Captain Kedar Devdhar’s 51 lead from the front as Baroda beat Puducherry by four wickets in a Syed Mushtaq Ali 2019 Group E Round 5 match at the Palam Stadium in New Delhi on Wednesday.

With their third win, Baroda occupy the fifth place in the eight-team group, while Puducherry, who have lost their fourth game, are just above bottom-place Tripura.

Chasing a below par 127, opener Devdhar held fort as wickets kept falling at regular intervals at the other end. His partner Mitesh Patel fell for 12 off 13 after he was cleaned up by Pratik Sargade in the fourth over. The talented Deepak Hooda failed to take over after slamming one six in his 13 off 9, while veteran T20 campaigner Yusuf Pathan departed for just 3. (ALSO READ: Wriddhiman Saha smashes 62-ball 129, Bengal win by 107 runs)

Devdhar, who tonked six boundaries in his 48-ball 51, was trapped lbw by Pankaj Singh in the 18th over with Baroda still having to score another 18 runs for victory. Swapnil Singh (14 off 12), Atit Sheth (3*) and Pratik Salunke (6*) then took their side home. (ALSO READ: Shubman Gill stars as Punjab beat Sikkim)

Earlier, after opting to bat, Puducherry were restricted to 126/5. Paras Dogra top scored with 41, while captain Damodaren Rohit added 37. For Baroda, left-arm pacer Lukman Meriwala snapped two for 22 in his four overs.

Brief scores: Baroda 128/6 (Kedar Devdhar 51; Pankaj Singh 2/21) beat Puducherry 126/5 (Paras Dogra 41, Damodaren Rohit 37; Lukman Meriwala 2/22) by four wickets