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UP dismiss Andhra cheaply

January 10, 2007 20:00 IST

Defending champions Uttar Pradesh took control of their last Ranji Trophy Super League encounter on the first day by dismissing Andhra cheaply, in Kanpur, on Wednesday.

Medium Pacers Rudra Pratap Singh and Praveen Kumar took four wickets each as Andhra were skittled out for a mere 111 in the first innings at the Kamla Club ground.

In reply, the hosts were 155 for four, with Suresh Raina batting on 50 and Ravikant Shukla yet to open his account.

Andhra elected to bat on winning the toss but the move backfired as the Uttar Pradesh new ball bowlers made good use of the heavy atmosphere in the morning.

R P Singh (4-30) and Praveen Kumar (4-47) ripped through the batting line-up as Andhra were bowled out in 37.3 overs.

Medium pacers Ratnesh Mishra and Rohit Prakash bagged a wicket apiece.

Opener Manoj Sai was the highest scorer for Andhra with 22 while the biggest partnership of the innings (31 runs) was the one between MSK Prasad and S Arjun Kumar for the sixth wicket.

Though Uttar Pradesh lost opener Rohit Prakash cheaply, captain Mohammad Kaif and Suresh Raina settled the nerves with their steady batting.

Kaif contributed 26 before being caught behind off the bowling of Shahabuddin, though the batsman was not happy with the decision.

Raina and Ali Murtaza consolidated the position adding 82 for fourth wicket.

Raina, who is looking to return to the national side, completed his half-century in 98 ball hitting 10 boundaries. Murtaza contributed 36 runs.

Scorecard

Andhra (1st innings):
Manoj Sai c Amir Khan b Ratnesh Misra 22
L N Reddy b Praveen Kumar 14
A S K Verma c Amir Khan b R P Singh 4
Venugopala Rao c Amir Khan b Praveen Kumar 8
M S K Prasad lbw b R P Singh 20
Y Gnaneswara Rao c Mohd Kaif b Rohit Prakash 2
S Arjun Kumar c Amir Khan b Praveen Kumar 13
K S Shahabuddin lbw b R P Singh 0
Mohd Faiq b R P Singh 8
D Kalyankrishna c Ratnesh b Praveen Kumar 8
P Vijay Kumar not out 0
Extras: (lb-6, nb-5, w-1) 12
Total: (all out in 37.3 overs) 111

Fall of wickets: 1-24, 2-37, 3-44, 4-54, 5-58, 6-89, 7-89, 8-89, 9-99, 10-111.

Bowling: R P Singh 13-3-30-4, Praveen Kumar 15.3-4-47-4, Ratnesh Mishra 6-1-18-1, Rohit Prakash 3-1-10-1.

Uttar Pradesh (1st innings):
Rohit Prakash b K S Shahabuddin 8
Shivakant Shukla c Gnanshwar b Vijay Kumar 15
Mohd Kaif c M S K Prasad b Shahabuddin 26
Suresh Raina batting 50
Ali Murtaza c A S K Verma b Mohd Faiz 36
Ravikant Shukla batting 0
Extras: (lb-2, nb-7, w-6, p-5) 20
Total: (for four wickets 42 overs) 155

Fall of wickets: 1-8, 2-35, 3-73, 4-155

Bowling: S Shabuddin 11-2-34-2, Kalyan Krishna 10-1-38-0, Vijay Kumar 12-2-38-1, Mohd Faiz 5-2-21-1, Venugopala Rao 4-1-17-0.

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