Rohtak: Haryana registered a comfortable seven-wicket victory over Orissa on the third day of their Ranji Trophy Super League Group B match to book a berth in the knock-out stage of the tournament here on Friday.
Haryana, who were already on course of a victory, on Friday played according to the script to first bundle out Orissa for just 170 and then chased down the target of 144 with ease.
Resuming at 64/5, overnight Orissa batsmen – Biplab Samantray, batting on 4, and Subhrajit Sahoo on 10, did not let Haryana bowlers dominate the proceedings from the word go, as they hold on to their wickets.
The duo battled it out in the middle, playing with a lot of assurance and went on to put up a valuable 63-run stand together, but Samantray gave in eventually.
It was skipper Amit Mishra who drew the first blood for Haryana by dismissing Samantray (31 off 95 balls) in the 54th over.
Mishra was quick to add another wicket in his kitty, this time by sending back Sahoo for a well-made 50 from 72 balls studded with six fours.
Thereafter, although Lagnajit Samal (18) and Alok Sahoo (20) tried to consolidate the innings for some time by sharing a brief 33-run stand together but eventually Orissa’s second innings folded for a mere 170.
Mishra finished with figures of three for 49, while Joginder Sharma (2/34), Sachin Rana (2/34) and Ajit Chandila (2/15) took two wickets each.
Haryana, who already had a 27-run first innings lead, hence had to chase only 144 runs for victory, which they achieved comprehensively by losing just three wickets.
Openers Nitin Saini (67) and Rahul Dewan (23) and then Ankit Rawat (34 not out) chipped in with their useful contributions to drive Haryana home.
Earlier, in the first innings Orissa were bundled out for 175, while Haryana scored 202 in their first essay.
Orissa 1st innings: 175 all out in 55.4 overs.
Haryana 1st innings: 202 all out in 78.4 overs.
Orissa 2nd innings: 170 all in 67 overs (Subhrajit Sahoo 50; Amit Mishra 3/49, Ajit Chandila 2/15).
Haryana 2nd innings: 144 for three in 47.4 overs (Nitin Saini 67; Basanth Mohanty 2/28).