Baroda sets up semi-final clash with Delhi

Published: Saturday, December 29, 2007, 3:35 [IST]
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Baroda: Hosts Baroda stormed into the semi-finals of the Ranji Trophy Super League after their sixth and last Group-B match in group 'B' against Orissa ended in a tame draw at the Motibaug Palace ground here on Friday.

Vadodara will now take on Group-A topper Delhi in their semi-finals to be played at Indore from Jan 5.

While Orissa took their final points tally to 13 with three points from this tie by virtue of their 39-run first innings lead, Baroda picked up a lone point to finish number two in the group with 19 points. Though points of both Baroda and Uttar Pradesh were tied 19-19, the latter clinched top spot in the group by virtue of more number of outright victories.

Resuming at their overnight score of 120/3, Baroda took the score to 424 for nine before the match was called-off eight overs after the tea break.

The highlight of Baroda second innings was a spectacular 202-run (263 ball) partnership for the eighth wicket between wicket- keeper Pinal Shah (148) and all-rounder Rajesh Pawar (91), who also shone with ball earlier plucking six Orissa scalps for 66 runs in 23 overs.

Orissa skipper Shib Sundar Das, who used as many as eight bowlers to the three-hour-long partnership, was finally able to find the breakthrough thro' from off-spinner Rakesh Mohanty towards the fag end of the match. Pawar trying to play a lofted missed all ends up only to see gloveman taking off the bails. Mohanty also accounted for Pinal Shah.

Shah's 190-ball knock was studded with 14 fours and two sixes while Pawar hit seven fours and a six. Satrunjay Gaekwad (61, 8x4, 1x6) and Yusuf Pathan, who made 30 of 48 balls with five boundaries were the other major contributors for Baroda.

For Orissa, medium pacer Basant Mohanty chipped in with three for 49, while Debashis Mohanty and Rakesh Mohanty claimed two wickets apiece conceding 46 and 61 runs respectively.

Brief Scores:

Baroda 255 and 424/9 (Pinal Shah 148, Rajesh Pawar 91, S Gaekwad 61, Yusuf Pathan 30, Azhar Bhilakia 49) drew with Orissa 294

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