New Delhi: Delhi spinners Manan Sharma and Vikas Mishra took an hour to grab the remaining four wickets as the Ishant Sharma-led team beat Railways by an innings and 105 runs in their second Group A league match of the Ranji Trophy.
With seven points including a bonus by virtue of innings victory, Delhi are now on top of Group A with 10 points from two games.
Starting the final day at 157 for six, Railways were all out for 206 in their second innings as Manan (3/67 in 17 overs) and Mishra (4/37 in 19.5 overs) were the wreckers-in-chief.
Railways had scored 110 runs in their first innings after Delhi's healthy total of 447.
Railways could add only 49 runs to their overnight score with the last three wickets falling in a jiffy with only a run added to the board.
Skipper Ishant cleaned up Avinash Yadav for 14 to make it 165 for 7 for the Railways.
With the defeat looking imminent, Anureet Singh (27, 32 balls) decided to hit out, adding 40 runs with the dogged Nitin Bhille (73, 204 balls).
Anureet hit four boundaries and a six in his short innings.
He was bowled trying to hit Mishra out and on the same score Bhille was out edging one off Manan to Anuj Rawat behind the stumps.
Mishra then capped off a fine comeback with last wicket which meant that he finished with seven wickets in the match.
Manan was deservingly the 'Man of the Match' for his century and match-haul of 7 wickets.
1) Delhi 1st Innings 447
Railways 110 and 206 in 78.5 overs (Nitin Bhille 73, Vikas Mishra 4/37, Manan Sharma 3/67, Ishant Sharma 1/34)
Delhi won by an innings & 105 runs.
Points: Delhi 7; Railways 0.
2) Hyderabad vs UP. Match abandoned without a ball being bowled. Points: Hyderabad 1 UP 1.
3) Assam 145 and 203 in 73.1 overs (Gokul Sharma 71, R Vinay Kumar 4/31, Krishnappa Gowtham 3/39) Karnataka 469/7 dec.
Karnataka won by an innings and 121 runs.
Points: Kanrataka 7; Assam 0.
Karnataka hand out innings defeat to Assam
Mysore: Karnataka began their 2017 Ranji Trophy campaign with a bang without their big guns like Manish Pandey and KL Rahul, defeating Assam by an innings and 121 runs in the Group A match.
With this win, Karnataka are placed second in the points table with seven points, next to Delhi who have 10 from two matches.
Sent into bat, Assam were skittled out for 145 in their first innings. In reply, Karnataka declared their first innings at 469 for seven, riding high on centuries by Ravikumar Samarth and Krishnappa Gowtham.
Assam did not have answers to the bowling attack of the hosts led by Gowtham and Shreyas Gopal in the first innings and Vinay Kumar, Abhimanyu Mithun and Gowtham in the second.
The Assam innings folded for 203, giving Karnataka their first win of their season's opener.
Gowtham hogged the limelight both with bat and ball. He cracked a match-winning 149 in the first innings and then bagged seven wickets,four of them coming in the first innings.
Skipper Vinay Kumar, eyeing a comeback into the Indian squad,scalped six wickets, four of them in the second innings.
Karnataka were on the cusp of an outright win yesterday itself after restricting Assam to 169 for 6 as the third day's play was stopped due to poor light nearing close of play.
Requiring 155 runs to avoid an innings defeat, unbeaten Assam batsmen - skipper Gokul Sharma and Abu Nechim - resumed their second innings on the fourth and final day's play.
Assam lost the remaining four wickets after adding just 34 runs to their overnight score.
Sharma, who made his second fifty of the match, added another four runs to his overnight 62 not out, before he was cleaned up by Vinay Kumar for 66.
Nechim (17), Wasiur Rahman (3) fell to Mithun. Last man in Rahul (4) fell to Vinay.
Arup Das remained unbeaten at 7.
Mithun bagged three wickets for 47 after going wicketless in the first innings.
Karnataka will play their second match against Hyderabad at Shivamogga from 24 October to 27 October.
Scores: Assam 145 all out (Gokul Sharma 55, Krishnappa Goutham 4 for 20; Shreyas Gopal 3 for 43, Vinay Kumar 2 for 17)
Karnataka first innings: 469 fr 7 declared (Ravikumar Samarth 123, K Goutham 149, Gopal 50; Arup Das 4 for 113; Swaroopam Purkayastha 3 for 80.
Assam 2nd innings; 203 all out (Abhimanyu Mithun 3 for 47, Vinay Kumar 4 for 31, Goutham 3 for 39, Gopal Sharma 66)
Karnataka won by an innings and 121 runs.
Gujarat edge out Kerala in a low-scoring chase
Nadiad: Defending champions Gujarat started their Ranji Trophy group B encounter on a winning note against Kerala despite some anxious moments during their low-scoring chase.
Chasing a target of 106, Gujarat started the day at 22 for 1 with the Parthiv Patel-led side needing only 83 runs on the final day.
Overnight not out batsman Chintan Gaja (4) was out with an addition of nine runs.
Opener Priyank Panchal then added 24 runs for the third wicket along with Bhargav Merai (21) in 11.3 overs but the former then ran himself out with Gujarat still needing 50 runs.
Manprit Juneja was the fourth batsman to get dismissed at the team total at 75.
Jalaj Saxena and Sachin Baby the increased opposition's woes with couple of quick wickets, leaving Gujarat reeling at a score of 81/6. They still needed 24 runs to get past the target.
It was the captain, who played small but crucial knock in company of Chirag Gandhi as they shared 27 runs for the seventh wicket to finally end the game on a winning note.
