Baroda, Mumbai through to KOs
Baroda and Mumbai leapfrogged to the knockout stage of the Vijay Hazare Trophy after a topsy-turvy day's play in the last two West Zone Ranji one-dayers in Rajkot on Saturday.
While Baroda stunned Maharashtra with a four-wicket win and a bonus point, Saurashtra won a thriller against Gujarat to handover the advantage to Mumbai.
Baroda bagged nine points with the win and Gujarat's defeat to Saurashtra levelled them at eight points to send Mumbai (nine points) through.
It was a day when everything clicked for the home side.
Saurashtra won the toss and whittled down the Gujarat top-order with relative ease.
After Parthiv Patels's wicket, there was a veritable batting collapse that almost robbed Gujarat's chance of posting a 200-plus score.
The Gujarat skipper fell in the 14th over to Jayesh Odedra and from 1 for 79, the team slumped to 3 for 86 in the
Sandip Maniar struck panic in the rival camp with two wickets in consecutive deliveries, but Bhavik Thaker denied the Saurashtra pacer a hat-trick.
He stood rock solid as usual to score a 51-ball 30 and added 51 runs for the fourth wicket with opener Prathmesh Parmer.
Parmer, who was playing his maiden game in the tournament, scored a fluent 82, but it was Rujul Bhatt who stole the thunder with a 46-ball 58 in the crisis situation.
He added 70 runs for the seventh wicket with Rohit Dahiya (28*) and by the end of 50 overs, Gujarat were smiling at 267 runs.
Saurashtra began the chase with vengeance. Chirag Pathak scored a whirlwind 55 and Pratik Pathak slammed 58 in 49 deliveries.
However, there was a batting collapse after Cheteshwar Pujara's (41) wicket, and it was a last-wicket cameo between Jayesh Odedra (13 not out) and Balkrishna Jadeja (3 not out) that saw the hosts scamper to a one-wicket victory.