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Ranji Trophy 2019-20, Second Round: Nine wins sealed on final day

By BCCI Desk in

There were as many as nine outright wins while three teams went on to bag three points each following draws on the final day of the second round of the Ranji Trophy 2019-20.

Here’s how the action unfolded on Friday:

Mayank Markande ran through Hyderabad’s lower-middle and lower order as Punjab bundled out Hyderabad for 76 to complete an innings and a 125-run win in Patiala which helped them bag seven points. While Markande scalped eight wickets in the match, skipper Mandeep Singh scored an unbeaten double hundred.

Vidarbha too pocketed seven points after beating Delhi by an innings and 60 runs. Batting first, Vidarbha scored 510/8d after Faiz Fazal, Mohit Kale and Akshay Wadkar scored hundreds and then bowled out Delhi for 260 in the first innings before enforcing a follow-on.

Stephen and KV Sasikanth scalped five wickets each in the second innings as Andhra bowled out Delhi for 169 in the second innings and chased down the 17-run target with nine wickets to spare, helping them secure six points.

In Indore, Abhimanyusingh Rajput scored 27 not out as Baroda beat Madhya Pradesh in a cliffhanger to secure six points. Needing 174 runs to win, Baroda were 123/7 but with Anureet Singh chipping in with 18 runs to give Rajput some company, Baroda managed to cross the finish line with a wicket in hand.

Saurashtra, meanwhile, sealed an innings and 90-run win over Railways to bag seven points with skipper Jaydev Unadkat leading from the front, scalping six wickets in the second innings to return with the match figures of 10/79.

Jammu and Kashmir registered a 54-run win in Pune, despite a strong fightback from Maharashtra in the second innings. Needing 364 runs to win, Maharashtra, who resumed the final day’s play at 192/5, added 111 runs before being bowled out for 309. For Jammu and Kashmir, Mohammed Mudhasir and Umar Nazir picked up four wickets each in the second innings.

In a Group C match in Cuttack, Odisha completed a win by an innings, beating Services. Odisha had secured a 269-run lead and then bowled out Services for 238 in the second innings to bag secure seven points.

Chhattisgarh too secured seven points after they beat Uttarakhand by an innings and 65 runs on the final day of their second round match in Raipur. While Uttarakhand, who were bowled out for 110 in the first innings, put up a solid fight in the second innings, scoring 335, it was not enough.

Goa, who were facing Meghalaya in a Plate Group clash in Porvorim, completed a win on Friday as they beat Meghalaya beat by an innings and 8 runs.

Mizoram and Arunachal Pradesh settled for a draw, with the latter picking up three points on the back of a first-innings lead. While Mizoram scored 343 and 417/5 in the first and second innings respectively, Arunachal Pradesh’s first-innings total of 620/9d proved out to be a difference.

The Karnataka versus Uttar Pradesh match in Hubli ended in a draw and Karnataka, who had secured a 40-run lead after bowling out Uttar Pradesh for 281, secured three points. The Chandigarh-Bihar game also had a similar result as that of the Karnataka-Uttar Pradesh match. Chandigarh, who had secured a first-innings lead, bagged three points while Bihar had to settle for a point.