Ranji Roundup: Rishabh Pant smashes record-breaking century; Assam stun 2015 runner-ups Saurashtra

Here's the latest from day 4 of the Ranji Trophy

Punjab Defeat UP By Seven Wickets, Grab Six Points
Riding on Jiwanjot Singh's 82-ball 69-run knock, Punjab on Tuesday notched up a seven-wicket win over Uttar Pradesh to grab six valuable points in their Ranji Trophy Group A match in Hyderabad.

 Ranji Roundup: Rishabh Pant smashes record-breaking century; Assam stun 2015 runner-ups Saurashtra

Assam bowler Arup Das celebrates a dismissal. PTI

Chasing 112-run victory target, Punjab resumed their second innings at 61-2 today and overnight batsman Jiwanjot produced his 18th first-class fifty, which was studded with 10 boundaries to seal the win.

He was dismissed in the 28th over with Punjab needing just four more runs to win. Jiwanjot was supported well by overnight batsman Uday Kaul (9 not out), who hit the winning runs with a boundary to seal the win at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad.

With two wins in five matches, Punjab are currently placed third in the pool, behind Tamil Nadu.

Brief Score:

Uttar Pradesh 335 & 95

Jakati's all-round effort gives Goa full points

Left-arm spinner Shadab Jakati bagged 4/41 after a fine effort with the bat to help Goa beat Chhattisgarh by eight wickets in the Ranji Trophy group C cricket fixture at Barabati Stadium on Tuesday in Cuttack.

Having scored a stellar 92 at number eight to hand them a first innings lead, Jakati did the damage with the ball along with fellow left-arm spinner Darshan Misal, who returned career-best figures of 3/24 to lead the rout.

Seven of Chhattisgarh batsmen got out for ducks as their second essay folded for 162 in 67.3 overs to set a paltry 91-run target.

Promoted as opener after his patient 97, Samar Dubhashi steered the chase with an unbeaten 41 from 61 balls (8x4) as Goa coasted to 94/2 in 21.4 overs to secure their first win of the season and jump to sixth place with 10 points from five outings.

Resuming on 95/2, Chhattisgarh lost Mohammad Kaif without any addition to the total in the fifth ball of the morning when the skipper edged one behind the stumps to become the second victim of Rituraj Singh (2/38).

Opener Sahil Gupta waged a lone battle with a watchful 82 from 201 balls (13x4) and had a 53-run partnership with Ashutosh Singh (23) but Jakati triggered the collapse before Misal joined in.

The spin duo snared seven wickets between them as Chhattisgarh lost seven wickets for 14 runs to be dismissed before lunch break.

Chasing 91, Goa had a jittery start losing Sumiran Amonkar (0) for eight, but Dubhashi showed fine application on a turning pitch while skipper Shagun Kamat (34) lent a fine support to script an easy win with a session to spare.

Brief Scores:

Chhattisgarh 198 and 162; 67.3 overs (Sahil Gupta 82; Shadab Jakati 4/41).

Goa 270 and 94/2; 21.4 overs (Samar Dubhashi 41 not out). Goa won by eight wickets.

Points Goa 6, Chhattisgarh 0.

Team effort guides HP to five-wicket win

A collective effort helped Himachal Pradesh climb to second place in group C with a thrilling five-wicket win over Jammu and Kashmir in their Ranji Trophy cricket fixture at JSCA International Stadium Complex on Tuesday in Ranchi.

Inspired by left-arm spinner Bipul Sharma's 4/97, Himachal Pradesh bundled out Jammu and Kashmir for 417 with an addition of 80 to their overnight total to set a tricky target of 210 from two sessions.

Living up to the challenge under fading lights, Himachal Pradesh batsmen put up a brave front as Ankit Kalsi (47) and Prashant Chopra (43) laid the foundation before Robin Bist (52 not out) and Sumeet Verma (21 not out) steered the chase.

Shama also shone with the bat with a quick 19 from 23 balls.

Earlier, seamer Akshay Chauhan (2/76) gave the breakthrough by removing a set Puneet Bisht (41) with an addition of eight to his overnight score.

But it was another left-arm spinner, Mayank Dagar, who castled Samiullah Beigh (46) to break the resistance before Sharma cleaned up the tail with wickets on successive balls.

Jammu and Kashmir lost last three wickets on 417.

