Tail wags merrily to help Himachal seize control

Published: Thursday, February 1, 2007, 23:53 [IST]
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Cuttack:Himachal Pradesh tailenders took their side to a position of strength against Orissa as the visitors extended their first innings lead to 160 runs before being bowled out for 477 in the Ranji Trophy Plate Group final at Barabati stadium here on Wednesday.

Orissa were struggling in their second essay at 202 for eight at close of play on the fourth day. Wicket-keeper Haldhar Das and Sourav Sehgal were at the crease on 47 and one respectively and much would depend on the duo tomorrow as to what target the hosts set for Himachal to go for a win.

Earlier, resuming at their overnight score of 405 for 8, Himachal tail wagged much to the frustation of a weak Orissa bowling attack.

Sarandeep Singh and Ashok Thakur sent the Orissa bowlers on a leather hunt. Both completed their half-centuries before Singh was dismissed by Sukanta Khatua for 50 and Thakur trapped leg before wicket by Sanjay Satpathy for a well made 70.

Trailing by 160 runs, Orissa struggled in their second innings losing wickets at regular intervals.

Opener Bikash Swarup Pati could manage only 13 while Shiv Sunder Das scored 31. Niranjan Behera and R R Das fell cheaply before Pravanjan Mullick and Haldhar Das stiched a partnership.

But Mullick fell for 30 triggering another collapse and at the draw of stumps, Orissa were batting for survival at 202 for 8.

For Himachal, Vikramjit Malik, Vishal Bhatia and Sandeep Sharma claimed two wickets each while Ashok Thakur took one.

Brief Score:

Orissa 317 and 202 for 8 (Haldhar Das 47 n o; Sandeep Sharma 2 for 20, Vishal Bhatia 2 for 48, Vikramjeet 2 for 56) Vs Himachal Pradesh 477 all out (Sandeep Sharma 76, Ajay Manu 82, Mukesh Sharma 84, Ashok Thakur 70, Sarandeep 50, Sanjay Satpathy 3 for 129)


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