Cuttack: Nov 6, 2011
Hosts Orissa and Saurashtra failed to get a single point from the Ranji Trophy Elite Group A that ended in a dull draw at the Barabati Stadium.
Replying to Saurashtra's massive 545, Orissa were 494 for seven when stumps were drawn on the final day. With Saurashtra failing to bowl out Orissa, both teams failed to get even a single point from the encounter.
The highlight of the Orissa innings was a career-best 209 by opener Nataraj Behera. Starting the day on 112, Behera completed his maiden double century in first-class cricket.
Along with Abhilash Mallick, he added 90 runs for the fifth wicket before Mallick (64, 8x4) was caught by Sagar Jogiyani off Pratik Mehta with the scoreboard reading 336.
Behera added another 79 runs with Paresh Patel (48, 7x4) for the sixth wicket before being bowled by Mehta with the score on 415.
Behera's double century contained 27 hits to the fence and and two hige sixes off 501 balls during his marathon 731 minutes stay at the crease.
Even as the visitors were smelling success with Behera's exit, the Orissa middle-order frustrated the visitors with cautious batting. (PTI)