Orissa collapses at 140

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Cuttack, Nov 24 (UNI) A five wicket haul by off-spinner Hemal Watkar helped Andhra to restrict Orissa at 140 all out on the second day of the Ranji Trophy ( Elite Group-B) league match at the Barbati Stadium here today.

The hosts bundled out Andhra at 179 on the opening day yesterday, suffered a major set back as the batting line collapsed today.

Andhra all-rounder Hemal had a brilliant spell of five for 32 runs while Y Ganeswar Rao captured two wickets conceeding 15 runs.

At the end of the play the visiting team had an overall lead of 106 runs losing two wickets for 67 runs in the second innings.

From home side Niranjan Behera was the top scorer with 31 runs followed by wicket keeper Haladhar Das who scored 30 runs respectively.

Andhra : 1st Innings 179 all out in 79.3 overs (G Shankar Rao 73, Y Ganeswar Rao 28, P Jayachandra 6 for 37, Debashis Mohanty 2 for 34) Orissa :1st Innings 140 all out (Niranjan Behera 31 ,Haladhar Das 30, Hemal Watkar 5 for 32) Andhra : 2nd Innings 67 for 2 ( A K S Burma 20 not out, M S K Prasad 15 not out) UNI DP PB JT RAI2157

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