Ranji Trophy semifinal: Arpit Vasavada 139 puts Saurashtra in command vs Gujarat

Arpit Vasavada’s gritty 139 propelled Saurashtra to set a challenging 327-run target for Gujarat on the fourth day of their Ranji Trophy semi-final here on Tuesday.

Chintan Gaja’ fiery spell had brought Gujarat back into contention on the third day, but Vasavada’s seventh first-class hundred, and the third this season, swung the momentum in favour of the hosts.

Courtesy his ton and handy contributions from Chetan Sakariya (45), Chirag Jani (51) and Dharmendrasinh Jadeja (21), Saurashtra recovered from a dismal 15 for five to post 274 in their second innings.

They had a 52-run lead and hence the target set was 327.

When stumps were drawn, Gujarat were seven for one with opener Priyank Panchal (0) back in the hut.

Earlier, resuming the day at 66 for five, Sakariya and Vasavada were going strong before their 90-run sixth-wicket stand was broken by a horrible mix-up between the two, which resulted in the former’s dismissal.

The hosts lost their sixth wicket on 105. Jani then joined Vasavada and played the perfect second-fiddle as the hosts took lunch at 155 for six. Saurashtra’s overall lead had by then passed the 200-run mark.

Post lunch, Vasavada and Jani kept frustrating the Gujarat bowlers.

It was Gaja again, who provided the crucial breakthrough for the visitors by dismissing Jani in the 84th over.

The new ball did the trick for Gaja, as he bowled in the good length area and Jani’s outside edge flew to Samit Gohel in the second slip. Vasavasa and Jani added 109 runs for the seventh wicket.

Gaja took his seventh wicket when he removed Prerak Mankad (1) at the stroke of tea, which Saurashtra took at 222-8.

After Jadeja fell, Vasavada upped the ante but perished in the process. In his 139-run innings, he blasted 16 fours and a six.

Considering that it’s a worn-out pitch, it would be a tough ask for Parthiv Patel-led side to chase the target on the final day.

The winner of this game will clash with Bengal, who made to the summit clash after defeating Karnataka.

Brief Scores: Saurashtra 304 and 274 (Arpit Vasavada 139, Chirag Jani 51; Chintan Gaja 7/71) v/s Gujarat 252 and 7/1.

Gujarat need 320 runs to win.

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Ishan Porel can dismiss Virat Kohli in current form: Bengal Ranji coach Arun Lal impressed by Bengal pacer

Ishan Porel has made some rapid strides and seems ready for the big leap, assessed Bengal Ranji team coach Arun Lal, who also felt that the young pacer can trouble even India skipper Virat Kohli.

The 21-year-old Porel was at his fiery best on Monday as he caught India batsman KL Rahul plumb with a sharp inswinger to leave Karnataka reeling at 98 for three in the Ranji Trophy semifinal.

“He’s in great form at the moment. He’s bowling deliveries that can get big batsmen out, like a KL Rahul, or a Virat Kohli. He’s bowling that kind of bowling,” Lal told reporters after day three of their Ranji semifinals.

“He’s bowling it in that channel. You won’t see him bowling one outside leg stump. He’s testing you all the time. He doesn’t give too many runs that’s another pressure. KL Rahul is at the peak of his ability at the moment. You watch him scoring runs, he’s magnificent, terrific. It’s a great achievement to get him out cheaply.”

Lal went on to remember his 4/50 against Andhra in the league stage in which he dismissed another India player Hanuma Vihari for 23.

“He got Hanuma out with the delivery that rose up from length. I think he’s ready, to me he’s almost there,” he said.

Fresh from India A’s tour to New Zealand, Porel was the wrecker-in-chief with his 5/39 as Karnataka folded for 122 in their first innings.

“I know he has the ability to get the big batsmen out. We are giving him the leeway and rope to go flat out, bowl five-six overs at a stretch.”

The lanky pacer, who was injury-prone earlier, has worked on his fitness as he’s extracting pace and bounce to intimidate the batsmen at ease.

Lal said it’s time that the Kings XI Punjab recruit translates his red-ball performance into the white-ball cricket with IPL set to begin soon.

