Madhya Pradesh, who needed 83 more runs with just three wickets in hand to avoid an innings defeat, were saved by the bad weather © Getty Images (Representational Image)
Madhya Pradesh, who needed 83 more runs with just three wickets in hand to avoid an innings defeat, were saved by the bad weather © Getty Images (Representational Image)

Gwalior: Dec 31, 2014

As fog and bad light allowed only seven overs to be bowled on the final day today, Baroda were robbed off registering an outright win over Madhya Pradesh and had to settle for three points from an drawn encounter in their Ranji Trophy Group A cricket match here today.

Madhya Pradesh, who needed 83 more runs with just three wickets in hand to avoid an innings defeat, were saved by the bad weather. On the other hand, Baroda missed out on a chance of not just posting an outright victory but also a bonus point.

Responding to Baroda’s first innings score of 358, Madhya Pradesh were earlier bundled out for a mere 178 in their first essay. Asked to follow-on, the hosts were struggling at 97 for six at the end of the third day’s play yesterday.

When play resumed on the fourth day morning today, the overnight pair of Harpreet Singh (21 nout out) and Ankit Sharma (14 not out) took the team to 119 for six before the match ended after just seven overs being bowled.

Brief scores:

Baroda 358 (Saurabh Wakaskar 94, Deepak Hooda 85; Puneet Datey 5 for 101) lead Madhya Pradesh 178 & 119 for 6 (f/o) (Jalaj Saxena 34, Gagandeep Singh 3 for 64) by 61 runs.