Baroda earns three points against Punjab

Published: Wednesday, December 12, 2007, 3:35 [IST]
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Amritsar: Opener Connor Williams (185) and Rakesh Solanki (111) helped Baroda gain the vital first innings lead for the three points as their Ranji Trophy Super League Group-B match against Punjab ended in a draw at the Gandhi Grounds here on Wednesday.

Overnight 251/1 in their first innings, Baroda finished the day at 583/5 to collect three points by virtue of the first innings lead. Punjab had declared their first essay for  496/8.

Baroda now have 17 points and are at the top of the league table in their group. Punjab, having gained one point in the drawn tie, have only 7 points.

It was the 184-run third wicket stand between Williams and Solanki which helped the visitors get the upper hand of Punjab.

Baroda lost A Bilakhiya (47) in the very first over of the day and without any addition to the overnight score of 251 for one wicket.

He fell leg before to medium pacer V R V Singh.

This brought Solanki on the crease and he alongwith Williams had no problems in negotiating the Punjab bowlers. Williams overnight 106, fell to Charanjit after lunch after he had scored 185 runs studded with 29 hits to the fence. He batted for 516 minutes and faced 361 balls.

The next to fall was Yusuf Pathan (20) at the score of 468. He was caught by VRV Singh off Ankur Kakkar. Solanki who hit 14 fours and a six in his knock of 111 became Charanjit's second victim at the team score of 485.

Pinal Shah remained unbeaten on 53 while S Gaekwad was undefeated on 54. The most successful bowler for the hosts was Charanjit who took two for 133. VRV Singh, Manpreet Goni and Ankur Kakkar shared a wicket apiece.

The scoreboard at the end of the fourth day.

Brief Scores:

Punjab 496/8 decl drew with Baroda 583/5 (Connor Williams 185, Rakesh Solanki 111, Pinal Shah 53*, Satyajit Gaekwad 54*; Charanjit Singh 2 for 133, Kakkar 1 for 76)



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