Uttar Pradesh thus returned to winning ways after their five-wicket loss against Tamil Nadu at the Eden Gardens on Tuesday.
Kolkata: Suresh Raina continued his imperious form with a third successive half century as Uttar Pradesh kept their final hopes alive with a resounding seven- wicket win over Baroda in the Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 trophy here on Wednesday.
Chasing a stiff 193 after they opted to field, Uttar Pradesh were in trouble with 0/1 in the first ball but Raina and opener Umang Sharma made it easy in the end with a match-winning 160-run partnership off 90 balls.
Raina hit a fluent 47-ball 56 inclusive of five fours and two sixes while Sharma smashed a careerbest 95 off 47 balls. Five runs shy of a century, Sharma edged Atit Sheth behind the stumps as he along with Raina got out in space of six balls with 33 needed off 24, but Rinku Singh applied the finishing touches with an unbeaten 26 off 11 (4x4).
Uttar Pradesh thus returned to winning ways after their five-wicket loss against Tamil Nadu at the Eden Gardens on Tuesday. They now have two wins from three matches.
Baroda 192/3 in 20 overs (Urvil Patel 96, Deepak Hooda 45) lost to Uttar Pradesh 195/3 in 18.4 overs (Umang Sharma 95, Suresh Raina 56).
Tamil Nadu 129/9 in 20 overs (Anirudha Srikkanth 37, Kanishk Seth 3/26, Sayan Ghosh 2/19, Aamir Gani 2/16) lost to Bengal 134/3 in 16.2 overs (Sudip Chatterjee 51*, Writtick Chatterjee 44).
Rajasthan 175/6 in 20 overs (Lomror74, Bist 41, Tajinder 43, Kulkarni 3/35) bt Mumbai 158/8 in 20 overs (Herwadkar 68, S.A YAdav 39, Chahar 3/27).
Karnataka 201/4 in 20 overs (Karun Nair 100, Deshpande 56, Monu Kumar 2/31) bt Jharkhand 78 in 14.2 overs (Prasidh Krishna 2/8, Mithun 2/23, Aravind 2/6, Suchith 2/13).