India’s domestic T20 tournament, Syed Mustaq Ali Trophy has entered into its final stages with four teams battling it out to be named as the best T20 team in the domestic arena. Haryana, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Rajasthan complete the semi-final line-up after a hectic schedule that saw 151 matches played in 19 days.
Super League Group A
Haryana topped the Super League Group A with 12 points, followed by Rajasthan with eight points while Maharashtra lost their opportunity due to an inferior net run-rate. Haryana, led by former India leg-spinner Amit Mishra, won three out of its four matches to top Super League Group A. They lost their only game against Maharashtra in their final group game by a fine margin of two runs. The win against Haryana didn’t help Maharashtra’s cause as Haryana marched forward with a better net run-rate.
Super League Group B
In Super League Group B, Tamil Nadu edged past Karnataka to be ranked top of the table with a better net run-rate. Tamil Nadu were followed closely by arch-rivals Karnataka with the exact number of points but with a lesser net run-rate. Tamil Nadu lost their only match to Karnataka by nine wickets and 22 balls remaining. Karnataka, on the other hand, owes a lot to Punjab for a semi-final spot. Mumbai needed to restrict Punjab below 150 runs in Punjab’s chase of 244 runs. However, Shubman Gill scored a quickfire 38-ball 78 to help overhaul the 150-run mark and dismiss any hopes of Mumbai qualifying for the semi-finals. Prithvi Shaw, Shreyas Iyer, and Suryakumar Yadav scored half-centuries but those weren’t enough to take Mumbai to the last four.
Both semi-finals will be played on Friday, November 29 at the Lalbhai Contractor Stadium in Surat. Semi-final 1 between Haryana and Karnataka will be played at 2:30 PM while the second semi-final involving Tamil Nadu and Rajasthan will take place at 6:30 PM. The final of the tournament is scheduled to be played at the same stadium on December 1 at 7 PM.