Madhya Pradesh thrash Jharkhand by 170 runs

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Jamshedpur, Nov 6 (UNI) Outclassing hosts Jharkhand in all departments, Madhya Pradesh registered a comprehensive 170 runs victory on the final day of the four-day Ranji trophy plate group B tie at the Keenan stadium here today.

Resuming at overnight 165 for five, Madhya Pradesh declared their second essay 203 without losing further wicket this morning and set a victory target of 287 runs before the home team.

Rahul Bakshi, who was unbeaten on 44 overnight, completed his half century and remained not out on 66 runs with the help of seven boudaries, while his partner Jalaj Saxena remained not out on 21.

Chasing 288 for win on the fourth-day pitch, which has already deteriorated, Jharkhand innings crumbled like a pack of cards and were all out for a paltry 117 runs.

The off spinner and leg spinner duo of Jalaj Saxena and Asif Ali broke the backbone of the Jharkhand innings utilising the uneveness of the pitch. While the former scalped four wickets conceding 54 runs, the latter was more economical bagging four wickets off 35 runs.

The other two wickets were shared by pacers Sanjay Pandey and Anand Rajan respectively.

Jharkhand skipper Manish Vardhan, who was the highest scorer in the first innings (47), could make only 23 runs in the second knock when Jalaj took a return catch in his own bowling. Middle order Ratan Kumar and Tailender S Nadeem scored 27 runs each, while Sunny Gupta managed to score 13 as the rest batsmen could not reach double figure mark.

But for the member of India Colt team Saurah Tiwary this match was the most disappointing as he managed to score 11 and 1 in the first and second innings respectively. He was promoted to number three position after opener Rahul Prasad's exit, who made a pair of ducks in both the innings.

But Tiwary failed to deliver at the hour of crisis as he was caught behind off Sanjay Pandey's delivery.

Madhya Pradesh pocketed full five points with this outright victory.

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