Gujarat beat MP by 159 runs; enter Ranji Plate final

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New Delhi, Dec 28 (UNI) A fine six wicket haul by S K Trivedi helped Gujarat defeat Madhya Pradesh (MP) by 159 runs on the penultimate day of their five-day Ranji Trophy Plate League semi-final here today.

Chasing an improbable target of 365 runs, MP were all-out for 205 with Trivedi returning six for 61.

Except for Jatin Saxena (66), the MP batsmen never managed to settle down and they kept losing wickets at regular intervals.

In the final, Gujarat will face the winners of the second semi-final between Railways and Kerala being played at Nagpur.

Scoreboard : Gujarat (1st innings): 192 all out Madhya Pradesh (1st innings): 93 all out Gujarat (2nd innings): 265 all out Madhya Pradesh (2nd innings) (target: 365 runs) N Ojha lbw b Trivedi 1 M Pasha lbw b Makda 30 Jatin Saxena c Modi b Singh 66 D Bundela c PA Patel b Trivedi 0 Rahul Bakshi lbw b Trivedi 0 B Tomar b Trivedi 0 M Ali c Singh b T Patel 21 J Saxena c Singh b Trivedi 29 Sunil Dholpure c P Patel b Makda 19 S Pandey c P Patel b Trivedi 16 Anand Rajan not out 5 Extras (b 8, lb 8, nb 2) 18 Total (in 55.4 overs) 205 all out Fall of wickets : 1/20 2/65 3/70 4/70 5/82 6/127 7/141 8/184 9/192 Bowling: S Trivedi 20.4-5-61, A Makda 15-4-64-2, A Singh 11-4-33-1, M Parmar 1-0-4-0, T Patel 8-2-27-1 UNI XC AB PDS BD1816

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