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Plate-B secures five points

Plate-B's Amay Khurasiya pulls Elite-A's Sarandeep Singh to the fence in the Duleep Trophy match in Bangalore on Sunday.

Plate-B's Amay Khurasiya pulls Elite-A's Sarandeep Singh to the fence in the Duleep Trophy match in Bangalore on Sunday.  

BANGALORE March 30. Amay Khurasiya lent sparkle to a Sunday afternoon at the Chinnaswamy Stadium with a breezy 73 for Plate-B against Elite-A in the Duleep Trophy match which ended in a draw.

Plate-B wrested a 100-run first innings lead and secured five points while Elite-A took three. At close, Plate-B declared its second innings at 185 for four after Elite-A posted a first innings score of 469, trailing Plate-B's 569.

Earlier, resuming at the overnight 364 for five, Elite-A's comeback dreams were erased after Venugopal Rao (127) chipped Sreesanth straight to S.K. Nair at mid-off. However Deep Dasgupta (35) and Kanwat (42) took the score past the 400-mark. Elite-A was bowled out for 469 with Hirwani bagging six wickets though it cost him 182 runs.

The Plate-B second innings provided an ideal setting for batting practise and Khurasiya, saddled with low returns in the current Duleep Trophy season, grabbed the opportunity. Arun Kumar's mistimed drive proved fatal and the stage was set for Khurasiya, who bludgeoned seamer Ranadeb Bose into the upper tier at long-off.

A Daniel Manohar over was dismissed with five hits to the fence with a drive past short covers and a pull being the pick. Khurasiya (73, 70b, 13x4, 1x6) however failed to notch a century as an attempted sweep off Sarandeep ended in a gentle lob into the hands of Vinay Kumar at silly point. Khurasiya was adjudged out but the visibly miffed Madhya Pradesh batsman pointed at his left elbow while returning to the pavilion.

The Khurasiya blitz however overshadowed opener Sujith Somasundar's 51 (79b, 6x4), who displayed a regal touch against Sarandeep. The off-spinner had his revenge soon with a diving Sadagopan Ramesh pocketing an inept steer at first slip. Sarandeep (three for 49) also scalped Devendra Bundela but the Plate-B innings cruised until Arun Kumar declared after six mandatory overs.

Plate-B has sixteen points from three matches while Elite-A has nine from three. Elite-A will clash with Elite-B at Bangalore from April 3 to 6 while Plate-B will face-off against Elite-C at Kochi from April 10 to 13.

The scores:

Plate-B — 1st innings: 569.

Elite-A — 1st innings: Daniel Manohar b Hirwani 32, Sadagopan Ramesh b Venkatesh Prasad 4, S. Sriram st. Deshpande b Hirwani 30, Vinay Kumar c Bharadwaj b Hirwani 15, Debang Gandhi c Bharadwaj b Hirwani 131, Venugopal Rao c S.K. Nair b Sreesanth 127, Deep Dasgupta c Venkatesh Prasad b S.K. Nair 35, R. Kanwat c Bundela b Hirwani 42, Irfan Pathan (Jr) c Arun Kumar b S.K. Nair 12, Sarandeep Singh (not out) 15, Ranadeb Bose c S.K. Nair b Hirwani 0. Extras (b-10, lb-7, nb-8, w-1) 26. Total: 469.

Fall of wickets: 1-5, 2-56, 3-72, 4-110, 5-338, 6-367, 7-430, 8-449, 9-458.

Plate-B bowling: Venkatesh Prasad 21-5-56-1, Sreesanth 23-9-70-1, Hirwani 54.3-6-182-6, S.K. Nair 33-8-94-2, Vijay Bharadwaj 6-0-15-0, J. Arun Kumar 2-0-17-0, Hemant Kumar 2-0-18-0.

Plate-B — 2nd innings: J. Arun Kumar c Venugopal Rao b Ranadeb Bose 8, Sujith Somasundar c Sadagopan Ramesh b Sarandeep 51, Amay Khurasiya c Vinay Kumar b Sarandeep 73, Vijay Bharadwaj (not out) 21, Devendra Bundela c Deep Dasgupta b Sarandeep 4, Hemant Kumar (not out) 19. Extras (b-3, lb-4, w-2) 9. Total: (for four wkts. decl.) 185.

Fall of wickets: 1-17, 2-135, 3-146, 4-156.

Elite-A bowling: Irfan Pathan (Jr) 6-0-25-0, Ranadeb Bose 7-0-40-1, Daniel Manohar 2-0-28-0, Sarandeep Singh 16-1-49-3, Kanwat 15-4-36-0.

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