Pathan brothers fashion win over Mumbai

Published: Monday, February 16, 2009, 12:34 [IST]
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Pathans do it again, this time for Baroda

Rajkot: Pathan brothers has done it once again, this time for Baroda. Yusuf and Irfan - joined hands once again to script a four-wicket win for Baroda against Mumbai in the opening match of the West Zone Ranji Trophy limited overs tournament played here on Sunday.

Chasing a competitive target 279, Yusuf (101 not out) and Irfan (51 not out) shared an unbeaten 105 runs for the seventh wicket to guide Baroda home with more than five overs in hand.

Yusuf was at his destructive best, scoring his ton in just 72 balls with seven sixes and five hits to the fence. Brother Irfan was not far behind as his 51 came off just 42 balls and was studded runs with five fours and a six.

However, Baroda had a wobbly start, losing their first three wickets with less than 40 runs on the board.

Rakesh Solanki and Pinal Shah then steadied Baroda's ship adding 53 runs for the fourth wicket, which was followed by Yusuf, who first shared 92 runs for the sixth wicket with Ketan Panchal (37), and Irfan's match-winning partnership.

For Mumbai, Dhaval Kulkarni and Wilkin Mota shared two wickets each giving away 38 and 49 runs respectively.

Earlier, Mumbai, electing to bat, rode on skipper Wasim Jaffer's strokeful century 131 (118 balls, 10x4, 4x6) to post a competitive score of 278 in 48.5 overs.

Rohit Sharma (37) and Aditya Tere (33) also made noteworthy contributions with the bat.

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