Innings victory for Hyderabad

Special Correspondent

CHENNAI: Hyderabad defeated Tripura by an innings and 129 runs on the second day of their three-day Group-A clash in the Mindteck-Buchi Babu all-India invitation cricket tournament at the ICL-GNC ground on Friday.

It was Tripura's second straight defeat, which saw the East zone state go out of the race for a semifinal slot from the three-team group. The third-round clash between Hyderabad and TNCA President's XI from August 22 will decide the qualifier. Chasing Hyderabad's first innings total of 354 for six, Tripura was bundled out for 97 — left-arm spinner Pragyan Ohja took six wickets after paceman S.M. Shoaib (three for 19) provided the early breakthroughs. Following on, Tripura scored 128 for two in the allotted 45 overs.

At the SPIC-YMCA ground, the spin duo of leg-spinner Sujit Rai and off-spinner Sunny Gupta shared nine wickets to give Jharkhand a slender 26-run first innings lead over Vidarbha in a Group-D contest.

The second-wicket stand of 109 between left-hander Faiz Fazal (89, 195b, 10x4) and skipper Alind Naidu (51, 95b, 3x4) saw Vidarbha, pursuing Jharkhand's first innings score of 278, go to lunch at a commanding 146 for two.

Post-lunch, Rai and Gupta bowled unchanged from the 47th to the 80th overs. Fazal's dismissal, caught at short leg by B. Manish off Rai, triggered a collapse. It was Ranjit Paradkar's undefeated 62 (103b, 6x4) and his 28-run stand with Akshay Wakre for the last wicket, which whittled down the first innings deficit.

Jharkhand was 96 for three off 22 overs in its second innings at stumps for an overall lead of 122.

In a Group-B match at the SRMC-turf ground, Maharashtra took an overall lead of 204 runs against Rajasthan with 10 overs to go and four wickets in hand.

After restricting Rajasthan to 188 for a first innings lead of 84, Maharashtra, 32 for six at one stage, recovered to 120 for six at stumps, thanks to the 88-run stand for the unbroken seventh wicket between Nikhil Paradkar (41) and Sumit Chavan (46).

The scores:

Hyderabad 354 for six bt Tripura 97 in 42.5 overs (Pragyan Ohja six for 35) & 128 for two in 45 overs.

Jharkhand 278 & 96 for three in 22 overs v Vidarbha 252 in 79.4 overs (Faiz Fazal 89, Alind Naidu 51, Ranjit Paradkar 62 not out, Sujit Rai five for 106, Sunny Gupta four for 76).

Maharashtra 272 & 120 for six in 35 overs (Nikhil Paradkar batting 41, Sumit Chavan batting 46) v Rajasthan 188 in 61.4 overs (Anupam Sanklecha four for 38).

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