Rahul Tripathi led from the front as Maharashtra sealed a comfortable win over Baroda in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy 2019 in Palam, New Delhi on Thursday. (ALSO READ: Tripura claim first win with eight-wicket win over Puducherry)

Needing 164 runs to win, Maharashtra chased down the target with seven wickets in hand and four balls to spare to win the Round 6 Group E clash against the Kedar Devdhar-led side. Tripathi scored 70 off 49 balls and his opening partner Ruturaj Gaikwad scored 48 off 37 balls as the duo put in a 98-run partnership for the first wicket. (ALSO READ: Jammu and Kashmir end campaign on a winning note)

While the two fell with Lukman Meriwala removing Gaikwad and Tripathi getting out run-out before Maharashtra crossed the finish line, Naushad Shaikh scored a quickfire unbeaten 21 off 11 balls to seal Maharashtra’s win in the 20th over.

Earlier, after electing to bat, Baroda’s top four – Devdhar (38), Mitesh Patel (29), Deepak Hooda (28) and Yusuf Pathan (28) – contributed with the bat to take the team to 163. For Maharashtra, Vishal Gite, Samad Fallah, Satyajeet Bachhav and Naushad Shaikh scalped a wicket each while Azim Kazi scalped two wickets. (ALSO READ: Uttar Pradesh maintain top spot with 118-run win over Uttarakhand)

Maharashtra’s next game will be against Tripura while Baroda will take on Uttar Pradesh. Both these games will be played on March 2 at the Airforce Complex Ground in Palam.

Brief scores: Maharashtra 164/3 (Rahul Tripathi 70, Ruturaj Gaikwad 48; Deepak Hooda 1/9) beat Baroda 163/7 (Kedar Devdhar 38, Mitesh Patel 29; Azim Kazi 2/33) by seven wickets