Skipper Harbhajan Singh turned the clock back with a devastating spell of off-spinn bowling as his 7/37 helped Punjab shot out hosts Tamil Nadu for a paltry 69 to enter the quarter-finals of the Ranji Trophy.
The Punjab captain had match-figures of 10/67 as Tamil Nadu were bowled out in only 22 overs in chase of 313 on a very difficult track at the NPR College ground.
It was one of the worst matches for Tamil Nadu as they scored 68 and 69 in their two innings.
The TNCA prepared a turner keeping in mind their battery of spinners but India’s third highest wicket-taker showed that ‘Old is Gold’ as the Tamil Nadu batsmen did not have any answer to his viciously turning deliveries and the bounce that he generated off the track.
As many as six Tamil Nadu batsmen were out without scoring while Baba Aparajith (32) and Rajagopal Sathish (14) reached double figures.
Earlier, Punjab were all-out for 174 in 42.5 overs in their second innings with keeper-batsman Gitansh Khera scoring 43.
This is the 6th such match in Ranji Trophy which ended inside two days.
Brief Scores: Punjab 206 & 174 (Gitansh Khera 43, DT Chandrasekhar 4/56, Malolan Rangarajan 4/53) Tamil Nadu 68 & (target 313) 69 in 22 overs (Harbhajan Singh 7/37). Punjab won by 243 runs.
Akhil Herwadkar misses double ton but Mumbai amass 531
Left-handed opener Akhil Herwadkar missed out on a maiden double century by eight runs after a marathon stay, as Mumbai amassed an imposing first innings total of 531 before reducing Gujarat to 102 for three on day two of their four-day Group B Ranji Trophy match in Mumbai on Wednesday.
Herwadkar occupied the crease for three minutes under eight and a half hours during his 326-ball 192 that included two sixes and 22 fours. He departed 20 minutes after lunch, having commenced at his overnight 143 in a team score of 370 for two.
Brief scores: Mumbai 1st innings: 531 (A Herwadkar 192, S Yadav 104, S Iyer 75; R P Singh 2/74, R Kalaria 2/96, A Patel 3/99). Gujarat 102 for 3 (B Merai not out 41, R Bhatt not out 13; S Thakur 2/21).
Uttar Pradesh 134-5 in reply to Baroda’s 321 in Ranji Trophy
Umang Sharma cracked an unbeaten half-century but pace duo of Munaf Patel and Irfan Pathan claimed two wickets each to reduce Uttar Pradesh to 134-5 against Baroda on the second day of their Group B Ranji Trophy match in Greater Noida on Wednesday.
At the draw of stumps, Umang (74) was at the crease and giving him company was Eklavya Dwivedi (0) with Uttar Pradesh still trailing by 187 runs with 5 wickets remaining in their first innings.
Brief Score: Baroda 1st innings: 321 allout in 113.5 overs (Irfan Pathan 48; Piyush Chawla 3/41) Uttar Pradesh 1st innings: 134/5 in 48 overs (Umang Sharma 70 not out; Munaf Patel 2/15)
Andhra struggling to avoid innings defeat against MP
Madhya Pradesh spinner Ankit Sharma took a 10-wicket haul in two innings as Andhra were bundled out for a mere 56 in the first innings and then finished day two on 159 for five while following on in a Group B Ranji Trophy cricket match in Indore on Wednesday.
Andhra still need 64 more runs with five wickets in hand to make MP bat again.
Resuming on 261 for nine, MP added 18 runs to their overnight score to be all out for 279 in their first innings.
Brief scores: Madhya Pradesh 1st innings: 279 Andhra: 56 (Ankit Sharma 6/17) & 159 for five (f/o) in 48 overs (Mohammad Kaif 51, DB Prasanth Kumar 49; Ankit Sharma 4/65).