December 10, 2001

Madhya Pradesh win by 72 runs

Staff Reporter

Racking up 276 runs in their batting effort, Madhya Pradesh then bowled Vidarbha out to win their Ranji Trophy one-day match at Udaipur on Friday.

Put in to bat by their opponents, Madhya Pradesh achieved their total largely due to a string of small but significant scores by their batsmen. Opener Naman Ojha made 45 off 67 balls, with seven fours, and set the tone for the entire innings.

The top-scorer for Madhya Pradesh was Devendrasingh Bundela, who made 56 off 69 balls. His innings consisted largely of craftily run singles, and he hit only four fours in his knock. Bundela fell in the 39th over, but the tail hit some lusty blows to propel the total to 276/8 in 50 overs.

Vidarbha started off slowly, with 99 coming off 25.2 overs. Barring opener Amit Deshpande's 40 and Rahul Jadhav's 42, none of the batsmen could come good, and Vidarbha were bowled out for 204 to give Madhya Pradesh a 72-run victory.

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