December 8, 2013 6:49:29 pm
Dinesh Karthik narrowly missed out on a century but Tamil Nadu managed to take a 71-run first-innings lead over Baroda on the third and penultimate day of their Group B Ranji Trophy match here today.
Karthik was the lone batsman to take the hosts past Baroda’s first innings total of 162,even as other batsmen failed to reach the double-digit mark,except for M Rangarajan (10).
Tamil Nadu’s first innings folded for 233 as Baroda skipper Yusuf Pathan wreaked havoc with figures of six for 84,while Bhargav Bhatt chipped in with three for 79.
Karthik,who scored a 150-ball 92 (8X4,3X6),put on a solid 83-run stand for the fourth wicket with Baba Indrajith,followed by another valuable 39 runs for the sixth wicket with Rangarajan.
Resuming on 101 for five,Karthik,starting on 23,went on to play a patient knock,while Indrajith,who was unbeaten on 23 last night,could add just 15 more runs before getting out for 38 (99b,5X4).
Baroda,in their second innings,reached 73 for one at close of play today.
After opener Saurabh Wakaskar (20) got out,Dhiren Mistry and Aditya Waghmode made sure there was no further damage on the day.
While Mistry was unbeaten on 29,Waghmode was on 19 when the stumps were drawn.
Baroda: 162 & 73 for one in 33 overs (Dhiren Mistry batting 29),
Tamil Nadu 1st innings: 233 all out (Dinesh Karthik 92,Baba Indrajith 38; Yusuf Pathan 6/84).
Goa enjoy upper hand against Assam
Goa gained a big first-innings lead with almost all their top and middle-order batsmen making useful contributions before spinner Amit Yadav struck thrice to rock Assam in their Group C Ranji Trophy match in Guwahati today.
Replying to Assam’s 247 all out,Goa declared first innings at 406 for nine at the Barsapara Cricket Stadium.
Amogh Desai led the way with 97 while Swapnil Asnodkar (57),Sagun Kamat (60) and Rohit Asnodkar (54) too scored half-centuries.
Off-spinner Yadav then picked up 3/5 in five overs to reduce Assam to 31 for 4 at stumps on the third day of the match. The hosts need another 128 runs to make Goa bat again.
Assam 1st innings: 247 all out and 31/4 in 18 overs
Goa 1st innings: 406 fort nine declared in 143 overs.
Jiwanjot’s breezy ton highlight of 3rd day’s play
Opener Jiwanjot Singh smashed an unbeaten century to help Punjab produce a much-improved batting show and score 330 for one in their second innings against Vidarbha at stumps on Day 3 of the Ranji Trophy Group C match,which is heading towards a dull draw,in Mohali today.
Jiwanjot struck as many as 25 boundaries to bring up his 188 off just 200 deliveries.
At the close of play,wicket-keeper Uday Kaul was giving him company on 88 which came off 169 balls and was studded with four boundaries.
Manan Vohra was the only Punjab wicket to fall as he was run out on 52.
Punjab,thus,took an overall lead of 154 runs over Vidarbha but with just a day’s play remaining the game seems to be heading towards a draw.
Earlier resuming at the overnight score of 332 for seven,Vidarbha added just 28 runs to their score before being bowled out for 360 in their first innings in reply to Punjab’s 184.
Sandeep Sharma was pick of the bowlers for Punjab with figures of five for 90 while VRV Singh took four wickets giving away 89 runs.
If the match ends in a draw,Vidarbha would take home three points from the match by virtue of 176 runs first innings lead,while Punjab had to be content with just one point.
Punjab 1st Innings: 184 & 330 for one in 73 overs (Jiwanjot Singh 188 not out,Uday Kaul 88 not out)
Vidarbha 1st Innings: 360 all out in 128 overs (Ravi Jangid 104,Faiz Fazal 99,Amol Jungade 59,Sandeep Sharma 5/90).
J&K batsmen fight hard to save match against Maharashtra
Obaid Haroon (94) missed out on a hundred while Bandeep Singh (79) scored a half century as Jammu and Kashmir put on a gritty batting display to reach 333 for six in their second innings against Maharashtra in their Ranji Trophy group C match in Pune today.
After a miserable batting show in the first innings,the visitors showed some resolve today as they ended the third day 17 runs ahead of Maharashtra with four wickets remaining.
Resuming on 131 for one,Haroon and Bandeep added 72 more runs to their overnight stand of 85 before former was removed by leg-spinner Bharatkumar Solanki. Haroon’s 172-ball knock included 15 fours.
Bandeep,who took 184 balls for his 79,too was removed by Solanki. His effort included seven fours and a six.
Samiullah Beig (10) and Ramdyal Punia (27) remained unbeaten as J&K were fighting for a draw at the end of day’s play.
For Maharashtra,Solanki and pacer Samad Fallah took two wickets each while Shrikant Mundhe bagged one.
J&K – 85 and 333/6 (Obaid Haroon 94,Bandeep Singh 79; Bharatkumar Solanki 2/27)
Maharashtra – 401/9 decl.
Rajasthan on top against MP
Rajasthan looked set to win their Group B Ranji Trophy match against Madhya Pradesh after reaching 77 for three in a chase of 148 against the hosts on the third and penultimate day of the match in Gwalior today.
Overnight 121 for two,Madhya Pradesh were all out for 314,courtesy Naman Ojha’s 137-run knock which came off 204 deliveries and included 20 fours and three sixes.
But the second innings revival could not make up for the hosts’ collapse in the first essay (115 all out) as Rajasthan were left to chase just 148 runs.
The loss of a couple of early wickets was hardly a dampener for the visiting side which needs 71 more runs to seal the victory tomorrow.
At stumps,Robin Bist (39) was at the crease and would be joined by skipper Hrishikesh Kanitkar tomorrow after Vineet Saxena (29) just before stumps.
Ishwar Pandey took both the Rajasthan wickets which fell today.
Earlier,Madhya Pradesh batting collapsed after a solid showing by the top half of the line-up.
Opener Jalaj Saxena (65) and Ojha combined to put together 86 runs for the second wicket. Saxena’s 65 came off 88 deliveries and included 13 boundaries.
Later skipper Devendra Bundela contributed 54 runs off 115 balls even as the rest of the team failed to come good.
For Rajasthan,Rituraj Singh picked four for 74 in 23.3 overs. Pacer Pankaj Singh picked up three wickets for 82 runs in 26 overs.
Madhya Pradesh: 115 and 314
Rajasthan: 282 and 77/3 in 22.4 overs (Robin Bist 39,Ishwar Pandey 2/28).
Tripura score 650/8 decl; Hyderabad reach 258 for one on day three
Tripura scored a massive 650 for eight declared in their first innings before Hyderabad reached 258 for one at the end of the third and penultimate day in their Group C Ranji Trophy match in Hyderabad today.
Resuming on 588 for six,overnight centurion S Abbas Ali,who started today on 105,remained unbeaten on 132 off 222 balls laced with 12 fours and two sixes when the visitors declared their innings.
Other overnight batsman Rana Dutta (11) added 10 runs to his overnight score of one before Tushar Saha (20) also chipped in with some important runs.
In reply,Hyderabad lost opener TL Suman (21) early but skipper Akshath Reddy scored an unbeaten century,while DB Ravi Teja completed his half-century to ensure there was no further damage today.
At stumps,Reddy was not out on 138 and Ravi Teja was on 90.
Tripura 1st innings: 650 for eight declared (S Abbas Ali not out 132,Tushar Saha 20; M Ravi Kiran 2/110).
Hyderabad 1st innings: 258 for one (Akshath Reddy batting 138,DB Ravi Teja batting 90).
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