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Baroda, UP are on an even keel

Mumbai: It will be a battle of equals when Uttar Pradesh and Baroda clash in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Twenty20 tournament final, at the Wankhede Stadium, here, on Monday.

The two teams had entered the title round in a similar fashion. They topped their respective groups by virtue of finishing with a better net run rate.

While UP edged out Goa in Rajkot, Baroda stuttered against Kerala in the final game before claiming the berth. Both Uttar Pradesh and Baroda appear to be evenly matched, having won all their zonal ties to make it to the knockout stage.

Baroda’s seven-match winning streak in the tournament was snapped by Kerala in the Super League stage and they would be hoping that the loss was just an aberration. The west-zone champions have relied mostly on the bowlers to secure wins.