Ajit Agarkar | Ranji Trophy Super League 2010/11

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Abhimanyu Mithun took four wickets to give Karnataka an innings victory over Orissa at the Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore. Orissa came in to the fourth day with nine wickets in hand, and at 203 for 3, with Niranjan Behera on 94, around the halfway point of the day's play looked good for a draw. Mithun, the fast bolwer who played three Tests for India on their tour of Sri Lanka in July, then struck two quick blows, getting rid of Behera and Biplab Samantray, and seamer Sreenath Aravind dismissed Rakesh Mohanty to leave Orissa reeling at 216 for 6. The tail didn't add many more as Orissa were out for 279, leaving them second from bottom in the table.

Seamers Murtuja Vahora and Sankalp Vohra bowled Baroda to within a point of the top of the Group B table, as they completed an innings and 55-run victory over Punjab at the Moti Bagh Stadium in Vadodara. Baroda needed just 16.2 overs on the fourth day to complete the win. Punjab had just six wickets in hand by Saturday, and it was soon five, as Vahora trapped Vishwas Bhalla lbw in the third over of the morning. Vohra then took wickets of consecutive balls in the next over to reduce Punjab to 83 for 7. It was soon 87 for 8, as Vahora picked up his fourth of the innings, bowling Punjab opener Sarul Kanwar. Jaskaran Singh scored a few late runs to at least avoid his team the embarrassment of being bowled out for less than a hundred, but when he was dismissed by Jot Chhaya, the visitors were still well behind Punjab's total. Vohra finished with 3 for 40. Punjab are now languishing at the foot of the table with just two points from four games.

Himachal Pradesh crumpled for 84 to give Uttar Pradesh the three points for a first-innings lead at the Green Park stadium in Kanpur. India medium pacer RP Singh knocked over VA Indulkar for 17 before Sudeep Tyagi ran through HP's lower order, taking 5 for for 27 from 11.4 overs. Opener Sangram Singh was the only batsman in double figures, top-scoring with 28. UP struggled as well in their second innings, ending the day on 138 for 8. Eklavya Dwivedi made 59, the only half-century of the match, while 27-year-old debutant offspinner Gurvinder Singh took 4 for 22 after going wicketless in the first innings.


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