Both of them did not take pressure and batted at a strike-rate better than other batsmen. Patel played an innings of 18 no off 22 whereas Gandhi too made a vital contribution of 11 no off 16.
At one stage, it seemed like Kerala has made a remarkable comeback but Parthiv's experience in trying circumstances proved to be the key.
Meanwhile, it was a dream debut for former India leg-spinner Piyush Chawla, who played his maiden first-class game for Gujarat.
He had shifted his base to the state before the start of the season. The discarded Indian leg-spinner ended the game with bowling figures of 8 for 135.
Debutant Siddharth Desai, 17-year-old pacer, too made merry on his debut and had a match-haul of nine wickets.
Gujarat will now face Jammu and Kashmir in their next game in Surat while deflated Kerala will fly back home to face Pankaj Singh-led Rajasthan.
Gujarat are all set to miss the services of Jasprit Bumrah and Axar Patel again as both are part of Indian team for ODI series against New Zealand.
Gujarat 307 & 108/6 (Priyank Panchal 30, Bhargav Merai 21, Parthiv Patel 18*; Jalaj Saxena 2-16, Akshay Chandran 2-37)defeat Kerala 208 & 203 in Nadiad.
Points: Gujarat 6 Kerala 0
Rajasthan 1st Innings 423.
Jharkhand 265 and 332/6 (Ishank Jaggi 103 no, Nazim Siddiqui 100, Pankaj Singh 3/53). Match Drawn
Points: Rajasthan 1; Jharkhand 3.
Milestone man Dinda gets 10-for, Shami takes 8 in Bengal win
Raipur: Ashok Dinda made it a memorable 100th first-class game for himself with figures of 10 for 47, overshadowing India star Mohammed Shami's match-haul of eight wickets as Bengal walloped Chhattisgarh by an innings and 160 runs in a Ranji Trophy Group D encounter.
Following on, Chhattisgarh started the final day at 229 for 5 but lost the final five wickets for only 30 more runs as they were all out for 259 in their second innings.
The match was over in less than 12 overs as Shami and Dinda shared the spoils between them.
While Dinda's second innings figures were 3/26 in addition to 7/21 in the first essay, it was Shami, who really made the difference in the second innings with six for 61.
Shami's match figures were 8 for 105 — a reminder to the selectors that he is in fine form.
Most of Shami's wickets were either leg-before or bowled to right-hand batsmen — an indication that he was getting the ball to jag back.
Dinda, on the other hand, bowled his customary hit the deck the stuff with occasional fuller delivery getting his 23rd five-wicket and sixth 10-wicket haul in first class cricket.
Dinda is one of the leading wicket-takers in Bengal's cricketing history with 364 scalps from 100 first-class games.
Bengal: 529/7 decl.
Chhattisgarh: 110 & 259 in 81.4 overs (Abhimanyu Chauhan 115, Ashutosh Singh 71, Mohammed Shami 6/61, Ashok Dinda 3/26).
Bengal won by an innings and 160 runs.
Points: Bengal 7; Chhattisgarh 0.
2) Himachal Pradesh: 625/7 Goa: 255 & 426/2 (Swapnil Asnodkar 167, Sumiran Amonkar 137).
Points: Himachal Pradesh 1; Goa 0.
TN settles for 3 pts vs Tripura as weather plays spoilsport
Chennai: Tamil Nadu had to settle for three points from its drawn Ranji Trophy Group C match against Tripura as rain and bad light played spoilsport on the last two days.
Tamil Nadu declared at overnight total of 357 for 4, a lead of 99 runs, in an effort to push for a victory and maximum points.
However, only 34 overs of play was possible on the final day and the visitors lost three wickets to finish at 91 for three.
Tamil Nadu started the day with spinners Rahil Shah and Test star Ravichandran Ashwin. Left-arm spinner Shah dismissed Tripura openers Bishal Ghosh (3) and Udiyan Bose (12) in his first spell, to reduce the visitors to 21 for 2, still 78 runs in arrears.
Bad light stopped play for some time before play resumed again.
Rajesh Banik (19) and Smit Patel (35 not out) came together to add 41 runs for the third wicket in 17.2 overs, before the former fell to the off-spin of M S Washington Sundar.
Tripura did not lose any more wickets in the next 10.4 overs before bad light stopped play again.
Play never resumed subsequently.
The visiting team collected one point for the draw, while Tamil Nadu got three.
Tamil Nadu now has four points from two matches and next takes on Mumbai in Mumbai from October 24 in a crucial match in Group "C".
Brief scores: Group "C": Tripura 258 and 91 for 3 in 34 overs (Smit Patel 35 not out, Rahil Shah 2 for 30) drew Tamil Nadu 357 for 4 declared (M S Washington Sundar 159, B Indrajith 89 not out).
Points: TN – 3; Tripura – 1.
At Indore: Madhya Pradesh 409 and 145 for 6 in 59 overs (Ankit Sharama 52 not out, Naman Ojha 38, Vijay Gohil 2 for 30) drew Mumbai 440 in 141.4 overs (Jay Bista 135, Surya Kumar Yadav 91, S D Lad 82).
Points: Mumbai – 3; Madhya Pradesh: 1.
At Vadodara: Baroda 373 and 195 for 6 in 71.4 overs (Vishnu Solanki 68, Aditya Waghmode 56) vs Andhra Pradesh 554 in 149.4 overs (G Hanuma Vihari 150, Ricky Bhui 145, B Sumanth 86, A Sheth 5 for 91).
Points: AP -3; Baroda – 1.