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Amol Muzumdar hits ton as Andhra take three points

November 20, 2012 18:53 IST

Amol Muzumdar completed his 27th first class century as Andhra Pradesh earned three points after drawing their Ranji Trophy Group C match against Himachal Pradesh, in Nadaun, on Tuesday.

Andhra began the day at 181 for 3 and declared their second innings at 282 for 7 to set a 390-run target for the hosts.

Himachal Pradesh scored 108 for 4 in 47 overs before the match ended in a draw. The visitors got three points courtesy the first innings lead.

Muzumdar, who was overnight 89, scored 104 from 213 balls, including seven boundaries.

His overnight partner, B Sumanth, though, missed out on a hundred. He could score 81 after beginning the day at 73.

In their chase, Himachal lost Aakash chopra (8), Prashant Chopra (0), Paras Dogra (9) and C Hemanth Kumar (10) cheaply.

However, Varun Saxena (not out 40) and Amit Kumar (38 not out) put up some resistance in an unbeaten 70-run stand for the unfinished fifth wicket.

Brief scores:

Andhra Pradesh: 372 & 282-7 decl. (A Muzumdar 104, B Sumanth 81; Rishi Dhawan 5-77)

Himachal Pradesh: 265 and 108 for 4 in 47 overs. (Varun Saxena 40 not out, Amit Kumar 38 not out; P Vijaykumar 2-26).

Assam pocket three points in a dull draw

Malappuram: Assam earned three points on the basis of the first innings lead against Kerala after their Ranji Trophy Group C match ended in a dull draw on the fourth and final day.

After bundling out Kerala for 264 in their first innings, Assam scored 286 and took a 22-run lead.

In their second innings, the hosts declared at 294 for 5 before the visitors, chasing 273 for victory, finished at 201 for six when stumps were drawn on day four.

Starting the day on 168 for one, Kerala's overnight batsmen -- Abhishek Hegde, who was unbeaten on 74, and VA Jagadeesh, resuming on 92 -- scored centuries each.

Hedge hit a 207-ball 129, studded with 11 fours and a six, while Jagadeesh scored 127 runs off 215 balls with the help of 11 hits to the fence and two sixes.

Assam opener Pallavkumar Das top-scored with an unbeaten 92 in the second innings, while Gokul Sharma chipped in with 45.

For Kerala, KR Sreejith was the pick of the bowlers with figures of five for 75.

Brief scores:

Kerala: 264 & 294 for five in 75 overs (Abhishek Hegde 129, VA Jagadeesh 127; Gokul Sharma 2-52).

Assam: 286 & 201 for six in 65 overs (Pallavkumar Das not out 92, Gokul Sharma 45; KR Sreejith 5-75).

Three points for Jharkhand against Goa

Jamshedpur: Jharkhand secured three points after their Group C Ranji Trophy match against Goa ended in a tame draw.

The visitors had to be contend with just a point as they conceded the first-innings lead to Jharkhand, who had piled on 360 in their first innings, before bowling Goa out for 208 on the third day.

Goa, however, put up a better display in their second innings, reaching 292 for eight in 89 overs when the proceedings ended at the Keenan stadium on the fourth and final day.

Manvinder Bisla provided Goa the much-needed impetus in their second essay, scoring a breezy 90 off 106 balls, while spending 145 minutes in the middle. His knock contained 13 boundaries and a six.

Sunny Gupta, a 25-year-old off-break bowler, was the wrecker-in-chief from the Jharkhand side, finishing with career-best figures of six for 93 in 28 overs.

Brief scores:

Jharkhand: 360

Goa: 208 & 292 for 8 in 89 overs (Manvinder Bisla 92; Sunny Gupta 6-93).

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