Malla hits 110* in drawn U-19 match

Cuttack, Nov 08, 2017 (Team OCA): 

Middle-order batsman Raghunath Malla followed his unbeaten half-century with an unbeaten century to help host Odisha share points with Saurashtra in their four-day Cooch Behar Trophy U-19 Group-A league match, which ended in a draw here at Ravenshaw University Ground today.

Forced to follow on after conceding a first-innings lead of 253 runs and resuming their second innings at the overnight score of 71 for four, the home team batted through out the final day to finish the match 241 for five. However, Saurashtra gained three points by virtue of taking first-innings lead, while Odisha settled with one point.

Malla was the star of the match, scoring an unbeaten 110 (319 balls, 16x4) in the second innings. His 109-run partnership for the fifth wickets with Aakash Ch Nayak saved Odisha from defeat. Nayak slammed 67 with the help of 10 fours and two sixes. Odisha will next meet Chhattisgarh at Raipur from November 19 to 22.

SCOREBOARD:

SAURASHTRA (1st innings): 473
ODISHA (1st innings): 220
ODISHA (2nd innings): S Samal c Karia b Donga 14, K Mallick c Gohel b Diprajsinh 0, PS Nayak c Mandalia b Diprajsinh 10, R Malla (not out) 110, K Bal lbw Karia 4, A Nayak c Rana b Girgilani 67, A Sahu (not out) 23; Extras (b-11, lb-2) 13 Total (5 wickets; 106 overs) 241
Fall of wickets: 1-12 (Mallick, 1.2 ov), 2-22 (Samal, 4.2), 3-44 (Nayak , 15.4), 4-51 (Bal, 26.6), 5-160 (Nayak, 59.6)
Bowling: S Parmar 17-5-48-0, Diprajsinh 17-6-34-2, B Donga 15-4-37-1, P Karia 22-11-43-1, A Girgilani 9-6-17-1, K Seta 21-11-36-0, S Rana 1-0-1-0, P Mandalia 4-0-12-0.