Ranji Trophy roundup: Karnataka crush Delhi; Saurashtra aim bonus-point win

PTI, Oct, 22 2016

Here's a roundup of all the Ranji Trophy action from across India:

Karnataka rout Gambhir-led Delhi by an innings and 160 runs

Kolkata:  Gautam Gambhir failed once again on a bowler friendly pitch as Karnataka humiliated Delhi by an innings and 160 runs inside two and half days in the Ranji Trophy group league encounter.

However it was off-spinner K Gowtham, who made a comeback this season after his debut in 2012-13, grabbed a careerbest 5/35 and finished with a match haul of 8/61 to return with the Man of the Match award.

Starting their second innings with a huge deficit of 324, Delhi who were shot out for 90 in the first innings, were a shade better this time as they folded for 164 -- 50 minutes post lunch to concede the match with more than one day and a session to spare.

Karnataka team walk out of the field after winning the Ranji Trophy match against Delhi at Eden Garden in Kolkata on Saturday. PT

Karnataka team walk out of the field after winning the Ranji Trophy match against Delhi at Eden Garden in Kolkata on Saturday. PTI

Presence of 'local boy' Gautam Gambhir failed to inspire Delhi. The left-handed opener managed identical scores of 2 in both innings.

He edged one to Robin Uthappa in the slips off Abhimanyu Mithun exposing his technical problems on a pitch where there was some movement on offer.

The bonus-point win temporarily took Karnataka to the top of group B table with 10 points, ahead of Delhi on eight points.

Brief Scores: Delhi 90 and 164 (Unmukt Chand 38, Varun Sood 41, K Gowtham 5/35). Karnataka 1st Innings 414.

Karnataka won by an innings and 160 runs.

Points: Karnataka 7; Delhi 0.

Saurashtra eye bonus-point win over Maharashtra

Vizianagaram: Five-wicket hauls from medium-pacer Kushang Patel (5/43) and left-arm spinner Dharmendrasinh Jadeja (5/41) forced Maharashtra to follow-on and give Saurashtra a chance to earn bonus-point win in their Ranji Trophy match.

Last season's runners-up Saurashtra are in with a chance of securing a bonus-point victory against Maharashtra, who were struggling at 114 for two in their second innings at the close of play.

Maharashtra, who resumed at 18 for no loss in their first innings, were bowled out for a meagre 182 in 56.2 overs in reply to Saurashtra's massive 657 for eight declared.

Trailing by 475 runs, Maharashtra were asked to follow-on.

Only bright spot in the match for Maharashtra was Murtaza Trunkwala, who top scored with 64 on first-class debut in the first innings and then followed it up with an unbeaten 58 in the second essay.

Brief scores: Saurashtra: 657 for 8 decl.

Maharashtra: 182 (Murtaza Trunkwala 64; Kushang Patel 5/43, Dharmendrasinh Jadeja 5/41) & 114 for two.

HP staring at an innings defeat against Tripura

Kalyani:  Tripura seamer Rana Dutta claimed a career-best 6/58 as Himachal Pradesh were left to stare at an innings defeat in their Ranji Trophy group C match at Bengal Cricket Academy ground.

Tripura skipper Manisankar Murasingh, who shone with the bat with 84 to take them to a huge 549, rocked Himachal Pradesh earlier this morning with his twin blows - Prashant Chopra (9) and Nikhil Gangta (17) - to reduce them to 74/2 in 23 overs.

Himachal Pradesh had three half centurions in Ankush Bains (67), Robin Bist (88) and skipper Rishi Dhawan (62) but none of them could convert their starts with Dutta giving regular breakthroughs to bowl them out for 311 in 97.2 overs, conceding a 238-run first-innings lead.

Following on, Himachal Pradesh were 19/1 at close on the penultimate day, still needing 219 runs to avoid an innings defeat.

Murasingh returned with 2/62 in the first innings and once again gave a breakthrough in Himachal Pradesh's second innings, dismissing Pankaj Jaiswal for eight in his first over.

At close, Bains was unbeaten on six, with Chopra yet to face a ball.

Brief Scores: Tripura 549 Himachal 311; 93 overs (Robin Bist 88, Rishi Dhawan 62; Rana Dutta 6/58) and 19/1

Services reach 267/7 in reply to Goa's 606/6 decl

Cuttack: Young left-hander Rahul Singh struck his career-best 89 under pressure to rescue Services from a jittery start to reach 267 for seven against Goa on the penultimate day of a Ranji Trophy Group C match.

