Skipper Gautam Gambhir’s decision to play at Roshanara Club ground is set to be vindicated as his bowlers pushed Delhi to the verge of an outright win over Saurashtra in their Group B Ranji Trophy match.
At stumps on the third day, Saurashtra, after being forced to follow-on, were 163 for four.
They still require 62 runs to avoid innings defeat after being shot out for 217 in the first essay, conceding a 225-run
first-innings lead. Delhi had scored 442 in their first innings. The visitors were 76 runs short of the follow-on score of 293.
The Delhi bowlers put up a collective effort and it will take a Herculean task for the visiting team batsmen to play out an entire day with only six wickets in hand. The two new ball bowlers Parvinder Awana and Sumit Narwal kept a tight leash on batsmen. Rajat Bhatia, as the third seamer, did his usual stuff by bowling to a disciplined line.
Saurashtra batsmen showed better application in the second innings as Sagar Jogiyani (48) and Arpit Vasavada (33)
added 67 runs for the second wicket in 25.2 overs. Saurashtra, playing for a point, were 100 for one before pacer Navdeep Saini, with an outgoing delivery, induced Vasavada to edge one to Unmukt Chand at second slip.
Jogiyani was then cleaned up by seamer Sumit Narwal. The glovesman hit seven boundaries.
From 100 for one, Saurashtra slumped to 100 for three.
Another blow was losing skipper Jaydev Shah (14), who got a beauty from Parvinder Awana that kicked up and the edge flew to Puneet Bisht behind stumps.
In the morning, Saurashtra started at 152 for six but it was Narwal (3/52), who cleaned up the lower-order.
He started by trapping top-scorer Divyaraj Singh Chauhan (63) leg before with a delivery that kept low. Kamlesh Makvana (10) also got a similar delivery while Dharmendra Jadeja offered a catch that was taken by a diving Unmukt.
Debutant off-spinner Shivam Sharma then got Sudeep Tyagi to edge one to Bisht as the Saurashtra first innings came to an end in 79.5 overs.
Brief Scores: Delhi 1st innings 442 Saurashtra: 1st Innings 217 in 79.5 overs (Divyaraj Chauhan 63, Rajat Bhatia 3/25, Parvinder Awana 3/30, Sumit Narwal 3/52) Saurashtra 2nd Innings: (following on) 163/4 (Sagar Jogiyani 48, Sheldon Jackson 34 batting, Sumit Narwal 1/13).
Yuvraj ton puts Punjab on top
Riding on India discard Yuvraj Singh’s brilliant century, Punjab set Haryana a daunting target of 321 runs before reducing them to 26 for three at stumps on the third and penultimate day of their Ranji Trophy Group B match.
Punjab need to take seven more wickets on Wednesday to post an outright win, even as Haryana face an uphill task of saving the game with another 295 more runs required for victory.
After bundling out Punjab for 273 in their first innings, Haryana took a slender lead of 10 runs by posting 283 all out.
In the second innings, Punjab declared at 330 for six to set a massive target for Haryana.
Yuvraj’s 130 off just 160 balls, including 14 fours and five sixes, was the highlight.
In reply, Haryana has a disastrous start as lost their top three batsmen for just six runs on the board with medium pacer Sandeep Sharma (3/13) taking all three wickets.
At the close of play, Yuzvendra Chahal was unbeaten on five and Sachin Rana was on 15.
Brief scores: Punjab: 273 & 330 for six declared (Yuvraj Singh 130, Amitoze Singh 65; Nitin Saini 2/35). Haryana: 283 & 26 for three in 10 overs (Sandeep Sharma 3/13).
Gujarat 7 wickets away from win
A fine ton by opener P.K. Panchal (110) propelled visitors Gujarat on course of an outright victory against Rajasthan in their Ranji Trophy Group ‘B’ league match.
After piling up 340 in their first innings, Gujarat restricted Rajasthan to modest 195 and then helped by Panchal
raced to 266 for 7 declared to set up a stiff victory target of 412 runs for the hosts who were tottering at 34 for 3 at
the close day three still needing 378 runs on last day of the match on Wednesday with seven wickets in hand.
Facing a stiff victory target of 412 runs Rajasthan batting crumbled again, loosing Sidharth Saraf (12), Vineet Saxena (18) to medium pacer Ishwar Choudhary in quick succession and a little later night watchman Shailendra Gehlot (3) on the last ball of the day by Akshar Patel with just 34 runs on the board.
Brief scores: Gujarat 340 all out and 266 for 7 (Priyank Kirit Panchal 110, Pankaj Singh 3 for 79), Rajasthan 195 all out and 34 for 3.
Maharashtra take 1st innings lead
An unbeaten 82 from all-rounder Shrikant Mundhe helped Maharashtra take a handy 60-run lead over Odisha on day three of a Group B match in the Ranji Trophy.
Maharasthra, resuming the day on 126 for no loss, went on to score 371 in reply to Odisha’s first innings score of 311.
Odisha were one for no loss in their second innings at stumps.
Besides his batting exploits, Mundhe had picked up four wickets when Odisha was batting.
Brief scores: Odisha 311 and 1/0, Maharashtra 371 (Harshad Khadiwale 83, Chirag Khurana 54, Shrikant Mundhe 82 not out; Deepak Behera 4/82, Biplab Samantray 3/36).