Maharashtra advance to semis

Opener Swapnil Gugale smashed an unbeaten double century (210 n.o.) while middle-order batsman Rahul Tripathi also hit a hundred as Maharashtra completely outclassed Punjab in all departments in their four-day match of Col CK Nayudu Trophy cricket tournament played at PCA Stadium on Wednesday. They deservedly advanced to the semi-finals on the basis of the first innings lead after their match against Punjab ended in a draw.

Resuming from their overnight score of seven for no loss, openers Gugale and A Dandekar put on 46 runs for the first wicket before the latter was out for 24. N Shaikh and Gugale then took the score to 126 when Shaikh was caught plumb in front of the wicket by Siddharth Kaul. He made 42.

Thereafter, Punjab toiled for wickets as the next batsman Rahul Tripathi put on a solid batting display and took the team closer to 400. Tripathi was out after scoring a brilliant century. He added 248 runs for the third wicket with Gugale. His knock of 131 came off just 118 balls with the help of ten boundaries and eight towering sixes.

Meanwhile, captain Gugale reached his double century off 245 balls and remained unbeaten on 210, which he made off 249 balls. His knock was studded with 24 boundaries and one huge six. Maharashtra were 457 for 4 in 82 overs when stumps were drawn. Taruwar Kohli was the most successful bowler for Punjab with 2 for 99.

Brief scores:

Maharashtra (1st Innings): 384; 2nd innings: S Gugale 201 n.o., Rahul Tripathi 131, NS Shaikh 42, VV more 29, Taruwar Kohli 2 for 99); Punjab: 1st innings: 340

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