“Playing IPL gives you huge experience, mental makeup and confidence. If you get International batsmen out, win the match it’s huge and adds another dimension to you. The world today demands that you play all formats.

“If I’m a cricketer today, I would like to play all three formats. I would like to be good enough in all three formats. He needs to do that as well.”

Lal feels the key for the tall pacer would be to use his high arm action to advantage and develop slower ones and yorker and then he could be an asset to the side.

“He needs to get the slower ones, the yorker like anybody else in the country. I think he can do it. He has the height. He’s got a very high-arm delivery. He’s not a round arm action.

“His yorkers are pretty lethal once he starts getting it. I think he will be an asset in white-ball cricket as well if not now maybe a year down the line.”

Lal, however, rues Bengal’s yet another batting collapse and said they fell at least 100-run short.

Bengal were bundled out for 161 but their massive first-innings lead of 190 meant they still were the favourites to make their first Ranji final in 13 years.

“Even I’m clueless about our top-order failure. We were all thinking of getting another 100 runs. Definitely we did not bat well. The match is slightly in our favour but you can’t take anything for granted in cricket,” he said.

Karnataka spinner K Gowtham said they’re not yet bogged down and looking forward to chasing down the target.

“We are confident. hopefully, we come out with winning colours tomorrow. We need to focus and put a price tag on our wickets. Hopefully, it comes out right,” he said.

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Ranji Trophy semifinals: KL Rahul falls for 0 as Karnataka face daunting 352 chase

KL Rahul got out on a duck but Devdutt Padikkal cracked a gritty half-century to keep Karnataka in the hunt as they needed 254 to win against Bengal at stumps on the third day of the Ranji Trophy semi-finals at Eden Gardens on Monday.

In the other semi clash, medium-pacer Chintan Gaja took all five wickets to thrust Gujarat back in the contest after Saurashtra were reduced to 66/5 with a lead of 118. Gaja, who also scored a vital 61 with the bat, returned figures of 5/15 in seven overs.

At the Eden, all eyes were on in-form India batsman Rahul who was not picked for the Test squad in New Zealand despite scoring heavily in white-ball cricket. Rahul had a point to prove in the five-day format and the stage was set for him to make a mark.

But he failed in both innings, getting out on 26 in the first essay and then being trapped in front by Ishan Porel off just the second ball of his innings. On a day when India were drubbed 0-2 by the Kiwis in Christchurch after they lost the second Test by seven wickets, Rahul’s woeful return did not make good reading.

Bengal resumed the third day on 72/4 but lost their way as Abhimanyu Mithun (4/23) and Krishnappa Gowtham (3/15) did not allow the batters to settle and bundled them out for 161.

Sudip Chatterjee top-scored for the hosts with a fighting 45 as first innings’ hero Anustup Majumdar also made 41. Karnataka were dealt a heavy blow in their pursuit of 352 to win. Rahul was dismissed by a peach of a delivery by India ‘A’ pacer Porel who nabbed five wickets in the first innings.

Rahul offered no shot and chose to leave the delivery outside the line but it swung in sharply to have him plumb in front. Karnataka pair of R. Samarth (27) and Paddikal (50 batting) put up a 57-run partnership after the fall of Rahul but Bengal broke the partnership with a successful review from the bowling of Akash Deep who had Samarth trapped in front.

Mukesh Kumar dismissed Karun Nair (6) as all the three pacers had a share of one wicket each at the close of day three. The 19-year-old Padikkal remained unbeaten on 50 in the company of Manish Pandey (11).

At Rajkot, 25-year old Gaja was the star at the SCA Stadium in Khandheri. The Ahmedabad-born bowler removed Harvik Desai (0), Kishan Parmar (0), Avi Barot (1), Vishwaraj Jadeja (6) and first-innings centurion Sheldon Jackson (0) to reduce Saurashtra to 15/5.

But an experienced Arpit Vasavada (23 not out) and Chetan Sakariya (32 not out) stood tall against the Gujarat bowlers till the close of play.

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Ranji Trophy Semifinals: Sheldon Jackson slams ton and bowlers put Saurashtra ahead of Gujarat

Jackson’s knock of 103 helped Saurashtra post 304 and then the home team bowlers wreaked havoc on Gujarat’s batting line-up to reduce them to 119 for six.

