Orissa, Rajasthan Ranji match ends in draw

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Sambalpur, Nov 19 (UNI) Orissa secured three points on the basis of their first innings lead against Rajasthan on the final day of the Ranji trophy Elite group 'A' match here today.

Resuming their overnight score of 109 for 3, Orissa piled up 209 runs in their second innings establishing a lead of 220 runs. Captain S S Das with his overnight score of 57 runs added only four runs before being bowled by S Mathur at 61.

The other batsman who scored a half century was Niranjan Behera who was trapped lbw at his individual score of 54 by Vivek Yadav.

For Rajasthan, Vivek claimed four wickets conceding 38 runs.

Chasing a total 221 runs to win the match, the visitors could manage to score 131 runs for four at the close of the play with Robin Bist remaining not out at 60 runs. Captain Venu Gopal Rao was the other batsman who scored a moderate 40 runs while three others failed to reach the double figure.

At close of the play Robin Bist and Rajesh Bishnoi remained not out with 60 and 15 runs respectively.

For Orissa Debashish Miohanty, Basant Mihanty, Dhiraj Singh and Preetamjit Das claimed one wicket each.

Brief score: Orissa 1st innings 281 all out (S S Das 74, Bikash Pati 72, Haladhar Das 59 (not out) Vivek Yadav 4 for 45, S Mathur 3 for 53.

Rajasthan 1st innings: 270 all out Gagan Khoda 127, Robin Bist 43 Dhiraj Singh 7 for 83, Paresh Patel 2 for 42.

Orissa Second Innings: 209 all out S S Das 61,Niranjan Behera 54 Vivek Yadav 4 for 38, Pankaj Singh 2 for 44 Rajasthan 2nd innings 131 for 4 Robin Bist 60 not out, Venu Gopalm Rao 40.

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