Services will be fighting for a draw on Sunday.

In reply to Goa's 606 for six declared, Services resuming the day on 39 for one and were quickly reduced to 71 for four with rookie seamer Felix Alemao (3/52) striking thrice, which also denied Ravi Chauhan a half-century by three runs at the DRIEMS Ground in Tangi on the outskirts.

But the 21-year-old Rahul Singh, who made his first class debut in the last match against Tripura, struck his second successive half-century and shared two crucial partnerships with Nakul Verma (29) and Muzzaffaruddin Khalid (43 batting) to lead the rescue act.

Singh hit 15 boundaries and completed his second half-ton from 82 balls but he could not make it big and was dismissed by Shadab Jakati, who returned with an impressive 3/47.

Diwesh Pathania was giving Khalid a fine support batting on 29 at the stumps.

Brief Scores:

Goa 1st innings: 606 for 6 declared

Services 1st innings: 267 for 7 in 103 overs (Rahul Singh 89, Ravi Chauhan 47, Muzzaffaruddin Khalid 43 batting; Shadab Jakati 3/47, Felix Alemao 3/52).

Mumbai 290/5 after Herwadkar century

Raipur: Akhil Herwadkar notched up an unbeaten century as Mumbai inched closer to Madhya Pradesh's first innings total by progressing to 290 for five in their Group A Ranji Trophy match.

At stumps on the third and penultimate day of the game, Herwadkar was batting on 136 and giving him company was Tushar Deshpande on eight at the Shaheed Veer Narayan Singh International Stadium.

Aditya Tare made 80 off 165 balls with the help of 10 boundaries.

Opener Herwadkar, who was batting on 29 overnight, scored his runs off 326 deliveries, and found the fence 19 times.

Herwadkar was involved in a partnership of 155 runs for the fifth wicket with Tare, as Mumbai trailed by 155 runs by the end of day's play.

In the middle order, Suryakumar Yadav contributed 41 off 90 balls with the help of seven boundaries.

Madhya Pradesh were all out for 445 in their first innings, with Rajat Patidar top-scoring with 106.

Mumbai were 38 for two overnight and lost Shreyas Iyer early in the morning, but Herwadkar added 67 runs for the fourth wicket with Yadav to steady the innings, before consolidating it in the company of Tare.

Mukund's ton helps TN reach 398/6 in reply to UP's 524

Dharamsala: A brilliant 154 by skipper Abhinav Mukund and half-centuries by Dinesh Karthik and Baba Indrajith enabled Tamil Nadu reach 398 for six in their first innings on the penultimate day of their Group A Ranji Trophy match.

Tamil Nadu now need 126 more runs with four wickets in hand to overtake Uttar Pradesh's first innings total of 524.

At the close of play, Indrajith was unbeaten on a solid 70 and giving him company at the other end was A Aswin Crist on 2.

Earlier, starting the day on 34 for one, overnight batsman Mukund, resuming at a personal score of 18, went on to put up a dominating show with the bat and complete his century.

En-route to his 154 that came off 249 deliveries and studded with 26 boundaries and a six, Mukund also put on crucial partnerships.

Tamil Nadu captain shared a solid 132-run stand for the fourth wicket with Karthik, whose 121-ball 73 included 11 hits to the fence and another 50 runs with Indrajith for the fifth wicket.

Brief scores:

Uttar Pradesh 1st innings: 524

Tamil Nadu 1st innings: 398 for six in 110 overs (Abhinav Mukund 154, Dinesh Karthik 73, Baba Indrajith 70 batting; Ankit Rajpoot 2/91).

Railways need 300 runs against Gujarat

Rohtak: Gujarat held the edge as Railways required another 300 runs for an improbable victory with six wickets remaining in their Group A Ranji Trophy match.

At stumps on the third and penultimate day of the game at the Bansi Lal Cricket Stadium in Lahli, Mahesh Rawat was batting on 52 with Arindam Ghosh on 26, to help Railways to 171 for four in 61 overs.

Overnight 295 for three following a fluent century by Priyank Kirit Panchal (106) and Bhargav Merai's 70, Gujarat rode on half centuries by Manpreet Juneja (66), Chirag Gandhi (60 not out) Parthiv Patel (53) to notch up 437 for seven declared in their second innings on day two yesterday.

