Ranji Trophy 2012: Haryana secure three points against Uttar Pradesh

Uttar Pradesh’s wicketkeeper-batsman Eklavya Dwivedi scored his maiden first-class century but his team had to be content with just one point from the game against Haryana AFP

Lucknow: Dec 18, 2012

A slender first-innings lead of 49 runs proved to be crucial for Haryana as it helped them take three points from their Group B Ranji Trophy match against Uttar Pradesh, at Lucknow on Tuesday.

The hosts, despite posting 348 in their second essay, had to be content with a point. From individual performances’ point of view, Uttar Pradesh’s wicketkeeper-batsman Eklavya Dwivedi hogged the limelight with a 193-ball 121, the 24-year-old’s maiden first-class century.

He found the fence 15 times while spending 271 minutes at crease. Dwivedi was 51 overnight in a team score of 217 for four at the Dr Akhilesh Das Stadium.

Parvinder Singh, unbeaten on 45 Monday evening, made 64 with the help of eight fours.

In their second innings, Haryana ambled to 106 for three in 43 overs, with opener Nitin Saini leading the batting with a knock of 68 off 113 balls. He hit eight fours and a six.

In reply to Uttar Pradesh’ first-innings total of 227, Haryana had made 276.

The hosts produced a better batting display in the second innings but there was not enough time to force an outright result.

Brief scores: Uttar Pradesh: 227 and 348 (Eklavya Dwivedi 121, Parvinder Singh 64; Harshal Patel 4 for 100) lose to Haryana 276 and 106 for three (Nitin Saini 68) by first-innings lead