J & K registered their first win of the season while Vidarbha beat hosts Bengal by ten wickets in the only two outright wins of Day 4 of Round 5 in Ranji Trophy 2017-18. Vidarbha claimed to the top of Group D table with a resounding win and have two more matches left in the league stage to consolidate their position.
Saurashtra seized first innings lead against Gujarat and the two teams continue to be No 1 and 2 respectively in Group B. Karnataka firmly remain at the top of Group A table by taking their points total to 23 with a first innings lead over Delhi, who will remain at No 2 with 17 points.
Here are the highlights of the day:
Assam vs Uttar Pradesh: UP picked three points on the basis on the first innings lead while Assam received one from the drawn match.
Resuming on 229 for two, UP declared their innings on 357 for six setting Assam a 389-run target. Umang Sharma was the top-scorer for UP in the second innings with 148 runs while Mohammed Saif made 77.
Assam were on 148 for four when the match ended in a draw. Saurabh Kumar claimed three of the four wickets that fell while Sibsankar Roy and Gokul Sharma made 62 runs each.
Scorecard - http://www.bcci.tv/ranji-trophy-2017-18/match/58
Maharashtra vs Railways: Maharashtra claimed three points on the basis of a first innings lead while Railways were awarded one point in the drawn match.
Resuming on 330 for five, Railways were bowled out for 381 conceding the first innings lead to the hosts. N Dhumal set the ball rolling with the wicket of Arindam Gosh leaving the visitors on 332 for six. The Maharashtra bowlers then struck at regular intervals to bowl their side to a 100-run first innings lead.
Building on the lead Maharashtra declared their innings on 186 for six setting visitors a 287-run target. Railways were 54 for one when the match was called off in a draw.
Maharashtra are now on 10 points after four games while Railways are on 14 after five matches at the end of Round 5.
Scorecard - http://www.bcci.tv/ranji-trophy-2017-18/match/59
Karnataka vs Delhi: Karnataka claimed three points on the basis of a first innings lead while Delhi picked one from the drawn game.
Resuming on 277 for four, Delhi were bowled out for 301 in reply to Karnataka’s 649. The visitors lost six wickets for 24 runs on the fourth day. Without a run added to the overnight total, Milind was sent back by Abhimanyu Mithun while Manan Sharma was run out for zero. Nine runs later Gautam Gambhir was removed by Mithun for 144 leaving Delhi on 286 for seven. 15 runs later, with the team on 301, NA Saini was trapped lbw by Vinay Kumar while Mithun followed up with the wickets of V Tokas and Kulwant Khejroliya to wrap-up the innings.
Karnataka were 235 for three when the match ended in a draw. KL Rahul was run out on 92 runs.
Scorecard - http://www.bcci.tv/ranji-trophy-2017-18/match/60
After resuming on 246 for seven on the last day, J & K were declared their innings on 265 for nine in the morning. Parvez Rasool and Aamir Aziz then claimed five wickets each to bowl the team to victory.
Having set Jharkhand a 350-run target, J & K spun the opposition out for 243.The J & K captain bowled Ishan Kishan to end the opening stand for 87 and followed up with the wicket of Mohammed Nazim Siddiqui to leave the opponents on 98 for 2. Aziz then claimed Anand Singh, Kumar Deobrat and Saurabh Tiwary to leave Jharkhand reeling on 131 for five. The J & K spinners then ran through the rest of the line-up to clinch a comprehensive win.
Scorecard - http://www.bcci.tv/ranji-trophy-2017-18/match/56
Haryana vs Team Rajasthan: Haryana gained three points on the basis of the first innings lead against Team Rajasthan, who got a point for their effort.
When play resumed on the final day after a long delay due to bad weather, Haryana declared their innings on the overnight score of 179 for five. Chasing the 253-run target, Rajasthan were reeling on 59 for seven when the match ended in a draw. H Patel and A Hooda claimed three wickets each as Haryana looked to press for a win.
Both teams continue to be in the lower half of the points table.
Scorecard - http://www.bcci.tv/ranji-trophy-2017-18/match/55
Saurashtra vs Gujarat: Saurashtra maintained their position at the top of the Group B table by taking their points tally to 23; while Gujarat having received one point will be at No 2 with 20 points.
Gujarat were 304 for four on the last day of the match and were bowled out for 413. R Bhatt too scored a century as he strove to keep the Gujarat innings in the fray as the teams fought for a first innings lead. D Jadeja claimed CT Gaja to leave the visitors on 327 for five in the morning. 43 runs later, Chirag Gandhi was trapped lbw by Ravindra Jadeja. With the team on 412, Piyush Chawla was bowled by VM Jivrajani and in the next over, Jaydev Unadkat removed Bhatt and H Patel without a run added to the score-line. Jivrajani then castled Ishwar Choudhary to claim a 157-run lead.
When the match was called-off in a Draw, Saurashtra were 98 for one.
Scorecard - http://www.bcci.tv/ranji-trophy-2017-18/match/57
Tripura vs Andhra: Tripura drew the match against Andhra and gained one point from the game while the table-toppers picked three.
Resuming on 51 for one, Andhra declared their innings on 234 for four in an effort to seek an outright win. KS Bharat scored a half-century before being bowled by Rana Datta. The bowler picked three of the four wickets in the innings.
Chasing 322 runs, the hosts fought back to deny the visitors a win. S K Patel scored and unbeaten 107 runs to keep the innings in the fray. The rest of the line-up played useful knocks to complement the efforts of the middle-order batsman in helping to pull off a draw.