After managing just 187 in their first innings, Gujarat bowled out Railways for a megare 124 to take the upper hand.

For Railways, Deepak Bansl, Ranjit Mali and Karn Sharma picked up two wickets apiece.

Rawat's knock was laced with five boundaries and three sixes.

When stumnps were called on day two, Parthiv Patel (39) and Manpreet Juneja (59) were the two batsmen at the crease.

Aziz, Rasool catch Andhra in spin web to give J&K lead

Mumbai: Spinners Aamir Aziz and Parvez Rasool caught Andhra in a spin web and bundled them out for 255 to help Jammu and Kashmir take a crucial first innings lead in their Group C Ranji Trophy match.

Aziz, who had a tally of six wickets from six games prior to this match, took five for 62 with left arm spin, while his more experienced partner Rasool grabbed three for 40 bowling off spin on day three of the four-day game at the Brabourne Stadium.

Andhra were dismissed post tea in just under 100 overs to give J&K a first innings lead of 79 runs. J&K had scored 334 in their first essay.

In the remaining time, the northern outfit made 31 for two, for an overall lead of 110.

At stumps, opener Shubham Khajuria (13) was the unbeaten batsman after J&K's one-down Ian Chauhan fell in the last over, dismissed by Andhra left arm spinner Bhargav Bhatt who also got rid of opener Adil Reshi.

Earlier, starting the day at 72 for two, Andhra were in deep trouble at lunch with the score reading 156 for 6, including the wicket of captain Hanuma Vihari who was run out for 19.

Some resolute batting by senior player Ravi Teja, who top scored with 81 off 184 balls, and good rearguard action from no. 8 Ashwin Hebbar (38) enabled Andhra to cross the 250 mark.

Teja and Hebbar put on a partnership of 94 runs for the seventh wicket. Both were dismissed by Aziz.

Teja had previously added 66 runs for the sixth wicket with AG Pradeep, who made a quick 47 with eight fours before he was dismissed by Rasool.

Brief scores:

J&K: 334 and 31 for two (S Khajuria 13 batting).

Andhra 1st innings: 255 (DB Ravi Teja 81, AG Pradeep 47; A Aziz 5/62, Parvez Rasool 3/40).

Tiwary provides handy lead after Dinda, Kuila 5-fors

Bilaspur: Veteran speedster Ashok Dinda and debutant Amit Kuila grabbed five-for before skipper Manoj Tiwary struck an unbeaten 61 as Bengal consolidated their position against Punjab with a 315-run lead in a Ranji Trophy group league encounter.

It was a special day for Dinda, whose 5/58 took him to 320 first-class wickets -- surpassing Ranadeb Bose's 317 wickets. Among pacers, Shute Banerjee has 385 wickets from 138 matches but he has played a most of his first-class matches for Bihar, Nawanagar, MP, Jharkhand and Hindus.

Only left-arm spinners Utpal Chatterjee (504 wickets) and Bengal legend Dilip Doshi (898 wickets) have more first class wickets than Dinda.

In fact Doshi's wickets also comprises of his 100 plus Test victims, his wickets for Saurashtra and a bagful in county cricket for Nottinghamshire and Warwickshire.

At stumps on third day, Bengal were 182 for five in their second innings after bowling out Punjab for 271 in their first essay.

Having scored 404 in their first innings, Bengal enjoyed a handy first innings lead of 133.

Starting the day at 168 for 4, seasoned Uday Kaul (77) only added a boundary to his overnight score before young Kuila (5/76) got him caught by skipper Tiwary. Taruwar Kohli (26) was trapped leg before by Dinda before Kuila got rid of Vinay Choudhary to complete a five-wicket haul debut.

The last three wickets were taken by Dinda to complete his 18th five wicket haul in his 90th first-class appearance.

With a handy lead, none of the Bengal batsmen save Tiwary, who hit seven fours and a six, could stay at the wicket. The skipper added 46 runs for the unbroken sixth wicket stand with Shreevats Goswami (23). The other batsman who got some runs was Pankaj Shaw (29).

Brief Scores: Bengal 404 and 182/5 (Manoj Tiwary 61 batting, Shreevats Goswami 23 batting).

