Odisha-Baroda Ranji match ends in draw

Cuttack, Nov 20, 2017 (Team OCA): 

A career-best knock of 173 by Subhranshu Senapati and a half-century by Rajesh Dhuper helped Odisha draw their four-day Ranji Trophy Group-C match against Baroda at Reliance Cricket Stadium in Vadodara (Gujarat) today. But host Baroda gathered three points by virtue of taking first-innings lead, while Odisha settled with one point.

Odisha conceded a 58-run first-innings lead by getting all out for 445, in reply to a huge total of 503 by Baroda. The home team were 259 for one in their second innings when the fourth day's play came to an end. In the second innings, Aditya Waghmode and Deepak Hooda scored an unbeaten century each, while Vishnu Solanki hit a half-century.

Earlier Odisha brightened their chances of taking first-innings lead as they progressed 422 for five after resuming at the overnight score of 316 for five. But the opportunity went a-begging as the last five wickets fell for only 23 runs. The collapse of the lower-half of the innings stared with the dismissal of Senapati, who hit 22 boundaries in his majestic 395-ball knock. Before his exit, Senapati put on 150 runs for the sixth-wicket partnership with Dhuper. Senapati was adjudged the player of the match.

Wicket-keeper Dhuper cemented his place in the team with a 179-ball 86, which included eight boundaries and three sixes. This was the second first-class fifty for Dhuper, following memorable 97 against Tamil Nadu at DRIEMS Ground, Tangi, Cuttack earlier this month. Odisha will play their sixth and last league match against Madhya Pradesh at Indore from November 25.

SCOREBOARD

BARODA (1st innings): 503
ODISHA (1st innings): Sandeep Pattanaik c S Singh b Meriwala 13, Natraj Behera c M Patel b Solanki 24, Govinda Poddar c M Patel b Solanki 19, Subhransu Senapati c Sheth b S Singh 173, Shantanu Mishra c A Pathan (Sub) b Rathva 46, Biplab Samantaray lbw D Patel 55, Rajesh Dhuper c Meriwala b S Singh 86, Alok Sahoo c Rathwa b S Singh 0, Suryakant Pradhan c Waghmode b S Singh 2, Basant Mohanty (not out) 0, Dhiraj Singh c M Patel b S Singh 0; Extras (b-17, lb-3, nb-2, w-5) 27
Total (All out; 166 overs) 445
Fall of wickets: 1-23 (Pattanaik, 11.3 ov), 2-57 (Poddar, 26.2), 3-64 (N Behera, 32.5), 4-167 (S Mishra, 72.2), 5-272 (Samantaray, 106.4), 6-422 (Senapati, 157.3), 7-440 (Sahoo, 161.4), 8-443 (Dhuper, 163.4), 9-445 (Pradhan, 165.4), 10-445 (D Singh, 165.6) Bowling: A Sheth 33-5-86-0, L Meriwala 33-8-93-1, Dhruv Patel 18-0-63-1, V Solanki 15-5-48-2, N Rathwa 20-4-49-1, D Hooda 5-3-7-0, Swapnil Singh 31-12-50-5, K Kakade 11-2-29-0.
BARODA (2nd innings): A Waghmode (not out) 101, V Solanki c Poddar b D Singh 53, D Hooda (not out) 100; Extras (nb-1, w-4) 5
Total (1 wicket; 43.5 overs) 259
Fall of wicket: 1/86 (Solanki, 16.6 ov)
Bowling: S Pradhan 5-0-10-0, A Sahoo 8-0-51-0, D Singh 15-0-85-1, B Samantaray 5.5-1-53-0, S Mishra 1-0-10-0, G Poddar 9-0-50-0