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BCCI Staff in Mumbai 10 January 2014 - 07:30pm IST

Ranji Trophy 2013-14: QF Round-up, Jan 10

Bowlers shine on Day 3 of quarters

Bowlers dominated the third day of the ongoing quarter-finals of the Ranji Trophy 2013-14. Matches between Karnataka and UP, J&K and Punjab, and Mumbai and Maharashtra are headed for thrilling finishes.

Here is the round-up for the day:

Bengal vs Railways: Railways lost their remaining five wickets for 81 runs on the third morning. Ashoke Dinda, who finished with a six-wicket haul in the innings, gave his team a three-run first innings lead by claiming the last wicket to bowl Railways out for 314 earlier in the day.

Bengal then lost both their openers with seven runs on the board and were reduced to 36 for four by Anureet Singh. Anureet claimed three wickets, while K Upadhyay picked one to leave Bengal on 133 for four at stumps.

With a 136-run lead, Wriddhiman Saha was batting with LR Shukla at the end of day's play.

Karnataka vs Uttar Pradesh:  In their quarter-final clash at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore, Uttar Pradesh need 278 to win, with nine wickets in hand.

After declaring their first innings on 221 for nine, UP bowled Karnataka out for 204 on the third day. Ali Murtaza ran through the Karnataka line-up to finish with a six-wicket haul in the innings. Lokesh Rahul was the top-scorer for the hosts with a 92, which helped Karnataka set UP a 333-run target.

Chasing the total, UP were 55 for one at stumps, with Tanmay Srivastava batting on 23 and Murtuza on two.

Punjab vs J&K: Jammu & Kashmir require another 247 runs to win; they have eight wickets in hand.

After a fantastic display with the bat, J&K captain Parvez Rasool returned to lead the bowling attack and claimed five to help bowl Punjab out for 296. After they were left struggling on 50 for five, a century by Mandeep Singh and 66 Gurkeerat Singh helped Punjab set the opposition a 324-run target.

Chasing the formidable total, J&K were 77 for two at stumps, with Hardeep Singh and Ian Dev Singh still at the crease.

Mumbai vs Maharashtra: After 14 wickets fell on the third day, the match between Mumbai and Maharashtra is headed for a result on Day 4. After a determined display by their bowlers, Maharashtra now need 224 runs to win with nine wickets in hand.

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