Axar Patel-led Gujarat defeated Saurashtra by eight wickets in the West Zone Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 tournament at the SCA Stadium on Saturday. Batting first, Saurashtra were bowled out for 133 as Gujarat bowler JK Parmar picked up a four-wicket haul. Parmar, who finished the match with the figures of four for 17, was ably supported by Piyush Chawla (2/24), Ishwar Chaudhary (2/30). Apart from them captain Axar and Karan Patel picked up one wicket apiece. For Saurashtra, Vishvarajsinh Jadeja top scored with 48 in 32 balls as he hit three boundaries and a six. However, Prerak Mankad (20), AV Vasavada (19) and Shaurya Sanandia (18) failed to convert their solid start into big scores.
In reply, Gujarat chased down the target in 18.1 overs as opener Priyank Panchal scored a quick-fire 76 off 54 balls, striking 10 fours and a six.
BH Merai (35 unbeaten) and Chirag Gandhi (5 unbeaten) took the side over the line, as they grabbed four points.
In the second match of the day, Baroda chased a stiff 178/6 put up by Maharashtra on the board with five wickets in hand.
Also Vijay Zol (28), Rahul Tripathi (30) and a cameo by Ankit Bawne (23 off 9 balls) helped Maharashtara go past the 170-run mark as the oppostion bowlers were punished.