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MP escapes with a draw

By Our Sports Reporter

BANGALORE, NOV. 28. Madhya Pradesh managed to hold Karnataka to a draw despite suffering the ignominy of a follow-on in the Ranji Trophy Elite Group A match that concluded at the Chinnaswamy Stadium here on Sunday. Trailing Karnataka's 619, Madhya Pradesh scored 422 and 152 for six before bad light curtailed play.

Karnataka, with a 197-run first innings lead, gained two points. However in the league points table, both Karnataka and Madhya Pradesh are now level with two points from three matches respectively.

The final day's play had its interesting phase when Madhya Pradesh lost three quick wickets in its second innings after tea. The visitor slumped from 138 for three to 138 for six and it was left to N. Patwardhan and skipper Amay Khurasiya to battle it out against the charged up Karnataka bowlers and poor light.

N.C. Aiyappa snapped up Abbas Ali on the hook with Dodda Ganesh pouching the shot at backward square-leg and in the next delivery, Aiyappa crashed a yorker past Golwalkar's defence. Aiyappa failed to get a hat-trick but Dodda Ganesh immediately struck as the well-set opener Sachin Dholpure (52) was caught at gully off a leading edge. The triple strike left Madhya Pradesh vulnerable after Dholpure's assured innings and southpaw Abbas Ali's cover drives promised a draw to the visitor. However Patwardhan and Khurasiya, who came lower down the order, put on a brave effort before bad light drew the curtains in the fifth mandatory over.

The scores:

Karnataka — 1st innings: 619 (for five decl).

Madhya Pradesh — 1st innings: S. Dholpure c T. Naidu b S. Binny 107, N. Ojha c T. Naidu b V. Kumar 0, A. Khurasiya c S. Somasundar b C. Raghu 45, D. Bundela c R. Uthappa b N.C. Aiyappa 31, A. Ali c Thilak b N.C. Aiyappa 62, N. Patwardhan c Somasundar b S. Joshi 89, B. Tomar (run out) 13, S. Pitre c Aiyappa b C. Raghu 5, Y. Golwalkar (not out) 17, S. Pandey c C. Raghu b Joshi 21, N. Hirwani c Barrington b Aiyappa 4. Extras: (b-10, lb-1, nb-17) 28. Total (all out in 151.1 overs): 422.

Fall of wickets: 1-8, 2-120, 3-182, 4-220, 5-328, 6-373, 7-380, 8-384, 9-416.

Karnataka bowling: Ganesh 28-6-80-0 (nb-13), Vinay Kumar 21-1-85-1 (nb-4), N.C. Aiyappa 27.1-7-89-3, Joshi 40-15-71-2, C. Raghu 28-9-72-2, Binny 6-3-12-1, Barrington 1-0-2-0.

Madhya Pradesh — 2nd innings: S. Dholpure c Joshi b D. Ganesh 52, N. Ojha c Thilak b V. Kumar 0, B. Tomar lbw b V. Kumar 44, D. Bundela c R. Uthappa b V. Kumar 0, A. Ali c D. Ganesh b Aiyappa 37, Y. Golwalkar b Aiyappa 0, N. Patwardhan (not out) 5, A. Khurasiya (not out) 5. Extras: (b-4, lb-2, nb-3) 9. Total: (for six wkts. in 46.5 overs) 152.

Fall of wickets: 1-0, 2-74, 3-78, 4-138, 5-138, 6-152.

Karnataka bowling: Ganesh 13.3-3-46-1 (nb-1), Kumar 10.3-2-27-3 (nb-2), N.C. Aiyappa 8-2-33-2, Joshi 9-4-18-0, C. Raghu 5.5-1-22-0.

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