Resuming on overnight 217 for five, through Sheldon Jackson and Chirag Jani (29), Saurashtra negated the early challenge posed by the opposition bowlers.

Jackson got a reprieve on 82 when skipper Parthiv Patel dropped a catch off pacer Arzan Nagwaswalla. He made the most of this by notching up his 19th first-class hundred and third this season.

Jackson and Jani were looking good before Gujarat bounced back with medium-pacer Roosh Kalaria sending both the batsmen back to the pavilion.

He first trapped Jani in front of the wicket and then got Jackson to edge to Parthiv as Saurashtra slipped to 266 for seven.

Jackson and Jani added 103 run wicket for the sixth wicket.

Prerak Mankad (15) and Dharmendrasinh Jadeja (15) ensured the hosts didn’t lose any further wicket till lunch. Saurashtra took lunch at 290 for seven.

After lunch, Gujarat bowlers wrapped up the tail as Saurashtra lost three wickets for seven runs.

Pacer Arzan Nagaswalla (5/81) grabbed a five-for, while Axar Patel took three wickets and Roosh Kalaria bagged two.

However, Saurashtra pacers reduced Gujarat to one for 2 after Unadkat sent Priyank Panchal (0) in the first over and in the second over Chetan Sakariya cleaned up Samit Gohel (1).

Then, Dhruv Raval (35) and Bhargav Merai (13) tried to steady the ship, but the latter was dismissed when he offered a sitter to Jackson off Prerak Mankad, as the visitors slipped to 37 for three.

Raval, too, was unable to convert his start as he became Unadkat’s second victim with Gujarat in deep trouble at 58 for four.

Dharmendrasinh Jadeja then struck twice and got the prize wicket of Parthiv (27) as Gujarat had lost half the side for 95. It soon became 97 for six when Jadeja sent back Chirag Gandhi for a zero.

Rujul Bhatt (27 not out) and Axar Patel (7 not out) made sure that there were no further losses before stumps.

Brief scores:

Saurashtra 304 (Sheldon Jackson 103, Kishan Parmar 37; Arzan Nagwaswalla 5-81) vs Gujarat 119/6. Gujarat trail by 185 runs.

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Ranji Trophy Semifinals: Bengal in drivers seat after Ishan Porel’s five wicket haul

Ishan Porel complemented Anustup Majumdar’s unbeaten century with a five-wicket haul to put Bengal in command against a star-studded Karnataka in their Ranji Trophy semifinal here on Sunday.

After Majumdar’s 149 not out propelled Bengal to 312 after being down at 67 for 6 at one stage, the 21-year-old Porel snared 5 for 39 as the three-pronged Bengal pace attack dismissed the batting-heavy Karnataka for a paltry 122 in 36.2 overs, their lowest total this season.

India opener Rahul, who was adjudged man-of-the-series in their 5-0 T20I whitewash of New Zealand recently, looked out of sorts and scored a forgettable 67-ball 26 (2x4s).

Spinner Krishnappa Gowtham (31) top-scored for Karnataka in a quick 56-run (46 balls) eighth-wicket stand with Abhimanyu Mithun (24) to help Karnataka avoid the follow-on but only to concede a massive 190-run first innings lead.

A total of 15 wickets tumbled on day two as Bengal were 72 for 4 at stumps with Sudip Chatterjee (40 not out) giving Majumdar (1 not out) company, extending the hosts’ overall lead to a sizeable 262-run.

In the fag end, Majumdar survived after getting out off a no-ball off Ronit More, as Bengal brightened their prospects to make their first final in Ranji Trophy after 13 years.

Having already conceded the first-innings lead, Karnataka will now have to pull off something special in their second essay to avoid their third semifinal defeat in a row.

Earlier, Majumdar played the innings of his life in a 207-ball knock spanning five hours as Bengal pulled off a heist with their last four batsmen adding 245 runs in a spectacular rescue-act.

He continued to frustrate the Karnataka bowlers, hitting three sixes and 21 boundaries and with last man Porel added 54 runs from 79 balls as the duo batted together for 45 minutes.

