Baroda thrash Maharashtra in inconsequential match

Mumbai: Medium pacers Munaf Patel and Murtuza Vahora grabbed three wickets each while off-spinner Yusuf Pathan claimed two as Baroda shot out Maharashtra for 124 and then replied with 125 for 4 to win the inconsequential last West Zone Vijay Hazare one-day league tie by six wickets.

Choosing to bat first at the Mumbai Cricket Association`s Bandra Kurla Complex ground on Tuesday, Maharashtra plunged to 69 for seven by the 19th over, before making a partial recovery and were all out in the 33rd over.

Munaf, seeking to regain his spot in the Indian squad for next month`s Asia Cup, picked up three out of the top seven batsmen, while Murtuza, too, bagged three out of the other top four to fall before Pathan applied the finishing touches by sending back two tailenders.

For Maharashtra, only opener Vijay Zol (27) - who was sent back by Gagandeep Singh Natt - crossed the 20-run mark in the top order while number nine Akshay Darekar made 23 Chasing the meagre target, Baroda got off to a good start with openers Kedar Deodhar (52 in 41 balls with 10 fours) and Aditya Waghmode (14) putting on 56 runs before the latter was sent back by Maharashtra left-arm spinner Akshay Darekar who went on to take two more wickets.

Baroda lost three more wickets, including that of Deodhar, but Yusuf Pathan, who blasted a century in the previous game against Saurashtra at the same venue, made a quickfire 25 in 16 balls with three fours and a six to see his side through with skipper Pinal Shah (three not out).

But the result could not help Baroda qualify for the knock-out rounds as hosts Mumbai and Maharashtra had already booked the two berths from the zone ahead of Tuesday`s clash.

Scores: Maharashtra 124 all out in 32.3 overs (Vijay Zol 27, Akshay Darekar 23; Munaf Patel 3 for 25, Murtuza Vahora 3 for 33, Yusuf Pathan 2 for 6) lost to Baroda 125 for 4 in 18 overs (Kedar Deodhar 52, Yusuf Pathan not out 25; Akshay Darekar 3 for 40).