Ranji Trophy one-day tournament, 6th day February 20, 2009

Off-colour UP succumb to Vidarbha

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The following is the summary of the matches on the sixth day of the Ranji Trophy one-day tournament

Central Zone

Nineties by Pranay Sharma and Rajesh Bishnoi helped Rajasthan ease to a five-wicket win over Madhya Pradesh at the Emerald High School Ground in Indore. The victory was built on a second-wicket stand of 158 between the pair and the target of 240 was overhauled fairly comfortably, despite the loss of two late wickets. Bishnoi's 94 was the more aggressive knock as it came off 93 balls - including three sixes - while Pranay's 92 came off 144. Madhya Pradesh were boosted by an aggressive knock by Murtaza Ali, who smashed 86 off 80 balls but he didn't get the required support as none of the others passed fifty.

Uttar Pradesh suffered their first loss in the tournament after their batting let them down against Vidarbha at the Maharani Usha Raje Trust Ground. After opting to bat, UP managed only 191 and the only notable performances were Tanmay Srivastava's fifty and Bhuvneshwar Kumar's 42. Vidarbha were jolted early on when RP Singh trapped captain Faiz Fazal lbw in the first ball of the chase. Sanjoy Binkar's unbeaten 77 held the innings together and he was involved in two half-century stands - 68 with Amit Gajanan Paunikar and 74 with Ravi Jangid. Vidarbha coasted him by five wickets with just under ten overs remaining and in the process recorded their first win.