Such was the effect of Majumdar’s dominating innings that Karnataka looked morally down and out of sorts and Bengal bowlers capitalised on it fully to bundle out the visitors inside two sessions (212 minutes).

Porel gave the first breakthrough when he induced an edge from R Samarth (0) with a ball that angled in before straightening up and Manoj Tiwary gleefully accepted the chance at the second slip.

Porel was on a roll as he sent back Karun Nair (3) in the first ball of his second over in almost an action replay of the first dismissal, only this time the Karnataka skipper was caught by Maujmdar at the first slip.

At the other end, India opener Rahul, fresh from three fifties and one century in the limited overs series in New Zealand, survived some anxious moments including a caught-behind review.

Under pressure, Rahul, who was playing his first Ranji match after more than two years, took his time and struck his first boundary in the seventh over playing Porel with soft hands through the slip cordon.

As Rahul looked to rebuild Karnataka innings in the company of Krishnamurthy Siddharth, it was Akash Deep (3/30) who joined the party dismissing the latter for 14.

Mukesh Kumar (2/46) opened his account knocking off Manish Pandey’s (12) middle stumps but his biggest scalp came later in the form of Rahul as Bengal camp went in jubilation in front of a 4,000-odd Sunday crowd.

In a surprise decision the in-form 19-year-old left-handed opener Devdutt Padikkal dropped down to six only to become Porel’s third victim in the first over of his second spell.

At that crucial phase, Karnataka lost three wickets in three overs including that of Rahul, who failed to convert his start and lost his wicket playing an uppish drive to to Abhishek Raman at deep point.

Brief Scores

Bengal 312; 92 overs (Anustup Majumdar 149 not out; Ronit More 3/52, Abhimanyu Mithun 3/77, Prasidh Krishna 2/78). Karnataka 122; 36.2 overs (KL Rahul 26; Ishan Porel 5/39, Akash Deep 3/30, Mukesh Kumar 2/46) and 72/4 (Mithun 3/9).

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Ranji Trophy: Anustup Majumdar hundred revives Bengal against Karnataka after top-order collapse

Anustup Majumdar struck an unbeaten century to once again become Bengal’s saviour after a familiar top order collapse as he single-handedly took his side to 275 for nine on the opening day of their Ranji Trophy semifinal against a star-studded Karnataka here on Saturday.

Fresh from his career-best 157 from a similar position in the quarterfinals, Majumdar slammed an unbeaten 120 (173 balls; 18×4, 1×6) to revive Bengal innings after they were asked to bat first.

The home side are making a bid to reach the final after 13 years.

The first day’s play also saw the first dismissal via DRS in domestic cricket when Karnataka pace spearhead Abhimanyu Mithun got the wicket of Abhishek Raman (0) in the 16th delivery of the innings.

The DRS was used for the first time in India’s domestic circuit in the two ongoing Ranji semifinals, but only with limited options as there was no HawkEye, Snickometer or UltraEdge.

In an almost action replay of the Odisha match in which they staged a stunning turnaround from 46/5, Bengal were staring down the barrel on Saturday also with their top batsmen, including skipper Abhimanyu Easwaran (15) and Manoj Tiwary (8), back in the pavillion after playing reckless shots.

The scoreboard read a precarious 62/4 when the onus fell once again on Majumdar after Tiwary departed in trying to hit spinner K Gowtham across the line.

There was worse to follow for Bengal when Ronit More (2/45) gave a double blow, dismissing a well-set Sudip Chatterjee (20) and Shreevats Goswami (0) in four balls as the home side were tottering at 67/6 at lunch.

But the veteran Majumdar, who returned to Bengal in 2016 after poor form with the Indian Railways, was full of poise as he revived the innings in the last two sessions with a century stand for the ninth wicket with Akash Deep (44).

All-rounder Shahbaz Ahmed also played his part with a 72-run partnership with Majumdar that came in quick time (119 balls).

The rookie left-hander, who has been a revelation this season, was in his elements with seven exquisite boundaries but only to be cleaned up by a peach of a delivery by Karnataka pace spearhead Abhimanyu Mithun (3/65).

