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Ranji Trophy, Group A, Rd 5: Mumbai concede points to MP, Baroda beat UP

Also, Karnataka beat J&K and bagged seven points to maintain their stranglehold at top of the group at the end of five rounds.

Press Trust of India |January 8, 2015, 5:38 PM IST
Ranji Trophy, Group A, Rd 5: Mumbai concede points to MP, Baroda beat UP

Round 5 of the 2014-15 Ranji Trophy concluded on Wednesday, where Karnataka extended their lead at top of Group A by beating Jammu and Kashmir, while Mumbai conceded three points and gained just one after a draw at home against Madhya Pradesh. Here's a brief round-up of the final day's play in the four Group A matches played from Jan 5-8.

Uttar Pradesh vs Baroda

Left-arm spinner Swapnil Singh registered his best bowling figures as Baroda registered a convincing 10-wicket win over Uttar Pradesh on Thursday in a Group A match.

Swapnil scalped six wickets for 91 runs to help Baroda bundle out UP for 307 in 87.2 overs in their second innings and set a target of 33 runs for the visitors to chase.

Resuming their second innings at the overnight score of 122 for 3 after being asked to follow on, Umang Sharma (62), skipper Piyush Chawla (57), Arish Alam (48) and wicketkeeper Eklavya Dwivedi made useful contributions with the bat but it was not enough for the hosts to save the match.

Baroda chased down the paltry target in 5.4 overs with opener Saurabh Wakaskar (24 not out) scoring bulk of the runs, while his partner Kedar Devdhar remained unbeaten on 6.

By virtue of the commanding win, Baroda pocketed seven points from the match while UP returned empty-handed.

Brief Scores:

Baroda: 498 & 33 for no loss in 5.4 overs (Saurabh Wakaskar 24 not out)

UP: 223 & 307 all out in 87.2 overs (Umang Sharma 62, Piyush Chawla 57; Swapnil Singh 6 for 91)

Mumbai vs Madhya Pradesh

Young Mumbai batsman Shreyas Iyer notched up his second century in as many Ranji Trophy matches, slamming an unbeaten 142 in the second innings against Madhya Pradesh in a Group A tie that ended in a draw at the Wankhede Stadium on Thursday.

Iyer, who cracked 153 in the first innings of the 40-time champions' previous game against Bengal, was given a reprieve by MP when on 10 and he took full advantage of it to remain unconquered after hitting 15 fours and two sixes. The match was called off when the hosts were 311 for 4.

MP, who took a handy 134-run lead on Wednesday by making 538 for 7 in reply to the hosts' 404 all out, declared on Thursday morning at the overnight score to try and beat the former champions outright but failed in their ploy.

MP had to be content with three points from the game that took their overall tally to eight from five games, while Mumbai secured one point from the draw to increase their tally to 11.

Brief scores:

Mumbai: 404 and 311 for four in 76 overs (Shreyas Iyer 142 not out, Aditya Tare 57, Sarfaraz Khan 52 not out; Puneet Datey 3/43).

Madhya Pradesh: 538 for 7 declared

Bengal vs Tamil Nadu

Dinesh Karthik followed his first innings 92 with a match-saving 103 not out in the second to help Tamil Nadu walk away with one point against Bengal.. The out-of-favour India wicketkeeper stood like a pillar during his 128-ball knock (9x4), while opener K Bharath Shankar (58) and Baba Aparajith (68) contributed around him on an eased out Eden Gardens track to avoid an innings defeat after they resumed the day 128 runs in arrears.

Bengal logged three points on basis of their first innings lead but it was was of little help as they remained at the bottom with seven points. The home team had a brilliant opportunity to secure an outright win after Sourav Sarkar dismissed nightwatchman R Aushik Srinivias in the sixth over of the day with addition of two runs to their overnight 82.

At that point the visitors still required 126 runs to avoid an first innings defeat as opener Bharath Shankar and Aparajith displayed showed a positive intent. Shankar was bowled by Shukla after completing his half century but Karthik ensured that there was no further damage and stitched 103 runs in a crucial fourth wicket partnership with Aparajith.

Bengal used as many as nine bowlers including wicketkeeper Shreevats Goswami and skipper Laxmi Ratan Shukla credited Tamil Nadu batsmen for securing a draw.

"Overall, I'm happy with my bowlers' show and three points. We still have four matches to go and we're still positive (of making the quarters)," Shukla said. The captain sustained a groin injury and was out of the field in the second session but he said there's nothing to "worry" about.

Brief Scores:

Tamil Nadu: 246 for 9 and 327 for 5; 96 overs (Dinesh Karthik 103 not out, Baba Aparajith 68, K Bharath Shankar 58)

Bengal: 454/9 declared

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