Bhubaneswar: Odisha held host Uttar Pradesh (UP) to a draw on the last day of their three-day Vijay Merchant Trophy (U-16) knock-out match at Nagpur on Monday.

Ashok Barik scored a challenging half-century to save Odisha from defeat. In reply to UP’s first innings total of 378, Odisha made a modest total of 228. However, UP qualified for the semifinals by taking first-innings lead of 150 runs. UP batsman M Raza slammed a century in the second innings