Maharashtra gains vital first innings lead

Published: Tuesday, March 30, 2004, 19:44 [IST]
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Pune:Host Maharashtra gained a vital first innings lead of 131 runs when they bowled out Madhya Pradesh for 370 runs on the penultimate day of their five-day Ranji Trophy plate final against Madhya Pradesh in Pune on Monday.

Resuming at their overnight score of 250 for five the visitors could add another 120 runs and were bundled out for 370 runs as Maharashtra's fast bowler Iqbal Siddiqui tore apart their batting line-up to finish with at five for 101.

Only grace in the Madhya Pradesh's innings was its captain Devendra Bundela's 83 runs knock, which was studded with 10 fours and a six. The other batsmen could not withstand the fiery spells of Siddiqui (5/101) and Kiran Adhav (3/93).

Other notable contribution from Madhya Pradesh side was N Ojha 79, S Dholpure 38 and A Ali 33. Maharashtra made 153 for 5 in their second innings as their opener batsman Dhiraj Jadhav (79), who made 251 in the first innings, once again played a good knock. Maharashtra batsman could not capitalise on better opening partnership of 111 runs between Niranjan Godbole (35) and Dhiraj Jadhav (79) to end at the close of 153 for five.

Captain Hrishikesh Kanitkar and Kaushik Aphale could not open their account and were sent to the pavilion by Y Golwalkar one after another. D Mohan (24) and K Khadkikar (01) were not out batsman when the stumps were drawn.

Y Golwalkar (3/50) and A Ali (2/28) were the successful bowlers for Madhya Pradesh.

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