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Hyderabad, Jammu and Kashmir and Haryana secured wins as the final day of the fourth round of the Ranji Trophy 2019-20 came to an end on Monday.
Here’s how the final day of the fourth round unfolded:
It rained on the final day of the match and it meant that Delhi and Punjab game ended in a draw, with the former picking up three points on the back of their first-innings lead. After Punjab scored 313 batting first, Delhi, following Dhruv Shorey’s 96 and Nitish Rana’s 92, took a 26-run lead and then reduced Punjab to 44/4 at the close of play on Sunday.
Jammu and Kashmir completed an innings win against Jharkhand in Ranchi. After securing a first-innings lead of 182 runs, Jammu and Kashmir bowled out Jharkhand for 155, with Auqib Nabi picking up five wickets, to win the match by an innings and 27 runs to bag seven points.
Haryana too registered an 89-run win against Chhattisgarh. Needing 230 runs to win after being reduced to 33/3 on Sunday, Chhattisgarh were bowled out for 173 as Haryana bagged six points.
The Tripura-Odisha game in Agartala ended in a draw, with Tripura bagging three points after taking a lead in the first innings. Tripura, batting first, scored 288/6d and then bowled Odisha for 121 before enforcing a follow-on. While Odisha did better in the second innings, the teams decided to settle for a draw after Odisha had reached 71/1 in the second innings.
Hyderabad, meanwhile, defeated Kerala to pick up six points. After Kerala resumed play on the overnight score of 204/7, Hyderabad scalped the last three wickets for 24 runs. Needing 155 runs to win, Hyderabad sealed a six-wicket win. While Mohammed Siraj and Ravi Kiran picked up 7 and 6 wickets respectively in the match, Sumanth Kolla’s first-innings hundred played a big role in Hyderabad sealing a win.
Andhra too pocketed six points following their six-wicket win against Rajasthan. While Rajasthan, who were bowled out for 151 and conceded 106-run lead, scored 257 in the second innings, Andhra chased down the target as Hanuma Vihari and KS Bharat scored fifties.
The Madhya Pradesh-Himachal Pradesh match ended in a draw, with the former bagged three points after securing a 252-run lead, scoring 427/9d in the first innings. Himachal Pradesh, who resumed the final day’s play at 176/3, added 109 runs to their overnight score, with Ankit Kalsi bringing up a hundred before the teams decided to settle for a draw.
Shreshth Nirmohi scalped wickets as Chandigarh, after scoring 400/6d batting first, bundled out Nagaland for 135. After Chandigarh enforced a follow-on, Nagaland scored 26/0 before both the team decided to shake hands, with Chandigarh picking up three points.
The Sikkim-Arunachal Pradesh game also ended in a draw, with Sikkim, who secured a 183-run lead in the first innings, bagging three points.
The Bengal-Gujarat game also ended in a draw. The first two days of the match were washed out and with Bengal, who secured a first-innings lead after bowling out Gujarat for 194, bagged three points.
The Tamil Nadu-Uttar Pradesh game had headed towards an interesting finish after Tamil Nadu, who had secured a five-run lead in the first innings, were bowled out for 154 in the second innings. While Uttar Pradesh, needing 160 runs to win, raced towards 42, they lost two wickets in two successive deliveries before the bad light stopped play, ending the game in a draw with Tamil Nadu gaining three points.