Ranji Trophy, Group A: Punjab thrash Odisha in Round 1
Posted on: 10:28 PM IST Oct 30, 2013
Mohali: A disciplined bowling display helped Punjab dismiss Odisha for 307 in their second innings and notch up a convincing an innings and 48-run victory with a bonus point in a Group A Ranji Trophy match on the fourth and final day here on Wednesday.
After bundling out Odisha for 205 in their first innings, Punjab had posted a mammoth 560 for 6 declared. Resuming at 110 for 2 in their second innings, Odisha needed 245 more runs to make Punjab bat again but skipper Harbhajan Singh led a disciplined bowling attack with a three-wicket haul to scuttle the visitors' plans.
While Harbhajan returned with figures of 3 for 83 in 25.4 overs, Siddarth Kaul and Manpreet Gony took two wickets each, while Sandeep Sharma, who had scalped the two Odisha openers on Tuesday, added another wicket to his kitty.
Harbhajan's total nine-wicket haul in the match will hold him in good stead when the selectors meet to pick the squad for the two-match Test series against the West Indies to be played next month.
Odisha: 205 & 307 all out in 91.4 overs (Abhilash Mallick 73; Harbhajan Singh 3/83).
Punjab 1st innings: 560-6 decl.
Jharkhand, Delhi share points:
Jamshedpur: Hosts Jharkhand and Delhi shared a point each after the four-day Group A Ranji Trophy match was abandoned without a ball being bowled on the concluding day at Keenan stadium.
The play was not possible in the last four days due to sluggish outfield even though there was no rain since Sunday. The umpires inspected the wicket last at 12 noon and called off the match.
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