Cuttack: Odisha lost to Hyderabad by four wickets on the second and last day of their opening league match in the All India Buchi Babu Invitation Cricket Tournament at Murugappa Stadium in Chennai today. Chasing 234 for victory and resuming at the overnight score of 14 for no loss, Hyderabad rode on a half century by D Thomas to overhaul the target in 84 overs.
Swing bowler Basant Mohanty and part-time spinner Govind Poddar picked up two wickets each for Odisha, who compiled a competitive total of 233 after winning the toss earlier on the opening day. Odisha will play they their next league match against Maharashtra on August 24 and 25.
BRIEF SCORE: Odisha 233 all out in 85 overs (Abhilash Mallick 44, Biplab Samantaray 43, Govind Poddar 35, Alok Mangaraj 24, Rakesh Mohanty 20 not out; Lalit Mohan 4/69, Paravir Singh 3/58) lost to Hyderabad 237 for 6 in 84 overs (D Thomas 58, A Quedri 34 not out, Ravi Teja 34, Navin Kumar 33, D Sandeep 31; Govind Poddar 2/37, Basant Mohanty 2/40).