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Ranji Trophy 2019-20, Fifth Round: Kerala, Bihar secure wins on Day Three

By Ameya Tilak in

Kerala, Bihar registered wins while Mumbai pushed Tamil Nadu on the backfoot as the day three of the fifth round of the Ranji Trophy 2019-20 concluded on Monday. 

Here’s how the action unfolded: 

Bihar completed a comprehensive win as they beat Manipur by an innings and 183 runs to pocket seven points. Abhijeet Saket scalped ten wickets in the match as Bihar bowled out Manipur for 94 and 154 in the first and second innings respectively to seal a win in under three days.  

In Trivandrum, Kerala edged out Punjab in a nail-biter. After Siddharth Kaul and Gurkeerat Singh picked up five and four wickets respectively, Punjab bowled out Kerala for 136. Punjab, who needed 146 runs to win, were then all out for 124 as Jalaj Saxena picked up seven wickets to help Kerala pocket six points. 

In the Chennai-Mumbai clash at the M A Chidambaram stadium, the pair of R Ashwin and R Sai Kishore denied Mumbai a chance to bowl Chennai out before stumps on the third day. While Kaushik Gandhi had scored 60, Mumbai had reduced Chennai to 195/7. However, Ashwin and Sai Kishore added 54 runs to take Chennai to 249/7. 

In Guwahati, Assam gained a 146-run lead in first-innings against Chhattisgarh after skipper Gokul Sharma and Saahil Jain’s hundreds, 99 from Rishav Das and a fifty from Riyan Parag guided the side to 464/9d. Chhattisgarh, who had to negotiate 10 overs before stumps, lost a wicket, scoring 25 runs.  

In a Plate Group encounter, wicketkeeper Rahul Dalal scored unbeaten 267 to guide Arunachal Pradesh to 460 but Nagaland, who scored 534/7d, managed to take the first-innings lead and then scored 10/0 before stumps. 

Andhra, meanwhile, continued to dominate the proceedings against Hyderabad after taking a 264-run lead to score 489/8d. D B Prashanth Kumar top-scored with 114 while Karan Shinde scored 94 in addition to fifties from Hanuma Vihari and Ricky Bhui. Hyderabad then lost three wickets, scoring 45 runs in the second innings. 

Tripura, facing Uttarakhand, secured a 189-run lead in the first innings on the back of Harmeet Singh’s hundred and declared at 279/5d. Uttarakhand, before stumps, had scored 21 runs for the loss of a wicket. 

In Jaipur, Rajasthan surpassed Gujarat’s first-innings total of 325 before bad light stopped play. Rajasthan, who resumed day’s play on the overnight score of 142/1, were reduced to 185/5 before Ashok Menaria’s unbeaten 86 guided his team to 327/7. 

Bad light also affected the proceedings in the Railways-Madhya Pradesh game. However, before that, Madhya Pradesh, who had conceded a 120-run lead after being bowled out for 124 in the first innings, reached 308/5 on the back of Naman Ojha’s hundred and Yash Dubey’s unbeaten 79. 

In Rajkot, Saurashtra, who scored 581/7d in the first innings, enforced a follow-on over Karnataka after Jaydev Unadkat’s five-wicket helped them bowl out Karnataka for 171. Before stumps on day three, Karnataka had scored 30/0. Baroda, who resumed on the overnight score of 82/1, were reduced to 179/8 against Uttar Pradesh, who scored 431, batting first. 

Meanwhile, the Haryana versus Odisha game in Lahli headed towards a close finish before bad light stopped play, with Odisha, who were 147/7, needing 32 runs more to win the match.

Bad light also made its presence felt during the Jammu and Kashmir-Services match. J & K, who had taken a 118-run lead after bowling out Services for 242, had stretched their lead to 302 on the back of Shubham Singh Pundir unbeaten 90 and 45 from Parvez Rasool, who had scored 182 in the first innings. 

In Nagothane, Satyajeet Bachhav picked up five wickets as Maharashtra, who after scoring 434 in the first innings, enforced a follow-on against Jharkhand after bowling them out for 170. In the second innings, Jharkhand were 47/1 before stumps on day three. 

In the Chandigarh versus Sikkim clash, Chandigarh managed to take a 96-run lead after scoring 360 in response to Sikkim’s 264. Sikkim, at the end of the day’s play, were 69/3.

Goa, who are playing against Pondicherry, had taken a 10-run lead in the first innings on day two and extended their lead, ending the third day at 229/5 on the back of Smit Patel’s 60 and Snehal Kauthankar’s unbeaten 64. 

Meghalaya, who hammered 662/4d following the twin double hundreds from D B Ravi Teja and Sanjay, reduced Mizoram to 114/7.