Here is a roundup of Monday's Ranji Trophy action:
Victory just 51 runs away for Punjab in Ranji Trophy
Punjab are just 51 runs away from a deserving win as they bundled out Uttar Pradesh for a paltry 95 in their second innings and then reached 61-2 at stumps on the third day of the Ranji Trophy Group A match in Hyderabad on Monday.
As many as 17 wickets fell on the third day in Hyderabad as Uttar Pradesh quickly got rid of the remaining seven Punjab batmen to dismiss them for 319, grabbing a 16-run first inning lead.
However, Uttar Pradesh themselves faltered in their second essay as only three of their batsmen could reach doubles figures with Rinku Singh (43) emerging as the top scorer.
Siddharth Kaul turned out to be the wrecker-in-chief as he returned with a six-wicket haul, while Sandeep Sharma and Gurkeerat Mann picked up one wicket each to wrap up UP's innings in just 38.5 overs.
Opener Manan Vohra (34) and Jiwanjot Singh (27) then shared a 59-run partnership in 15.4 overs.
At the draw of stumps, Jiwanjot was at the crease and giving him company was Uday Kaul (0) with Punjab needing 51 with eight wickets at hand at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium.
Earlier, Ankit Rajpoot and Imtiaz Ahmed snapped three wickets each after Punjab resumed their first innings at 243-3.
Yuvraj Singh, who was at an overnight score of 72, was the first to be dismissed when he was caught by Eklavya Dwivedi off Imtiaz Ahmed. Gurkeerat Mann (1) then was cleaned up in the 85th over by Imtiaz as Punjab lost half their side.
One ball later, Imtiaz sent back Gitansh Khera (0) with Rinku taking the catch. Ankit then got into the act and removed Vinay Choudhary as Punjab slipped to 267-7.
Ankit then cleaned up Mandeep Singh in the 105th over after he had taken Punjab across the 300-mark. Siddharth Kaul and Sandeep Sharma also were back to the hut without disturbing the score.
With a lead of 16-runs, Uttar Pradesh had to score a good total on board but Siddharth spoilt their broth as he struck the first blow, picking up opener Umang Sharma (5) in the 6th over and then removed Sarfaraz Khan (2) and Samarth Singh (0) in his next over.
Sandeep then dismissed other opener Tanmay Srivastava (17) in the 22nd over. Eklavya Dwivedi (14) was then cleaned up by Siddharth as UP slipped to 83-5.
Kuldeep Yadav was runout in the next over, while Gurkeerat sent Saurabh back in the last ball of the over. Siddharth then dismissed Imtiaz Ahmed (7) and Amit Mishra (2) while Ankit Rajpoot was run out by Vinay Choudhary.
Uttar Pradesh 1st innings: 335
Uttar Pradesh 2nd innings: 95 all out in 38.5 overs (Rinku Singh 43; Siddharth Kaul 6/27)
Punjab 1st innings: 319 in 105.4 overs (Yuvraj Singh 85; Saurabh Kumar 4/71)
Punjab 2nd innings: 61/2 in 18 overs (M Vohra 34; Kuldeep Yadav 1/9).
Odisha made to follow on against Rajasthan
Rajasthan grabbed the crucial first innings lead but Odisha got their act together in the second essay to be 244 for two on the third and penultimate day of their Ranji Trophy Group B match in Patiala on Monday.
Overnight 143/8, Odisha folded for 172 in the first innings in reply to Rajasthan's 323. For Rajasthan, Pankaj Singh and Aniket Choudhary snared four wickets apiece to wreck Odisha's batting in the first innings.
However, Odisha put up an improved performance in the second innings with a solid performance from the top order.
Stars of the day were Subhranshu Senapati (90) and Ranjit Singh (89), who were holding fort for Odisha when stumps were drawn for the day.
Opener Sandeep Pattnaik also made a notable contribution with a 40-run knock.
Odisha: 172 and 244/2 (f/o) in 75 overs (Subhranshu Senapati 90 batting, Ranjit Singh 89 batting).
Services 446, Andra 177-1 on day 3 of Ranji Trophy
Riding on opener Prasanth Kumar's unbeaten 90, Andra Pradesh reached 177-1 in their first innings after dismissing Services for 446 on day three as their Ranji Trophy Group C match headed towards a draw, in Indore on Monday.
