Vijay Hazare Trophy 2015-16, Group D December 14, 2015

Naman Ojha century flattens Uttar Pradesh

ESPNcricinfo staff

File photo: Naman Ojha's seventh List A century helped Madhya Pradesh keep themselves in the race for the knockouts © AFP

Naman Ojha's unbeaten 114 helped Madhya Pradesh beat Uttar Pradesh by eight wickets to throw open the group. UP, who were sent in to bat, recovered from a top-order wobble. to post 211 courtesy half-centuries from Umang Sharma and Akshdeep Nath (67). Suresh Raina, who promoted himself to open the batting, made just 1 before falling to Puneet Datey .

MP lost the in-form Jalaj Saxena for a duck in the second over to Bhuvneshwar Kumar, but Ojha and Rajat Patidar (33) eased the nerves with a steady 79-run second-wicket stand before Chawla struck. But that was to be one of the few moments of cheer on the field for UP as Ojha and Harpreet Singh Bhatia, who made 63 not out, polished off the chase with 65 balls to spare.

Himachal Pradesh handed Saurashtra their first loss of the tournament, cruising to a seven-wicket win in Rajkot. Choosing to bat, Saurashtra failed to kickstart their innings as HP's bowlers kept chipping at their wickets from the eight over, dismissing them for 195. Cheteshwar Pujara top-scored with 73, but apart from him only one batsman managed to cross 20, as pacers Rishi Dhawan and Ronit More picked up three wickets apiece.

Himachal chased down the 196-run target with relative ease as Ankush Bains piloted most of the chase with a 76 that included six fours and two sixes. After Bains departed in the 34th over, Robin Bist's 45 took HP within 15 runs of the target, before he was dismissed in 40th over.

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