Ranji Trophy Super League, 5th round, 4th day December 2, 2008

Pathan brothers guide Baroda to win

Cricinfo staff


Abhinav Mukund hit his second century of the season as Tamil Nadu secured first-innings points against Andhra © Cricinfo Ltd
 

Baroda 305 (YK Pathan 58, Shah 56, IK Pathan 51, Fallah 5-104) and 229 for 6 (YK Pathan 100*, IK Pathan 50) beat Maharashtra 228 (Jadhav 80, IK Pathan 5-54) and 303 (Shrikhande 114, Bhosale 69, Munaf 4-40, Pawar 4-46) by four wickets
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A see-saw battle between two teams trying to catch up in Group B ended in Baroda's favour, with their international players stepping up to hand their first win of the season. At 273 for 6 in the second innings, Maharashtra began the day with a 194-run lead, but quick strikes from Munaf Patel set up a target of 227, and Yusuf and Irfan Pathan guided the hosts to victory.

Maharashtra lasted 15.2 overs on the final day as Munaf ended with figures of 4 for 40. He reduced them to 299 for 9, and left-arm spinner Rajesh Pawar soon took the wicket of Rohit Motwani, the overnight batsman, to complete his four-for.

Opening bowlers Samad Fallah and Mun Mangela then rattled Baroda with four quick wickets, and the score was 75 for 5 when Pinal Shah was run out - the second time he was dismissed in the manner in the match. However, Maharashtra's hopes were dented by the Pathan brothers, who put the chase on track with a vital century stand. Yusuf cracked 16 fours in his 100, which came off 109 balls. Irfan was far more patient during his 50 not out. They put on 150 runs before Yusuf fell with two more runs needed, and two balls later the win was achieved.

Yusuf, who came off a successful ODI series against England, continued his good form in this match. "I wasn't under pressure when I walked in. I just decided to put up some fight and play my natural game. But I was careful while playing shots as I knew I had to stay in till the end," he told the Times of India.

Andhra 283 (Sumanth 90, Rao 62, Ashwin 3-57, Amarnath 3-67) and 95 for 3 drew with Tamil Nadu 286 for 4 dec (Mukund 150, Badrinath 121, Kalyankrishna 3-44)
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A washout on the first day jolted Tamil Nadu's chances of a result against bottom-placed Andhra, but they still tried to force a win after gaining three points - and top spot in Group B - for the first-innings lead in Vijayawada.

Resuming on 131 for 1, Tamil Nadu's overnight batsmen both went to score centuries as the team bettered Andhra's 283. Abhinav Mukund scored his second hundred of the season, while S Badrinath hit his second century in as many innings, keeping him in contention to retain his spot in India's Test squad - he had been dropped from the ODI squad against England.

Tamil Nadu declared on 286 for 4 - Abhinav and Badrinath had added 244 for the second wicket - to give their bowlers a shot at triggering a Andhra collapse. The hosts lost three wickets for 42 in 18.3 overs, before M Suresh and B Sumanth held out for a draw. Relegation seems likely for Andhra, who after five games, have only three points, one less than Maharashtra, who also have a game in hand.

Uttar Pradesh 346 (P Kumar 98, Raina 66, Kartik 3-60, Karan 3-73, Singh 3-86) and 150 for 6 dec (Srivastava 62, Parida 2-7) drew with Railways 200 (Goud 78*, Chawla 5-33, RP Singh 3-81) and 215 for 8 (Rawat 80, Bangar 70*, B Kumar 5-35)
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A determined Sanjay Bangar and Mahesh Rawat, playing with viral fever, took Railways to a tense draw, after Uttar Pradesh had reduced them to 33 for 6, then 77 for 7. UP declared 5.5 overs into the final day, and 33.4 overs and seven wickets later were only formalities short of an incredible win. But Bangar and Rawat frustrated them for close to two-and-a-half hours, before Bangar and Anureet Singh batted out 13.2 overs to keep the visitors at bay. (Read the full report.)

Group A
Team Mat Won Lost Tied Draw Aban Pts Quotient For Against
Saurashtra 5 2 1 0 2 0 18 1.870 2640/46 2240/73
Gujarat 5 2 1 0 2 0 18 1.450 2291/61 1995/77
Mumbai 4 2 0 0 2 0 15 1.353 2267/58 1560/54
Delhi 5 1 0 0 4 0 11 0.776 1640/60 2678/76
Hyderabad 4 0 0 0 4 0 10 1.149 2221/51 1478/39
Orissa 5 1 2 0 2 0 9 0.766 1910/81 2246/73
Punjab 5 1 2 0 2 0 7 0.731 2083/74 2273/59
Rajasthan 5 0 3 0 2 0 2 0.572 1753/84 2335/64

Group B
Team Mat Won Lost Tied Draw Aban Pts Quotient For Against
Tamil Nadu 4 1 0 0 3 0 15 2.435 1972/27 1890/63
Uttar Pradesh 5 1 1 0 3 0 14 0.932 2069/74 2401/80
Karnataka 4 2 0 0 2 0 13 1.134 2020/64 1726/62
Railways 4 1 0 0 3 0 10 1.002 1602/58 1764/64
Baroda 4 1 1 0 2 0 9 1.009 1997/64 1887/61
Maharashtra 4 0 2 0 2 0 4 0.660 2109/67 2195/46
Andhra 5 0 2 0 3 0 3 0.760 2066/80 1972/58

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