Elite C Round 6

The Ranji Trophy Group C match between Odisha and Rajasthan was evenly poised on day two with the hosts needing 167 runs for an outright win.

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On a day when the momentum swung back and forth, Odisha were 6/2 at stumps having lost their opener and one down batsman in their second essay in pursuit of 173.

On Friday, Odisha bundled out Rajasthan for 135 in their first innings and continued from their overnight score of 78/4.

But Rajasthan pacers Aniket Choudhary (5/49) and T M Haq (5/14) rattled the Odisha middle order to bowl them out for 111 in their first essay. Odisha thus conceded a 24-run lead to Rajasthan.

But Odisha came back strongly in the game by skittling Rajasthan for 148 in their second innings with Basant Mohanty returning with figures of 5/29.

For the visitors, opener Amitkumar Gautam top-scored with 51, while Salman Khan, who came in at number 6, played a crucial knock of 39. First-innings hero and skipper Mahipal Lomror and other batsmen failed.

However, Odisha started their second innings on a disastrous note losing opener Ranjit Singh (1) and wicket-keeper Roshan Kumar Rao (0) to end the day in a difficult situation.

Brief Scores: Rajasthan 135 and 148 (Amitkumar Gautam 51, Salman Khan 39, Basant Mohanty 5/29) versus Odisha 111 (Debasish Samantray 50, Abhishek Raut 24, T M Haq 5/14) and 6/2