Odisha end Ranji campaign with defeat

Cuttack, Nov 28, 2017 (Team OCA): 

A fighting century by Subhranshu Senapati and a patient half-century by Rajesh Dhuper went in vain as Odisha ended their Ranji Trophy Group-C campaign with a seven-wicket defeat at the hands or Madhya Pradesh at Holkar Stadium in Indore today. This was the second defeat in six matches for Odisha, who finished sixth among seven teams with six points in their group. On the other hand, the win over Odisha helped Madhya Pradesh qualify for the quarterfinals with 21 points from six matches.

Set with a modest target of 110 runs for victory on the fourth and last day, host Madhya Pradesh suffered a top-order failure as three wickets fell for 45 runs. But an unbeaten half-century by captain Devendra Bundela and his 66-run unfinished partnership for the fourth-wicket with Harpreet Singh Bhatia enabled them overhaul the target without the loss of any more wicket.

Earlier, resuming their second innings at the overnight score of 237 for four and needing another five runs to force the home team bat again, Odisha were all out for 350, losing their last five wickets for 58 runs. Senapati salvaged some pride with a courageous knock of 125, his third first-class century, which came off Senapati 259 balls and included 15 fours.

Among other batsmen, regular opener Natraj Behera, who batted at No 7 in the second innings, made a modest contribution of 28 runs. Mihir Hirwani was the most successful Madhya Pradesh bowler, taking five wickets for 97 runs. Madhya Pradesh allrounder Puneet Datey was adjudged the player of the match.

ODISHA (1st innings): 147
MADHYA PRADESH (1st innings): 388
ODISHA (2nd innings): R Dhuper c Bundela b Date 88, R Singh c Patidar b Hirwani 30, G Poddar lbw Hirwani 30, S Senapati c Bundela b A Sharma 125, B Samantaray c Dane b Pandey 1, S Mishra b Date 10, N Behera c Bundela b Hirwani 28, D Behera lbw Hirwani 15, A Sahoo lbw Hirwani 3, S Pradhan b A Sharma 16, S Nayak (not out) 0; Extras (b-7, lb-2, w-3, nb-2) 14
Total (All out; 138.2 overs) 350
Fall of wickets: 1-70 (R Singh, 31.5 ov), 2-92 (Poddar, 41.5), 3-212 (Dhuper, 88.3), 4-213 (Samantaray, 89.5), 5-237 (Mishra, 100.1), 6-292 (N Behera, 121.5), 7-325 (Senapati, 130.1), 8-333 (D Behera, 133.4), 9-342 (Sahoo, 135.3), 10-350 (Pradhan, 138.2)
Bowling: I Pandey 24-10-41-1, P Datey 21-2-48-2, M Hirwani 37-7-97-5, A Sharma 28.2-11-59-2, C Sakure 18-0-66-0, S Sharma 8-0-26-0, A Birla 2-0-4-0.

MADHYA PRADESH (2nd innings): R Patidar b D Behera 8, A Birla (run out) Nayak 6, D Bundela (not out) 50, S Sharma b D Behera 10, HS Bhatia (not out) 37
Total (3 wkts; 37 overs) 111
Fall of wickets: 1-8 (Patidar, 0.5 ov), 2-30 (Birla, 12.2), 3-45 (S Sharma, 15.4)
Bowling: D Behra 11-1-31-2, A Sashoo 3-0-10-0, G Poddar 16-3-54-0, B Samantaray 5-1-11-0, N Behera 1-0-4-0, S Mishra 1-0-1-0.