UP take on Baroda in battle of equals

It will be a battle of equals when Uttar Pradesh and Baroda clash in the final of the Syed Mushtaq Ali Twenty20 tournament at the Wankhede stadium here on Monday.

The two teams had entered the title round by topping their respective groups in similar fashion, by virtue of finishing with the best net run rate in their pools after finishing level on points with another team.


While UP edged out Goa in Rajkot, Baroda stuttered against Kerala in final game and went through on superior NRR.


Both Uttar Pradesh and Baroda appear to be evenly matched, having won all their zonal ties to make it to the knockout stage.

Baroda could enjoy a slight advantage, having played in these conditions in their zonal leg as well as the knock-out stages.


Baroda’s seven-match winning streak in the tournament was snapped by Kerala, and they would be hoping that the loss was just an aberration. The West Zone champions have relied mostly on bowlers to secure wins in the tournament.


Left-arm medium pacer Lukman Meriwala is the leading wicket taker in the tournament, with 18 scalps, including a five-for against Delhi. The 22-year-old has picked up a wicket in each match and skipper Aditya Waghmode will be relying on his expertise.

Left-arm spinner Krunal Pandya and left-arm medium pacer Hardik Pandya have also proved their mettle. Besides, they have an experienced campaigner in Munaf Patel who bowled a tight first spell against Kerala before giving away 19 runs in his last over.


Barring their loss against defending champions Gujarat in the knock-out round, Uttar Pradesh too have proved to be a formidable side.

Openers Mukul Dagar and Prashant Gupta have been in good touch.
Left-arm spinners Ali Murtaza and Praveen Gupta have been among the wickets.

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