Indore: India discard Naman Ojha scored an impressive century as Madhya Pradesh reached 240 for five in pursuit of a victory target of 299 against Delhi, in the Elite Group B Ranji Trophy match at the Emerald Heights High School ground, on Thursday.
The final day`s play is certainly tilted in MP`s favour as they need another 59 runs with five wickets still in hand but one can`t just rule Delhi out.
Rajat Bhatia (3/30) struck three blows during the later part of the day to dismiss Ojha, skipper Devendra Bundela and Jalaj Saxena. Udit Birla (26 batting) and Harpreet Singh (5 batting) are the last recognized pair for MP.
MP`s chase was based on 186-run third wicket partnership between Ojha and Bundela (68) after speedster Parvinder Awana removed opener Zafar Ali (0) and one-drop Mohnish Mishra (0) off consecutive deliveries as MP were reeling at 1/2.
Among the two, Ojha was the dominant partner as he hit nine boundaries and four huge sixes in his 148-ball knock. This was his sixth first-class century in 76th game.
Although, he doesn`t possess the best of techniques, but the 28-year old showed a lot of positive intent as he hit a few glorious strokes in between a few streaky shots.
Bundela on the otherhand, played the second fiddle to perfection during his 125-ball knock, as he hit 11 boundaries.
Earlier, Delhi finished their second innings at 296 with Yogesh Nagar (56) completing yet another half century. Medium pacer Taduri Sudhindra (5/65) and leggie Asif Ali (3/57) shared bulk of the spoils.
Brief Scores: Delhi 158 & 296 (Mithun Manhas 97, Yogesh Nagar 56, TP Sudhindra 5/65).
MP 156 & 240/5 (target 299)(Naman Ojha 107, Devendra Bundela 68, Rahat Bhatia 3/30).