Manan Sharma returned a five-wicket haul as Delhi pulled off a dramatic 90-run win over Punjab following two stunning batting collapses on the third day of their Ranji Trophy Group B match, on Sunday.
Openers Unmukt Chand (56) and Gautam Gambhir (67) began the day for Delhi at 48 for none and they raised a solid 110-run stand but the visitors suffered a batting collapse to be all out for 192.
Delhi’s four batsmen failed to open their account as Sandeep Sharma (3/33), Harbhajan Singh (3/51) and Gurkeerat Singh (3/20) effected the collapse by scalping three batsmen each.
There was another twist in the match as chasing a small 179-run target, Punjab folded for just 88 with Manan taking five wickets at the expense of 31 runs.
None of the Punjab batsmen could even touch 20-run mark with Mandeep Singh scoring 17 to be top scorer.
Varun Sood (2/40) began the rot by removing both the openers. He first bowled Gagan Khora (2) and then trapped talented Jiwanjot Singh (3).
Yuvraj Singh (15) and Gurkeerat Singh (15) resisted the Delhi attack for some time but could not carry on and Punjab kept losing one batsman after another.
Brief Scores: Delhi 249 and 192 all out in 78.4 overs (Unmukt Chand 56, Gautam Gambhir 67; Gurkeerat Singh 3/20)
Punjab 263 and 88 all out in 34.4 overs (Mandeep Singh 17, Yuvraj Singh 15; Manan Sharma 5/31).
Odisha 155 runs away from win against Saurashtra
Odisha bowled themselves into a commanding position by skittling out Saurashtra for 152 in their second innings and were now only 155 runs away from an outright win with eight wickets in hand.
Saurasthra were 64 for six when the play began on the third day and they managed to add 88 more runs to their overnight total, setting Odisha a 283-run target.
Medium fast bowler Alok Mangaraj took three wickets but Saurashtra lower order batted with determination to add valuable runs. Overnight batsmen Jaydev Unadkat contributed 18 runs and Cheteshwar Pujara, batting at number nine, remained unbeaten on 39.
Odisha ended the day at at a comfortable 128 for two with Govinda Podder (41) and Anurag Sarangi (49) at the crease.
They have added 90 runs for the unconquered third wicket so far.
Joseph’s 3-40 put Maharashtra in command against Vidarbha
Continuing his good form, seamer Domnic Joseph took three more Vidarbha wickets on Sunday to put Maharashtra in a commanding position as they will look for an outright win on the final day of their Group B Ranji trophy cricket match on Sunday.
After forcing a follow-on , Maharashtra on Sunday tightened the screw further on Vidarbha, reducing them to 274 for six in 100 overs, despite fine half centuries by Shalabh Shrivastava (54) and Ravi Jangid (66).
Joseph (3/40) was the most successsful bowler for Maharashtra, while Samad Fallah (1/41), Nikit Dhumal (1/67) and Chirag Khurana (1/28) took one wicket each.
At stumps, Urvesh Patel (44) and Shrikant Wagh (23) were at the crease at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium, with Vidarbha leading by just 46 runs and four wickets remaining.
Maharashtra 342 Vidarbha 114 & 274/6 (f/o) in 100 overs (R Jangid 66; Domnic Joseph 3/40).