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Raina scores ton as opener as UP pick 3 points

December 11, 2012 19:16 IST

Skipper Suresh Raina finally found some form, scoring up an unbeaten century on the fourth and final day, as Uttar Pradesh collected three points from their Group B Ranji Trophy match against Vidarbha in Nagpur on Tuesday.

Uttar Pradesh got the points on the basis of the first-innings lead, while Vidarbha one.

After bowling out Vidarbha for 308 on Day 4, Uttar Pradesh were 175 for three in their second innings when stumps were drawn at the Vidarbha Cricket Association Ground.

Opening the innings instead of batting at his usual number four position, Raina spent 199 minutes in the middle, faced 167 balls and hit 13 fours and two sixes.

The India left-hander was unconquered on 105.

Hemang Badani top-scored for the hosts with 76, even as Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Imtiaz Ahmed took three wickets apiece for Uttar Pradesh.

Brief Scores:

Uttar Pradesh: 548 & 175 for 3 in 51 overs (Suresh Raina not out 105, Mohammad Kaif 42).

Vidarbha: 308 in 102.3 overs (Hemang Badani 76; B Kumar 3-41, Imtiaz Ahmed 3-45).

Points: Uttar Pradesh 3, Vidarbha 1.

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