90 runs to set up title date with Punjab in the Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 championship here on Saturday.
Juneja produced a sensational exhibition of strokeplay as he struck 16 fours and three sixes in his 50-ball knock to help Gujarat score 233 for three after they were put into bat in the Group A match at Emerald High School Ground.

Chasing the huge target, Kerala were bundled out for 143 in 19.1 overs. Meanwhile, in the other twop matches of the day, Delhi beat Vidharbha by five wickets in Group A while Baroda defeated Karnataka by five wickets in Group B to dash their title hopes.
With four points from today’s match, Gujarat topped Group A and they face Punjab in the summit clash on Sunday. Punjab beat Uttar Pradesh by 51 runs in another match to top Group B.

Kerala captain Sachin Baby must have rued his decision to put the opposition in though it seemed that his gamble would pay dividends as Gujarat were struggling at 31 for three in the fifth over.

But Juneja and Abdulahad Malik (84 not out) turned the match on its head with an unbroken partnership of 202 runs from 15.4 overs for the fourth wicket. Malik was no less aggressive as his unbeaten 84 came from just 46 balls with the help of nine fours and three sixes.
Chasing the huge target, Kerala lost early wickets and collapsed to 143 in 19.1 overs.
Sent into bat, Punjab rode on Gurkeerat Singh’s unbeaten 93 to post 161 for five against UP.

Defending the total, leg-spinner Rahul Sharma returned with figures of four for 34 while Sandeep Sharma (2/6), Amitoze Singh (2/25) and Rajwinder Singh (2/36) shared six wickets between them to bowl out UP for 110 in 16.4 overs.

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