Thereafter, number nine Akash Deep gave full support to Majumdar, smashing three sixes and three boundaries en route to his career-best 44 in an entertaining final session for Bengal.

The duo were at the crease for close to two hours in their 103-run stand from 136 balls, frustrating the Karun Nair-led side who went in for four bowling options to accommodate India opener, KL Rahul, in place of J Suchith.

As the Eden Gardens wicket eased out from the second session and Karnataka’s three-pronged pace attack got tired, Majumdar took full advantage, playing his shots against the sole spinner Krishnappa Gowhtam who bowled 26 overs, including an 18-over marathon spell.

Majumdar spent four hours and 11 minutes during his unbeaten knock from 173 balls. He notched up his ninth first-class hundred, seventh in Ranji Trophy, with a flick in the square leg boundary off Mithun.

Karnataka were also lackluster on the field and dropped two catches — by wicketkeeper S Sharath and skipper Nair as Bengal scripted an amazing recovery.

Gujarat restrain Saurashtra as Sheldon Jackson shines

Led by Arzan Nagwaswalla’s three wickets, Gujarat bowlers produced a disciplined show and restricted Saurashtra to 217 for five on the opening day of their Ranji Trophy semifinal here on Saturday.

For the hosts, only Sheldon Jackson (69 not out) was able to convert his start at the SCA stadium.

Initially, it seemed Gujarat skipper Parthiv Patel’s decision to put Saurashtra in backfired, but the bowlers made a splendid comeback and pegged the hosts back on two occasions.

Saurashtra openers Harvik Desai (35) and Kishan Parmar (37) gave the hosts a sedate start and negated the early challenge well, especially the questions posed by medium-pacer Chitan Gaja (0-42).

Parmar got a life when he was caught off a no-ball and then he survived a few thick edges. Gujarat missed another chance as Roosh Kalaria dropped Parmar on 36. Despite the reprieves, Parmar couldn’t convert his start and was cleaned up by left-arm spinner Axar Patel (2-47). The openers added 62 runs for the first wicket.

Avi Barot (27) then joined Desai as Saurashtra took lunch at 87 for one.

However, post-lunch Gujarat bagged two wickets in two overs. First, Desai departed after being caught by Bhargav Merai off medium-pacer Nagwaswalla (3-40), and in the very next over, Barot played recklessly and was caught by Dhruv Ravel, as the hosts slipped to 102 for three.

Then, Vishwaraj Jadeja (26) and senior pro Jackson, steadied the ship and lifted Saurashtra to 160 for three at tea.

But, right after tea, Nagwaswalla grabbed two wickets in two balls to leave Saurashtra tottering at 162 for five. Jadeja edged to Parthiv and senior pro Arpit Vasavada was caught by Rujul Bhatt. His double blow brought Gujarat back into the game.

The fall of wickets did not bother Jackson, who stood firm at the other end. He hammered nine boundaries and two towering sixes in his unbeaten knock. He also found an able allay in Chirag Jani (16 not out) as the two rebuilt the innings with their unbroken 55-run stand.

Brief Scores:

Bengal: 275/9 from 82 overs (Anustup Majumdar 120 batting; Akash Deep 44, Shahbaz Ahmed 35; Abhimanyu Mithun 3/65) vs Karnataka.

Saurashtra 217/5 (Sheldon Jackson 69 no; Kishan Parmar 37; Arzan Nagwaswalla 3-40) versus Gujarat.

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Ranji Knockouts: Jammu set to take innings lead, Saurashtra close in on semifinals berth

Chintan Gaja, who had scored a fifty as Gujarat posted a mammoth 602/8d in the first innings, picked up five wickets as Goa were bowled out for 173. While Goa skipper Amit Verma scored 56, he hardly found any support as Gujarat opened up a big 429-run lead in the first innings.

The Parthiv Patel-led side then chose to bat again and ended the day at 158/1, leading Goa by 587 runs, with Samit Gohil batting on 70 and Bhargav Merai scoring an unbeaten 49.

At the DRIEMS Ground in Cuttack, Nilkantha Das, Ishan Porel and Mukesh Kumar picked up three wickets each while Bengal secured an 82-run lead.

