Yusuf Pathan, ignored by India, scored 86 from 55 balls for Baroda © Getty Images (File Pic)
Pune: Feb 20, 2013
India discard Yusuf Pathan played his second consecutive match-winning knock for his side as he led Baroda to a four-wicket victory over Maharashtra in the West Zone leg of the Vizay Hazare One-Day Championships.
Yusuf remained not out on 86 from just 55 balls, hitting six fours and an equal number of sixes as Baroda chased down the target of 178 with 124 balls to spare at the Poona Club Ground.
Two days back, Yusuf had led his side to a one-wicket victory over Saurashtra with a strokeful 116.
The run chase today though did not start well as Baroda slumped to 34 for three in the 11th over before Yusuf and Ambati Rayudu (40 off 57 balls) rescued their side. Baroda then overhauled the target easily as they scored 180 for six in 29.2 overs.
For Maharashtra, Domnic Joseph grabbed three wickets while Akshay Darekar chipped in with two.
Earlier, sent into bat, Maharashtra were all out for 177 in 49 overs with four batsmen scoring in 30s. Prayag Bhati top-scored with a 32.
For Baroda, Lukman Meriwala grabbed three wickets for 29 runs while Munaf Patel and Jyot Chhaya got two wickets apiece.
Baroda won a bonus point to get five points from the match and they now have nine points from four matches.
Maharashtra, on the other hand, got minus one for conceding a bonus point.
Brief Scores: Maharashtra 177 in 49 overs (Prayag Bhati 32; Lukman Meriwala 3 for 29) lost to Baroda 180 for 6 in 29.2 overs (Yusuf Pathan 86*; Domnic Joseph 3 for 66).