Cuttack: Skipper Paras Dogra’s unbeaten half century could not rescue Himachal Pradesh from being shot out for a paltry 163 by Orissa in their first innings in a rain-curtailed third day of the Ranji Trophy Super League Group B match here on Friday.
Batting at number four after Orissa captain Debasis Mohanty had inserted Himachal Pradesh in, Dogra top-scored with unbeaten 53 before his side was skittled out for 163.
The first day’s play was washed out while only 37 overs were possible yesterday. On Friday also, play was possible only after tea at Barabati Stadium here. With rain playing spoilsport, the match is heading for a draw.
Orissa’s fast bowling duo of Basant Mohanty and AK Sahoo wrecked havoc as the hosts had restricted the visitors to 85 for six in their first innings yesterday.
Dogra, who came in at 45 for three yesterday, and Rishi Dhawan (43) played sensibly to take his team’s total past 150-mark.
Dogra, who hit six fours in his 152-ball innings, shared a valuable 72-run partnership for the seventh wicket with Dhawan to raise hopes of a revival.
Dhawan was lot more aggressive in his approach, hitting eight fours in his 66 balls stay at the crease.
After the departure of Dhawan, Himachal’s first innings folded up for 163 in 64.4 overs with Mohinderraj Sharma being the last man to depart.
For Orissa, pacers Basanth Mohanty, Debasis Mohanty and Alok Chandra Sahoo shared the spoils with eight wickets among them. Basanth returned with figures of four for 43 while Debasis took 2 for 48. Sahoo chipped in with 2 for 32.
Himachal Pradesh 1st innings: 163 all out (Paras Dogra 53 not out, Rishi Dhawan 43, Basanth Mohanty 4/43).