Odisha, at one stage, were 135/1, but Bengal struck back, scalping three quick wickets before stumps on the second day and on the third day took off from where they had left to restrict Odisha to 250.

Bengal ended the day at 79/2 and extended their overall lead to 161 runs.

In Jammu, Karnataka scored 206 against Jammu and Kashmir after the match resumed following no play on the second day. While Auqib Nabi, Mujtaba Yousuf, and Parvez Rasool scalped three wickets each, KV Siddharth’s 76 and Manish Pandey’s 37 helped Karnataka score 206.

Karnataka lost skipper Karun Nair early, but Siddharth and Pandey added 61 runs from 58 balls before the latter got out on Yousuf’s bowling. Srinivas Sharath, who scored 26, and Siddharth then added 69 runs together to take Karnataka close to 150.

Jagadeesha Suchith then chipped in with 18 runs before Karnataka were all out for 206. In response, Jammu and Kashmir scored 88 runs for the loss of two wickets before the close of play.

In the Saurashtra versus Andhra quarterfinal in Ongole, Jaydev Unadkat and Dharmendrasinh Jadeja scalped four and three wickets respectively as Saurashtra bowled out Andhra for 136 to secure a 283-run lead.

Before the close of play, Saurashtra scored 93 runs for the loss of two wickets and extended their overall lead to 376 runs.

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Spirited performance from Saurashtra knocks Mumbai out of Ranji trophy title race

Multiple-time champions Mumbai were knocked out of the ongoing Ranji Trophy after drawing against Saurashtra on the fourth and final day of their elite Group B match here on Friday. Saurashtra’s Dharmendrasinh Jadeja and Kamlesh Makwana played patient knocks to deny Mumbai an outright win.

Saurashtra, thus, took three points from the drawn affair, courtesy their first-innings lead. Mumbai, whose fight back was led with Surya Kumar Yadav’s ton, had to be content with a lone point.

Mumbai, the most successful team in the history of Ranji Trophy with 41 titles, still have a game left against Madhya Pradesh, but their campaign is over as they have only 14 points and even an outright win won’t help them to make the knock-outs.

Only top five teams from combined Group A and B make the quarter-finals.

Two teams go through from Group C, while one team moves ahead from the Plate Group.

On fourth and final day, Mumbai spinners Shams Mulani (3/47) and Shashank Attarde (3/45) ran through the Saurashtra top and middle order to leave the hosts reeling at 83 for 7 to raise hopes of a Mumbai win.

But then Jadeja, who came in at number nine and Makwana, who came in at eight, held both the ends up and batted together for almost 40 overs to deny Mumbai six points.

Makwana, who remained unbeaten on 31, consumed 116 balls, while Jadeja who remained unbeaten on 33 batted for 125 balls.

The duo negated the challenge posed by Mumbai spinners on a deteriorating track and dashed Mumbai’s hopes.

After Mumbai declared for 362 for 7 in their second essay, Attarde removed Snell Patel (0) with a return catch. Just two balls later, Attarde got his second after Divyaraj Chouhan’s (0) flick was caught at short-mid wicket by Mulani.

Soon, it became 21/3 as Mulani got one to skid and trapped Sheldon Jackson (11) in-front of the wicket.

Harvik Desai (24) and Arpit Vasavada (31) ensured that Saurashtra took lunch at 35 for 3. But post lunch, Mumbai grabbed another four wickets as Saurashtra imploded fast.

First Mulani broke through Harvik Desai’s defence as he was caught by Jay Bista and then Chirag Jani (0) and Prerak Mankad (9) too perished quickly.

Mulani then removed danger-man Vasavada as Saurashtra were on the verge of a defeat.

But then Jadeja and Makwana joined hands and dashed Mumbai’s hopes.

Saurahstra next play Tamil Nadu and still has a chance to make the quarters.

Meanwhile at Shimoga, Madhya Pradesh grabbed three points after their match ended in a draw against Karnataka.

Karnataka had posted huge 426 in their first innings, but Aditya Srivastava struck a gritty 192 to give Madhya Pradesh give the crucial first innings lead.

