Vishnu Solanki: The batsman from Baroda scored his fourth T20 half-century to book a semi-final berth for his team in Ahmedabad.
During the third quarter-final of the ongoing 12th season of the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy between Haryana and Baroda in Ahmedabad, the knockouts of the domestic Indian T20 tournament witnessed yet another cliffhanger finish.
Chasing a 149-run target, Baroda weren’t allowed to start briskly as a disciplined powerplay by the opposition bowling attack saw them scoring only 33 runs.
Standing tall on his potential, Haryana spinner Yuzvendra Chahal didn’t let Baroda captain Kedar Devdhar (43) score boundaries at will restricting them to 55/1 at the halfway mark.
Needing 47 runs to win in the last five overs, Baroda batsmen Vishnu Solanki and Abhimanyusingh Rajput were left with a daunting task of scoring 18 runs in the final over being bowled by Sumit Kumar.
Three singles on the first three deliveries reduced the equation to Baroda requiring 15 runs off the last three balls. It was at this point in time that Sumit Kumar faltered to bowl in Solanki’s hitting region.
While an ordinary delivery outside the off-stump saw Solanki hitting a six down the ground, a similar delivery witnessed Solanki edging the ball over the short third-man and backward point fielding to find a boundary. Needing five runs off the last delivery, the right-hand batsman put on display a helicopter shot to register his career-best score of 71* (46) with the help of four fours and five sixes.
Vishnu Solanki hits 15 runs off 3 balls vs Haryana
How Twitterati reacted:
What a thriller! 👏👏
— BCCI Domestic (@BCCIdomestic) January 27, 2021
— Thusi (@thusi_c) January 27, 2021
Omg !!! what a match 🔥🔥
Baroda Won by 8 wkts & into the SEMI Final of #SyedMushtaqAliTrophy2021
Vishnu Solanki you beautyyy 🙌🙌
Also superb batting by Kedar Devdhar 43(40)
— Hardik J Parmar 🇮🇳 (@imhardikjparmar) January 27, 2021
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