Baroda humiliate Punjab by an innings and 55 runs

Vadodara: Baroda kept alive its hope of progressing to the knock-out stage of Ranji Trophy after notching up an innings and 55 runs victory over Punjab in a Super League Group B match here today.

Resuming their second innings at the overnight score of 79 for four after being forced to follow on, Punjab were all dismissed for 118 runs, thereby handing Baroda the comfortable win.

Punjab cut a sorry figure in their second innings too as apart from first innings centurion Sarul Kanwar (45), Vishwas Bhalla (20) and Jaskaran Singh (25), no other batsmen could reach the doubles figures.

Such was Punjab`s struggle at the crease that they lost their remaining six wickets for mere 39 runs.

By virtue of this win, Baroda secured six points, including bonus points, while Punjab will return empty handed.

For Baroda, Mutuja Vahora scalped four wickets for 5 runs while Sankalp Vohra and Bhargav Bhatt picked up three and two wickers respectively.

Earlier, resuming their second essay trailing by 94 runs, Punjab lost four wickets -- Vishwas Bhalla, Karan Goel , Manpreet Gony and Kanwar -- within six runs to sum up their outing.

Kanwar was the lone Punjab to put up some resistance before the Baroda bowlers. After scoring 130 in the first innings, he stood amid ruins in the second essay too with a 63-ball 45 during which he hit eight fours but it was not enough to save the day for his side.

Punjab captain Pankaj Dhamani blamed his side`s poor fielding for the team`s embarrassing defeat as the visitors missed as many as six catches, which allowed Baroda to pile up a mammoth 416 runs in their first innings.

Brief Scores:

Baroda 1st Innings: 416

Punjab 1st Innings: 243

Baroda 2nd Innings: 118 all out in 43.2 overs (Sarul Kanwar 45, Jaskaran Singh 25, Vishwas Bhalla 20; Murtuja Vahora 4/35 runs, Sankalp Vohra 3/40, Bhatt 2/24).