Punjab 1st Innings 271 (Uday Kaul 77, Amit Kuila 5/76, Ashok Dinda 5/58).

HP staring at innings defeat against Tripura

Kalyani: Tripura seamer Rana Dutta claimed a hat-trick en route to a career-best 6/58 as Himachal Pradesh were left staring at an innings defeat in their Ranji Trophy group C match at Bengal Cricket Academy ground.

Tripura skipper Manisankar Murasingh, who shone with the bat with 84 to take them to a huge 549, rocked Himachal Pradesh earlier this morning with his twin blows - Prashant Chopra (9) and Nikhil Gangta (17) - to reduce them to 74/2 in 23 overs.

Himachal Pradesh had three half centurions in Ankush Bains (67), Robin Bist (88) and skipper Rishi Dhawan (62) but none of them could convert their starts with Dutta giving regular breakthroughs to bowl them out for 311 in 97.2 overs, conceding a 238-run first-innings lead.

Following on, Himachal Pradesh were 19/1 at close on the penultimate day, still needing 219 runs to avoid an innings defeat.

Murasingh returned with 2/62 in the first innings and once again gave a breakthrough in Himachal Pradesh's second innings, dismissing Pankaj Jaiswal for eight in his first over.

At close, Bains was unbeaten on six, with Chopra yet to face a ball.

Brief Scores: Tripura 549 Himachal 311; 93 overs (Robin Bist 88, Rishi Dhawan 62; Rana Dutta 6/58) and 19/1

Sandeep century revives Hyderabad

Bhubaneswar: Bavanaka Sandeep scored a fighting century to help Hyderabad recover from a jittery start as they trailed Kerala by 286 runs on the penultimate day of their Ranji Trophy group C match at KIIT Cricket Stadium.

In response to Kerala's 517/9 declared, Kerala were tottering at 82/4 when Sandeep revived their innings with a 72-run fifth wicket partnership with K Sumanth (22) before Akash Bandhari's 40 lifted them past 200.

At stumps, Hyderabad were 231/7 still trailing by 286 runs with Mehdi Hasan (26 batting) and Chama Milind (4) at the crease.

He struck five boundaries en route to his patient half century from 143 balls but could not make it big and became left-arm spinner Karaparambil Monish's (2/53) second victim.

Seamer Sandeep Warrier, off-spinning allrounder Jalaj Saxena, also returned with two apiece.

Warrier dismissed opener Tanmay Agarwal in the second ball of the day as Hyderabad were 0/1.

Saxena then joined in the act to trap Balchander Anirudh (30) lbw to break his 59-run partnership with Akshat Reddy (37).

Hyderabad top order batsmen failed to get going and got out at regular intervals before Sandeep showed the way.

Earlier Kerala added 11 runs to their overnight total and batted for one over before declaring after 181 overs with Iqbal Abdulla remaining 159 not out.

Brief Scores: Kerala 517/9 decalred; 181 overs (Iqbal Abdulla 159 not out).

Hyderabad 231/7; 87 overs (Bavanaka Sandeep 53, Akash Bhandari 40).

Rajasthan need 213 runs for victory

Vodadara: Ishank Jaggi hit a century to help Jharkhand score 277 in their second innings and set Rajasthan a target of 280 to win in their Ranji Trophy Group B match.

At stumps, Rajasthan were struggling at 67 for three with Puneet Yadav unbeaten on 37 and Mahipal Lomror on 11.

Rajasthan require 213 more runs on the final day with seven wickets in hand for an outright victory.

Resuming on 73 for two, Jharkhand lost their two overnight batsmen quickly but Jaggi came to the team's rescue and scored a crucial 100 off 141 balls that included 19 fours.

Shahbaz Nadeem contributed with a solid 32 lower down the order and also provided an able company to Jaggi.

The duo put on 99 runs together for the eighth wicket to take Jharkhand past 250 mark.

Lomror was the top wicket-taker for Rajasthan with five for 51.

After contributing with the bat, Nadeem (2/22) chipped in with two wickets to dismiss Rajasthan's top order.

Brief scores: Jharkhand: 209 & 277 (Ishank Jaggi 100; Mahipal Lomror 5/51).

Rajasthan 207 & 67/3 in 30 overs (Shahbaz Nadeem 2/22).

Published Date: Oct 22, 2016 | Updated Date: Oct 22, 2016



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