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Punjab were 73 for nine against Odisha on Day One before Manpreet Gony struck a half-century Getty Images (Representational Photo)

Mohali: Basant Mohanty and Deepak Behera produced a devasting display of pace bowling to bundle out hosts Punjab for a paltry 167 in their first innings and give Odisha the upper hand on the opening day of a Group B Ranji Trophy 2014-15 cricket match.

Mohanty (4 for 43) and Behera (4 for 47) shared eight wickets between them to demolish Punjab at their home ground. Alok Mangaraj (2 for 50) also chipped in with two wickets.

Barring opener Jiwanjot Singh (24) and Taruwar Kohli (14), Punjab’s no other top-order batsman could manage double digit scores as they fell flat in front of Mohanty and Behera’s fiery bowling.

If not for a rearguard 112-ball 94-run last wicket partnership between Manpreet Gony and Sandeep Sharma, Punjab could have been bowled out under the 100-run mark.

At one stage Punjab were 73 for the loss of nine wickets, but Gony and Sharma saved the hosts from humiliation as they took the attack to the opposition to pile up runs.

Sharma (35) was the last wicket to fall but Gony remained unbeaten on 51 off 52 balls and struck six boundaries in the process. At stumps, Odisha were 54 for one in 22 overs in reply to Punjab’s 167. Girja Rout was batting on 24, while Paresh Patel (27) was the lone Odisha wicket to depart bowled by Sharma (1 for 16).

Brief Scores:

Punjab 167 all out in 57.2 overs (Manpreet Gony 51*; Basant Mohanty 4 for 43, Deepak Behera 4 for 47) vs Odisha