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Madhya Pradesh reach Ranji Trophy semifinals, Mumbai in control

In a low-scoring quarter final at the Holkar Stadium, the bowlers ruled the roost for the majority of the contest and despite a spirited fight from Andhra, Madhya Pradesh prevailed

Our Bureau And PTI Indore Published 27.02.24, 09:16 AM
Karnataka’s Vidhwath Kaverappa celebrates the wicket of Vidarbha’s Harsh Dubey in Nagpur on Monday.

Karnataka’s Vidhwath Kaverappa celebrates the wicket of Vidarbha’s Harsh Dubey in Nagpur on Monday. PTI

Anubhav Agarwal ran through Andhra’s batting line-up with a six-wicket haul to propel Madhya Pradesh into the semi-finals of the Ranji Trophy following a thrilling four-run victory here on Monday.

In a low-scoring quarter final at the Holkar Stadium, the bowlers ruled the roost for the majority of the contest and despite a spirited fight from Andhra, Madhya Pradesh prevailed.

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With this win, the 2021-22 champions Madhya Pradesh became the second team after Tamil Nadu to enter the semi-finals.

Andhra were bowled out for a mere 165 chasing 170 to win on the fourth day. Resuming at 95/4 and with their senior batter Hanuma Vihari on strike with 75 more needed to win, Agarwal led a stunning fightback once again for Madhya Pradesh.

Having taken three wickets in the first innings to help Madhya Pradesh take a vital lead of 62 runs, Agarwal terrorised the Andhra batters in the second innings to return figures of 6/52 from 19 overs.

Kulwant Khejroliya picked 2/40 while Kumar Kartikeya and Saransh Jain bagged one wicket apiece.

Hanuma Vihari top scored for Andhra with 55 off 136 balls.

In Mumbai, Hardik Tamore made a fine 114 as Mumbai took control against Baroda, taking an overall lead of 415 at stumps on the fourth day. A lot of credit has to go to Mumbai wicketkeeper-batter Tamore, who followed his laborious yet essential first-innings half-century with a ton, especially when he was promoted to open.

After adding 66 with Musheer Khan for the third wicket, Tamore put on 124 with Prithvi Shaw.

In Nagpur, Karnataka set up a fascinating final day with a determined effort.

Chasing 371, Karnataka were 103 for one at close with captain Mayank Agarwal (61) and KV Aneesh (1) at the crease.

Summarised scores

In Nagpur: Vidarbha 460 & 196 (Dhruv Shorey 57, Karun Nair 34; Vidwath Kaverappa 6/61, Vysakh Vijayakumar 4/81). Karnataka 286 & 103/1 in 26 overs (Mayank Agarwal 61 batting, R Samarth 40).

In Mumbai: Mumbai 384 & 379/9 (Hardik Tamore 114, Prithvi Shaw 87, Shams Mulani 54; Bhargav Bhatt 7/142). Baroda 348.

In Indore: Madhya Pradesh 234 & 107. Andhra 172 & 165 (Hanuma Vihari 55; Anubhav Agarwal 6/52). MP won by 4 runs.

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