Irfan Pathan will look to make a comeback in the Indian team soon © Getty Images (File photo)
Irfan Pathan will look to make a comeback in the Indian team soon © Getty Images (File photo)

Vadodra: After veteran RP Singh’s incisive spell in the Vijay Hazare Trophy 2015-16 final, it was time for another seasoned left-arm paceman Irfan Pathan to serve a reminder to the selectors with a five-wicket haul as Baroda crushed Assam by 49 runs in Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy 2015-16 on Saturday. Pathan recorded career-best T20 figures of 5 for 13 in four overs as Assam were restricted to 116 for 9 in 20 overs reply to Baroda’s decent score of 165 for eight. The left-arm seamer, who is leading Baroda finished his spell with the new ball in one stretch getting wickets in all his four overs. Courtesy Pathan, Assam were in tatters at 22 for five inside seven overs and never recovered from that blow. 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

Irfan, who would like to keep both IPL franchises as well as national selectors interested, bowled sharply as got the ball to move away consistently and few that straightened after pitching. Left-hander Pallav Kumar Das (1) got one that came in while right-handers Sarupam Purakayashtha (4) and KB Arun Karthik (9) got away going deliveries. READ: Irfan Pathan takes fifer, Ishwar Pandey gets a hat-trick in Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy 2015-16

Earlier, when Baroda batted, Kedar Devdhar and Deepak Hooda contributed 48 runs each in Baroda’s total. Yusuf Pathan scored nine but the biggest flop show was Hardik Pandya, who managed only five runs and also gave away 27 from 3 overs. Pathan could still make it to the Indian T20I squad for the ICC World T20 2016, if he puts up similar performances.

Brief Scores:

Baroda: 165 for 8 (Kedar Devdhar 48, Deepak Hooda 48, Abu Nechim Ahmed 2 for 35,  Syed Mohammed 2 for 28) beat Assam: 116 for 9 in 20 overs (Irfan Pathan 5 for 13, Swapnil Singh 2 for 15) by 49 runs.