Bundela century help MP log points

Published: Saturday, November 20, 2004, 23:53 [IST]
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Mumbai:Devendra Bundela cracked an unbeaten century to ensure Madhya Pradesh collected two points from their Elite Division Group A Ranji Trophy tie against holders Mumbai, which ended in a draw here today.

MP secured two points by virtue of having taken the first innings lead while Mumbai got none.

Bundela, who rescued MP from a top-order collapse last evening after the visitors had taken a vital 22-run first innings lead, continued the good work today as well to remain unbeaten on a well-compiled 139 in the team's second innings total of 222.

MP were also well-served by last man Sanjay Pandey, who used his long reach to keep the Mumbai bowlers, especially left arm spinner Nilesh Kulkarni at bay on a turning track for more than two hours to deny Mumbai a chance to score an outright win.

Set 245 to win in a minimum of 33 overs by MP, who were all out at the stroke of tea after resuming in the morning at a jittery 99 for 5, the Mumbai batsmen made an effort to attain the stiff task.

However, the hosts failed in their endeavour to score at 7-plus an over and closed at 81 for 4, all the four wickets falling to seamer Pandey.

Mumbai's stand-in captain Vinod Kambli, who promoted himself to the one-down position, made 24 in 25 balls before becoming Pandey's fourth victim.

The home team then downed the shutters and played out for a draw.

Brief Scores: MP 255 and 222 (D Bundela 139 not out; Nilesh Kulkarni 5 for 55) drew with Mumbai 233 and 81 for 4 (Sanjay Pandey 4 for 20).

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