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Punjab on top, Gujarat draw with Bengal


Cricketnext Staff,Cricketnext.com
Nov 21, 2012 at 09:14am IST

Bhubaneswar: Punjab continue to dominate the Group A as they notched up three points against Railways here on day four on the basis of first innings lead. Resuming from their overnight score of 182-2, Railways declared their second innings for 353 for 5, setting Punjab an improbable target of 245 in 28 overs. Punjab batsmen negotiated the 28 overs and match ended as a draw as Punjab reached 59 for 2 at stumps.

Earlier, Railways were bowled out for 205 in the first innings and Punjab ran up 314 runs in reply to gain a 109-run lead. Uday Kaul was pick of the batsmen scoring 100. Despite Amit Paunikar's fine century in the second innings, Railways couldn't wrest back the momentum and received just one point.

Punjab are leading the Points Table in Group A by a huge margin. They've 17 points in three matches, by dint of their two outright victories against Hyderabad and Bengal, while Railways are lying low with just two points in two matches.

Ranji, Group A, Round 3: Punjab on top, Gujarat deny Bengal an outright victory

Punjab earned three points against Railways and sit at top of Points Table with 17 points, while Bengal couldn't break Gujarat's resistance to gain an outright victory.

Brief scores: Railways 205 and 353-5 dec. (Paunikar 166, Bangar 62*) drew with Punjab 314 and 59-2 (Jiwanjot 27*)

In Kolkata, Gujrat's Rujul Bhatt (102) and Rakesh Dhruv (83) put up an outstanding 149-run partnership for the eighth wicket on the last day of the match to deny Bengal an outright victory. Gujarat were reeling at 103 for 7 in their second innings at with 44 overs remaining in the day and were staring at an innings defeat, but rearguard from Bhatt and Dhruv took them to 272 for 8 at stumps. Bengal earned muster three points on the basis of first innings lead and Gujarat got one point.

Riding on the centuries from Manoj Tiwary and Laxmi Shukla, Bengal had piled up 526 for 7 declared in their first innings after rolling Gujarat over for 260. Gujarat got off to a disastrous start in their second innings and were 18 for 4 at the end of day three.

Bengal and Gujarat have six and five points respectively from three matches.

Brief scores: Gujarat 260 and 272-8 (Bhatt 102*, Dhurv 83) drew with Bengal 526 for 7 dec. (Tiwary 191, Shukla 113*)

In Hyderabad, the hosts played out 91 overs on day four to secure a draw against Saurashtra after conceding the first innings lead. Saurashtra set a target of 345 runs for Hyderabad on last day of the match as they declared their second innings for their overnight score of 270 for 6. Bavanaka Sandeep and Ashish Reddy struck half-centuries for Hyderabad to take them to 232 for 6 at stumps, after their top order collapsed.

Saurashtra made a moderate total of 260 and shot Hyderabad out for 186 to take a 74-run lead. Ravindar Jadeja was pick of the bowlers for Saurashtra and snapped up nine wickets in the match. Saurashtra have six points in two matches, while Hyderabad is at the bottom of the heap in Group A Points Table. Their tally stands at two points in three matches.

Brief scores: Saurahstra 260 and 270 for 6 (Jogiyani 69*) drew with Hyderabad 186 and 232 for 6 (Reddy 56, Jadeja 3 for 84)

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