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Left-arm spinner Arun Bamal’s four wickets helped Services bowl out Odisha for 177 on the opening day of their Ranji Trophy 2018-19 Round 8 Elite C match on Sunday.

Opting to bat at the Airforce Complex Ground in Palam, New Delhi, Services, placed a rung below fifth-placed Odisha with 16 points from seven matches, struck first blood with opener Anurag Sarangi departing for a duck to Sachidanand Pandey. The other opener – Shantanu Mishra – soon followed his team-mate after Pandey picked his second wicket to dismiss Mishra for 7.

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Bamal then joined the action and sent Subhransu Senapati back to the pavilion for just 3 runs. Govinda Poddar added 6 to the tally before he was trapped leg-before to give Bamal his second wicket. Debashish Samantray’s snail-paced innings ended after he was run out for 26 off 77 deliveries.

The partnership between Abhishek Raut and Odisha captain Biplab Samantaray for the sixth wicket was the most significant one and yielded 82 runs. It was brought to an end by Narendra Singh after Raut after Raut was caught by Bamal to depart for a well-played 56, a knock that was studded with eight boundaries.

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Samantaray was dismissed by Bamal falling nine runs short of his fifty. Suryakant Pradhan became Bamal’s fourth victim with the tail not contributing much as Odisha folded for 177.

Bamal returned with figures of four for 61 in his 31 overs. At stumps, Services were 2/0.

Brief scores: Services 2/0 trail Odisha 177 (Abhishek Raut 56; Arun Bamal 4/61) by 175 runs