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Karnataka, Andhra, Saurashtra and Vidarbha claim top spots

Siddhesh Lad helps Mumbai pull off draw; Odisha take 1st inn lead against TN

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.

Andhra now have 18 points to their credit and top Group C. However, they have only one match left. They will play their last match of the league phase against Mumbai, who are at No 3 with 11 points at the end of Round 5. Mumbai who conceded the first innings to Baroda, but pulled off a nerve-racking draw have two more matches to try and qualify for the quarter-finals. TN with one point having conceded first innings lead are at No 4 and also have two more games left.


Here are the highlights of the day:

Group A

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

Group B

Jharkhand vs J & K: Jammu & Kashmir took their points tally to nine with a 106-run win over Jharkhand. 

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.

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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.

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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.

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Group C

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.

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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.

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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.

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Group D


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.

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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.

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Chhattisgarh beat Himachal comprehensively in Dharamsala

Baroda’s Swapnil Singh’s torments Mumbai with maiden ton

Chhattisgarh posted their first outright win of the Ranji Trophy 2017-18 by beating Himachal in Dharamsala.

With Ajinkya Rahane still at the crease, hosts Mumbai will be fighting to pull off a draw when they resume the game on the fourth day at the Wankhede Stadium. Swapnil Singh helped set-up the match for Baroda with his maiden first-class century.

Gujarat and Saurashtra, who have won all their matches so far, will be fighting for a first innings lead on the last day of the Round 5. Gautam Gambhir has kept Delhi in the reckoning with a century against Karnataka.

Here are the highlights of the day:

Group A

Assam vs Uttar Pradesh: After securing a narrow first innings lead, UP extended the lead by 260 runs until stumps on Day 3. Umang Sharma anchored the team to 229 for two until play ended for the day. The opener was batting on 131 with Mohammed Saif on 38 at the end of day’s play.

Earlier, UP seized a 31-run first innings lead by bowling Assam out for 318 earlier in the day. After the hosts resumed their innings on 279 for six, Suresh Raina claimed Pallav Kumar Das to give his team the first breakthrough of the day and leave Assam on 298 for seven. Saurabh Kumar, Ankit Rajpoot and Mohammed Saif then followed up with a wicket each to wrap-up the tail. Saurabh finished with a five-for in the innings.

Scorecard - http://www.bcci.tv/ranji-trophy-2017-18/match/58

Maharashtra vs Railways: Resuming on 88 without loss, Railways were 330 for five at the end of third day’s play.

While Saurabh Wakaskar departed on 33 having added just one run to his overnight total, Shivakant Shukla had posted 62 before being sent back by Dadhe. Pratham Singh made 73 while Nitin Bhille made 56.
When play ended for the day, A Gosh was batting on 44 with M Rao on 19.

Scorecard - http://www.bcci.tv/ranji-trophy-2017-18/match/59

Karnataka vs Delhi: Gautam Gambhir helped Delhi shape a reply after Karnataka raised a mountainous total batting first. Batting on 135, the Delhi opener had taken his team to Stumps at 227 for four on Day 3. Dhruv Shorey contributed 64 while Rishabh Pant made 41 before returning to the dressing room. 

Sturat Binny claimed overnight batsman Unmukt Chand and later accounted for Nitish Rana while Abhimanyu Mithun bowled Shorey and Pant was castled by Gowtham K.

At the end of day’s play, Gambhir was batting with Milind (10*). Delhi were trailing by 372 runs when play ended for the day.

Scorecard - http://www.bcci.tv/ranji-trophy-2017-18/match/60

Group B

Jharkhand vs J & K: After resuming on 197 for five, Jharkhand were 292 for nine when they declared their innings conceding the first innings lead. While Ishan Kishan was sent back for 11 by Mohammed Mudhasir, Aamir Aziz claimed three more to leave the side on 258 for nine. Sunny Gupta and Sonu Singh were in the middle when play ended for the day.

