Ranji Trophy: Munaf Patel scalps four as Baroda dismiss Services for 191

Munaf Patel (4/38), Yusuf Pathan (3/19) shared seven wickets between them. Bhargav Bhatt (2/38) and Murtuja Vahora (1/49) also contributed after Baroda decided to field.

Updated: December 14, 2013 19:33 IST
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Vadodara: Munaf Patel and Yusuf Pathan shared seven wickets between them as Baroda dismissed Services for 191 in their first innings and then reached 62 for no loss at stumps on the opening day of their Group B Ranji Trophy match at Reliance Stadium here on Saturday.

Seamer Patel (4/38) scalped four wickets, while off-spinner Pathan (3/19) took three. Bhargav Bhatt (2/38) and Murtuja Vahora (1/49) too contributed with two and one wicket after Baroda decided to field.

For Services, Yashpal Singh (58) and Soumya Swain (62) cracked twin half centuries to help their team recover from an early slump.

Asked to take the first strike, Baroda lost both their openers -- Pratik Desai (6) and Nakul Verma (6) within 6.1 overs, courtesy Patel, who produced a brilliant spell of seam bowling.

Patel again came back in the 11th over to take another wicket, when he had Anshul Gupta caught by Vahora. Next to go was skipper Rajat Paliwal (0) as Services slipped to 42 for four in 15 overs.

Yashpal (58) and Swain (62) then arrested the slide and steadied the ship with a 87-run partnership for the fifth wicket.

Once Yashpal was dismissed in the 43rd over by Bhatt, Swain tried to continue the work but next batsman Vishnu Tiwari (8) too was dismissed cheaply by Bhatt, who trapped him infront of wicket.

Swain was back to the hut in the 61st over when he was caught by Shah off Pathan's bowling as Services were reduced to 181 for seven. The next three batsmen could add only 10 runs more to their innings.

Baroda then returned to produce a solid batting display with the openers SP Wakaskar (24) and DM Mistry (33) ensuring they reach 62 without any loss at the draw of stumps.

Brief Score:

Services 1st innings: 191 all out in 65 overs (Yashpal Singh 58, S Swain 62; Munaf Patel 4/38, Yusuf Pathan 3/19)

Baroda 1st innings: 62 for no loss in 22 overs (DM Mistry 33; Koteswar Rao 0/12).

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