Irfan Pathan will look to put in many more impressive performances in the tournament and stake claim for a place in the national side © Getty Images (File photo)
Irfan Pathan will look to put in many more impressive performances in the tournament and stake claim for a place in the national side © Getty Images (File photo)

Irfan Pathan starred with the ball for Baroda, picking up 5 for 13 in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy match against Assam. His five wickets helped Baroda restrict Assam  to 116 for 9, thereby winning the match by 49 runs. In another match Madhya Pradesh fast bowler Ishwar Pandey picked up a hat-trick to restrict Andhra to 95 for 7 in 20 Overs. Pandey finished with figures of 4 for 20 in his four overs. Chasing 96, Madhya Pradesh got there with five wickets to spare. This has been a good day for both the bowlers as their sides have won their respective matches without much trouble. Today was the first day of the tournament and it has been a excellent day so far. Full Updates: Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy 2015-16, Bengal vs Hyderabad, Gujarat vs Himachal Pradesh, Rajasthan vs Punjab, Andhra vs Madhya Pradesh, Mumbai vs Odisha, Maharashtra vs Uttar Pradesh

Pathan’s wickets include all top-order batsmen. In fact, he has dismissed five batsmen from the top six and that will give him a lot of confidence. Pandey om the other hand, struck in the third over of the match, again dismissing all top-order batsmen. Pathan last played an international match for India in 2012, which was a T20 International (T20I) against South Africa in the T20 World Cup at Colombo. A good perforance in this tournament could get him back in contention for the ICC World T20 2016, which will be played in Indian from March. Pathan was just a coiuple days back named skipper of the Baroda side for the tournament. Full updates: Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy 2015-16, Kar vs Ser, Del vs Rai, Ass vs Bar, Sau vs Tri, Har vs TN, Ker vs J&K

Pandey, who used to play for Chennai Super Kings (CSK) under the leadership of India limited-overs skipper MS Dhoni, will look to follow this performance with good performances throughout this tournament.