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Bundela, Jalaj steer MP to 8-wkt win over Punjab

December 18, 2012 16:02 IST

Skipper Devendra Bundela scored an unbeaten century and shared a match-winning 185-run stand with Jalaj Saxena (72 not out) as Madhya Pradesh spanked Punjab by eight wickets in their Ranji Trophy Group A match, in Gwalior on Tuesday.

Chasing a 190-run target, Madhya Pradesh overcame two early jolts to get the required runs in 45.3 overs.

The hosts earlier shot out Punjab for 364 as the two overnight batsmen -- Sandeep Sharma (28) and Baltej Singh (8) -- could resist the home bowlers for just 5.1 overs.

Punjab, who were following-on, began the day at 354 for eight at the Captain Roop Singh stadium.

MP's chase was not ideal as they lost opener Naman Ojha (0) and Anand rajan (6) inside the first five overs.

Paceman Sandeep Sharma had Ojha caught behind off the fifth ball of the innings and then trapped Rajan in his third over.

Saxena and Bundela though batted well to steer the side to a comfortable victory.

Bundela's 100 came off 132 balls, with the help of 11 fours and five sixes.

Saxena faced 120 balls in his unbeaten knock, helping himself to 10 boundaries including two sixes.

Brief Scores:

Madhya Pradesh: 323 & 193 for 2 in 45.3 overs (D Bundela 100 not out, J Saxena 72 not out; S Sharma 2/39).

Punjab: 148 & 364 (following-on) in 97.1 overs.

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