K'taka, Delhi win in Ranji Trophy Super League

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Published: Sunday, December 5, 2010, 11:36 [IST]
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K'taka, Delhi win in Ranji Trophy

Group B

Karnataka's pace bowlers beat back a spirited show of defiance from Himachal Pradesh's Manvinder Bisla and Paras Dogra to register their third win in four matches, keeping them at the head of Group B. Picking up from their overnight 101-run partnership with Dogra, Bisla couldn't offer much resistance on the final morning and got out lbw to Sreenath Arvind for 58. Rishi Dhawan tried to challenge the odds by hitting four boundaries in his innings of 20, but Aravind ended his stint at the crease with Himachal still 87 runs short of the target. Then Abhimanyu Mithun picked up his fourth first-class five-wicket haul when he struck the final blow to remove Dogra, taking Karnataka to a memorable 67-run win.

Punjab went all out for victory, but a determined Orissa held them to a draw at Bhubaneshwar. Resuming at the first innings score opf 216/7, Orissa batsmen Natraj Behera and Niranjan Behera lasted out for a while with the side making a total of 264 as Sarabjit Ladda and Manpreet Gony finishing with four-wicket hauls. Having secured a first innings lead of 286, Punjab enforced the follow-on, but were fended off for 58 overs by a gritty Orissa top-order. Paresh Patel was dismissed for 27, while the Beheras put on 67 more in 31 overs to delay Punjab's chances of victory. Natraj made a breezy 81 that came off 129 balls, while Niranjan faced 133 balls for his 50. He held on after Nartaj's departure and saw Orissa through to stumps for a draw. However, Orissa still remain bottom of Group B.

Group A

Delhi's Pawan Suyal once again proved to be Assam's nemesis, taking six wickets in addition to his four from the first innings to become the second highest wicket-taker in the tournament and hand his side its first win of the season. Dheeraj Jadha who put up some stiff resistance with his watchful 42 on the third day, resumed his endeavor into the last day to give the visitors a chance for a draw. He continued his overnight stand with Gokul Sharma, before the tide turned in Suyal's favour. Sumit Narwal contributed to Orissa's problems as their lower order collapsed like nine pins, losing 7 wickets for 22. Suyal completed the match with figures of 6 for 71, giving him his first first-class ten-wicket haul, while Narwal garnered 3. With a target of 59 to win, Delhi galloped home, losing three wickets en-route. The win puts them right behind Mumbai in Group A.

Railways accumulated points in their first innings after bowling out Saurashtra for 338, event though they plodded to 107 for 6 in their second innings prior to stumps at Rajkot. Pratik Mehta and Kamlesh Makvana resumed their overnight stand in a bid to erase Saurashtra's deficit, but neither could press ahead after lengthy stays in the middle. Jai Prakash Yadav emerged as the trump card for the Railways, finishing with 6 for 96. Faiz Fazal notched up 43 not oput, but wickets kept tumbling at the other end in Railways' second innings. Now both sides remain without a win and at the bottom of Group A after five rounds.

On the final day in the match between Bengal and Tamil Nadu, rain ensured a draw. Only seven minutes and two overs were possible before the skies opened on the stadium and the much anticipated return to first-class of Sourav Ganguly was left in limbo. S Badrinath made an unbeaten 37 and K Vasudevadas hung on during the brief before the downpour. The result: Bengal's fifth draw in just as many matches, keeping the side at No. 5 in Group A, while Tamil Nadu slipped to third, below Delhi. Meanwhile, the Cricket Association of Bengal announced that opposed to expectations, Ganguly is not scheduled to play Bengal's match against Saurashtra.


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