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Ranji Trophy: Skipper Natraj Behera's marathon 255 puts Odisha in strong position

Lahli: Captain Natraj Behera struck a magnificient unbeaten 255 to guide Odisha to a mammoth 529 for six declared in their first innings against Haryana on the second day of their Group A Ranji Trophy cricket match, here yesterday.

Behera, who resumed at his overnight score of 143, faced 453 balls and struck 19 boundaries and four sixes during his marathon knock. But another overnight centurion Ranjit Singh (112) could added just three runs before being dismissed by Harshal Patel.

But Behera and Halhadar Das (93) shared 157 runs for the sixth to take Odisha forward. Das scored his runs off 155 balls with the help of nine boundaries and three hits over the fence.

Resuming at 280 for one, Odisha piled up 249 more runs before declraing their innings after facing 163 overs. Patel (2/94) Jayant Yadav (2/164) picked up two wickets
each for Haryana.

In reply, Haryana finished the day on 38 for no loss in 15 overs. Rahul Dewan was batting on 26, while giving him company was Nitin Saini on 12.

Brief Scores:
Odisha: 529 for six decl in 163 overs (Natraj Behera 255 not out, Ranjit Singh 112, Halhadar Das 93; Harshal Patel 2/94). Haryana: 38 for no loss in 15 overs (Rahul Dewan 26 not out, Nitin Saini 12 not out).

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