Ranji Trophy: Hyderabad registers second outright win of the season

From this win, Hyderabad got seven points including one bonus to take its tally to 16 points from five games, while Services six from six games.

Ravi Kiran celebrates the fall of Services' Rahul Singh.   -  V. V. Subrahmanyam

Hyderabad recorded its second outright win of the season when it notched up a 10-wicket wicket victory over Services in the Ranji Trophy Group C match at Bandra-Kurla Complex Stadium here on Wednesday.

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Chasing 20 runs for the victory, Hyderabad romped home in style in the third mandatory over. From this win, Hyderabad got seven points including one bonus to take its tally to 16 points from five games, while Services six from six games.

A defiant, sixth-wicket partnership of 80 runs between Vikas Hathwala (44, 66b, 4x4, 1x6) and Vikas Yadav (47, 90b, 7x4) delayed Hyderabad surge for a win.

In the morning session, after being forced to follow-on, Services thrived on some shoddy catching by Hyderabad despite two early blows from the lively medium-pacer Chama Milind.

First, southpaw Rahul Singh, on 35, was dropped at fine-leg by Chama Milind of a mistimed hook off pacer Md Siraj and soon Shamsher Yadav, on 20, saw slip fielder Benjamin Thomas floor an easy chance.

Fortunately, for Hyderabad, these lapses didn’t prove costly.

At lunch, Services was in a comfortable position at lunch scoring 97 for three with the first innings centurion Shamsher and the well-set and free-stroking Rahul Singh looking good.

But in the first over after lunch, pacer Ravi Kiran provided two big blows. First, he forced the Shamsher to snick a perfect length ball and moving away to be caught behind in the second over after the break and in his next over dismissed Rahul Singh (59, 67b, 7x4, 3x6), who slashed one straight to gully fielder Sandeep to the delight of his teammates. Two breakthroughs which first raised hopes of an outright win.

Man of the Match: B. Sandeep