Rajasthan batsmen got their act together as they defeated Madhya Pradesh by 77 runs in an inconsequential central zone leg match of the Vijay Hazare Trophy.
Courtesy twin centuries from Ashok Menaria (103 no, 89 balls, 3×4, 7×6) and Arjit Gupta (107, 65 balls, 8×4, 7×6), Rajasthan batsmen gave a far better account of themselves scoring 316 for six in 50 overs.
In reply, Madhya Pradesh were all out for 239 in 46.3 overs, with skipper Pankaj Singh taking three for 35.
While batting, it was Menaria and Arjit partnership that yielded 185 runs for the fifth wicket after they were reduced to 83 for four. The runs came at quick rate in only 22 overs.
While chasing, MP were never in the match with Harpreet Singh (49), Anand Bais (42) and Mohnish Mishra (36) losing their wickets after getting set.
Both Rajasthan and MP however failed to qualify for the next stage. While Rajasthan notched up their solitary win, MP had a harrowing time finishing winless in their four matches.
Brief Scores: Rajasthan 316 /6 in 50 overs (Ashok Menaria 103 no, Arjit Gupta 107)
MP 239 in 46.3 overs (Harpreet Singh 49, Pankaj Singh 3/35). Rajasthan won by 77 runs. Points: Rajasthan 4; MP 0.