Prasanth cracked 10 boundaries and a six in his 236-ball innings and shared an 80-run opening partnership with KS Bharat (42) to set the foundation for a good score.
At the draw of stumps, Prasanth and KR Sreekanth (24) were at the crease with Andra still trailing by 269 runs with 9 wickets remaining in the 1st innings.
Earlier, G Rahul Singh completed a superb hundred, scoring an unbeaten 127 after resuming his innings at 95. His 182-ball unconquered innings was studded with 19 boundaries.
Resuming at an overnight score of 400/8, Services could add another 46 runs to their 1st innings after Diwesh Pathania (18) and S Pandey (1) were dismissed early in the day.
Services 1st innings: 446 allout in 188.5 overs (G Rahul Singh 127 not out; Ravi Teja 3/25)
Andhra 1st innings: 177/1 in 79 overs (Prasanth 90; VU Yadav 1/34).
Assam take narrow first-innings lead despite Unadkat's 6/48
Saurashtra left-arm pacer Jaydev Unadkat returned with a six-wicket haul after a stellar effort with the bat but Assam still managed to secure a small yet crucial first-innings lead on the third day of their Ranji Trophy Group B cricket fixture at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata.
On a pitch with little assistance, Unadkat bowled with pace and accuracy, and struck twice in successive overs en-route to his season's best 6/48. However that did not prove to be enough as Assam rode on skipper KB Arun Karthik's patient 57 to get an 18-run first innings lead, which could be enough for the bottom-rung side to earn three points.
In reply, Saurashtra were zero for one after two overs when bad light stopped play with Arup Das, who had a seven-for in the first innings, cleaning up Avi Barot in the first over with a ball that stayed low.
Earlier, Unadkat batting at no. 9 remained unbeaten on 46 in his innings spanning two hours and 25 minutes over two days in a crucial 46 last wicket partnership with Shaurya Sanandia (25) to take Saurashtra to 153 from an overnight 121/9.
The last season's runners-up were reduced to 39/6 and then 69/8 yesterday but the lower order showed some resistance to avoid the blushes.
Unadkat was the top-scorer in Saurashtra's pathetic batting show and he hit three boundaries and two sixes during his knock from 68 balls as the last pair went about the task easily with Assam struggling to break the partnership.
"It was not a proper greentop. If the batsmen would have survived one or two spells of their fast bowling, it would have been a high scoring game. It was a matter of playing out one or two good spells but our batsmen did not succeed," Unadkat said.
In reply, Assam lost their first wicket for one when Sanandia gave the breakthrough dismissing Rishav Das (1) cheaply.
Having started with the new ball, Unadkat bowled pace and accuracy and beat outside edge a few times in his first over but the success eluded him till 13th over when he had Rahul Hazarika (12) with Amitoze Singh taking a beautiful diving catch to his right at gully.
In his next over, he accounted for Sibsankar Roy (9) when he had a leading edge to be caught at midoff by skipper Jaydev Shah as he had a marathon nine over spell that had five maidens and two wickets for 11.
But it was Assam skipper Karthik who showed some resistance and stitched two important partnerships with Amit Verma (28) and Swarupam Purkayastha (17) that gave them the lead.
Karthik however got out to a rash shot playing across the line as Chirag Jani (1/18) gave the breakthrough before Unadkat and Dharmendrasinh Jadeja (2/13) bundled them out in 62.4 overs.
Saurashtra were yet to open their account but Assam had already sneaked in a wicket with Arup using the new ball and wind to perfection from the club house end.
Unadkat later acknowledged that the wind was helping from the club house end to get inswing movement.
"There's a bit of help from the new ball but once it gets softer it becomes easier. The wind was helping."
Saurashtra: 153 in 52.4 overs (Jaydev Unadkat 46 not out) & 0/1 in 2 overs.
Vignesh guides TN to bonus-point win over Baroda
K Vignesh's eight-wicket match haul along with contributions from R Aushik Srinivas and Aswin Crist enabled Tamil Nadu post an innings and 44-run victory over Baroda inside three days and earn a bonus point from their Group A Ranji Trophy match in Raipur.
Tamil Nadu walked away with seven points from this game, which is their second win this season.
