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Gujarat sitting pretty as MP falter

india Updated: Sep 30, 2006 16:22 IST
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BRILLIANT BOWLING by Monish Parmar and Mehir Patel helped Gujarat skittle out MP for a meager 142 on the first day of the second goodwill that began at the Usha Raje cricket grounds on Friday.

In reply, the visitors were in a comfortable position scoring 123 for 3 at the end of day's play. Jesal Kariyia remained not out with 36. Gujarat lost well-set batsman Jatin Patel for 42 on the last ball of the day. He was run out when he went for a risky single.

Earlier, MP skipper won the toss and opted to bat first. Himalay Sagar batted well. When everything was going well, he was back in the pavilion. It was the beginning of the end of the hosts. Skipper Himalay scored 26 with four boundaries.

The only batsmen, who put up some resistance was Sagar player Rameez Khan. He did not get good support from the other end, as other batsmen were returning to the pavilion at regular intervals.

He scored a patient unbeaten 58 with seven hits to the fence. MP were bundled out for 142. Mehir bowled 16 overs and captured four wickets for 48, while Monish Parmar claimed four wickets conceding 34 runs.

Speaking to Hindustan Times, Gujarat coach Umesh Belsare said that it is a good move to play goodwill matches before the   season, as it gives good match practice the players. He said that more such matches should be played.