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Ranji Trophy, Group B: UP win by innings and 14 runs; Rajasthan on top against MP

Uttar Pradesh bowlers produced a disciplined effort to register a comfortable innings and 14 runs win against Services.

Press Trust of India |December 8, 2013, 7:12 PM IST
Ranji Trophy, Group B: UP win by innings and 14 runs; Rajasthan on top against MP

Ghaziabad: Uttar Pradesh bowlers produced a disciplined effort to register a comfortable innings and 14 runs win against Services in their Group B Ranji Trophy match. Starting their second innings with a deficit of 205 runs after the hosts posted 369 all out in their first innings, Services were bowled out for 191 in 57.5 overs at the Mohan Meakins Cricket Stadium.

Skipper Rajat Paliwal was the lone bright spot for Services as he scored a fluent 95 off 127 balls even as the others failed to put up a fight in the face of some disciplined bowling by the UP bowlers. Medium pacer Imtiaz Ahmed emerged as the most successful bowler, returning figures of 3/16, while there were two wickets apiece for spearhead R P Singh, Amit Mishra and Piyush Chawla.

Shadab Nazar was the second best scorer with 29 runs to his name. Paliwal struck 15 fours during his knock on the third day.

A lot of credit for the win should also be given to Eklavya Dwivedi, who top-scored in the match with a calculated 131, which consolidated UP's position after they bundled out the visitors for 164 in their first innings.

Brief scores: Services 164 & 191 in 57.5 overs (R Paliwal 95; Imtiaz Ahmed 3/16).

In Chennai, Dinesh Karthik narrowly missed out on a century but Tamil Nadu managed to take a 71-run first-innings lead over Baroda on the third and penultimate day of their Group B Ranji Trophy match. Karthik was the lone batsman to take the hosts past Baroda's first innings total of 162, even as other batsmen failed to reach the double-digit mark, except for M Rangarajan (10).

Tamil Nadu's first innings folded for 233 as Baroda skipper Yusuf Pathan wreaked havoc with figures of six for 84, while Bhargav Bhatt chipped in with three for 79. Karthik, who scored a 150-ball 92 (8X4, 3X6), put on a solid 83-run stand for the fourth wicket with Baba Indrajith, followed by another valuable 39 runs for the sixth wicket with Rangarajan.

Baroda, in their second innings, reached 73 for one at close of play on Sunday. After opener Saurabh Wakaskar (20) got out, Dhiren Mistry and Aditya Waghmode made sure there was no further damage on the day. While Mistry was unbeaten on 29, Waghmode was on 19 when the stumps were drawn.

Brief scores: Baroda: 162 & 73 for one in 33 overs (Dhiren Mistry batting 29), Tamil Nadu 1st innings: 233 all out (Dinesh Karthik 92, Baba Indrajith 38; Yusuf Pathan 6/84).

In Gwalior, Rajasthan looked set to win their Group B Ranji Trophy match against Madhya Pradesh after reaching 77 for three in a chase of 148 against the hosts on the third and penultimate day of the match. Overnight 121 for two, Madhya Pradesh were all out for 314, courtesy Naman Ojha's 137-run knock which came off 204 deliveries and included 20 fours and three sixes.

But the second innings revival could not make up for the hosts' collapse in the first essay (115 all out) as Rajasthan were left to chase just 148 runs. The loss of a couple of early wickets was hardly a dampener for the visiting side which needs 71 more runs to seal the victory tomorrow.

At stumps, Robin Bist (39) was at the crease and would be joined by skipper Hrishikesh Kanitkar tomorrow after Vineet Saxena (29) just before stumps.

Ishwar Pandey took both the Rajasthan wickets which fell on Sunday. For Rajasthan, Rituraj Singh picked four for 74 in 23.3 overs. Pacer Pankaj Singh picked up three wickets for 82 runs in 26 overs.

Brief Scores: Madhya Pradesh: 115 and 314; Rajasthan: 282 and 77/3 in 22.4 overs (Robin Bist 39, Ishwar Pandey 2/28).

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