Lodhgar spins web around Andhra

Published: Wednesday, December 15, 2004, 23:53 [IST]
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Visakhapatnam:Spinner Mortaza Lodhgar put Bengal in a comfortable position by reducing hosts Andhra to 160 for 8 in their first innings of the Elite "A" Ranji Trophy cricket match here today.

Earlier, resuming at 206 for 6, Bengal were bowled out for 234 with Andhra speedster Shabuddin winding up the innings with impressive figures of four for 31 off 20.1 overs.

Andhra innings had a shaky start with opners Amit Pathak (6) and LN Prasad Reddy (4) returning to the pavilion when the score was just 11.

Skipper Y Venugopala Rao and ASK Verma stemmed the rot by adding 62 runs for the third wicket before Lodghar stuck to dismiss Verma for 24 which came off 61 balls with two fours.

Lodhgar struck back to dismiss Venugopal Rao for a patient 39 off 101 bals with five fours after S Lahiri accounted for Y Gneneshwar Rao (4).

Crumbling at 81 for 5, Andhra innings was rescued by the elegant RV Ch Prasad who hit a breezy 25 off 57 balls with two fours and one six.

KS Shabuddin hit a quickfire 22 off 27 at the end as the day ended at 160 for 8 with Md Faiq (2) and Kalyan Krishna(0) at crease. Lodghar returned with impressive figures of four for 34 while Sourasish Lahiri claimed two wickets.

Brief scores: Bengal first innings 234.

Andhra first innings: 160 for 8 (ASK Verma 24, Y Venugopal Rao 39, AG Pradeep 28, RV Ch Prasad 25, KS Sahbuddin 22 Sourasish Lahiri 2 for 79, Murtaza Lodhgar 4 for 34).

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