Sambalpur: Parvinder Singh struck a double hundred and shared an unbroken 267-run fifth wicket stand with Arish Alam as Uttar Pradesh forced a draw against Orissa in their Ranji Trophy Elite (Group A) match on Sunday.
Parvinder`s 202 off 331 balls and Alam`s unbeaten 118 off 222 deliveries ensured that Uttar Pradesh end the fourth and final day at 590 for four in 194.5 overs in reply to Orissa`s first innings 482.
The first innings lead gave Uttar Pradesh three points while Orissa got one.
Overnight 287 for three, Uttar Pradesh lost just one wicket today when Prashant Gupta departed one short of a half century. Basant Mohanty was the lucky Orissa bowler who celebrated a wicket when he trapped Gupta LBW.
After Tanmay Srivastava`s 115 and Mohammad Kaif`s 88 yesterday, it was the turn of Parvinder and Alam to sparkle with the bat today.
Parvinder`s brilliant knock included 21 fours and a couple of sixes, while Alam contributed 14 boundaries and one maximum hit.
Orissa bowlers didn`t have anything to show as Parvinder and Alam sent them on a leather hunt. Mohanty was the most successful of them, grabbing two wickets for 104 runs after toiling for 40 overs.
Uttar Pradesh: 590 for 4 in 194.5 overs (Parvinder Singh 202 not out, Arish Alam 118 not out, Basant Mohanty 2/104).