Solanki and Pathan bail out Baroda from Delhi's clutches

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Indore, Jan 7 (UNI) After conceding a 72-runs first innings lead, Baroda, guided by R Solanki's patient 96 and ruinous late order flourish by Yousuf Pathan came back in style against Delhi on the third day of the Ranji Trophy semi-final match here today.

Baroda at stumps were 281 for six holding an over-all lead of 209 over Delhi with four second innings' wickets still in hand. At crease were Yousuf Pathan on 86 and accompanying him was Rajesh Pawar on two.

Resuming from their overnight score of eight for no loss, Baroda lost both the openers cheaply and were tottering on twelve for two.

Solanki walked in with his team in a spot of bother and showed palyed a gritty innings to bail out his team from trouble.

He added 79 runs for the fourth wicket with S Gaekwad who scored 46 runs before the latter was caught by Parvinder Awana of his own bowling.

Yousuf Pathan walked in at 160 for five and took the attack to the oppossition with his familiar hard-hitting strokes. His unbeaten innings of 86 came of just 61 balls and was studded with 13 fours and three well timed sixes.

Solanki and Pathan shared 118 runs for the sixth wicket stand and took the team's score past 250. Solanki's 229-ball knock ended after he was trapped leg before the wicket by Rajat Bhatia.

For Delhi, Parvinder Awana claimed three wickets while Rajat Bhatia struck twice in his seven overs.

Scoreboard: Baroda 1st innings: 199 all out Delhi 1st innings: 271 all out Baroda 2nd innings: S Parab b Awana 11 C Williams c Bisht b Awana 0 A Bilakhia b Bhatia 17 R Solanki LBW b Bhatia 96 S Gaekwad c&b Awana 46 P Shah b Nanda 15 Y Pathan batting 86 R Pawar batting 2 Extras: (B 6 LB 1 NB 1) 8 Total: (in 86 overs) 281 for six Fall of wickets: 1/11, 2/12, 3/56, 4/135, 5/160, 6/278 Bowling: A Bhandari 16-5-45-0 S Narwal 22-7-66-0 P Awana 14-0-58-3 R Bhatia 7-1-20-2 C Nanda 18-4-53-1 M Manhas 7-0-13-0 Aditya Jain 2-0-19-0 UNI XC RAR RK1935

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