Vadodara: Pacemen Sudeep Tyagi (6 for 42) and Bhuvneshwar Kumar (4 for 37) came up with brilliant bowling spells to steer Uttar Pradesh to a 32-run victory over Baroda in their Elite Group B Ranji Trophy match, here on Saturday.
Chasing a target of 176, Baroda were expected to score a comfortable win over UP but Tyagi’s six-wicket haul and Bhuvneshwar’s four completely turned the tables around as the duo bundled out Baroda for a mere 143 in their second innings.
Baroda were in total control at lunch on day four, placed on 81 for 2, with just another 94 runs needed for an outright victory.
But soon after lunch, Baroda saw a sudden collapse with Tyagi and Bhuvneshwar causing havoc.
First, Tyagi removed Kedar Devdhar for a well-made 46 and then in the very next ball he sent back Ambati Rayudu for a duck.
In his next over he added another wicket to his kitty by seeing off Rakesh Solanki (3), to suddenly leave the hosts reeling at 95 for five.
Now, the responsibility was on dashing Yusuf Pathan and skipper Pinal Shah to consolidate the innings and steer the team towards victory.
And they did just that by slowly building up a partnership. In fact, Yusuf and Shah managed to put on a vital 36 runs together for the sixth wicket, with Yusuf doing the bulk scoring to keep Baroda always in the hunt.
But Shah (4) failed to sustain and got clean bowled by Tyagi. Yusuf (40-ball 49; 2X4, 4X6) also soon followed his partner back into the pavilion with Baroda’s scoreboard reading 143 for seven.
Had Yusuf controlled himself before executing shots when the team needed him to stay at the wicket, the hosts would have got a result in their favour.
But it was a good strategy adopted by the rival captain Mohammad Kaif, who wanted Yusuf to hit loose deliveries and get out and he also did just that, falling to Bhuvneshwar.
But what was worse, the remaining four batsmen simply failed to apply themselves and defy the attack, even as Tyagi and Bhuvneshwar ran through the tail, not letting any Baroda batsmen add another single run to the total on which Yusuf departed, handing UP a fine victory.
Earlier, resuming at an overnight score 279 for eight in the second inning today morning, UP got all out for 294 to set a low target for Baroda.
UP had defeated Baroda in the Ranji Trophy match on the same ground last year as well.