Pacer Ishant Sharma bowled an inspired spell in the post lunch session as Delhi beat a dogged Haryana side by 105 runs in their fourth round Ranji Trophy Group A encounter.
Chasing a target of 376,Haryana were all out for 270 in 70 overs.
Sachin Rana produced a gutsy effort of an unbeaten 86 but Ishant dismissed the tail-enders in the post lunch session to seal the match in favour of the home side. Ishant got four for 76 in the second innings as his match haul was 9/109.
However,credit should be given to Haryana for making a match out of it starting the day at 63 for five.
Rana,who played 124 balls,hit eight boundaries and two huge sixes off Rajat Bhatia. He had a fruitful partnership with Jayant Yadav which produced 117 runs. Yadav was more attacking of the two,scoring 60 off 62 balls with nine boundaries.
It was Varun Sood who dismissed Yadav who was bowled while dancing down the track. In came Joginder Sharma (35),who added 63 runs for the seventh wicket.
Joginder’s 35 came off 52 with five fours. It was 256 for seven when Ishant did the trick with old ball.
He first got Joginder bowled and then bowled a couple of back of length deliveries to dismiss Harshal Patel and Sanjay Badhwar to bring an end to the match.
Gautam Gambhir was named man-of-the match for his match winning 153-run knock. Gambhir’s innings certainly increased his chances of making it as reserve opener for the Test squad for India’s South Africa tour next month.
Delhi 201 and 312/7 decl
Haryana 138 and 270 in 70 overs (Sachin Rana 86 not out,
Jayant Yadav 60,Ishant Sharma 4/76,Varun Sood 4/49).
Delhi won by 104 runs
Delhi 6 points; Haryana 0
Railways outplay Rajatshan
Medium-pacer Anureet Singh starred with a five-wicket haul as Railways thrashed Rajasthan by 113 runs on the fourth and final day of their Ranji Trophy Group B encounter in Jaipur.
Chasing 256 for a victory,Rajasthan crumbled to 136 all out in 56.3 overs. Ranjitkumar Mali also came up with a fine bowling performance to notch up four wickets and complement Anureet.
Railways: 283 and 150
Rajasthan: 178 and 136 all out in 56.3 overs (Siddharth Saraf 39,Anureet Singh 5/52,Ranjitkumar Mali 4/34)
Odisha thrash Jharkhand
Opener Girjia Rout slammed an unbeaten 67 as Odisha thrashed Jharkhand by nine wickets on the final day of their Ranji Trophy Group A fourth round match in Cuttack.
After Basant Mohanty grabbed all the nine Jharkhand wickets that fell yesterday,it was the turn of medium-pacer Alok Chandra Sahoo to take all the four remaining wickets on the fourth day morning to help Odisha dismissed the visiting side for 194 in their second innings.
Chasing 109 for a win,Odisha overhauled the target with ease as only one wicket fell,when Varun Aaron had Vikas Pati caught for 11.
Odisha: 307 and 109 for 1 (Girija Rout 67 not out) beat Jharkhand 221 & 194 all out in 73.4 overs (Pappu Singh 61,Basant Mohanty 6/88,Alok Sahoo 4/42) by nine wickets
Tripura suffer innings defeat
An improved batting performance from Tripura was not enough to save their Ranji Trophy Group C match against Assam as they crashed to an innings and 55-run defeat on the final day in Agartala.
Assam: 525 for 5 dec beat Tripura 136 and 334 all out in 120.5 overs (Samrat Singha 79,Yogesh Takawale 68; Abu Nechim 4/78) by an innings and 55 runs
J&K beat Andhra
Jammu Kashmir completed the formalities by dismissing the two remaining Andhra Pradesh batsmen to notch up a 17-run win on the fourth and final day of their low-scoring Ranji Trophy Group C match in Anantapur.
Reduced to 79 for eight yesterday,Andhra folded for 124 while chasing a meagre 142 for victory.
Jammu & Kashmir: 225 and 121
Andhra Pradesh: 205 and 124 all out in 44.4 overs
(Marripuri Suresh 50,Ram Dayal 3/31,Mohammed Mudhasir 3/19)
Hyderabad register 185-run win
M Ravi Kiran returned with a four-wicket haul to led a disciplined bowling attack as Hyderabad shot out Himachal Pradesh for a paltry 111 in their second innings to notch up a convincing 185-run victory in their Group C Ranji Trophy match in Dharmasala.
Hyderabad: 237 & 355/8d (SA Quadri 101; AN Chauhan 5/98)
Himachal Pradesh: 296 & 111 all out in 35.5 overs (P Dogra 37; M Ravi Kiran 4/42)
Rahul’s 158 helps Karnataka get 3 points
Lokesh Rahul cracked a brilliant 158 as Karnataka overhauled Vidarbha’s first innings total of 542,scoring 549 for nine on the final day in their drawn Group A match of the Ranji Trophy in Nagpur.
Vidarbha 1st innings: 542
Karnataka 1st innings: 549-9 in 148.1 overs (KL Rahul
158; Umesh Yadav 3/121,Akshay Wakhare 3/113)
Ojha scores double ton,Services earn 3 points
Naman Ojha scored his second double-hundred but Services walked away with three points after drawing their Ranji Trophy Group B match against Madhya Pradesh.
Madhya Pradesh 239 and 385 for 7 in 128
overs (Naman Ojha 211,Koteshwar Rao 3/82) drew with Services 391 (Yashpal Singh 142,Rajat Paliwal 99; Jatinb Saxena 4/47,Jalaj Saxena 4/83)
Uttar Pradesh earn three points against Tamil Nadu
Leg-spinner Piyush Chawla showcased his batting abilities with an impressive 153 as hosts Uttar Pradesh earned three vital points on the basis of their first innings lead against Tamil Nadu in the Ranji Trophy Group B match which ended in a tame draw in Meerut.
Tamil Nadu 1st innings: 297 & 128 for 2 in 48 overs (Abhinav Mukund 56 not out; Piyush Chawla 2/17)
Uttar Pradesh 1st innings: 500 for nine decl in 183 overs (Piyush Chawla 153,Eklavya Dwivedi 70; R Aushik Srinivas 4/168)
Maharashtra vs Goa match ends in draw
Goa lower order batsmen frustrated Maharashtra with a resolute batting display as their Ranji Trophy Group C match ended in a draw on the final day in Pune.
Goa: 439 all out in 162.3 overs (Hanumant Gadekar 95; Domnic Joseph 4/82) and 109 for 3 in 26 overs