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Ranji Trophy: 18 wickets fall on final day but Odisha-Delhi match ends in draw

Bhubaneswar: Both Odisha and Delhi suffered batting collapses as 18 wickets fell on the final day of their Ranji Trophi Group A match, which ended in a draw, here yesterday.

On the morning of the final day even the first innings of Odisha was not complete as the hosts resumed at 195 for four. However, quick wickets spiced up the day, preventing it from becoming a drab affair. It was Delhi paceman Pradeep Sangwan, who wreaked havoc by scalping five batsmen.

He removed both overnight batsmen Anurag Sarangi (6) and Pratik Das (16) in his successive overs. He then accounted for Suryakant Pradhan (7) Deepak Behera (11) and Dhiraj Singh as Odisha lost the last six wickets for just 22 runs.

Sangwan ended up with career-best figures of seven for 38. Delhi began their second innings in solid fashion with each of the three top-order batsmen scoring half-century. They were comfortably placed at 159 for three but ended up losing next six wickets for just 34 runs.

Skipper Gautam Gambhir was dismissed first by Shiraj Singh while the other opener Dhruv Shorey (62) was run out. Nitish Rana also batted well for his 52 but mayhem followed after his dismissal. After Rana's dismissal as fourth wicket, Delhi added only 23 runs to their total, declaring the innings at 193 for nine.

Basant Mohanty was the most successful bowler with six for 39. Set a target of 288 runs, Odisha ended the day at 88 for three in 38 overs and the match was drawn.

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