Pathan (Sr), Pawar spin Baroda to big win

Published: Sunday, November 18, 2007, 3:35 [IST]
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Vadodara: Hosts Baroda crushed last year's runners-up Bengal by an innings and 59 runs after bundling the latter out for a paltry 86 runs in their second essay on the fourth and final day of their Ranji Trophy Super League Group-B tie at the Motibaug Palace ground here on Sunday.

Baroda who had gained a huge 145-run first innings lead toiled for only a couple of hours this morning to shut out the under pressure opponents for a facile innings victory.

With this resounding victory in their opening Ranji tie, Baroda took their points tally to six with one bonus point.

Bengal had earlier picked up three points against Hyderabad by virtue of their first innings lead.

Baroda all-rounder Yusuf Pathan, who helped the side take the 145-run first innings lead with a five-wicket haul and a scintilating knock of 183 from 150 balls, demolished the Bengal second innings again with his deadly off-spin as he returned with a match figure of 10 for 119 runs.

While Pathan, who spun a web around Bengal batsmen, plucked five wickets in the second innings - Anustup (0), Arindam Das (6), Manoj Tiwary (0) and wicket keeper Wriddhiman Shah (45), leggie Rajesh Pawar snared four wickets conceding only 23 runs in his 16 overs.

The visitors, who were trailing by 144 runs with 9 wickets in hand having lost opener Anustup Majumdar with 1 run on the board yesterday, resumed in a disastrous manner today.

Being unable to withstand the double spin attack of Pathan and Pawar with an attacking close fielding set, Bengal crashed to 13 for five wickets in the 13th over.

Barring wicket-keeper Shah, who top-scored with 45 from 118 balls and Rana Chowdhary (23, 49b), none of the Bengal batsmen could reach double figures and the side folded up the second innings at 86, twenty minutes after lunch.

Brief Scores:

Bengal 370 and 86 ( W Saha 45, R Chowdary 23; Yusuf Pathan 5 for 36, Rajesh Pawar 4 for 23) lost to Baroda 515 ( R Solanki 186, Yusuf Pathan 183; Sourashish Lahiri4 for 184, Laxmiratan Shukla 2 for 29, Lodhgar 2 for 66) by an innings and 59 runs. Baroda 6 pts, Bengal-0.


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