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MP beat Goa by 7 wickets
GCA News Bytes An unbeaten knock of 74 by Harpreet Singh and Jalaj Saxena's 69 helped Madhya Pradesh beat Goa by seven wickets in the Vijay Hazare Group ˜D' match here on Sunday. Electing to bat, Goa were bundled out for 214 in 43.2 overs at the Madhavrao Scindia cricket ground and then MP reached the target after losing just three wickets with 46 balls to spare. Goa's Swapnil Asnodkar and Saurabh Bandekar made 68 runs each but other batsmen failed miserably on a batting friendly track, with MP bowlers striking at regular intervals. PM Datey, C Sakur, Ankit Sharma and Jalaj Saxena bagged two wickets each. Chasing 215 for victory, MP did not have a good start as opener RM Patidar got was out for a duck. However, Jalaj Saxena and Naman Ojha (47) added 73 runs for the second wicket. And then Saxena coupled with Harpreet Singh to put on 87-run third wicket stand. Saxena made 69, while Harpreet remained unbeaten on 74 off 72 balls, hitting 10 fours to achieve the target in 42.2 overs.