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    Yusuf guides Baroda to win over Maharashtra with unbeaten 86

    Pune: India discard Yusuf Pathan played his second consecutive match-winning knock for his side as he led Baroda to a four-wicket victory over Maharashtra in the West Zone leg of the Vizay Hazare One-Day Championships here Wednesday.

    Yusuf remained not out on 86 from just 55-balls, hitting six fours and an equal number of sixes as Baroda chased down the target of 178 with 124 balls to spare at the Poona Club Ground. Two days back, Yusuf had led his side to a one-wicket victory over Saurashtra with a strokeful 116.

    The run chase today though did not start well as Baroda slumped to 34 for three in the 11th over before Yusuf and Ambati Ryudu (40 of 57 balls) rescued their side. Baroda then overhauled the target easily as they scored 180 for six in 29.2 over. For Maharashtra, Domnic Joseph grabbed three wickets while Akshay Darekar chipped in with two.

    Earlier, sent into bat, Maharashtra were all out for 177 in 49 overs with four batsmen scoring in 30s. Prayag Bhati top-scored with a 32. For Baroda, Lukman Meriwala grabbed three wickets for 29 runs while Munaf Patel and Jyot Chhaya got two wickets apiece. Baroda won a bonus point to get five points from the match and they now have nine points from four matches. Maharashtra, on the other hand, got minus one for conceding a bonus point.

    Meanwhile, In Pune, Sheldon Jackson's century for Saurashtra went in vain for as Gujarat rode on stupendous top-order batting to thrash the rivals by six wickets in a Vijay Hazare trophy (West Zone) match, here Wednesday.

    Asked to bat, Saurashtra did well to score 269 for six with Jackson scoring a 109 after batting for almost 40 overs. Rahuil Dave (36) and Chirah Jani (31) also batted well in the middle-order for Saurashtra even though they could not build on the good starts.

    Mehul Patel was the most successful bowler for Gujarat with three wickets at the expense of 52 runs. Gujarat skipper Parthiv Patel led from the front as he top scored for the side with a 78-run knock and laid the foundation of the easy win by sharing a 136-run stand with fellow opener Priyank Panchal (70).

    After Panchal's fall, Munprit Juneja came up with a brilliant 66-run knock to steer Gujarat close to win. Juneja kept the one end tight after Patel's dismissal and he was out when Gujarat needed only two runs to win with plenty of balls available.

    In the end, Gujarat won with three overs to spare as Abdulahad Malik (26 not out) scored the inning runs with Akshar Patel (0 not out) giving him company on the other end.