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