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Ranji Trophy Super League round-up, 5th round, 3rd day

Orissa seal six-wicket win

Cricinfo staff

December 11, 2007

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Orissa 99 and 137 for 4 (Pati 30, Jayachandra 29*) beat Bengal 107 and 124 by 6 wickets
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Tamil Nadu's Abhinav Mukund fell four short of getting his third century in three matches © Cricinfo Ltd
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Orissa won their second successive match in the Super League after wrapping up a six-wicket win against Bengal with more than a day and a half to spare. At the start of day three, Orissa needed 51 runs to seal the game with seven wickets in hand. In the very first over, they lost Rashmi Ranjan Parida, caught behind off Ashok Dinda for 28. After that Rashmi Ranjan Das and Pinninti Jayachandra batted 20.2 overs for the 50 runs required. Das took more than an hour and a half for his 21. With ten points from four matches, Orissa are now second behind group-leaders Baroda with 14.

Hyderabad 132 and 137 for 6 (Pai 53, Shinde 1*, Ojha 1*) need another 18 runs to beat Andhra 159 and 127
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Bottom-of-the-group Hyderabad need 18 runs to get their first win of the season, after they were set a target of 155 by Andhra Pradesh. MP Arjun added another wicket to his overnight six and ended with figures of 7 for 56 for the innings as Andhra were bowled out for 127. Playing only his sixth first-class game, Arjun ended with a match haul of nine wickets, vastly improving on his previous best of 4 for 55. Hyderabad were in trouble early in the chase when they lost four wickets for 35 runs. But Arjun Yadav and Anoop Pai added 93 together and when the two were dismissed, Hyderabad needed only 19 more to win.

Himachal Pradesh 223 and 5 for 0 need another 303 runs to beat Tamil Nadu 234 and 296 for 6 dec (Mukund 96, SS Kumar 66*, Sarandeep 3-78)
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Abhinav Mukund fell four short of his third century in three matches for Tamil Nadu as they set Himachal Pradesh a target of 308. Resuming on his overnight score of 5, Mukund constructed a patient innings, batting for more than six hours in all. He added 54 with captain S Badrinath and 96 with not-out batsman SS Kumar as Tamil Nadu declared at 296 for 6 and made the Himachal openers bat for 1.3 overs before stumps. Himachal are placed seventh in the points-table just below Tamil Nadu. A win for them here in Chennai, and a loss for Karnataka against Saurashtra at Mysore, will allow Himachal to jump to fifth place.

Rajasthan 179 and 48 for 1 (Saxena 21*, Bishnoi 21*) need another 336 to beat Mumbai 295 and 267 for 4 dec (Kukreja 73, Muzumdar 68*)
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Half-centuries from Salil Kukreja and Amol Muzumdar helped Mumbai race to 267 in 66 overs and declare to set Rajasthan a target of 384 in Jhalawar. Having gained a first-innings lead of 116, after they had taken the final Rajasthan wicket in the fourth over this morning, Mumbai piled on the runs at four an over, with openers Kukreja and Ajinkya Rahane adding 119 together. Kukreja, who made 73, is Mumbai's leading run-scorer from five matches this season. Rajasthan were 48 for 1 at stumps.

Saurashtra 254 and 183 for 8 (Bambhaniya 28*, Jobanputra 16*, Aiyappa 3-70) lead Karnataka 226 by 202 runs
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After conceding a first-innings lead of 19, Karnataka tried to get a grip on the proceedings and took eight Saurashtra wickets on day three at the Infosys Park in Mysore. Saurashtra now have a lead of 202 with No. 5 batsman Firoz Bambhaniya still at the crease. Vinay Kumar and NC Aiyappa shared five wickets between them as Saurashtra were unable to forge any decent partnerships. Opener Kanaiya Vaghela's 34 was the day's top score.

Baroda 251 for 1 (Williams 106*, Bilakhia 47*) trail Punjab 496 for 8 dec by 245 runs
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Rajat Bhatia's hundred powered Delhi to 409 © Cricinfo Ltd
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A draw is the most likely result in Amritsar tomorrow with Baroda trailing by 245 runs to Punjab's first-innings total of 496. Punjab declared on their overnight score and the Baroda openers came out eagerly to make use of the batting paradise, which has now produced 741 runs in three days. Baroda captain Connor Williams and Satyajit Parab got their side the first century opening stand of the season, with Williams scoring his second hundred in five matches. William added another 127 with Azharuddin Bilakhia for the second wicket.

Maharashtra 219 and 129 for 4 (Kanitkar 50, Takawale 18*, Bhilare 11*) trail Delhi 409 (Bhatia 107, Tehlan 53, Agharkar 5-85) by 61 runs
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Rajat Bhatia's hundred and Mayank Tehlan's half-century got Delhi a first-innings lead of 190. They then closed in on an outright win after Maharashtra lost four wickets while still trailing. Read the full report here.

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