Building on the 84-run lead J & K were 246 for seven at Stumps. Ahmad Banday (47) and Bandeep Singh (44) in the top-order made valuable contribution. However, after being left on 110 for five Parvez Rasool (70) and Owais Shah (50) helped them rebuild the innings. Punit Bisht was batting with Aamir Aziz when play ended for the day.

Scorecard - http://www.bcci.tv/ranji-trophy-2017-18/match/56

Haryana vs Team Rajasthan: The Amit Mishra-led Haryana bowled Rajasthan out for 150 to seize a 73-run first innings lead. Building on the lead, the hosts were 179 for five at Stumps on Day 3.

AV Choudhary claimed both Haryana openers to leave the team on 22 for two. A while later CK Bishnoi was sent back by TM Ul Haq to leave the side on 62 for three. The middle-order then made valuable contributions to help boost the lead. Rajat Paliwal made 35 while S Chauhan scored 65 before being sent back by M Lomror. RP Sharma was batting on 25 with Mishra when play ended for the day.

Earlier after resuming on 74 for seven, TN Dhillon (38) and D Chahar (27 off 47) toiled to extend the innings. Dhillon was the last batsman to return to the dressing room; bowled by A Chahal.

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Saurashtra vs Gujarat: In reply to Saurashtra’s 570, Gujarat were 304 for four at Stumps on Day 3. 

After resuming on 45 without loss, Gujarat lost skipper Parthiv Patel with ten runs added to the overnight total. Jaydev Unadkat claimed the opener to leave the side on 55 for one. Priyank Panchal looked to carry the innings forward with B Merai. D Jadeja then dealt a double blow to leave the side on 109 for three. The opener then stitched a partnership with R Bhatt to build a platform for the innings. Panchal and Bhatt had carried Gujarat to 288 when the former was sent back by Unadkat for 145. 

Bhatt then saw the team through to the end of day’s play with Gaja.

Scorecard - http://www.bcci.tv/ranji-trophy-2017-18/match/57

Group C

Tripura vs Andhra: Andhra, who are topping the table in the group, secured a first innings lead in the ongoing match against Tripura to further strengthen their position towards the latter half of the league stage.

After Tripura resumed their innings on 68 for one, Bhargav Bhatt and Co created breakthroughs at regular intervals to bowl Andhra to a 87-run first innings lead. Left of 111 for five, MB Mura Singh (81 off 89) and Gurinder Singh (81 off 104) strove to keep the innings in the fray with solid knocks. After a 51-run stand with Yashpal Singh, Mura Singh was had a seventh wicket stand for 75 runs with Gurinder until being sent back by DB Ravi Teja. Andhra then ran through the lower-order to bowl Tripura out for 315. 

Bhatt claimed four while Ayyappa Bandaru and P Vijay Kumar took a wicket each.

Building on the lead, Andhra were 51 for one at stumps on Day 3.

Scorecard - http://www.bcci.tv/ranji-trophy-2017-18/match/49

Odisha vs Tamil Nadu: Odisha were trailing by 244 runs with six wickets in hand at the end of day’s play. After resuming on 36 without loss, the hosts were 286 for four at Stumps on the third day.

Sandeep Pattanaik and Nataraj Behera got Odisha off to a good start with a 128-run opening stand until the former was sent back by V Yomahesh. A while later MS Washington Sundar accounted for Govind Podder and Subhransu Senapati to leave the hosts on 180 for three. 28 runs later, Rahil Shah trapped Nataraj lbw nine short of a century.

Shantanu Mishra and Biplab Samantray then saw the team through to Stumps at 286 for four.

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Mumbai vs Baroda: Swapnil Singh scored his maiden century as he helped Baroda piled on runs against Mumbai and set-up the match in visitor’s favour. The batsman, who has been one of the youngest players to make a first class debut (at 14 years and 355 days) in India’s domestic circuit when he played for Baroda in 2006, said that being pushed up the order helped him reach the three-figure mark.
The backing by coach Atul Bedade and captain Deepak Hooda had helped him achieve the milestone, said the 26-year old.

