Mumbai: Left-arm spinner Ankit Chavan took 9 for 23 in 11.5 overs as Punjab capitulated for 59 in their second innings against Mumbai at the Wankhede Stadium on the final day of their Ranji Trophy match, but held on for a draw. Punjab led held a 95-run first-innings lead when Chavan was given the new ball by Mumbai captain Ajit Agarkar. Chavan responded by getting rid of opener Jiwanjot Singh and first-innings double centurion Mandeep Singh in his first two overs to leave the visitors 9 for 2.
Chavan then struck twice in his third over, first inducing R Inder Singh to edge one to the keeper and then trapping Uday Kaul lbw. Ramesh Pawar then briefly interrupted Chavan by picking up the wicket of Amitoze Singh as Punjab slumped to 17 for 5.
Chavan, whose previous best figures in an innings was 4 for 61, then continued to scythe through the Punjab line-up. Only Karan Goel, who made 25, managed to reach double-figures as a parade of batsmen walked out to the middle and back to the pavilion. Chavan was even on a hat-trick at one point, having dismissed Goel and Bipul Sharma off consecutive deliveries. Chavan’s figures are the third best figures by any bowler in Ranji Trophy after P Chatterjee’s 10 for 20 in 1957 and P Sunderam’s 10 for 78 in 1985.
Punjab’s collapse was all the more surprising given that they had made 580 in the first innings and Mumbai replied with 485, with Rohit Sharma making 203. Mumbai were left to chase 154 from 11 overs and Rohit Sharma and Abhishek Nayar came out guns blazing, adding 49 in four overs. But both openers fell in the attempt and the umpires called off the game with Mumbai 61 for 2.
In all, 20 wickets fell on the final day. Punjab is now leading the points table with 32 points, while Mumbai is in fifth.
Brief scores: Punjab: 580 & 59 (Karan Goel 25, Ankit Chavan 9/23). Mumbai: 485 & 61 for two in six overs (Rohit Sharma 28, Abhishek Nayar 26; Sandeep Sharma 1/7). Points: Punjab 3, Mumbai 1.
Ahmedabad: Left-arm spinner Rakesh Dhruv picked up his first ten-wicket haul in first-class cricket as
Gujarat posted an impressive eight-wicket win over Rajasthan in their Group A Ranji Trophy match here today. Dhruv finished with a match figure of 14 for 96, eight of them coming in the second innings at the Sardar Patel Stadium in Motera.
Chasing a target of 102 runs, Gujarat needed a little over 25 overs and lost two wickets in the process to post their first win of the season and jump to 15 points after drawing five games in a row. Rajasthan remained at the bottom of the points table with five points, hardly the performance expected of the two-time defending champions.
Resuming the final day at 29 for two, Rajasthan kept on losing wickets at regular intervals with only five batsmen reaching double figures. Robin Bist (31) and skipper Hrishikesh Kanitkar (23) were
the only two who waged a grim battle as the visitors folded for 119 in their second essay after having conceded an 18-run lead in their first innings.
Gujarat never looked in trouble with opener Smit Patel scoring a 65-ball 47 laced with eight fours.
Brief scores: Rajasthan 294 & 119 in 62.2 overs (Robin Bist 31, Hrishikesh Kanitkar 23; Rakesh Dhruv 8/31).Gujarat 312 & 105/2 in 25.2 overs (Smit Patel 47; Aniket Choudhary 1/16). Points: Gujarat 6, Rajasthan 0.
Rajkot: Ravindra Jadeja finished with a match-haul of eight wickets as Saurashtra thrashed Bengal
comprehensively by 270 runs in a Ranji Trophy group league encounter which kept their chance of qualifying for the knock-out stage alive.
Chasing a massive target of 431 was out of question as Bengal’s innings terminated at 160 in only 55.4 overs at the fall of ninth wicket. Skipper Manoj Tiwary didn’t bat due to severe back injury. Jadeja took 4 for 50 in the second innings while veteran Nayan Doshi got three wickets.
The six points from the match took Saurashtra’s tally to 15 points and they are second in Group A. Bengal remained on seven points and are placed seventh with two matches remaining.
One couldn’t have expected a better all-round show from Jadeja who scored 70 and 68 in both innings and had a match-haul of 8/98 which would certainly boost his confidence as he leaves for Nagpur to join his teammates for the fourth and final Test against England.
Saurashtra 209 & 333/8 decl. Bengal 112 & 160 in 55.4 overs (target 431) (Rohan Banerjee 48, Ravindra Jadeja 4/50). Saurashtra won by 270 runs. Points: Saurashtra 6; Bengal 0.
Other brief scores
MP: 377. Railways: 214 & 251 for eight in 113 overs (Mahesh Rawat 106, PM Madkaikar 52; Amarjeet Singh 3/15, Anand Rajan 3/52). Points: MP 3, Railways 1.
Haryana: 257 & 255 for seven in 116 overs (Sunny Singh 54, Abhimanyu Khod 42; Samad Fallah 3/59). Maharashtra: 540 for eight decl in 153 overs. Points: Maharashtra 3, Haryana 1.
Uttar Pradesh: 548 and 175 for three in 51 overs (Suresh Raina not out 105, Mohammad Kaif 42). Vidarbha 1st innings: 308 all out in 102.3 overs (Hemang Badani 76; B Kumar 3/41, Imtiaz Ahmed 3/45). Points: Uttar Pradesh 3, Vidarbha 1.
Assam 1st innings: 354 all out in 117.5 overs. Himachal Pradesh 1st innings: 316 for five in 124 overs (Dhawan not out 114). Points: Assam 1, Himachal 1.
Goa: 381 all out in 152.1 overs (Rohit Asnodkar 83; Yashpal Singh 4/12). Services: 473 & 99 for two in 39 overs (Anshul Gupta batting 62). Points: Services 3, Goa 1.