New Delhi: Left-arm spinner Vikas Mishra yet again tormented Madhya Pradesh batsmen with a six-wicket haul as Delhi thumped the visitors by nine wickets for their first victory of the ongoing Ranji Trophy season, here on Monday.
The 25-year-old Mishra, who had taken six wickets in the first innings as well, finished with career-best match figures of 12 for 71 to help Delhi bundle out Madhya Pradesh for just 157 runs in 64.3 overs on the third day of their Elite Group B fixture.
The hosts needed to score just 29 runs without losing a wicket to claim the win with a bonus point but lost opener Kunal Chandela (6) two runs short of the target to settle for six points.
Hiten Dalal (15) and Dhruv Shorey completed the win in 6.4 overs. Delhi will next take on Bengal in an away match from December 30.
The visitors resumed at seven for none and their inexperienced openers — Aryaman Birla (32) and Anand Bais (46) — put up a fighting 83-run stand but once left-arm pacer Kulwant Khejroliya snared the former, it opened the floodgates.
The MP batsmen again struggled to counter the guile of Mishra, who ran through the middle order.
Not only Mishra (6/30), but the visiting batsmen also struggled to counter off-spinner Shivam Sharma (3/52) as the two spinners shared nine wickets between them.
Rajat Patidar (21), captain Naman Ojha (22) and Yash Dubey (15) got starts but the kind of fight MP needed was nowhere to be seen or rather the wily Mishra made the rival batsmen dance to his tunes.
After dismissing Ojha and Dubey, Mishra trampled the lower-order along with spin colleague Shivam, who claimed the last wicket in Avesh Khan (6).
Uttar Pradesh secure big win
Uttar Pradesh defeated Tripura by an innings and 384 runs in their Elite Group C Ranji Trophy game in Lucknow on Monday. Uttar Pradesh, who were in command right from the beginning of the four-day game, posted a convincing win with a day to spare.
After posting a mammoth 552/7 in their first innings, courtesy a double hundred by Priyam Garg and hundreds by Rinku Singh and skipper Aksh Deep Nath, their bowlers ensured that the batsmen need not bat again.
Resuming at the overnight score of 33/4, Tripura's first innings folded up at 108 in just 44 overs.
Apart from skipper and wicket-keeper Smit Patel (47) no other batsmen delivered for the visitors.
For the hosts, leggie Zeeshan Ansari (3-33), Saurabh Kumar (2-9), Ankit Rajpoot (2-42) shared the wickets.
Following on, Tripura batsman did not learn from their mistakes and faltered yet again.
The north-eastern side, in its second essay, was bowled out for just 60 and Uttar Pradesh needed mere 25 overs to complete Tripura's rout.
In the second essay, 25-year-old right-arm medium pacer Ankit Rajpoot wreaked havoc and returned with exceptional figures of 6-25 and was superbly aided another pacer Imtiaz Ahmed (3-30).
For Tripura, such was the misery that only one batsman was able to cross the individual double-figure mark.
Meanwhile, at Guwahati, Goa needed another 52 runs for an outright win against Assam and have four wickets in hand.
Their hopes depend on Amit Verma and Lakshay Garg, who are unbeaten on 62 and 57, respectively.
At Jammu, Odisha would aim to go for an outright win as Jammu and Kashmir are 76 runs ahead with just three wickets remaining and an entire day's play left.
At Jaipur, visitors Haryana ended the third day at 244/3, but are still trailing Rajasthan by 128 runs.
Rajasthan secured the first-innings lead after posting a massive 490/6 declared with Robin Bist remaining unbeaten on 150.
At Lucknow: Uttar Pradesh 552/7 declared versus Tripura 108 (Smit Patel 47, Nirupam Sen 20, Zeeshan Ansari 3-33) and 60 (Rana Dutta 22 not out, Ankit Rajpoot 6-25). Uttar Pradesh won by an innings and 284 runs.
Uttar Pradesh 7 points, Tripura 0 points.
