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Gujarat, Railways and Services registered victories while Delhi moved closer to seal a win against Hyderabad as the day three of the third round of the Ranji Trophy 2019-20 came to an end.
Here’s how the action unfolded on Friday:
Sanju Samson scored 78 off 82 balls but Kerala, who needed 268 runs to win, were all out for 177 as Gujarat sealed a 90-run win. While Axar Patel picked up four wickets, Chintan Gaja and Roosh Kalaria got three and two wickets respectively as Gujarat secured an outright win to pocket six points.
Railways too registered a victory and bagged seven points as they beat Mumbai by ten wickets at the Wankhede Stadium. Mumbai had conceded a 152-run lead after being bowled out for 114 in the first innings. In the second innings, Himanshu Sangwan scalps five wickets before Railways chased down the 47-run target without losing a wicket.
Services pocketed six points after they beat Tripura by eight wickets in a game which was dominated by the bowlers.
While Hyderabad, facing Delhi, put up a much-improved batting show in the second innings as skipper Tanmay Agarwal scored a hundred, Ishant Sharma and Simarjeet Singh, who had picked up four wickets each in the first innings, scalped 4 and 3 wickets in the second innings, making sure Delhi needed not more than 85 runs to seal a win. Delhi were 24/0 before bad light stopped play.
In Kolkata, the overnight rain delayed Pondicherry’s march towards victory against Mizoram. In Mangaldai, Chandigarh posted 455/9d on the back of Raman Bishnoi and Ankit Kaushik’s hundred. Before the day was called off due to bad light, Meghalaya were 15/1.
Vidarbha, meanwhile, completed a solid recovery and scored 338 after being reduced to 72/5 against Punjab, courtesy Ganesh Satish’s 145 and some important contributions from Akshay Wakhare and Aditya Sarwate. At stumps on the third day, Punjab were 132/0, with Shubman Gill batting on 70 and Sanvir Singh on 56.
In Patna, Goa secured a first-innings lead after ending the third day at 386/6 as Suyash Prabhudessai’s unbeaten hundred and Amit Verma’s 89 and Aditya Kaushik’s 73 helped Goa surpass Bihar’s total of 326.
Karnataka, meanwhile, put up a solid show in the second innings after conceding a first-innings lead of 114 runs as skipper Karun Nair and Devdutt Palikkal took Karnataka to 191/3 at stumps.
Jharkhand, facing Haryana, who had scored 371 after electing to bat, were 194/2 at stumps on the third day with Kumar Deobrat batting on 97. Maharashtra, meanwhile, managed to secure a three-run lead in the first innings against Chhattisgarh and ended the third day at 39/1 in Pune.
Uttar Pradesh dominated the proceedings in Rajkot against Saurashtra on the back of Mohammad Saif’s and Aksh Deep Nath’s 95 and Rinku Singh’s 71. At stumps on the third day, Uttar Pradesh had secured a 192-run lead before being all out for 523.
Jammu and Kashmir, playing against Assam in Jammu, scored 460/5d on the back of Shubham Khajuria and Abdul Samad’s hundreds. At stumps, Assam were 22/0.
In Indore, N Jagadeesan and Kaushik scored fifties as Tamil Nadu reached 177/4 at the close of play on the third day after Madhya Pradesh secured a 184-run lead in the first innings.
In Kolkata, meanwhile, Bengal, who scored 289 runs batting first, reduced Andhra to 110/7 with Ishan Porel scalping three wickets.
Uttarakhand, who had conceded a 136-run lead against Odisha, were left reeling at 54/4 at the end of the day’s play in Cuttack. In the Sikkim versus Nagaland game, only ten overs were bowled on the third day and Nagaland lost two wickets in that period to end the day at 71/3.