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  Odisha start Ranji Trophy campaign with innings victory
BHUBANESWAR,11 Dec 2019 (Team Orisports)

Impressive performance by Rajesh Mohanty, Basant Mohanty, Suryakant Pradhan and Sujit Lenka helped Odisha crush hosts Chhattisgarh by an innings and three runs in their first Elite Group-C Ranji Trophy match at Shaheed Veer Narayan Singh International Stadium in Raipur today.

The four-day match ended before the lunch break of the penultimate day, fetching Odisha seven points. After conceding a first-innings lead of 81 runs and resuming their second innings at the overnight score of 45 for one, Chhattisgarh were bundled out for 78.


Odisha pace bowlers played instrumental role in the win, bagging all 20 wickets in the match. Rajesh Mohanty, the youngest of the pace trio, was most successful, pocketing 10 wickets for 66 runs, including a career-best six for 47 in the first innings.

Mohanty also reached the milestone of 50 wickets in first-class cricket, achieving the feat in his 10th match. He was rightly adjudged the Player of the Match. The rest 10 wickets were shred by Basant Mohanty and Suryakant Pradhan.

The fourth Odisha player who shone in the match was wicketkeeper-batsman Sujit Lenka. His defiant half-century (56 off 117b, 10x4) helped Odisha take the first-innings lead. For Lenka, this was his maiden first-class half-century as well as career-best knock.

Earlier, put into bat by Odisha skipper Subhranshu Senapati, Chhattisgarh were bowled out for 134 in the first innings. In reply, Odisha made 215. Odisha will next meet Services at DRIEMS Ground in Tangi, near Cuttack, from Dec 17 to 20.


CHHATTISGARH (1st innings):
Avnish Dhaliwal c Pattnaik b R Mohanty 0, Jiwanjot Singh c Lenka b Pradhan 12, Ashutosh Singh lbw b B Mohanty 6, Harpreet Singh lbw B Mohanty 9, Amandeep Khare lbw R Mohanty 20, Shashank Singh b R Mohanty 8, Manoj Singh c Pattnaik b R Mohanty 1, Ajay Mandal c (sub) Shantanu Mishra b B Mohanty 47, Puneet Datey c Lenka b R Mohanty 5, Veer Pratap Singh c Poddar b R Mohanty 14, Pankaj Kumar Rao not out 5; Extras (lb-6, w-1)
Total (10 wkts, 52.2 overs) 134
Fall of wickets:
1-1 (Dhaliwal, 3.5 overs), 23-2 (J Singh, 15.2), 23-3 (A Singh, 16.2), 52-4 (H Singh, 26.1), 56-5 (Khare, 27.5), 61-6 (S Singh, 31.2), 66-7 (M Singh, 35.2), 76-8 (Datey, 39.4), 92-9 (VP Singh, 43.3), 134-10 (Mandal, 52.2)
Bowling: Basant Mohanty 18.2-10-24-3, Rajesh Mohanty 18-7-47-6, Suryakant Pradhan 14-1-51-1, Govinda Poddar 2-0-6-0.

ODISHA (1st innings): Anurag Sarangi b Datey 14, Sandeep Pattnaik retd hurt 0, Debasish Samantray c M Singh b Rao 8, Subhranshu Senapati c M Singh b Datey 16, Biplab Samantray c H Singh b S Singh 30, Govinda Poddar b Datey 2, Abhishek Raut b S Singh 18, Sujit Lenka c M Singh b VP Singh 56, Suryakant Pradhan c J Singh b Datey 33, Rajesh Mohanty run out (Datey) 17, Basant Mohanty not out 3; Extras (b-2, lb-7, w-1, nb-8) 18
Total (All out, 76.4 overs) 215
Fall of wickets:
22-1 (Sarangi, 8.5 overs), 44-2 (Samantray, 15.5), 48-3 (Senapati, 18.3), 59-4 (Poddar, 23), 88-5 (Raut, 41.5), 6-131 (Samantray, 57.5), 7-173 (Pradhan, 64.1), 8-206 (R Mohanty, 71.3), 9-215 (Lenka, 76.4).
Bowling: Pankaj Kumar Rao 9.5-1-34-1, Veer Pratap Singh 19.4-4-60-1, Puneet Datey 22-9-58-4, Harpreet Singh 7.1-2-9-0, Shashank Singh 14-3-37-2, Ajay Mandal 4-1-8-0.

CHHATTISGARH (2nd innings): A Dhaliwal c Senapati b B Mohanty 5, J Singh c Poddar b B Mohanty 12, A Singh lbw Pradhan 43, H Singh b R Mohanty 11, A Khare c Lenka b Pradhan 0, S Singh c B Samantaray b R Mohanty 0, P Datey c Lenka b Pradhan 0, M Singh b R Mohanty 4, A Mandal c Pradhan b R Mohanty 0, VP Singh lbw Pradhan 1, P Rao not out 0; Extras (b-1, lb-1) 2
Total (All out, 36.4 overs) 78
Fall of wickets:
13-1 (Dhaliwal, 5.5 overs), 2-49 (J Singh, 22.6), 3-71 (H Singh, 30.3), 4-72 (A Khare, 31.4), 5-73 (A Singh, 33.3), 6-73 (Datey, 33.5), 7-77 (S Singh, 34.1), 8-77 (M Singh, 34.3), 9-78 (VP Singh, 35.4), 10-78 (Mandal, 36.4)
Bowling: R Mohanty 11.4-4-19-4, B Mohanty 14-7-23-2, S Pradhan 11-1-34-4.
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TOP: Odisha pacer Rajesh Mohanty celebrates after taking a wicket in their Ranji Trophy match against Chhattisgarh in Raipur on 9 December, 2019.
RIGHT: Players, coach and support staff of Odisha ream pose before their Ranji Trophy match against Chhattisgarh in Raipur on 9 December, 2019.


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