Bhubaneswar: A ton by Odisha opening batsman Rathunath Malla and a half-century by Aakash Nayak helped Odisha reach a respectable total of 250 in the first innings on the opening day of their third and last Pool-A league match of the 6th All-India U-19 Dhruv Pandove Trophy Cricket Tournament at Sector-16 Cricket Stadium in Chandigarh today.
Odisha elected to bat and an opening partnership of 74 runs between Swastik Samal and Rathunath Malla helped the team to lay the foundation. Malla consolidated his innings and managed to get 102 runs in his second-wicket stand with Aakash Nayak. But after consolidating the position at 198 for three, Odisha lost wickets in regular intervals and was restricted to a total of 250. Malla hit 14 boundaries in his 278-ball knock of 107 and remained not out, while Nayak slammed 56 (106 balls) with the help of eight fours. Defending a total of 250, Himachal Pradesh were 23 for no loss when stumps were drawn for the day.
ODISHA U-19 (1st Innings): Swastik Samal lbw Walia 27, Rathunath Malla (not out) 107 (278b, 14×4), Aakash Nayak b S Thakur 56 (106b, 8×4), Anurag Kanojia c D Singh b S Thakur 0, Nishikanta Rout lbw R Thakur 3, Saurabh Rawat c&b Negi 25, Partha Sarathi Nayak b R Thakur 3, Suryakanta Samal lbw J Thakur 0, Harshit Rathod c A Thakur b D Singh 5, Ayaskanta Sahoo (run out) 2, Umesh Yadav c A Thakur b Negi 0; Extras (b-4, lb-5, w-7, nb-6) 22
Total (All out; 88.4 overs) 250
Fall of wickets: 1-74 (S Samal, 25.6 ovs), 2-186 (A Nayak, 61.6 ovs), 3-186 (A Kanojia, 63.2 ovs), 4-198 (N Rout, 69.1 ovs), 5-233 (S Rawat, 80.1 ovs), 6-236 (P Nayak, 81.1 ovs), 7-236 (Suryakanta Samal, 81.2 ovs), 8-243 (H Rathod, 84.6 ovs), 9-249 (A Sahoo, 87.4 ovs), 10-250 (U Yadav, 88.4 ovs)
Bowling: Jashodhan Thakur 11.5-3-31-3, Rahul Thakur 15.1-4-59-2, Anshul Thakur 15-4-44-0, Apoorv Walia 20-7-40-1, Amandeep Negi 9.4-1-23-2, Digvijay Singh 17-5-44-1
HIMACHAL U-19 (1st Innings): Arshlan Khan (batting) 21, Digvijay Singh (batting) 1; Extras (nb-1) 1
Total (0 wkt, 9 ovsrs) 23