Indore: A classy 123 by Harpreet Singh and a brilliant 58 by Madhya Pradesh skipper Devendra Bundela helped the hosts take a vital first innings lead of 69 runs against Andhra Pradesh on day two of the Ranji Trophy Plate semi-final match at the Holkar cricket stadium here on Thursday.
Replying to AP’s first innings total of 230, the hosts were comfortably placed at 299 for the loss of seven wickets with Ankit Sharma (41) and Anand Rajan (4) at the crease when stumps were drawn for the day.
Coming together with the team struggling at 19-3, Harpreet and Bundela added 178 runs for the fourth wicket to ensure that MP clinched the vital first innings lead and strengthened their chances of making it to the business end of the tournament.
Harneet, who was more attacking of the two, hit 123 in just 161 balls with the help of 17 fours and three sixes, while Bundela, who was the fourth man out with the teams’ total at 197, faced 149 balls and hit 10 boundaries.
Harneet was dismissed soon afterwards but by the time he was dismissed, MP were just 13 adrift of the hosts’ total.
Earlier, resuming at an overnight score of 225/9, the visitors could add just five runs to their first innings total, as Anand Rajan folded their innings as overnight batsman DP Vijayakumar was caught by Mohnish Mishra.