Hyd inflicts innings defeat on Rajasthan

Published: Saturday, December 27, 2003, 23:53 [IST]
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Hyderabad: Hosts Hyderabad defeated Rajasthan by an innings and nine runs to garner five points in the last league encounter of the Elite B Ranji Trophy cricket match at the Gymkhana grounds inn Hyderabad on Saturday. Speedsters N P Singh and Vishnuvardhan wrecked Rajasthan innings by bundling them out for 235 and 145 in reply to the hosts first innings total of 389 and brighten hosts chances for a berth in knockout phase.

Cold wave conditions helped the bowlers to dominate the proceedings as the visitors, resuming at 122 for two, could not tackle N P Singh, who swung the ball well, claiming six wickets for 70 runs to reduce Rajasthan for 235.

Opener Vineet Saxena (62) and D Krishna Kumar (42) were the only two batsmen to show some resistance.

In the course of follow-on, Rajasthan fumbled at every crucial juncture with only star batsman Gagan Khoda picking up 45 runs as medium pacer Vishnuvardhan ripped through the batting cream accounting for four crucial wickets for 51 runs.

Daniel Manohar provided icing over the cake by claiming three wickets, two of them in quick succession to dismiss the visitors for 145 to give Hyderabad a resounding win by an innings and nine runs.

Hyderabad, which has ten points to its credit has moved up to 15 points in Elite B class and depending on the other matches its position for a berth in knock out phase would be decided.

Meanwhile in Ahmedabad, West Bengal opener Arindam Das blasted his maiden double century to put visitors in the driver's seat, with a massive 300-run first innings lead over Gujarat on the penultimate day.

Das, who remained unbeaten on 117 on Friday, whacked 23 boundaries and a six to remain unconquered on 215, as visitors amassed 479, in reply to Gujarat's first-innings score of 179.

Das elegantly drove through the covers for a boundary to bring up his 200. Interestingly, it was for the first time that the Bengal opener entered the three-figure run score, having only one fifty and no century since making his debut two-year-ago.

Though the visitors cruised along comfortably, it looked that they would not surpass 400-run mark when eight batsmen were out when score was 342.

However, tailender S Lahiri remained glued to the wicket with a vital 40 with four boundaries and stitched 106-run partnership for the ninth wicket with Das.

West Bengal was bowled out at tea after seamers Hitesh Majmudar and Shyamal Bhatt and leg spinner Timil Patel shared three wickets each.

Desperate to erase the season's dismal record on home-turf, Gujarat began their second essay on a cautious note and were 74 for the loss of their vice captain Nilesh Modi (23) who was adjudged leg before off left-arm spinner Utpal Chatterjee.

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