Madhya Pradesh needed just two deliveries to dismiss the last Baroda batsman and wrap up an easy 232-run victory on the fourth and final day of their Group A Ranji Trophy cricket match in Dharamsala on Friday.
Sagar Mangalorkar was bowled by pacer Chandrakant Sakure, who completed his five-wicket haul, in the second ball he faced without adding any run to his overnight individual score of eight as well as to the team total of 114.
The other overnight batsman Babashafi Pathan remained not out on 10 as he did not face any ball today as Baroda were all out for 114 in 35.2 overs while chasing an improbable 347 for a win at the HPCA Stadium.
Madhya Pradesh, who had earned a 53-run first innings lead, collected all the six points from the win while Baroda got none.
on Thursday, Baroda suffered a batting collapse in their second innings as, barring an opening stand of 32 and a third-wicket partnership of 24, they failed to put up any resistance and were reduced to 95 for nine in 30 overs.
Thanks to an unbroken last-wicket stand between Mangalorkar and Pathan, Baroda reached 114 for 9 at the close of play. Opener Kedar Devdhar top-scored for Baroda in their run chase with 18.
For Madhya Pradesh, Sakure (5/17) got ample support from Ishwar Pandey (2/19), Puneet Datey (2/49) and Ankit Kushwah (1/17).
Madhya Pradesh: 217 & 293
Baroda: 164 & 114 all out in 35.2 overs (Kedar Devdhar 18; Chandrakant Sakure 5/17).
Mumbai take 3 points from draw against Bengal
Bengal managed to save the match but Mumbai walked away with three points due to the first innings lead on the fourth and final day of their Ranji Trophy Group A encounter here today.
Overnight 433/8, Bengal could add just four runs to the total and were bowled out for 437 with Dhawal Kulkarni grabbing a five-wicket haul.
Chasing a target of 308, Mumbai ended the match at 203/6 in 87 overs.
It was nonetheless an admirable comeback from Bengal, who had been bowled out for 99 in the first innings.
Although the first innings lead was conceded by them but the team can still draw confidence from the second innings performance in which skipper Manoj Tiwary (169) and Sudip Chatterjee (130) played big knocks.
In pursuit of the target, Mumbai were off to a disastrous start and lost their top-three batsmen with just 22 runs on the scoreboard.
However, the middle-order rescued the team with Shubham Ranjane’s 193-ball 76 being the standout effort. He struck 11 hits to the fence during the course of his innings.
Abhishek Nayar was another notable performer with a 51-run knock, which was laced with eight fours.
Ashok Dinda starred with the ball for Bengal, snaring four wickets in his 27 overs, which cost 74 runs.
Bengal: 99 and 437
Mumbai: 229 and 203/6 in 87 overs (Shubham Ranjane 76, Abhishek Nayar 51, Ashok Dinda 4/74).
Points: Mumbai 3, Bengal 1.
Jiwanjot strikes a ton, leads Punjab to draw against Gujarat
Young batsman Jiwanjot Singh struck his eighth first class century to help Punjab salvage a draw against Gujarat in their Ranji Trophy Group A match, here today.
Resuming the final day trailing by 341 runs, Jiwanjot (101) and Manan Vohra (47) added 49 runs for the second wicket before the latter was removed by Jasprit Bumrah.
Jiwanjot, though, found fantastic support from Uday Kaul, who scored a fighting 64 as the duo raised an unbeaten 165-run partnership.
Gujarat needed wickets to push for an outright win but Jiwanjot and Kaul dashed their hopes with their resilient batting even as Gujarat got three points courtesy first innings lead.
Jiwanjot faced 261 balls and hit 15 boundaries in his knock while Kaul took 178 balls with the help of seven boundaries.
Gujarat 1st innings: 624 for 6 declared
Punjab 247 and 241 for 2 (Following on) in 89 overs. (Jiwanjot Singh 101 not out, Uday Kaul 64 not out; Rush Kalaria 1/26, J Bumrah 1/30).
Bowlers clinch big win for UP against Railways
Left-arm spinner Kuldeep Yadav scalped four wickets as Uttar Pradesh dished out a fine bowling effort to comfortably beat Railways by a huge margin of 221 runs in a Group A Raniji Trophy cricket match, here today.
Resuming the day at the 35 for five while chasing 377 runs for an outright win, the defeat was inevitable for Railways and it was just a matter of time for the UP bowling attack to drew curtains on the game.
UP bowlers took 61.5 overs on the fourth and final day to bundle out Railways for 155 as their last five wickets contributed 120 runs.
Avinash Yadav top-scored for Railways with 43 while skipper Karn Sharma made 35.
Left-arm chinaman Kuldeep took four wickets giving away 33 runs, while pace duo of Praveen Kumar (2/22) and Imtiaz Ahmed (2/39) shared four wickets between them.
By virtue of the win, UP took home six points from the counter while Railways returned empty-handed.
Uttar Pradesh: 259 & 330 all out in 90 overs (Shivam Chaudhary 124, Suresh Raina 91; Karn Sharma 5/71)
Railways: 213 & 115 all out in 61.5 overs (Avinash Yadav 43; Kuldeep Yadav 4/33) by 221 runs.
Points: Uttar Pradesh 6, Railways 0.