Abhishek and Mandeep lead Punjab
Punjab 184 for 4 (Abhishek 77, Mandeep 63*, Mayank 2-28) won Delhi 183 for 7 (Badoni 80*, Rawat 34, Kaul 3-27) for 6 wickets
Coming to bat in the fourth over after Sidharth Kaul returned opener Priyansh Arya and Yash Dhull, Badoni remained unbeaten till the end, holding Delhi’s innings together in Mohali as others around him fell away without offering much support after Anuj Rawat’s initial explosion.
Rawat, who scored a half-century in the quarter-finals, was largely responsible for Delhi’s initial push. He hit five fours and a six while racing to 34 for 22.
But after left-arm spinner Harpreet Brar defeated Rawat, it was up to Badoni to take Delhi to a fighting total and he did so with aplomb. The 23-year-old hit seven fours and four sixes as Delhi piled up 94 runs in the last ten overs.
Right-arm quick Mayank Yadav struck twice in the third over of the chase and Punjab also lost Anmolpreet Singh late in the powerplay but kept pace with the required pace as they piled up 55 runs in the first six.
Suyash took two wickets to finish his campaign with 18 wickets in seven games. He is only behind Ravi Teja (19) in the wickets charts. Abhishek, who had a series of low scores after a spectacular start to the campaign, rose to second place in the performance charts.
Baroda ends Assam and Parag’s dream run
baroda 146 for 4 (Rathva 44, Jyotsnil 37, Sengupta 2-32) won Assam 143 (Rishav 48, Danish 32, Rajput 4-29) for 6 wickets
Assam started well after being put into bat. Openers Denish Das and Rishav Das took them to 46 before the former was out for 32 in the last over of the powerplay against Atit Sheth. Assam’s quarter-final hero Sumit Ghadigaonkar failed to make an impact and Parag too came out cheaply to leave Assam in trouble.