Ranji Trophy 2012-13: Round-up, Nov 20
Mumbai, Nov 20: Tamil Nadu and Odisha registered outright wins against Maharashtra and Haryana respectively, in round three of the Ranji Trophy 2012-13 season. Here is the round-up for the final day of this round:
MPCA vs Rajasthan in Jaipur: Rajasthan received three points, while MPCA got one from the drawn match at the KL Saini Ground in Jaipur.
Madhya Pradesh declared their second innings on 466 for six earlier in the day, while Rajasthan were 88 for four when the match ended today. Earlier Rajasthan had posted a score of 379 in reply to MP’s 256 to take a lead in the first innings.
Saurashtra vs Hyderabad in Hyderabad: Saurashtra picked three points on the basis of their first innings lead against Hyderabad.
Chasing 345, the home team was 232 for six in their second innings when stumps were called. Earlier Saurahstra declared their second innings on 270 for six.
Railways vs Punjab in Bhubaneswar: In the drawn game between Railways and Punjab, the latter gained three points on the basis of their first innings lead.
When play was called off Punjab were 59 for two after Railway’s declared their second innings for 353 earlier in the day.
Gujarat vs Bengal in Kolkata: Bengal picked three points from the drawn match against Gujarat on the basis of their first innings lead.
Resuming their second innings on 18 for four on the fourth day, No.8 batsman Rajul Bhatt ensured a draw for Gujarat with an unbeaten century. He was ably supported by Rakesh Dhruv (83) in denying Bengal an outright win. Gujarat were 272 for eight with Bhatt was not out on 102 with P Kushang on four when play ended today.
Tamil Nadu vs Maharashtra in Chennai: Tamil Nadu registered a thumping 104-run victory over Maharashtra at the MA Chidambaram Stadium to gain six points from the encounter. The home team who needed to take just two wickets today skittled out Maharashtra for 88 in the second innings to finish the game.
Maharashtra’s No.6 batsman Ankit Bawne who was at the crease when play resumed was left stranded on 24 as he ran out of partners at the other end.
Haryana vs Odisha in Rohtak: Odisha gained six points from their four-wicket win against Haryana.
Chasing 148 to win, Odisha resumed their innings on 60 for three on the fourth day at the Bansi Lal Cricket Stadium. Govind Podder led the chase with 51 runs, while Deepak Behera (35*) and Lagnajit Samal (12*) took the team across the line with an unbroken 28-run partnership. Mohit Sharma and Chanderpal Saini claimed two wickets apiece for Haryana in the second innings.
Baroda vs Delhi in Delhi: Since no result was achieved from this high-scoring draw at the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium, both teams gained only a point each. In reply to Baroda’s 561, Delhi were 505 for six when the match was called off. Mithun Manhas (106) and Rajat Bhatia (133*) were the top two run-getters in Delhi’s innings.
AP vs HP in Amtar: In the drawn match against HP, AP gained three points on the basis of their first innings lead.
After resuming their second innings on 181 for three on the final day, AP declared on 282 for seven setting a 390-run target for the Aakash Chopra-led side. Centurion of the first innings, Amol Muzumdar posted a century in the second as well, before returning to the pavilion for 104. HP were on 108 for four when the match was called off. They gained one point from the drawn match.
Kerala vs Assam in Malappuram: In yet another drawn match in the third round of the tournament, Assam claimed three points on the basis of their first innings lead while Kerala received one point for a loss on the first innings.
Centuries by Abhishek Hegde (129) and VA Jagadeesh (127) helped Kerala post 294 for five, before declaring their innings on the final day of the game. In reply Assam were 201 for six when play was called off. KR Sreejith claimed five of the six Assam wickets that fell today.
SSCB vs Tripura in Agartala: After posting 563 runs in the first innings, Services bowled Tripura out for 484 on the last day of the four-day match to gain three points from the drawn game.
Resuming the innings on 285 four, on the final day, Tripura were not able to surpass the SSCB’s first innings score, after centurions Abbas Ali and Abhijit Dey departed. They gain one point from the clash. Services were seven for no loss when play was called off and the draw was declared.
Jharkhand vs Goa in Jamshedpur: Hosts Jharkhand claimed three points on the basis of their first innings lead against Goa in their drawn match at the Keenan Stadium.
Following on, after being bowled out 208 in the first innings, Goa were 282 for eight on the final day of the game when stumps were called. The visitors took one point from the match.
Jharkhand’s Sunny Gupta claimed six wickets in the second innings to finish with an eight-wicket haul in the match, while skipper Shahbaz Nadeem picked seven scalps in the game.
UPCA vs Karnataka in Meerut: In the drawn match in Meerut, Suresh Raina-led UPCA gained three points on the basis of their first innings lead against visitor’s Karnataka.
Karnataka were 274 for eight when the match was called off on the last day. With four wickets in the second innings, Bhuvneshwar Kumar finished the match with a nine-wicket haul.