Tamil Nadu vs. Maharashtra
With a full day to spare, Tamil Nadu were well on their way to achieve an outright win over Maharashtra, who were reeling at 75 for eight while chasing a target of 193 on the penultimate day of their Group B Ranji Trophy in Chennai.
Tamil Nadu started their second essay with a cushion of 43 runs, but the Maharashtra bowlers put paid to their aspirations and dismissed them for a mere 149 in 49.1 overs, thanks to good efforts by spinners Akshay Darekar (4/64) and Chirag Khurana (4/27). However, the Tamil Nadu attack stuck to a good line and length, with f our of the six bowlers who operated -- L Balaji, R Aushik Srinivas, M Rangarajan and Yo Mahesh – claiming two wickets each to have the visitors on the ropes.
Brief scores: Tamil Nadu: 276 and 149. Maharsashtra: 233 and 75 for eight.
Haryana vs Odisha
Jayant Yadav hit a belligerent half-century as Haryana put on a much improved show by setting up a 148-run target and then taking three Odisha wickets on the third day of their Ranji Trophy match in Rohtak. Chasing 148 for an outright win, Odisha ended the day at 60 for three with Govind Podder (19) at the crease. Resuming at 165 for six, Haryana added 155 more runs in the day as Yadav scored 66 runs and shared a superb 72-runs stand for the ninth wicket with Mohit Sharma.
Brief Scores: Haryana 66 and 300 all out in 129.2 overs. (A Khod 74, J Yadav 66; B Mohanty 4/57). Odisha 219 and 60 for 3 in 24.3 overs. (G Podder 19 batting; J Yadav 1/4).
Bengal vs. Gujarat
Manoj Tiwary served a timely reminder to the selectors with an inspirational 191 as hosts Bengal are eyeing bonus points against Gujarat in a third round Ranji Trophy encounter at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata. The Bengal skipper more than made amends for a demoralizing defeat against Punjab in the last match as they scored a massive 526 for seven before declaring and then had Gujarat on the mat as they were reduced to 18 for 4.
He enjoyed two fruitful partnerships --- 145 with Anustup Majundar who showed glimpses of returning to form with a fine 68 with 14 boundaries. Then it was former Bengal skipper Laxmi Ratan Shukla who continued with his blazing form hitting 113 off only 117 balls with 15 boundaries and a six.
Brief Scores: Gujarat 260 & 18/4 (Manoj Tiwary 1/6). Bengal 526/7 decl (Manoj Tiwary 191, LR Shukla 113 no, Anustup Majumdar 68, Rush Kalaria 3/116).
Saurashtra vs. Hyderabad
Saurashtra will be aiming for an outright win over Hyderabad after taking an overall lead of 344 runs at stumps on the third and penultimate day of their Ranji Trophy Group A match in Hyderabad. At close, Saurashtra were comfortably placed at 270 for six in their second innings with wicketkeeper Sagar Jogiyani top-scoring with a 195-ball 69
Brief Scores: Saurashtra: 260 & 270 for six in 90 overs (Sagar Jogiyani 69, Jaydev Shah 55; Akash Bhandadri 4/92). Hyderabad 1st Innings: 186 all out in 87.3 overs (Akshath Reddy 51, Syed Quadri 48 not out; Ravindra Jadeja 6/71).
Rajasthan vs Madhya Pradesh
Madhya Pradesh rode on opener Naman Ojha's unbeaten century as the visitors finished at 200 for one in their second innings and take an overall lead of 77 runs against Rajasthan at the end of third day's play in their Ranji Trophy Group A match in Jaipur. Ojha was unbeaten on 102 off 166 balls with the help of 11 fours and three sixes. Earlier, Rajasthan added just 73 runs to their overnight score of 306 for six before being bowled out for 379 in their first innings in reply to Madhya Pradesh's 256.
Railways vs Punjab
Riding on Amit Paunikar's unbeaten century, Railways produced a much-improved batting display to finish at 183 for two in their second innings and take an overall lead of 74 runs against Punjab at the end of third day's play in Bhubaneswar. Paunikar was unbeaten on 113 off 156 balls with the help of 18 fours and a six as Railways came up with an improved batting performance in their second essay after starting their innings trailing Punjab by 109 runs.
Brief Scores: Railways: 205 & 183 for two in 50 overs (Amit Paunikar 113, V Cheluvaraj 40; Bipul Sharma 1/25). Punjab: 314 all out in 105.2 overs (Uday Kaul 100, Amitoze Singh 55, Bipul Sharma 45; Hardik Rathod 3/75, Krishnakant Upadhyay 3/86).
Jharkhand vs Goa
Led by skipper Shahbaz Nadeem's five-for, Jharkhand are eyeing an outright victory against Goa as they finished the third day of their Ranji Trophy Group C match here on a strong position after forcing the visitors to follow-on. At the close of play, Goa were trailing by 136 runs with 10 wickets in hand.
Brief scores: Jharkhand 1st innings: 360. Goa 1st innings: 208 all out in 71.3 overs (Ravikant Shukla 64; Shahbaz Nadeem 64/5). Goa 2nd innings (following-on): 16 for no loss in six overs (Sagun Kamat not out 8, Swapnil Asnodkar not out 7).
Assam vs Kerala
Riding on skipper Dheeraj Jadhav's 98 and Tarjinder Singh's 92, Assam scored 286 to take a vital 22-run first-innings lead against Kerala in their Group C Ranji Trophy match in Malappuram. At close, Kerala were 168 for one with opener A M Hegde (74) and V A Jagadeesh (92) at the crease. Kerala now lead by 146 runs with nine wickets and a day left.
Brief scores: Kerala: 264 and 168/1 (Hegde batting 74, Jagadeesh batting 92, Ahmed 1/20). Assam 286 (D S Jadhav 98, Tarjinder Singh 92, R N Das 36, Sony Cheruvathur 3/45, Anthaf 3/63).
Andhra vs Himachal Pradesh
Amol Muzumdar (89) and Bodapati Sumanth (73) scored unbeaten half-centuries to lead Andhra Pradesh to a healthy 288-run lead against Himachal Pradesh in their Group C Ranji Trophy in Nadaun . Himachal lost five wickets for just 41 runs to be all out for 265 after beginning the day at 224 for five in response to Andhra's first innings total of 372.
Brief Scores: Andhra 372 and 181/3 in 69 overs.((B Sumanth 73 batting, A Muzumdar 89 batting; R Dhawan 3/53). Himachal Pradesh 1st innings: 265 all out.
Tripura v Services
Abbas Ali led Tripura's spirited fightback with an unbeaten 108 but the home side still face a daunting task to overhaul Services' massive first innings total in Agartala. Abbas, who hit 17 fours in his unbeaten knock, stitched a 110-run partnerships with Udit Patel (49) for the third wicket as Tripura ended the day on 285 for 4. The home side still trails by 278 runs with six first innings wickets in hand and one day still to go.
Brief Scores: Services 1st Innings: 563 for 4 declared. Tripura 1st Innings: 285 for 4 in 106 overs (Abbas Ali 108 not out, Subhrajit Roy 64; Shadab Nazar 2 for 70).