Gautam Gambhir failed once again on a bowler friendly pitch as Karnataka humiliated Delhi by an innings and 160 runs inside two and half days in the Ranji Trophy group league encounter, here today.
However it was off-spinner K Gowtham, who made a comeback this season after his debut in 2012-13, grabbed a career best 5/35 and finished with a match haul of 8/61 to return with the Man of the Match award.
Starting their second innings with a huge deficit of 324, Delhi who were shot out for 90 in the first innings, were a shade better this time as they folded for 164 — 50 minutes post-lunch to concede the match with more than one day and a session to spare.
Presence of ‘local boy’ Gautam Gambhir failed to inspire Delhi. The left-handed opener managed identical scores of 2 in both innings.
He edged one to Robin Uthappa in the slips off Abhimanyu Mithun exposing his technical problems on a pitch where there was some movement on offer.
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The bonus-point win temporarily took Karnataka to the top of group B table with 10 points, ahead of Delhi on eight points.
Delhi 90 and 164 (Unmukt Chand 38, Varun Sood 41, K Gowtham 5/35).
Karnataka 1st Innings 414.
Karnataka won by an innings and 160 runs.
Points: Karnataka 7; Delhi 0.
Saurashtra eye bonus-point win over Maharashtra
Five-wicket hauls from medium-pacer Kushang Patel (5/43) and left-arm spinner Dharmendrasinh Jadeja (5/41) forced Maharashtra to follow-on and give Saurashtra a chance to earn bonus-point win in their Ranji Trophy match here.
Last season’s runners-up Saurashtra are in with a chance of securing a bonus-point victory against Maharashtra, who were struggling at 114 for two in their second innings at the close of play.
Maharashtra, who resumed at 18 for no loss in their first innings, were bowled out for a meagre 182 in 56.2 overs in reply to Saurashtra’s massive 657 for eight declared.
Trailing by 475 runs, Maharashtra were asked to follow-on.
Only bright spot in the match for Maharashtra was Murtaza Trunkwala, who top scored with 64 on first-class debut in the first innings and then followed it up with an unbeaten 58 in the second essay.
Saurashtra: 657 for 8 decl.
Maharashtra: 182 (Murtaza Trunkwala 64; Kushang Patel 5/43, Dharmendrasinh Jadeja 5/41) & 114 for two.
Rajasthan need 213 runs for victory
Ishank Jaggi hit a century to help Jharkhand score 277 in their second innings and set Rajasthan a target of 280 to win in their Ranji Trophy Group B match here.
At stumps, Rajasthan were struggling at 67 for three with Puneet Yadav unbeaten on 37 and Mahipal Lomror on 11.
Rajasthan require 213 more runs on the final day with seven wickets in hand for an outright victory.
Resuming on 73 for two, Jharkhand lost their two overnight batsmen quickly but Jaggi came to the team’s rescue and scored a crucial 100 off 141 balls that included 19 fours.
Shahbaz Nadeem contributed with a solid 32 lower down the order and also provided an able company to Jaggi.
The duo put on 99 runs together for the eighth wicket to take Jharkhand past 250 mark.
Lomror was the top wicket-taker for Rajasthan with five for 51.
After contributing with the bat, Nadeem (2/22) chipped in with two wickets to dismiss Rajasthan’s top order.
Jharkhand: 209 & 277 (Ishank Jaggi 100; Mahipal Lomror 5/51).
Rajasthan 207 & 67/3 in 30 overs (Shahbaz Nadeem 2/22).