Out-of-favour India all-rounder Yuvraj Singh slammed an unbeaten 179 and opener Manan Vohra remained not out on 201, as Punjab made a strong reply to post 452 for two in their Group A Ranji Trophy match against Baroda in New Delhi on Saturday. Baroda were all out for 529 in their first innings at the Feroz Shah Kotla.
Vohra scored his runs off 355 balls with the help of 17 boundaries and two sixes. Skipper Yuvraj faced 253 balls and found the fence 23 times during his knock.
The Yuvraj-Vohra duo shared an unbroken partnership of 314 runs for the third wicket to help Punjab close in on Baroda’s huge total.
The left-right combo scored runs at almost fours runs per over after joining forces at 138 for two in the innings’ 41st over.
Punjab were overnight 121/1 with Vohra and Uday Kaul batting on 67 and 33 respectively.
At the close of play on the third and final day, Punjab trailed Baroda by 77 runs with eight wickets remaining in the 1st innings.
On the final day on Sunday, Punjab would look to take the first innings lead and collect three points from the game.
Gujarat take 106-run first innings lead over UP
Hardik Patel (4/71) and Rush Kalaria (3/40) shared seven wickets between them to bundle out Uttar Pradesh for 241 and help Gujarat take a healthy 106-run first innings lead on the third day of their Ranji Trophy Group A match here.
At stumps on day three, Gujarat reached 187 for five in their second innings to extend their overall lead to 293 runs
here at Palam grounds.
Starting the day on 147 for four, UP lost overnight batsmen — Eklavya Dwivedi (28) and Mohammad Saif (4) — in consecutive overs within the opening hour. Saif took as many as 77 deliveries to score his four runs.
UP then another batsman in Saurabh Kumar (15) to be reeling at 173 for seven.
However, a crucial eight-wicket partnership of 62 between Kuldeep Yadav (25) and Imtiaz Ahmed (25) lifted the team to their eventual total of 241.
Bengal need 5 wickets, Railways 119 runs on final day
A 134-run stand between opener Shivakant Shukla (83) and middle-order batsman Arindam Ghosh (51) brought Railways back in the match as they require 119 runs to win against Bengal on what promises to be an exciting final day of the Ranji Trophy group A encounter.
Needing 315 to win, Railways were 196 for 5 at stumps on the third day with danger-man Mahesh Rawat (23 batting) at the crease with skipper Karn Sharma (13 batting). Both players bat with an attacking mindset and will not
hold themselves from playing strokes.
Bengal’s chances also can’t be entirely ruled out as they require only five wickets and the second new ball is only an over old. But with Karn and Mahesh both having a propensity to go for shots, the new ball can also get them quick runs.
Their real boost would be young medium pacer Sayan Ghosh (2/52 in 19 overs), who removed the two set batsmen to bring Bengal back in the game.
Railways had recovered from the initial setbacks with another youngster Amit Kuila (3/42 in 22 overs) blowing away the top three within 22 runs.
Saurabh Wakaskar (11), Mrunal Devdhar (0) and Vasaimudi Cheluvuraj (0) were out in quick succession. In fact Kuila was on a hat-trick removing Devdhar and Cheluvuraj off successive deliveries but Arindam Ghosh prevented thwarted his attempt.
Earlier, Bengal added 6 runs to their overnight score of 208 for 9 as they ended their second innings at 214. Debutant Karan Thakur was the most successful bowler grabbing 4 for 45.
Brief Scores: Bengal 205 and 214 (Manoj Tiwary 48, Karan Thakur 4/45) Railways 105 and 196/5 (Shivakant Shukla 83, Arindam Ghosh 51, Amit Kuila 3/42, Sayan Ghosh 2/52).
MP struggling at 261/7 against TN
Tamil Nadu reduced Madhya Pradesh to 261 for seven in their first innings despite a 160-run partnership on the third and penultimate day of their Group A Ranji Trophy match.
In reply to Tamil Nadu’s 555 for seven declared in their first essay, Madhya Pradesh was struggling at the close of third day’s play, needing 145 more to avoid the follow-on.
Resuming the day on 547 for seven, Tamil Nadu batted for just two overs and added eight runs before declaring the innings.
Tamil Nadu bowlers then wreaked havoc to reduce Madhya Pradesh to 82 for four before captain Devendra Bundela (93) and Saurabh Sharma (85) steadied the boat and took the team to 242 for four. The two put on a solid 160-run stand together for the fifth wicket.
However, a late burst from offspinner Washington Sundar (2/20) to remove Bundela and Saurabh left Madhya Pradesh once again reeling at 249 for six. They were two of the three wickets to fall in the last 15 overs of the day, which fetched only 19 runs.
Madhya Pradesh’s misery was compounded further with Ankit Dane’s (6) getting run-out off the last ball of the day.
Brief scores: Tamil Nadu 1st innings: 555 for seven decl. Madhya Pradesh 1st innings: 261 for seven in 88.1 overs (Devendra Bundela 93, Saurabh Sharma 85; Washington Sundar 2/20).