Himachal Pradesh now have 15 points, one less than leaders Haryana.

Brief Scores

Jammu and Kashmir 162 and 417; 137 overs (Samiullah Beigh 46, Puneet Bisht 41; Bipul Sharma 4/97).

Himachal Pradesh 370 and 210/5; 44.3 overs (Robin Bist 52 not out, Ankit Kalsi 47, Prashant Chopra 43; Beigh 3/56).

Himachal Pradesh won by 5 wickets.

Mumbai beat Railways by 10 wickets in Ranji Trophy

Riding on Tushar Deshpande's five-wicket haul, defending champions Mumbai registered a comfortable 10-wicket win over Railways and grabbed six points in their Ranji Trophy Group A match in Mysore on Tuesday.

On the fourth day, Deshpande snapped three wickets -- Faiz Ahmed (28), Ashish Yadav (26) and DN Bansal (3) -- to go with the two wickets he had taken yesterday, while Shardul Thakur, Vijay Gohil and Balwinder Sandhu picked up one wicket each to dismiss Railways for 208 after they resumed their second innings at an overnight total of 135-4 on Tuesday.

With just 24 runs to chase, Mumbai openers AA Hrewadkar (18) and SS Iyer (6) completed the task in just 5 overs without losing any wicket at the Srikantadatta Narasimha Raja Wadeyar Ground in Mysore.

Earlier, resuming their second innings at 135/4, Railways lost Nitin Bhille in the 67th over by Thakur. In the 81st over, Faiz Ahmed too was back in the hut when he was caught by Suryakumar Yadav as Railways slipped to 170-6.

Five overs later, Karn Sharma was then cleaned up by Sandhu and in the next over Ashish Yadav too departed after being caught by Kaustubh Pawar. Amit Mishra and Deepak Bansal too was dismissed cheaply after Railways crossed the 200-mark.

Brief Score:

Mumbai 345 & 24/0 in 5 overs (AA Herwadkar 18 not out; KV SHarma 0/6)

Railways 160 & 208 all out in 92.1 overs (SP Wakaskar 39; T Deshpande 5/35).

Services grab 3 points after dismissing Andra for 341

Vikas Yadav (3/81) and Azaruddin Bloch (5/92) shared eight wickets to help Services dismiss Andhra for 341 and grab a crucial first innings lead of 105 runs as their Ranji Trophy Group C match ended in a tame draw in Indore on Tuesday.

Owing to their first innings lead, Services grabbed three points and Andra pocketed one point at the Holkar Cricket Stadium in Indore.

In their second innings, Services were at 27 for no loss when the stumps were drawn for the final time.

Services stuck as early as in the first over on the fourth and final day when Diwesh Pathania dismissed overnight batsman Koripalli Sreekanth (24) after Andra resumed their first innings at 177/1.

Hanuma Vihari (54), who had retired hurt at a score of 18 yesterday, came back to complete his half-century before being removed in the 99th over by Bloch, who also dismissed Ravi Teja in the 103rd over as Andra slipped to 243-5.

Overnight batsman Prasanth Kumar, who was not out at 90 yesterday, completed his century before becaming a victim of Yadav in the 100th over.

Ashwin Hebbar (8) was then caught by Anshul Gupta in the 114th over and Siva Kumar (0) was removed in the next over by Raushan Raj as Andra slumped to 265-7. Bhargav Bhatt was then cleaned up by Yadav.

AG Pradeep (76) and Bandaru Ayyappa (4) then took Andra across the 300-mark before the latter was dismissed by Bloch. Pradeep was the last to get out in the 146th over.

Brief Score:

Services 446 & 27/0 in 6 overs

Andhra 1st innings: 341 in 145.2 overs (DB Prasanth 110, AG Pradeep 76; AM Bloch 5/92).

Three Odisha batsmen hit centuries in drawn match

Ranjit Singh, Subhranshu Senapati and debutant Abhishek Yadav hit a century each as their batting heroics helped Odisha eke out a draw against Rajasthan after being asked to follow on in their Ranji Trophy cricket match in Patiala on Tuesday.

Ranjit (116) and Senapati (137) put together a 233-run partnership for the third wicket as both batsmen reached centuries before lunch, before both were dismissed in the space of four runs.

Odisha at that stage slipped from 318 for 2 to 334 for 5.