In the national capital, Railways took three points from their drawn game against Himachal Pradesh, courtesy the first-innings lead.

Brief Scores: Mumbai 262 and 362/7 declared (Suryakumar Yadav 134, Shams Mulani 92; Prerak Mankad 2-52) vs Saurashtra 335 and158/7. Match Drawn. Saurashtra took first-innings lead. Saurashtra 3 points, Mumbai 1 point.

At Shimoga: Karnataka 426 and 62/1 v/s Madhya Pradesh 431 (Aditya Shrivastava 192, Venkatesh Iyer 86; Abhimanyu Mithun 3/69). Match Drawn. MP took first innings lead. MP 3 points, Karnataka 1 point.

At New Delhi (Karnail Singh Stadium): Himachal Pradesh 283 and 165/3 v/s Railways 545 for 7 declared. Match drawn. Railways took first-innings lead. Railways 3 points, HP 1 point.

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Ranji Trophy wrap: Suryakumar leads Mumbai fightback vs Saurashtra, Vignesh shines in Tamil Nadu win

Suryakumar Yadav blazed his way to 134 to lead Mumbai’s fightback on the third day of their Elite Group B Ranji Trophy game against Saurashtra after the domestic giants conceded 73 runs first-innings lead.

After losing opener Bhupen Lalwani (3) early, Surya (134 off 130 balls, 17×4, 3×6) and Jay Bista (46) wiped out the deficit in just 16 overs to keep Mumbai in the hunt at the SCA Stadium in Khandheri.

Surya notched up his 14th first-class 100, as he played his usual aggressive game, while Bista played second fiddle.

The duo added 119-runs for the second wicket and their partnership brought Mumbai back into the contention in what is a must-win game.

Surya got a life at 44 and he made optimum use of it.

Mumbai went to tea at 120 for 1, 47 runs ahead.

But two overs after tea, Bista was dismissed by left- arm spinner Parth Bhut after giving a sitter to Harvik Desai in the slip cordon.

All-rounder Shams Mulani was promoted to number four and he added 98 runs for the third wicket with Surya as Mumbai looked to gain the upper-hand.

But left-arm orthodox spinner Dharmendrasinh Jadeja, who troubled Surya, won the battle after trapping him in front of the wicket.

In-form Sarfaraz Khan joined Mulani and the two remained unbeaten when stumps were drawn with Mumbai at 285 for 3, extending the lead by 212 runs.

Earlier, resuming at the overnight 257 for 6, Saurashtra overhauled Mumbai’s first-innings score of 262.

A gritty unbeaten 84 by Chirag Jani helped the hosts take a 73-run first innings lead.

Jani was hit on the helmet twice, but he continued playing and his contribution was valuable.

However, as the game appeared to be slipping away, the Mumbai bowlers did well to bounce back and bowled out Saurashtra for 335.

Vignesh fifer helps Tamil Nadu thrash Baroda in Vadodara

Meanwhile, Tamil Nadu defeated Baroda by an innings and 57 runs at Motibaug Ground in Vadodara with right-arm medium pacer K Vignesh taking a fifer in the second essay.

Due to Vignesh’s heroics with the ball, Tamil Nadu dismissed the hosts for 259 in their second innings to register an emphatic win and picked up seven points.

His haul included the key wicket of captain Krunal Pandya, who made a defiant 74 (95 balls, 10 fours, 2 sixes), having him caught in the deep by substitute M Siddharth and Deepak Hooda (4).

The 25-year-old medium-pacer, who made a comeback into the team after being dropped for the match against Railways (which Tamil Nadu won comprehensively), said it was good to be back in the squad and among wickets too.

“The wicket was good and we had to really bowl well in the second innings because it slightly eased out after we batted,” Vignesh said.

Brief Scores: Mumbai 262 and 285 for 3 (Suryakumar Yadav 134, Shams Mulani 67 not out) vs Saurashtra 335 (Sheldon Jackson 85, Chirag Jani 84 not out, Royston Dias 4-64). Mumbai lead by 212 runs.

At Vadodara: Baroda 174 and 259 (Krunal Pandya 74; A Sheth 70; K Vignesh 5-62) vsTamil Nadu 490/7 declared. Baroda lost by an innings and 57 runs. Tamil Nadu: 7 points, Baroda: 0 points.

