Harshal Patel bowls Haryana to bonus-point victory

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Lahli, Jan 31: Medium-pacer Harshal Patel finished with 11-wicket match haul, including five in the second innings, to steer Haryana to a comprehensive innings-and-119-run win over Rajasthan and earn a bonus point in their Group B Ranji Trophy match, here today.

Patel, who picked up six wickets in the first innings, returned with figures of five for 43, while Joginder Sharma (5/27) also chipped in with five scalps to bundle out Rajasthan for a meagre 74 in their second essay at the CH Bansi Lal Cricket Stadium here.

File picture of Harshal Patel

Earlier, having posted a massive first-innings total of 373, Haryana had skittled out Rajasthan for 180 in their first first essay and then en-forced a follow-on on the visitors.

Resuming on 38 for five in their second essay today, Rajasthan needed 155 more runs with just five wickets in hand to avoid an innings defeat, but none of the visiting team batsmen could put up any resistance and their innings folded in 27.2 overs.

Rajasthan could add only 36 more runs to their overnight total, losing five wicket in the process in just 9.2 overs today as the pace duo wreaked havoc. Deepak Chahar top scored with 19, while only two other batsmen could reach the double digits.

Brief scores: Haryana: 373 Rajasthan: 180 & 74 all out in 27.2 overs (Deepak Chahar 19; Joginder Sharma 5/27, Harshal Patel 5/43).

Points: Haryana 7, Rajasthan 0.

PTI

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