Ranji Trophy second round Day 3 round up
In Group A Mumbai, Saurashtra fight back while Hyderabad's fate hangs in balance and Bengal is under the pump against Punjab. In Group B, Delhi and Baroda on top while Maharashtra vs Uttar Pradesh match heads towards dead draw. And in Group C, Assam vs Jharkhand game towards an exciting finish, Goa on top, Andhra too in lead while Himachal Pradesh chase outright win over Services.
Incisive spells from Pawan Suyal, the left-arm medium pacer, and Sumit Narwal, the experienced paceman, reduced Odisha to 229 for six in their second innings after Delhi took a 188-run first innings lead in their Group B clash. With Odisha only 41 runs ahead at this stage with four wickets left, Delhi would back themselves to take away full points from the game.
In Group A, Punjab entered a strong position against Bengal, picking up one second innings wicket after taking a 253-run first innings lead, having declared on 579 for seven following big knocks from Jiwanjot Singh (158), Mayank Sidhana (115) and Uday Kaul (165 not out). Elsewhere, Mumbai look good to take a first innings lead over Rajasthan, the defending champions, reaching 360 for three in reply to Rajasthan's 478. Hiken Shah was unbeaten on 118, while there were big contributions from Kaustubh Pawar (53), Aditya Tare (80) and Rohit Sharma (79).
In Group C, the match between Jharkhand and Assam in Jamshedpur was interestingly poised. After Assam got a five-run first innings lead, they were bowled out for 207 setting Jharkhand a target of 213 for an outright win. At close of play, Jharkhand were 56 for two.
In Jaipur: Rajasthan 478 vs Mumbai 360/3 in 118 overs (Kaustubh Pawar 53, Aditya Tare 80, Hiken Shah 118 n.o., Rohit Sharma 79).
In Mohali: Bengal 326 & 25/1 in 8 overs vs Punjab 579/7 decl in 150 overs (Jiwanjot Singh 158, Mayank Sidhana 115, Uday Kaul 165 n.o., Amitoze Singh 52, Bipul Sharma 39, Manpreet Gony 25 n.o.; Laxmi Ratan Shukla 2-65, Anustup Majumdar 2-43).
In Surat: Gujarat 600/9 decl vs Saurashtra 323/2 in 102 overs (Chirag Pathak 27, Bhushan Chauhan 43, Sagar Jogiyani 116 n.o., Ravindra Jadeja 119 n.o.).
In Hyderabad: Hyderabad 341 vs Madhya Pradesh 265/5 in 110 overs (Devendra Bundela 106 n.o., Udit Birla 52, Jalaj Saxena 61 n.o.; Mohammed Khader 2-51, Pagadala Naidu 2-60).
In Delhi: Odisha 143 & 229/6 in 93 overs (Abhilash Mallick 26, Govind Podder 85, Biplab Samantray 47, Natraj Behera 35 n.o.; Pawan Suyal 2-62, Sumit Narwal 3-41) vs Delhi 331.
In Vadodara: Vidarbha 264 & 3/1 in 4 overs vs Baroda 514/7 decl (Kedar Devdhar 29, Aditya Waghmode 62, Abhimanyu Chauhan 118, Rakesh Solanki 120, Ambati Rayudu 58, Yusuf Pathan 78; Sairaj Bahutule 3-82).
In Pune: Maharashtra 764/6 decl vs Uttar Pradesh 287/1 in 79 overs (Tanmay Srivastava 134 n.o., Mukul Dagar 126).
In Jamshedpur: Assam 179 & 207 in 74.5 overs (Amit Sinha 55, Tarjinder Singh 53, Abu Nechim 26; Sunny Gupta 3-69, Shahbaz Nadeem 4-83) vs Jharkhand 174 & 56/2 in 28 overs (Rameez Nemat 37 n.o.).
In Nadaun: Services 312 & 46/2 in 15 overs (Pratik Desai 26 n.o.; Rishi Dhawan 2-25) vs Himachal Pradesh 544/6 decl in 153 overs (Aakash Chopra 65, Prashant Chopra 90, Paras Dogra 210, C Hemanth Kumar 29, Amit Kumar 91, Sumeet Verma 31 n.o.; Muzaffaruddin Khalid 4-182).
In Porvorim: Jammu & Kashmir 338 vs Goa 288/2 in 119 overs (Amogh Desai 85, Swapnil Asnodkar 103, Manvinder Bisla 74 n.o.).
In Anantapur: Tripura 260 & 21/0 in 11 overs vs Andhra 436/8 decl in 140 overs (DB Prasanth 119, Hemal Watekar 116, B Sumanth 83, T Atchuta Rao 29; Rana Dutta 2-61, Tushar Saha 3-119).