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Saurashtra takes lead

HYDERABAD: It was a question of self-belief for the bowlers on a batsman-friendly wicket. And, Jayesh Odedra showed it in plenty to return impressive figures of five for 30 to help Saurashtra grab an 84-run first innings lead against Cricket Association of Bengal on the second day of the three-day quarterfinal of the 77th all-India Moin-ud-Dowla Gold Cup invitation cricket tournament at the Rajiv Gandhi Stadium (Uppal) here on Tuesday.

Needing 293 to take the lead, Bengal never really looked in the race despite a defiant knock by Kamal Hassan Mondal (72 not out, 9x4). With the exception of Anustup Mujumdar (44) at the top, none of the other batsmen showed the patience to stay. This despite the pitch playing true and easy for the batsmen.

Meanwhile, a seven-wicket haul by Kamlesh Makwana (seven for 71) helped BSNL bundle out IOC for 169 in 57.5 overs on the second day in another match at the RRC ground.

At Gymkhana, the second day’s play between Karnataka and Tamil Nadu was also abandoned due to wet ground conditions.

The scores (three-day): second day:

At Uppal: Cricket Association of Bengal 292 vs. Saurashtra 208 in 81.1 overs (A. Mujumdar 44, Kamal Hassan Mondal 72 not out, Jayesh Odedra five for 30).

At RRC: IOC 169 in 57.5 overs (Mithun Beerala 40, Ravikanth Shukla 41, Joginder Singh three for 35, Kamlesh Makwana seven for 71) vs. BSNL.

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