Bengal on Saturday earned vital first innings lead of 56 runs against Uttar Pradesh despite a commendable effort from centurion Umang Sharma and Sarfaraz Khan. In reply to Bengal’s first innings lead of 466, Uttar Pradesh were all out for 410 in 112.4 overs. Umang (136) and the burly Sarfaraz (85) added 139 for the fourth wicket but that wasn’t enough to ensure at least three points for UP. At stumps, Bengal were 30 for no loss with a consolidated lead of 86 runs with a day’s play left.
Starting the day at 126 for 3, the duo took the score to 188 before the RCB batsman was caught by Abhimanyu Easwaran off Sayan Sekhar Mondal’s bowling. He faced 124 balls. Skipper Ekalavya Dwivedi (17) didn’t stay long as he was cleaned up by Sayan Ghosh.
Once Umang became the seventh batsmen to be dismissed as he failed to read a flighted delivery from Pragyan Ojha (2/101) offering a simple return catch. UP were 321/7 then. Kuldeep Yadav (63, 100 balls) also tried his best with Piyush Chawla (34) and Imtiaz Ahmed (26 batting) also making contributions but off-spinner Aamir Gani (3/72) both Chawla and Yadav.
Brief Scores: Bengal 1st Innings: 466 and 30/0 UP 1st Innings: 410 in 112.4 overs (Umang Sharma 136, Kuldeep Yadav 63, Sarfaraz Khan 85, Amir Gani 3/72, Pragyan Ojha 2/101).
Kedar Devdhar keeps Baroda in fray vs Mumbai
Opener Kedar Devdhar hit a stroke-filled 145 as Baroda took a sizeable lead of 303 runs, despite narrowly falling short of Mumbai’s first innings total, on the third day of their Ranji Trophy Group A match.
Devdhar’s knock came of 235 balls that included 16 fours as Baroda finished the day at 321 for five.
With a day’s play left, Baroda will try for an outright win as Mumbai have already ensured three points by virtue of 18-run first innings lead.
With Aditya Waghmode (66), Baroda added 177 for opening stand before Deepak Hooda (66 batting, 75 balls) attacked the Mumbai bowlers with six boundaries. Devdhar and Hooda added 57 runs in 12.4 overs to up the ante. Pathan brothers Irfan (12) and Yusuf Pathan (2) were dismissed cheaply.
The day belonged to Devdhar, who was brilliant and was especially severe on Shardul Thakur (0/57) and Balwinder Singh Sandhu Jr (1/71), treating any width offered with disdain. Just when Devdhar was looking good, he edged one off Sandhu Jr’s bowling.
Brief Scores: Baroda: 305 & 321/5 (Kedar Devdhar 145, Deepak Hooda 66, Aditya Waghmode 66). Mumbai 1st Innings: 323.
Saurabh Wakaskar, SS Shukla give Railways solid start in 401-run chase
Unbeaten half-centuries from openers Saurabh Wakaskar and SS Shukla provided Railways with a solid start in their chase of 401 runs on the penultimate day of their Group A Ranji Trophy encounter against Tamil Nadu.
At the close of play, Wakaskar was unbeaten on 54 and Shukla was on 52 with Railways needing 293 more runs for an outright win with all the wickets intact.
Earlier, resuming on 161 for one, Tamil Nadu skipper Abhinav Mukund (100) and Dinesh Karthik (163) scored a ton
each, while Baba Indrajith (52) and M Rangarajan (51) chipped in with half-centuries to take the team to 452 for eight before declaring their second innings and set a huge target for Railways.
Karn Sharma was the top wicket-taker for Railways with figures of four for 109. Railways, who had managed to take a 52-run first innings lead, need to score almost 300 runs tomorrow for a win.
Brief scores: Tamil Nadu: 121 & 452 for 8 decl (Dinesh Karthik 163, Abhinav Mukund 100, Baba Indrajith 52; Karn Sharma 4/109). Railways: 173 & 108 for no loss in 25 overs (Saurabh Wakaskar 54, SS Shukla 52).
Chasing 307, Madhya Pradesh 26/1 after Punjab’s sporting declaration
First-innings centurion Yuvraj Singh produced another fine knock before the captain made a sporting declaration to set Madhya Pradesh a target of 307 on the third and penultimate day of their Group A Ranji Trophy match.
At stumps, Madhya Pradesh were 26 for one in their second innings at the CH Bansi Lal Cricket Stadium.
Earlier, Yuvraj, who notched up 177 in the first innings, cracked 76 off 120 balls with the help of eight boundaries and a six. Yuvraj was ably aided by Taruwar Kohli (35) and together they added 94 runs for the fifth wicket before the team declared at 175 for nine in 51.3 overs.
For Madhya Pradesh, Ishwar Pandey was the best bowler, returning figures of 3/25 in 14 overs. There were two wickets apiece for Chandrakant Sakure and Ankit Sharma.
Play was called off for the day at the fall of opener Mukul Raghav’s (16) wicket to Shubek Gill. Aditya Shrivastava was batting on 2. MP required another 281 runs for victory with nine wickets remaining.
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