Tamil Nadu needed only 52 overs on the third day to take 10 wickets of Baroda.
Resuming on 44 for no loss in their second innings, Baroda, who were all out for 93 in the first innings, 244 runs short of Tamil Nadu's 337, once again faltered with the bat.
Baroda lost opener Dhiren Mistry in the third over to trigger another batting collapse. They slipped from 59 without loss to 89 for five in the space of 17 overs with K Vignesh and Aushik Srinivas sharing seven wickets between them.
Srinivas finished with impressive second innings figures of four for 22, while K Vignesh, who had claimed 5/23 in the first innings, took three for 42 in the second essay to dismissed Baroda for 200 before tea.
Soaeb Tai, coming in at 105 for six, hit a quick-fire 69 off 60 balls, and also put on 61 for the ninth wicket with tailender Murtuja Vahora, but it was not enough to save the match.
Srinivas took the last two wickets off consecutive deliveries to clinch the victory for Tamil Nadu.
Baroda: 93 & 200 in 67.5 overs (Soaeb Tai 69; R Aushik Srinivas 4/22; K Vignesh 3/42).
Tamil Nadu 1st innings: 337
Points: Tamil Nadu 7, Baroda 0.
Goa take 72-run first innings lead against Chattisgarh
Youngster Samar Dubhashi and Shadab Jakati missed out on deserving centuries as Goa took a 72-run first innings lead against Chattisgarh in their Ranji Trophy group C cricket fixture in Cuttack on Monday.
Wicketkeeper batsman Dubhashi (97; 12x4) was bowled by Pankaj Rao (4/95) three shy of what could have been his maiden century as he became the seamer's fourth victim and the last batsman to get out when they were bundled out in 108.5 overs.
Jakati got out for 92 (9x4, 2x6) and he shared 160-run partnership for the seventh wicket with Dubhashi as they took the team past Chhattisgarh's first innings 198 to ensure three points, should there be a draw.
It was rookie off-spinner Sahil Gupta who gave the breakthrough in the seventh over after lunch by dismissing Jakati to trigger the collapse.
In their second essay, Chhattisgarh were 95/2 with Sahil Gupta unbeaten on 50 and skipper Mohammed Kaif on 38 for an overall 23-run lead at close on penultimate day at Barabati Stadium here.
Earlier resuming at 127 for six, overnight batsmen Dubhashi (38) and Jakati (29) batted watchfully as they completed their respective halfcenturies.
Playing his fifth match in his maiden first class season, Dubhashi took 149 balls en route to his 50 while Jakati was quicker as he reached the mark off 113 deliveries.
But Gupta gave the breakthrough in post lunch session before Rao cleaned up the tail.
Chhattisgarh 198 and 95/2 in 35 overs (Sahil Gupta 50 batting, Mohammed Kaif 38 batting).
Goa 270 in 108.5 overs (Samar Dubhashi 97, Shadab Jakati 92; Pankaj Rao 4/95, Kant Singh 3/60).
HP eyeing three points
Jammu and Kashmir replied strongly in their second innings with three half-centuries but that may not be enough as Himachal Pradesh would be eyeing three points on basis of their first innings lead in a Ranji Trophy Group C cricket fixture on Monday.
Having surrendered meekly for 162, Jammu and Kashmir were 337/4 for an overall lead of 129 at close on the penultimate day, as the match headed towards a draw at the JSCA International Stadium Complex on Monday.
Himachal Pradesh, who put up 370 in their first innings, have already ensured three points from this match.
Opener Shubham Khajuria scored 86 (13x4) in a 155-run partnership with Ian Dev Singh, who got out for a nervous 99 (11x4, 2x6), as Jammu and Kashmir put up a solid batting display.
Skipper Parvez Rasool hit a quickfire 68 from 72 balls (6x4, 3x6) as he and Puneet Bisht put on 68 from 14.3 overs to take the team past 300.
At stumps, Bisht was unbeaten on 33 with Mithun Manhas on 18.
J&K: 162 & 337/4 in 101 overs (Ian Dev Singh 99, Shubham Khajuria 86, Parvez Rasool 68).
Himachal Pradesh 1st innings: 370.
