Seamer Basant Mohanty's incisive bowling with brilliant match haul of 10 for 85 enabled Odisha to shock a fancied Punjab team by six wickets to take giant leap towards avoiding the relegation in the Ranji Trophy cricket tournament, here on Saturday.
A gritty 84 from veteran Mithun Manhas and a late-flourish from tailender Navdeep Saini took Delhi to 353 all out against Odisha as inclement weather allowed just 35 overs of play on the second day of their Ranji Trophy Group B cricket match here today.
Pacers Ashok Dinda and Basant Mohanty shared seven wickets between them as East Zone thrashed West Zone by 102 runs on the fourth and final day to enter the semifinals of the Duleep Trophy, here on Saturday.
Disciplined bowling by Basant Mohanty and Paresh Patel helped Odisha register a four-run win over Jharkhand in a thrilling East Zone league match for the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy T20 tournament at the Eden Gardens today.
Natraj Behera scored his fourth successive century but Odisha could reach just 345 for eight at the end of the third day`s play, even as Gujarat remained favourites to take the first innings lead in their Ranji Trophy Group A match here on Tuesday.
Medium pacer Basant Mohanty returned with a five-wicket haul to ensure the all-important first innings lead for Odisha in their Ranji Trophy Group A match against Vidarbha, which ended in a tame draw here today.
Cricket lovers, enthusiasts and administrators in Odisha were elated when local seamer Basant Mohanty was picked in the India A team to play the upcoming one-day matches against the visiting New Zealand A team.