Swapnil, who had resumed his innings on 63 in the morning said that the plan was to pile on as many runs as possible so that they would have to bat only once. After resuming their innings on 376 for four, Baroda declared their innings on 575 for nine later in the day. The middle-order bat, who was the mainstay for the visitors scored a solid 164 off 309 balls until he was sent back by Dhawal Kulkarni. Lower down the order S Manglorker made 43. The Baroda batsmen chipped away at the Mumbai attack as they built the lead to 404 runs and give themselves a chance at a win.

The visitors then bowled a disciplined line to keep Mumbai on their toes. A brilliant diving catch by wicketkeeper M Patel towards the first slip sent back Aditya Tare leaving Mumbai on 22 for one. Prithvi Shaw, who seemed in good nick was bowled by Swapnil on 56 a bit later. Shreyas Iyer departed swinging his bat at Atit Sheth while night-watchman Vijay Gohil was castled K Kakade leaving the hosts on 99 for four.

Ajinkya Rahane, who was stoically holding up one end then saw Mumbai through to Stumps with Suryakumar Yadav at 102 for four. The home team were trailing by 302 runs when play ended for the day.

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Group D

Bengal vs Vidarbha: Asked to follow on, Bengal were trailing by 206 runs with seven wickets in hand. 

After resuming on 89 for three, the hosts were bowled out for 207 by the Vidarbha attack. While Koushik Gosh and Manoj Tiwary scored half-centuries the rest of the lineup succumbed to the visitors’ attack. After RN Gurbani ended the fourth wicket partnership between Gosh and Tiwary by claiming the later and leaving the team on 132 for four, the rest of the lineup caved in. The bowler claimed two wickets while A Wakhare took two and A Sarvate picked three to bowl Bengal out earlier in the day.

Lalit Yadav, who had claimed the first two wickets in Bengal’s first innings then returned to take three quick wickets and leave the hosts on 10 for three. At Stumps, Sudip Chatterjee (40*) and Manoj Tiwary (36*) and taken Bengal to 86 for three.

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Himachal vs Chhattisgarh: Chhattisgarh beat Himachal by an innings and 114 runs to claim seven points from the game and took their tally to 13 points.

After resuming on 389 for six, Chhattisgarh were bowled out for 456 with a 281-run first innings lead courtesy Manoj Singh’s 67 and S Ruikar’s 45. The pair had taken the team past the 400-run mark before Ruikar was sent back by Siddharth Sharma. Rishi Dhawan the accounted for the wickets of Vishal Singh and Pankaj Rao to leave the team on 448 for nine. Eight runs later, Manoj was bowled by P Jaswal to end the innings.

Mohammed Shahnawaz then wrecked the hosts lineup to bowl Chhattisgarh to a comprehensive win. The bowler claimed six for 53 while Pankaj Rao picked two wickets. Abhimanyu Chauhan and Ruikar too chipped in with a wicket each to help bundle HP out for 167. N Gangta was the top-scorer for the team with 41 runs.

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Services vs Goa: Bowled out for 270, Goa seized a marginal seven-run first innings lead against Services. After resuming on 150 for six the hosts plodded on to secure a crucial first innings lead. While Amogh Desai, who was batting on 37 when play resumed in the morning departed for 52 off 148 balls leaving the team on 171 for seven, wicketkeeper Keenan kept the innings in the fray with a determined knock. Even as wickets fell at regular intervals at the other end, the batsman helped the team forward. He was the last to return to pavilion; sent back for 70 off 167 by Sachidanand Pandey (5/61). 

At Stumps, Services were 108 for three with Ravi Chauhan (41*) and Nakul Verma (22*) in the middle.

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