Jharkhand enforce follow-on on Delhi despite twin tons
Delhi on Monday conceded a huge first innings lead of 159 runs with Jharkhand enforcing follow-on on the third day in a group B Ranji Trophy encounter despite twin tons from skipper Unmukt Chand and Rishabh Pant.
Replying to Jharkhand's first innings score of 493, Delhi were all-out for 334 in their first innings thereby conceding a lead of 159 runs.
In their bid to go for an outright win, Jharkhand skipper Saurabh Tiwary asked Delhi to follow-on but Unmukt and Co gave a good account of themselves to finish the day at 165 for one with a slender lead of six runs.
Delhi will now aim to bat out the final day in order to ensure a point while Jharkhand with three in their pocket will aim to go for a six and if possible seven points from the match.
Starting the day at 225 for 3, the two overnight batsmen Unmukt (109) and Pant (117) took the score to 261 before both were dismissed in quick succession.
The Delhi skipper scored his eighth first-class ton which came after a considerable period of time.
Seamer Ashish Kumar got Pant caught by Ishank Jaggi having played 106 balls hitting nine boundaries and a six.
The duo added 187 runs for the fourth wicket.
Within an addition of a run, Unmukt was dismissed by Ashish having hit 15 boundaries in his 181-ball knock.
Once Pant and Unmukt were gone, Delhi didn't have the wherewithal to fight it out and atleast get a first innings lead.
In the second essay, Unmukt however carried on his form as he scored 63 off 96 balls with seven boundaries and two sixes. Dhruv Shorey is batting on 67 in company of Nitish Rana (34 batting).
Brief Scores: Jharkhand 1st Innings 493.
Delhi 1st innings 334 (Unmukt Chand 109, Rishabh Pant 117, Ashish Kumar 3/81, Sunny Gupta 3/62)
Mumbai strengthen position against Railways
Reigning champions Mumbai tightened their grip over their Ranji Trophy Group A match by bowling out Railways for 160 and scalping four more batsmen after enforcing follow on, in Mysore on Monday.
Railways began at 76 for three but left-arm spinner Vijay Gohil, together with Shardul Thakur and Balwinder Sandhu ripped apart the Railways' middle order as Mumbai took a handsome 185-run lead.
Railways batsmen managed to get starts but there was no big partnerships as they continued to perish one after another.
Captain Karn Sharma was highest scorer with 24 while Ashish Singh made 22. Nitin Bhille (18) and Arindam Ghosh (17) too got starts but could not convert those into big ones.
Gohil, who had taken two of the three wickets yesterday, got rid of Gosh, Fiaz Ahmed (16) and Karan Thakur (0) to complete his five-wicket haul. Thakur and Sandhu took two wickets apiece.
Mumbai skipper Aditya Tare had no hesitation in enforcing follow on and his bowlers responded again by removing top four batsmen.
Railways ended the third day at 135 for four and are still trailing by 50 runs.
Faiz Ahmed (12) and Bhille (17) were at the crease while they lost Saurabh Wakaskar (39), Ashish Singh (19), Ghosh (31) and Shivkant Shukla, who could not open his account.
Mumbai 1st innings: 345 all out
Railways 160 in 70.3 overs and 135 for 4 in 65 overs.
Karnataka notch up big win over Vidarbha
Fancied Karnataka notched up a comprehensive 189-run win over Vidarbha in their Group B Ranji Trophy cricket match with a day to spare in Vadodara on Monday.
The star of the third day's play was seasoned seamer R Vinay Kumar, who returned impressive figures of 5/28 to lay Vidarbha low.
At the Moti Bagh Stadium, Karnataka resumed their second innings from their overnight score of 108/3, an overall lead of 199 runs. They were all out for 209, but not before putting themselves in the driver's seat.
Shrikant Wagh (4/59) and Lalit Yadav (3/90) were the most successful bowlers for Vidarbha.
Overnight on 45, opener Ravikumar Samarth got out after scoring two runs, while Stuart Binny was dismissed for 12.
R Vinay Kumar also shone with the bat, scoring 56 off 86 balls with the help of eight boundaries.
In Vidarbha's second innings, Jitesh Sharma (61)was the only batsman to have made a substantial contribution, as the rest crumbled without a fight.
Wagh (13) was the only other batsman to reach double digits.
Points: Karnataka 3, Vidarbha 1.