The stroke-filled century of Vishnu Solanki and the magnificent bowler show created Baroda’s fifth victory over Goa in an Elite Group A game when they launched their campaign for the Vijay Hazare Trophy with a winning note here on Saturday.
Invited to fight on the field of Holvad Gimhana, Baroda collected Goa for 263 and then chased the goal with nine balls to keep them as they rode 108 of Solanki’s 132 balls and half a century of skipper Crowned Panda (71 of 77 balls) and Smit Patel opener (58 of 64 balls).
For Goa, Snehal Kautkankar scored the best with 100 balls 81, scoring six fours and two sixes after losing early openers Ishaan Gadekar (7) and Aditya Kaushik (7)
Baroda’s bowlers, led by paiter Atit Sheth (3/50) and left-handed spinner Krunal Pandya (3/62), continued to make way, even when Kauthankar did not get a permanent partner.
Skipper Amit Verma (24), goalkeeper KD Eknath (43), Suyash Prabhudessai (39), Darshan Misal (20) and Lakshay Garg (23) could not turn their starts into great results.
Sheth and Krunal were well received by Labor Lukman Meriwala (2/43), who was recently accepted by Delhi Capitals and universal Babashafi Pathan (1/43).
Baroda lost the opening to Kedar Devdhar (0) early, but Smith Patel and Solanki collected the inning with their 95 stands for the second gate to bring them back into the race.
Solanki tackled the bowlers with Goa with extreme ease and knocked out 12 fours and sixes and found a capable ally in skipper Krunal as they sewed a decisive 138-fold stand for the third goal.
Baroda lost Solanki and Krunal in quick succession, but Ninad Ratwa (10 not out) and Abhimanyusing Rajput (6 not out) picked them up for 48.3 overs.
Short results: Goa 263 all (Snehal Kauthankar 81; KD Eknath 43; Atit Sheth 3/50; Krunal Pandya 3/62) lost to Baroda 264/5 (Vishnu Solanki 108, Krunal Pandya 71; Amit Verma 2-39, Amulya Pandrekar 1- 35 ) of five wickets.
On the field CK Pithwala: Hyderabad 349/5 (Tilak Verma 156 did not come out, Tanmay Agarwal 86; RA Dey 2/45, AS Sarkar 1/42) beat Tripura 236 (Milind Kumar 67, Bikram Kumar Das 65; CV Milind 5 / 43, B Sandeep 2/37) with 113 tracks.
At Lalbhai Stadium Contractor: Chhattisgarh 231 all out (Shashank Chandrakar 92, Ashutosh Singh 47; Arzan Nagwaswalla 6/54, Chintan Gaja 2/50) lost to Gujarat 232/7 (Dhruv Raval 38, BH Merai 38; Veer Pratap Singh 2 / 38) from three wickets.