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Mongia, Dharmani, Sodhi prop up Punjab

Vadodara Nov. 25 . Helped by two fruitful partnerships, Punjab scored 323 for eight in reply to Baroda's 369 on the third and penultimate day of the Elite Group `A' Ranji Trophy match at the IPCL ground here on Tuesday.

Punjab, resuming at 98 for two, saw its innings propped up by a resolute 99 runs third wicket partnership between Dinesh Mongia and Pankaj Dharmani. Mongia edged one into the gloves of Nayan Mongia off Rakesh Patel for 60 that was sprayed with 10 boundaries.

Dharmani fell two runs short of his century, when Patel made him snick and Nayan Mongia took a regulation catch. His 98 was punctuated with 15 hits to the ropes. Reetender Sodhi chipped in with a fine 66, sending the cherry eight times to the fence. He was trapped lbw by Patel.

Earlier, Dharmani and Sodhi were locked in a 100 runs partnership for the fourth wicket. Patel claimed four wickets for 90 but bowled 19 no balls.

Gagan Deep (33) and V. Sharma (7) were at the crease on the draw of stumps.

Brief scores: Baroda 369 vs. Punjab 323 for eight (Dinesh Mongia 60, Pankaj Dharmani 98, Reetender Sodhi 66; Rakesh Patel four for 90). — UNI

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