Yadav then struck a 157-ball 115 not out supported by Saurabh Rawat (45) as they ended on 508 for 6 at stumps at the Dhruve Pandove Stadium here.

Rajasthan used 10 bowlers in the innings, as they settled for three points due to their first-innings lead in the Group B match.

Odisha received a solitary point despite the fine rearguard act of their batsmen in their second innings.

Yesterday, Odisha were asked to follow on after they were dismissed for 172 in reply to Rajasthan's first innings total of 323 all out.

Brief Scores:

Rajasthan: 323 all out

Odisha: 172 & 508/6 dec in 156 overs (Ranjit Singh 116, Subhranshu Senapati 137, Abhishek Yadav 115 not out).

Haryana's Saini hit 152 in drawn match

Nitin Saini hit a career-best 152 not out in Haryana's second innings as their Ranji Trophy cricket match against Kerala ended in a draw in Jaipur on Tuesday.

Haryana had to settle with a solitary point as they had conceded first-innings lead to Kerala at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium.

Kerala got three points. They had responded to Haryana's first-innings 303 with 404 for 9 declared.

Haryana then ended the third day on 6 for no loss. They ended the final day on 315 for 3, with Saini sharing partnerships of 145 for the third wicket with Rajat Paliwal (75) and Mohit Hooda (50 not out).

Brief Scores:

Haryana 303 & 315/3 in 88 overs (Nitin Saini not out, Rajat Paliwal 75)

Kerala: 404/9 dec.

Das' 12 wickets guide Assam to stunning win

Fast-medium bowler Arup Das claimed a match haul of 12 wickets as bottom-placed Assam stunned last season's runners-up Saurashtra by nine wickets in their Ranji Trophy group C cricket fixture at Eden Gardens on Tuesday.

Arup (5/21) and his pace partner Krisha Das (4/27) - both hail from Barpeta - maintained a tidy line and length on a pitch with little assistance for seamers.

Saurashtra put up yet another atrocious batting display to be bundled out for 81 in 39.5 overs in their second innings, their lowest against Assam.

Chasing a paltry 64, Assam lost opener Rahul Hazarika (8) for team's score of 11 but Rishav Das (30 not out) and Sibsankar Roy (24 not out) chased down the target in one hour and 19 minutes after Saurashtra lost wickets in a heap in an extended first session.

Das returned with a match haul of 12/70 to better his 11/124 against Punjab in last season's quarters, and the victory tasted sweeter as it came against a team who had beaten them in the semifinals in 2015-16.

Rain had robbed four sessions after a washout on day one, and a delayed start the next day, but heavyweights Saurashtra's meek surrender -- losing five wickets for nine runs in a space of 35 balls in the post-lunch session -- meant it hardly mattered to Assam who won with a session to spare on the final day.

Their second loss from four matches pushed Saurashtra (six points) to bottom of group B while Assam jumped to sixth place with seven from five matches.

Terming it special, Arup said: "We desperately needed a victory and I'm happy to have contributed in a winning cause. The win will give us much-needed confidence ahead of our remaining three matches."

Krishna gave the first breakthrough of the day when Sagar Jogiyani (0) edged an outswinger at second slip before Arup joined in dismissing Dharmendrasinh Jadeja (12).

Amitoze Singh offered some resistance and counter attacked against Abu Nechim with three boundaries as the seamer conceded 13 runs in his first over.

But the experienced Nechim fought back to castle Amitoze who missed the line to be out for 30, something that triggered the collapse.

In a devastating second spell of six overs, Krishna claimed three wickets for seven runs, including four maidens.

Saurashtra were 39/6 and then 69/8 as their late order batting had revived their first innings total to 153 after Assam opted to field following the first day washout.

"I don't want to make it an excuse but toss definitely played a role," Saurashtra coach Sitanshu Kotak said.

"Having said that, it was definitely not an 80-run wicket. Our batting is letting us down. We have not batted this badly in the last two seasons."

Brief Scores:

Saurashtra 153 and 81; 39.5 overs (Arup Das 5/21, Krishna Das 4/27).

Assam 171; 62.3 overs and 66/1; 15.4 overs.

Assam won by nine wickets.

Points: Assam 6, Saurashtra 0.

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Updated Date: Nov 08, 2016 22:39:01 IST