Vadodara: Baroda crushed Madhya Pradesh by eight wickets in their Elite Group B match to go top of the table with seven points here on Sunday.

Requiring 54 runs to win, Baroda were 48 for two at close of play on Saturday and overnight batsmen Rakesh Solanki (13) and Ambati Rayudu (10) completed the formalities in 1.2 overs this morning at the Motibag ground.

Baroda had drawn their opening match of the league stage.

Madhya Pradesh had scored 365 in their second essay courtesy Naman Ojha (94), Devendra Bundela (47) and Taduri Sudhindra (49).

For Baroda, Irfan Pathan claimed five wickets in a first class match after long time. The out-of-favour Irfan, who bowled a controlled spell, got the ball to swing as he grabbed five for 54 (his 15th five-wicket haul in first-class cricket).

Three of his five wickets were caught by 'keeper Pinal Shah.

Baroda openers Aditya Waghmode (9) and Kedar Devhdar (20) were both dismissed thus robbing Baroda a chance to get bonus points on Saturday.

It was bad luck that wicketkeeper Ojha missed a well deserved century by only 6 runs. Ojha and Bundela added 104 runs for third wicket. Another notable partnership was for the eighth wicket where Ankit Sharma and Taduri Sudhindra added 77 runs.

Brief Scores:

Madhya Pradseh: 63 and 365 (Naman Ojha 94, Irfan Pathan 5/54).

Baroda: 375 & 54/2.

(Agencies)