Ranji Trophy: RP Singh's fifer helps Gujarat beat MP by 153 runs

Surat: Paceman R P Singh's five-wicket haul on the final day helped Gujarat secure a 153-run victory over Madhya Pradesh in their Group B Ranji Trophy cricket match here today.

R P Singh ran through Madhya Pradesh's batting line-up in their chase of 314 as the visiting side were shot out for 160 in just 49.5 overs.

Resuming the day at four for no loss, MP needed another 310 runs on the final day but that proved to be a tall task in the face of a brilliant bowling show by Gujarat led by R P Singh at the Lalabhai Contractor Stadium.

M P lost half of their batsmen at 32 runs and they never recovered from there. Only Ankit Sharma provided Gujarat with some lower-order resistance by scoring 55. The next highest contributor was number 10 batsman Ankit Khuswah who made 29.

R P Singh's 5 for 33 in the second innings -- and match figures of 7 for 74 -- earned him the Man-of-the-Match award. Gujarat collected six points from the win while MP got none.

Brief Scores:
Gujarat: 311 & 202 for 9 declared
Madhya Pradesh: 200 & 160 all out in 49.5 overs (Ankit Sharma 55; R P Singh 5/33).

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