Samantray, Mallick bat Orissa to a comfortable position
Sambalpur (Orissa): Biplab Samantray made a career-best 171 while Abhilash Mallick fell one short of his maiden ton as Orissa were bowled out for 482 in their first innings on the second day of Ranji Trophy Elite division match against Uttar Pradesh on Friday.
In reply, UP were 54 for one at the close of play with Tanmay Srivastava (35) and Mohammad Kaif (14) remaining unbeaten.
Wicketkeeper Amir Khan was the lone UP batsman to fall, caught behind by Subhrajit Sahoo off Alok Mangaraj (1/28).
Earlier, resuming at 293 for three, Samantray and Mallick started from where they left yesterday and looked at ease against the UP bowlers before their 212-run fourth-wicket stand came to a halt.
Both Samantray and Mallick added identical 61 runs to their personal scores on Friday before they were dismissed by leg-spinner Piyush Chawla, that too in similar fashion, on LBW decisions.
Samantray and Mallick were the first two victims of Chawla, who returned with figures of five for 105.
Apart from Chawla, paceman Bhuvaneshwar Kumar (2/77) and left-arm orthodox bowler Praveen Kumar (2/85) scalped two wickets apiece for the tourists.
At stumps, UP still trail Orissa by 428 runs in the first innings with nine wickets still in hand.
Orissa 1st innings: 482 all out in 160.3 overs (Biplab Samantray 171, Abhilash Mallick 99; Piyush Chawla 5/105).
UP 1st innings: 54 for one in 21 overs (Tanmay Srivastava batting 35, Mohammad Kaif batting 14; Alok Mangaraj 1/28).