Tamil Nadu clinched the 2021 Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy on Sunday when they defeated Baroda by 7 wickets in a one-sided final. After restricting Baroda to 120/9 in 20 overs, Tamil Nadu successfully chased the target with 12 balls to spare.
The Southern state has won both of its SMAT titles under the captaincy of Dinesh Karthik and lost by just one run against Karnataka in the 2019-20 final.
After opting to bowl first, Tamil Nadu spinners reduced Baroda to 36/6 in 8.5 overs, with Manimaran Siddarth, who was playing his first game of the season, taking three wickets in his opening spell.
However, Vishnu Solanki (49) and Atit Sheth (29) then steered Baroda out of hot water, while Bhargav Bhatt (12 not out off 5) played a handy cameo to take his side’s total above the 100-run mark.
In the chase, TN started cautiously but a low target allowed their batsmen to bide time on the crease, eventually chasing the score in 18 overs.
Here’s how Twitter reacted:
— Suresh Raina🇮🇳 (@ImRaina) January 31, 2021
— Ashwin 🇮🇳 (@ashwinravi99) January 31, 2021
Congratulations @DineshKarthik , D. VASU and @TNCACricket for lifting the #SyedMushtaqAliTrophy for the 2020/21. played excellent cricket through out. The tournament. . Kudos to @BCCI for organizing it in such an exemplary manner amidst this pandemic
— R SRIDHAR (@coach_rsridhar) January 31, 2021
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) January 31, 2021
— Chennai Super Kings (@ChennaiIPL) January 31, 2021
— Sreedhar Pillai (@sri50) January 31, 2021
— Gujarat Cricket Association (Official) (@GCAMotera) January 31, 2021
— Ramesh Bala (@rameshlaus) January 31, 2021
In the end it was quite an easy win ! Congratulations @TNCACricket ! Well deserved ! One set of Men in yellow have done it , now waiting for the other set ! #SyedMushtaqAliTrophy #TNvBDA #IPL2021 #CSK
— Vijayakarthikeyan K (@Vijaykarthikeyn) January 31, 2021
Congrats buddy @DineshKarthik
— Niall John O Brien (@niallnobiobrien) January 31, 2021
— jagadeesan (@Jagadeesan_200) February 1, 2021
— Prabhu (@Cricprabhu) January 31, 2021
— Sathish Kumar M (@sathishmsk) January 31, 2021