Delhi will be hoping that the seasoned Shikhar Dhawan can take them past finishing line as they are in a spot of bother at 51 for 3 chasing a tricky target of 153 in a Ranji Trophy group B encounter, here today.
On the final day, Delhi will require 102 runs with seven wickets in hand as Dhawan batting on 35 off 46 balls with six fours will have to anchor his team to their second outright thereby keeping them in contention for a knock-out berth.
Dhawan will do well to remember the 2010-11 season when during a similar chase (130 odd) against Railways, his indiscretion saw Delhi lose the match at the Roshanara ground.
That was Dhawan before his Test debut and now he is a player who is gearing up for a comeback into the team post injury.
But Delhi will also feel a bit uncomfortable as their premier match-winner Rishabh Pant (0) was unfortunately run-out without having faced a ball due to lack of communication with senior partner Dhawan. This was the first time that Dhawan and Pant were batting together in a first-class game.
This was also Pant’s first duck of the season having already ammassed 874 runs in six games. Pant’s half an hour stay at the wicket could have made a massive difference.
India discard Gautam Gambhir’s wretched form continued as he was dismissed by Pankaj Singh caught by Amitkumar Gautam for 2.
Unmukt Chand (5) got a boundary but was leg before to a delivery from Aniket Chaudhary that held its line.
Earlier, Rajasthan scored 221 in their second innings with Rajesh Bishnoi hitting 89 off 162 balls with the help of eight boundaries and four sixes.
Brief Scores: Rajasthan 238 and 221 (Rajesh Bishnoi 89, Pradeep Sangwan 3/31).
Delhi 307 and (target 153) 51/3 (Shikhar Dhawan 35 not out, Rishabh Pant 0).
Sanklecha destroys Assam as Maha eye innings victory
Medium-pacer Anupam Sanklecha registered his best bowling figures in first-class cricket to help Maharashtra stand on the verge of an innings win against Assam in a Group B Ranji Trophy match, here today.
Sanklecha returned with impressive figures of 8 for 73 to bundle out Assam for 256 in their first innings after resuming at the overnight score of 132 for three in reply to Maharashtra’s 542 all out.
Following on, Assam were in a spot of bother at 115 for six in their second essay with Sanklecha again turning out to be the pick of the bowlers, picking up three wickets for 37 runs.
Apart from Sanklecha, Mohsin Sayyed picked up two wickets giving away 21 runs.
At stumps on the third and penultimate day, skipper KB Arun Karthik was batting on 33 and giving him company was Swarupam Purkayastha on 7.
Assam still trail Maharashtra by 171 runs with just four wickets in hand.
Earlier in the day, opener Rishav Das added 33 more runs to his overnight score before being dismissed by Sanklecha for 86.
Arun Karhtik made fine 47 while Kumal Saikia (39) could add just one run to his overnight score before falling to Sanklecha.
Maharashtra: 542 all out
Assam: 256 & 115 six in 46 overs (KB Arun Marthik 33 not out, Kumal Saikia 33; Anupam Sanklecha 3/37).
Odisha in driver’s seat against Karnataka
Karnataka batsmen continued to struggle as Odisha tightened their grip over their Ranji Trophy Group B match and would look to force a win on the final day of the contest, here.
Odisha added 36 more runs to their overnight total with last-wicket pair to be all out for 342 and took a significant 163-run first innings lead.
Karnataka’s second innings was better than the first but it was not enough to make it a contest as they ended the third day at 244 for six. They effectively have 81 runs on the board with only four wickets in hand.
Odisha will certainly look to wipe off the lower-order and fancy a win to get full points.
Left-arm spinner Dhiraj Singh (3/54) rattled the Karnataka top and middle order with his three-wicket burst while Basant Mohanty, Biplab Samantray and Govinda Poddar chipped in with one wicket each.
Wicket-keeper batsman Chidambaran Gautam was waging a battle for his Karnataka with his unbeaten 68 run knock that came off 180 balls.
Ravikumar Samrath (49 , Robin Uthappa (32) and Stuart Binny (32) got starts but were guilty of not converting those into big knocks.
Karnataka 179 and 244 for six in 81 overs.
Odisha 1st innings: 342 all out.
Vidarbha takes first innings lead against Saurashtra
Vidarbha took the all important first innings lead against Saurashtra on day three of the Ranji Trophy Group B match here today.
Replying to Saurashtra, Vidarbha ended up with 347 with openers Faiz Fazal and Sanjay Ramaswamy sharing a 171 run stand.
Vidarbha had started day three at 242 for three before Jitesh Sharma (49) took his team past Saurashtra’s first innings total.
Saurashtra were 92 for two at stumps with Snell Patel batting on 60 in the company of Vandit Jivrajani.
Brief scores: Saurashtra 301 and 92/2 in 33 overs. Vidarbha 347 (Fazal 94, Ramaswamy 77; Jivrajani 4/93).