Tripura were 272 for five when the match was called off in a draw at the fag end of the day.
Scorecard - http://www.bcci.tv/ranji-trophy-2017-18/match/49
Odisha vs Tamil Nadu: Odisha pulled off a first innings lead in a thrilling draw against Tamil Nadu in the high scoring match in Cuttack.
In reply to TN’s 530 for eight declared, Odisha posted 533 for nine. The hosts overhauled the TN total towards the end of day’s play and denied TN crucial points. TN now have eight points from four matches while Odisha have five.
After resuming on 286 for four, Shantanu Mishar and Biplab Samantray took the team to 310 until the latter was sent back by Vijay Shankar. 42 runs later, Mishra was sent back by MSW Sundar for 71. Rajesh Dhuper then held the fort with the lower-order to keep the innings afloat. He was then involved in a 62-run stand with Alok Sahoo until Sahoo was removed by V Yomahesh leaving the side on 414 for seven. Dhuper then carried on and followed it up with a 58-run partnership with Suryakant Pradhan and later a 53-run stand with Basant Mohanty until he was sent back Sundar. The departure of Dhuper on 97 leaving the team on 525 for nine left the match precariously poised.
Mohanty then took Odisha past the TN total with Dhiraj Singh and registered a first innings lead. With the team taking the first innings lead the match ended in a draw.
Scorecard - http://www.bcci.tv/ranji-trophy-2017-18/match/50
Mumbai vs Baroda: Siddhesh Lad and Abhishek Nayar once again helped Mumbai pull off a crucial draw. Having conceded a first innings lead, the hosts gain one point while, Baroda pick three, but remain in the lower half of the points table.
Trailing by 302 runs with six wickets in hand, Ajinkya Rahane and Suryakumar Yadav resumed Mumbai’s innings on 102 for four. However, having battled it out for an hour, Rahane was bowled off the first delivery after the drinks break in the first session. Having done the hard yards the, top-order batsman was bowled by Swapnil Singh. A straighter delivery from the bowler crashed Rahane’s stumps leaving Mumbai on 125 for five. With Siddhesh Lad, Yadav then saw the team to lunch. The pair continued to chip away at the Baroda attack into the second session. While Mumbai fought to pull off a draw, Baroda were seeking a win.
After having battled on for 132 deliveries, Yadav was bowled by Deepak Hoodaleaving the hosts on 204 for six. With their task cut out, Lad and Abhishek Nayar then joined forces to keep the opposition at bay as Baroda looked to build the pressure by gathering around the batters. The experienced campaigner and Lad focussed on keeping the innings afloat.
Baroda bowled spinners as there was little in the wicket for the pacers said the skipper later while speaking to the media.
Mumbai were 254 as the match inched towards the close of play when K Kakade forced an edge from Nayar through to the wicketkeeper. The Mumbai player had patiently batted for 108 balls for eight runs keeping sight on drawing the match.
Lad then battled on with Dhawal Kulkarni. The pair saw Mumbai through to a draw, denying Baroda a win. Lad was not out on 71 off 238 with Mumbai on 260 for seven when the match was called off.
Speaking to the media, Lad said that he always enjoys batting in difficult situations. The noise with nine fielders surrounding him too didn’t deter the batsman. The youngster also mentioned that the thought of Mumbai losing their 500th Ranji Trophy match and the situation after the first innings troubled him personally. His only focus was to help the team to a draw no matter what.
Scorecard - http://www.bcci.tv/ranji-trophy-2017-18/match/54
Bengal vs Vidarbha: Vidarbha claimed seven points for their 10-wicket win over hosts Bengal and took their points tally to 21.
At 86 for three, Bengal were trailing by 206 runs when Sudip Chatterjee (82 off 220) and Manoj Tiwary resumed the hosts innings on the fourth morning. Chatterjee toiled to keep the innings in the fray with a 82-run knock. After his partnership with the captain was ended for 83, he forged a solid stand with Wriddhiman Saha.
Chatterjee and Saha added 148 runs for the fifth wicket until the wicketkeeper-batsman was run out on 97 leaving the team on 241 for five. A bit later, A Saravate accounted for Shreevats Goswami and followed up with the wicket of Chatterjee to leave Bengal on 247 for seven. The Vidarbha attack then bowled the home team out for 306 to set-up victory. Lalit Yadav claimed four while Sarvate claimed three wickets.
Faiz Fazal and SR Ramaswamy then chased down then chased down the 15-run target in nine balls to help register their third outright win of the season.
Scorecard - http://www.bcci.tv/ranji-trophy-2017-18/match/51
Himachal vs Chhattisgarh: Chhattisgarh beat Himachal by an innings and 114 runs on Day 3 to claim seven points from the game and took their tally to 13 points.
Scorecard - http://www.bcci.tv/ranji-trophy-2017-18/match/52
Services vs Goa: The match ended in a draw with Goa taking three points on the basis of a first innings lead and Services one point.
Resuming on 108 for three, Services were bowled out for 190 by Darshan Misal. The bowler claimed seven for 68 to skittle the hosts out.
Chasing 184 runs, Goa were 128 for four when the match was called off in a draw. Sagun Kamat was batting on 57 with Amogh Desai when the match ended. Diwesh Pathania claimed three wickets.
Services - http://www.bcci.tv/ranji-trophy-2017-18/match/53