At Shimoga: Karnataka 426 vs Madhya Pradesh 311/4 (Aditya Shrivastava 109 not out, Venkatesh Iyer 80). Madhya Pradesh trail by 115 runs.

At New Delhi (Karnail Singh Stadium): Himachal Pradesh 283 and 24/0 vs Railways 545 for 7 declared (Arindam Ghosh 204 not out, Karn Sharma 82, Mahesh Rawat 60 ; AP Vashisht 3/110, M J Dagar 3/114). Himachal Pradesh trail by 238 runs.

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Ranji Trophy: Middle-order rescues Gujarat, Haryana beat Assam

Despite a shaky start, the Gujarat middle-order came to the rescue of their side against Delhi in a round 8 match of the Ranji Trophy at the Arun Jaitely stadium here on Wednesday. The visitors were in trouble after losing four wickets for just 88 runs but an unbeaten Manprit Juneja (88) and Dhruv Raval (83) showed grit and determination to power Gujarat to 269/4 on the second day of the tie.

Earlier, Delhi had scored 293 in their first essay.

In a low-scoring contest in Patiala, hosts Punjab overhauled a 124-run target against Andhra losing six wickets as stumper Anmol Malhotra played an unbeaten 51-run knock.

Bengal’s Nilkantha Das’s (4/26) four-wicket haul reduced hosts Rajasthan to 156/8 in Jaipur. Earlier in reply to Rajasthan’s 241 in the first innings, the visitors had managed to put just 123 on the board.

After wrapping up Vidarbha for 326, Mohammed Azharuddin’s 81 helped Kerala end the day at 191/3 in Nagpur. For Vidarbha, Akshay Wakhare scalped two wickets for 41 runs.

Madhya Pradesh were 60/2 against Karnataka, who had amassed a huge 426 in their first innings. Yash Dubey and Shubham Sharma were batting at 17 and 6 respectively when stumps were drawn for the second day.

Arindam Ghosh’s 111 took Railways to 291/5 against Himachal Pradesh in Delhi. Earlier, Himachal had managed 283 in their first innings.

Saurashtra, who had bundled out Mumbai for 262 in their first essay, lost wickets in a similar fashion but managed to finish the day at 257/6, thanks to Sheldon Jackson’s crucial contribution of 85 runs.

After sending back the entire Baroda side for just 174 runs, Tamil Nadu declared their first innings at 490/7. Later, Baroda were 10 for no loss in Vadodra.

Bowling all-rounder Harshal Patel’s eight-wicket haul in Haryana’s match against Assam has helped him set the record for most wickets for the state in a Ranji Trophy season. Harshal took his tally to 51 wickets on Wednesday which takes him past the previous record of 48 that was set by Rajender Goel in the 1983/84 season.

Harshal followed up his first-innings tally of 4/32 with 4/49 in the second innings as Haryana beat Assam by seven wickets in their Group C match.

Brief Scores:

In Delhi: Delhi 293 (Kunwar Bidhuri 78, Himmat Singh 56, Rush Kalaria 5/78).

Gujarat 269/4 (Manprit Juneja 88 batting, Dhruv Raval 83 batting, Samit Gohel 51, Simarjeet Singh 2/53, Kunwar Bidhuri 1/32, Siddhant Sharma 1/53)

At Patiala: Andhra 93 and 134 (Ricky Bhui 61, Varun Choudhary 6/46).
Punjab 108 and (target 124) 129/6 (Anmol Malhotra 51 no, Abhishek Gupta 37).

Punjab 6. Andhra 0.

At Jaipur: Rajasthan 241 and 156/8 (Rajesh Bishnoi 46, Nilkantha Das 4/26).

Bengal 123 (Koushik Ghosh 38, Rituraj Singh 4/30, Tanvir ul Haq 4/48).

At Nagpur: Vidarbha 326 all out (Darshan Nalkande 66, Wasim Jaffer 57, G Sathish 58, MD Nidheesh 5/82). Kerala 191/3 (Mohammed Azharuddeen 81).

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