Pathan brothers enact a sequel

All-round show by Irfan and Yusuf guide Baroda to a four-wicket victory over Mumbai

Written by Express News Service | Mumbai | Published: February 16, 2009 12:11:01 am

Just days after shutting out Sri Lanka in the first ever Twenty20 international to be held in the Emerald Isle,the Pathan brothers — Yusuf and Irfan were at it again. This time their hapless victim were the Mumbai side in the opening West Zone encounter of the Vijay Hazare Trophy.

Chasing a stiff target of 284 at the Rajkot Municipal Corporation Cricket Stadium in Rajkot,Yusuf blasted Baroda home on Sunday with an unbeaten 72-ball century.

The older of the two Pathan siblings walked out with his team in a spot of bother at 100-4,but batting in his usual unfazed manner,Yusuf bludgeoned seven sixes,as Baroda sealed the issue with more than five overs to spare.

Irfan,who earlier picked up three wickets in the Mumbai innings,joined the party later on and remained unbeaten on 51,which came of a mere 42 balls. And in true Pathan fashion,the winning shot also came through an explosive hit over the fence.

Buoyed by his first ever national team call-up,Dhawal Kulkarni was the pick of the bowlers for Mumbai,as he ended up with respectable figures of 2-38 from his quota of overs in the high-scoring contest.

Earlier in the day,Mumbai captain Wasim Jaffer continued his amazing run with the bat this season,as he scored 131 to lead his team to 278. His century came in brisk fashion,as he faced just 118 balls and slammed five sixes. Rohit Sharma (37) and Aditya Tere (33) also made noteworthy contributions with the bat.

Brief scores: Mumbai 278 all out in 48.5 overs (W Jaffer 131,R Sharma 37; I Pathan 3/50,Y Pathan 2/63); Baroda 284 for 6 in 44.1 overs (Y Pathan 101 not out,I Pathan 51 not out; D Kulkarni 2/38)

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