MP spank Gujarat by 5 wickets

Indore: Udit Birla struck an unbeaten half century as Madhya Pradesh recorded a comfortable five-wicket victory over Gujarat in their Ranji Trophy Elite Division match on Friday.

Overnight 107 for four, Madhya Pradesh lost overnight batsman Abbas Ali (40) early today but Birla (52 not out) and Harpreet Singh (28 not out) ensured that Madhya Pradesh chased down the target of 198 with five wickets to spare.

Udit`s entertaining knock came off 58 balls and was studded with eight fours. Harpreet, on the other hand, played a patient innings that took 81 deliveries and included a couple of hits to the fence.

MP bagged five points from the match, missing out on the bonus point after conceding a first innings lead.

For Gujarat, Ishwar Chaudhary and Mehul Patel were the most successful bowlers, picking two wickets apiece. While Chaudhary conceded 62 runs in his 26 overs, Patel gave away 67 runs his 22.5 overs.

Brief Scores:

Gujarat: 130 and 272 all out.

Madhya Pradesh: 205 and 198 for 5 in 70.5 overs (Udit Birla 52 not out, Abbas Ali 40, Ishwar Chaudhary 2/62, Mehul Patel 2/67).


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