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Ranji Highlights: Saurashtra, UP register wins; Gambhir scores ton in farewell game


RANJI TROPHY 2018-19

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Gambhir scored his 43rd first-class ton. © Getty

Completed games

– 20 wickets fell on the third day’s play in Rajkot, where Karnataka lost by 87 runs to Saurashtra on bunsen of a pitch. The 99-run first innings lead proved handy for Saurashtra, who were bowled out for only 79 in their second innings but such was the pitch, sporting plenty of turn and bounce, that it was always going to be too many. Karnataka were bowled out for 91 in the fourth innings, with Kamlesh Makvana picking a five-wicket haul. Dharmendrasinh Jadeja picked four to take his match tally to 11 wickets, helping skipper Jaydev Shah wind his career down with a memorable win.

– Suresh Raina (66*) and Rinku Singh (42*) pulled off a tricky chase for Uttar Pradesh against Jammu and Kashmir, putting on 82 for the fifth wicket to steer the visitors to a six-wicket win. The home side, having taken a 102-run lead in the first innings, imploded to 111 all out in the second, setting a half-cooked target of 214 runs.

-Baroda beat Chhattisgarh by 9 wickets in Vadodara. Yusuf Pathan picked two lower-order wickets, meaning the target for Baroda was 28 runs. They missed the bonus point though, with Aditya Waghmode tantalizingly falling to Omkar Verma when the scores were level.

– Aniket Choudhary’s five wickets in the second innings (and ten-wicket haul in the game) helped Rajasthan to a win by an innings and 43 runs over Assam. Sitting overnight on 109/3, Assam were bowled out 174 on the third morning, losing their last seven wickets for 33 runs. This was Rajasthan’s first bonus point wins for the season to go with three outright wins and a draw.

What a feat!

– Ajay Rohera’s 267 not, the highest score on debut in Ranji Trophy, made sure that Madhya Pradesh romped Hyderabad by an innings and 253 runs in Indore to pick up seven points. Hyderabad were shot out for 185 in their second essay, with Avesh Khan picking another five-wicket haul to take his match tally to 12.

Gautam Gambhir, stuck in the nervous nineties overnight, scored his 43rd first-class hundred in his farewell match. In association with Dhruv Shorey, who fell two short of his hundred, the left-hander helped Delhi into slender lead against Andhra at the Feroz Shah Kotla.

Uttarakhand’s Vineet Saxena and Rajat Bhatiya batted through the third day against Meghalaya, piling individual double hundreds in a phenomenal 399-run stand for the fifth wicket. They now lead Meghalaya by 180 runs in a contest that looks headed towards a draw.

Batsmen who impressed

– Baba Indrajith’s good form continued in the game, with the Tamil Nadu captain making 92 in the second innings to go with his 87 in the first. He helped Tamil Nadu to 252/7 dec. in the second innings, offsetting Sijomon Joseph’s four-wicket haul to set Kerala a 369-run target.

– Mumbai captain Siddhesh Lad fell short of his hundred against Maharashtra, falling for 97 in the first session to trigger a collapse. Even Shubham Ranjane’s unbeaten 54 lower down the order couldn’t stop Mumbai from getting bowled out for 273, conceding a lead of 79 runs. Maharashtra put on a 58-run opening stand in reply, thanks to 30-odds from Swapnil Gugale and Chirag Khurana, but a collapse thereafter saw them lose plunge from 77/1 to 104/5. Going into the final day, Maharashtra lead by 191 runs with five wickets in hand.

– Rajat Paliwal made 94 in Services’ second innings against Goa, and combined with Navneet Singh (67) and Gahlaut Rahul Singh (81*) to eat into 75-run deficit on the basis of first innings. Services lead by 202 runs with five wickets in hand, and will need quick runs early tomorrow to push for an outright win.

More from the Plate Group

– Bihar mauled Arunachal Pradesh by an innings and 317 runs in Patna. Arunachal Pradesh were bowled out for 135, with Ashutosh Aman’s seven-wicket haul hastening a forgone conclusion. Opener Samarth Seth’s 58 was the lone saving grace for the visitors.

– Manipur beat Nagaland by 7 wickets in Dimapur. Thanks to wicketkeeper-batsman KB Pawan’s 131, Nagaland took a 124-run lead but Yashpal Singh’s five-wicket haul kept the lead in check, setting the stage for Lakhan Rawat to take them home with a half-century.

– Reeling at 48/4 overnight, Sikkim were propelled by Milind Kumar’s 96 to a respectable 247 in the first innings. It was nowhere close to Puducherry’s 647/8 dec. in the first innings, which meant Sikkim still had to follow on. They trail by 295 runs and have seven wickets in hand going into the fourth and final day.

Going into the final day…

– Tripura need 58 more runs with three wickets in hand against Haryana, and Pratyush Singh, who’s unbeaten on 23, holds the key for the hosts in the 162-run chase. The fact that Haryana could post as much was thanks to Himanshu Rana’s 64 at the top, which took their second innings total to 119.

– Saurabh Tiwary hit an unbeaten 132 for Jharkhand against Odisha, helping the home side to 288 in the second innings and setting a target of 318. Odisha need 179 more runs with seven wickets in hand on the final day.

– Mahesh Rawat’s 119 not out helped add 181 runs for the eighth and ninth wickets, propping Railways to 547/9 dec. in response to Gujarat’s 367 in the first innings. Going into the final day, Gujarat trail by 176 runs with all ten wickets in hand.

– Punjab, overnight on 75/9, were eventually bowled out for 84 and made to follow on against Himachal Pradesh and are now on the brink of an embarrassing defeat at home. They fared better in the second innings but not by much. Gurvinder Singh’s four wickets and captain Mandeep Singh’s run out means that they lost eight wickets and still trail by 111 runs at stumps on the third day.

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