<div class="img-caption-wrap "> <img alt="Parthiv Patel shines as Gujarat defeat Baroda in Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy encounter" src="https://st2.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/cricket/image_20130320201600.jpg" title="Parthiv Patel shines as Gujarat defeat Baroda in Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy encounter" /> <p class="imgcaptionnew" style="width:618px;"> Parthiv Patel hit a fluent 82 © Getty Images</p> </div> <strong>Ahmedabad: Mar 20, 2013</strong><br /> <br /> Captain <a href="/tags/Parthiv-Patel/post" target="_blank">Parthiv Patel</a> hit a fluent 82 as Gujarat defeated Baroda by eight runs to record their third straight victory in the Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 Tournament at the Motera 'A' Ground at Ahmedabad.<br /> <br /> The last-minute resistance from <a href="/tags/Irfan-Pathan/post" target="_blank">Irfan Pathan</a>, who hit a quick-fire 32, was wasn't enough for Baroda, who fell short of the target of 171 in a West Zone leg match of the tournament late last night.<br /> <br /> Batting first, Gujarat reached a competitive 170-6 in 20 overs. Besides Parthiv's half-century, decorated with seven fours and five sixes, veteran southpaw Niraj Patel chipped in with a 28-ball 31.<br /> <br /> The experienced duo shared an 111-run third-wicket partnership after the home team lost opener Asad Pathan (6) and No. 3 batsman Manpreet Juneja (1) cheaply.<br /> <br /> Parthiv was caught by Kedar Devdhar off the bowling of Aditya Waghmode. His departure was followed by three more wickets in a space of four balls as Gujarat slipped to 131-6 from a comfortable 122-2.<br /> <br /> However, Jesal Karia and <a href="/tags/Rakesh-Dhruv/post" target="_blank">Rakesh Dhruv</a> contributed unbeaten 18 and 20 to take Gujarat to 170-6. Left-arm spinner Bhargav Bhatt took three wickets for Baroda.<br /> <br /> The regular fall of wickets hindered Baroda's chase and they were finally bowled out for 162 in 20 overs. Apart from Irfan Pathan, <a href="/tags/Ambati-Rayudu/post" target="_blank">Ambati Rayudu</a> and Devdhar (both 28 runs) made useful contributions.<br /> <br /> For Gujarat, pacer Mehul Patel took four wickets.<br /> <br /> With this win, Gujarat have reached the top of the table with 12 points, followed by Saurashtra with eight points but with a match in hand.<br /> <br /> Baroda are in third position with four points, while Mumbai and Maharashtra are yet to open their accounts.