Naman Ojha © AFP (File Photo)
Naman Ojha hit 13 fours and two sixes during his unbeaten century © AFP (File Photo)

Rajkot: Naman Ojha‘s unbeaten ton helped Madhya Pradesh (MP) defeat Uttar Pradesh (UP) by eight wickets in a Vijay Hazare Trophy 2015-16 Group D match at the Saurashtra Cricket Association (SCA) Stadium in Rajkot on Monday. Electing to bowl, MP bundled UP out for a modest 211 in 46.2 overs, before chasing the target in 39.1 overs. UP had a shaky start with skipper Suresh Raina, who promoted himself to open the innings, departing on 1. Prashant Gupta also went back to pavilion on 10. Umang Sharma (50) and Akashdeep Nath (67) struck half centuries and helped Uttar Pradesh cross the 200-run mark. Ishwar Pandey, P M Datey, C Sakar and Jalaj Saxena bagged two wickets each. FULL UPDATES: Madhya Pradesh vs Uttar Pradesh, Vijay Hazare Trophy 2015-16, Group D

Chasing 212, MP lost Saxena, who failed to open his account. However Naman Ojha added 78 runs for the second wicket with R M Patidar (33). He scored 114 off 122 balls, hitting 12 fours and two sixes and shared an unbroken 125 run stand for the third wicket with Harpreet Singh (63) as the duo guided MP to a big win.

MP moved to the third position in Group D on the points table after the win, displacing UP from the spot. Both teams, along with Saurashtra and Himachal Pradesh are locked on eight points each, though Saurashtra and Himachal are ahead at the moment due to their superior net run-rate. MP and UP are set to face Bengal and Saurashtra respectively in their upcoming fixtures.

Brief scores:

Uttar Pradesh 211 in 46.3 overs (Akashdeep 67, Umang Sharma 50, P M Datey 2 for 32, Jalaj Saxena 2 for 33) lost to Madhya Pradesh 212 for 2 in 39.1 overs (Naman Ojha 114*, Harpreet Singh 63*) by 8 wickets.