Abhinav Mukund hits ton, becomes Tamil Nadu's leading scorer in Ranji history
Abhinav Mukund made an unbeaten 111 Monday to lead Tamil Nadu's fightback after conceding a first innings lead of 236 runs to Himachal Pradesh on the third day of the Ranji Trophy Elite Group 'B' match here.
In their second outing, TN were 178 for 2.
On the way to his ton, Mukund surpassed Sridharan Sharath (6597) as the highest run-scorer for Tamil Nadu in Ranji Trophy. His knock kept the team in the hunt after conceding a massive lead.
Mukund's knock has 16 boundaries.
Earlier, Himachal resuming at the overnight 240 for 5, added 223 runs with Ankit Kalsi moving from 99 to 144 not out. Rishi Dhawan could score only four more runs after resuming at 71 but the lower order helped the centurion extend the team's lead.
For Tamil Nadu, left-arm paceman T Natarajan finished with five for 122. HP were dismissed for 463 in 116.2 overs.
Beginning the second innings with a huge deficit, the visitors suffered an early setback when Dinesh Karthik pushed up the order, was sent packing by Pankaj Jaiswal for 1 with the score at 5 for 1.
Baba Aparajith joined forces with Mukund and added 85 runs as the visitors looked intent to occupy the crease.
Aparajith was caught behind by Prashant Chopra for 24 off Raghav Dhawan but skipper Baba Indrajith and Mukund ensured that the team did not suffer any further losses.
Mukund and Indrajith (36 batting) have added 88 runs and will look to bat big if Tamil Nadu hopes to deny Himachal an outright win.
Brief scores (at end of day 3): Tamil Nadu 227 all out in 78.4 overs (B Aparajith 53, Abhishek Tanwar 44, Dinesh Karthik 31, Pankaj Jaiswal 3 for 45) and 178 for 2 (Abhinav Mukund 111 batting) vs HP 463 all out in 116.2 overs (Ankit Kalsi 144 not out, Raghav Dhawan 71, Rishi Dhawan 75, T Natarajan 5 for 122, M Mohammed 2 for 85).
At Visakhapatnam: Bengal 300 all out in 111.3 overs (Manoj Tiwary 90, Writtick Chaterjee 76, Pradipta Pramanik 43, Agniv Pan 39, K V Shasikanth 5 for 55) vs Andhra 321 for 9 in 119 overs (C R Gnaneshwar 66, K S Bharat 61, Ricky Bhui 52, Jyothisaikrishna 43, Mukesh Kumar 3 for 45, Pradipta Pramanik 3 for 69).
At Hyderabad: Hyderabad 317 all out in 109.3 overs (Tanmay Agarwal 60, Akshat Reddy 77, Himalay Agarwal 51 batting, Mayank Markande 3 for 65) vs Punjab 303 all out 202 for 4 in 68 overs (Anmolpreet Singh 85, Mandeep Singh 63, Gurkeerat Singh 87 not out, D Ravi Teja 5 for 57).
At Guwahati: Assam 175 and 235 (Rishav Das 67, Amit Sinha 52, Krishna Das 4-69) versus Goa 193 and 166/6 (Amit Verma 62 not out, Lakshay Garg 57 not out, Mukhtair Hussain 3-40).
At Ranchi: Jharkhand 193 and 343 (Utkarsh Singh 114, Kumar Deobrat 53, Anukul Roy 50, Rajat Paliwal 3-29) and versus Services 267 (Rajat Paliwal 79, Ravi Chauhan 67, Anukul Roy 4-66).
At Jammu: Jammu and Kashmir 127 and 272/7 (Parvez Rasool 125 not out, Qamran Iqbal 67, Basant Mohanty 2-45) versus Odisha 323.
At Jaipur: Haryana 118 and 244/3 (C K Bishnoi 87 not out, Himanshu Rana 83, Aniket Choudhary 1-33) versus Rajasthan 490/6 declared (Robin Bist 150 not out, M K Lomror 106, Yuzvendra Chahal 3-107).
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