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Ranji Trophy 2019-20, Fifth Round: Andhra, Goa, Maharashtra seal wins

By Ameya Tilak in

Railways, Tripura came close to register wins while Andhra, Goa, Maharashtra secured victories on the final day of the fifth round of the Ranji Trophy 2019-20 on Tuesday.

Here’s how the action unfolded:

Andhra defeated Hyderabad by an innings and runs to pocket seven points. Bowling first, Hyderabad were bowled out for 225 and then conceded a 264-run lead. Hyderabad were all out for in the second innings as Paidikalva Vijaykumar scalped wickets, helping Andhra seal a win.

Haryana and Odisha played out an absolute thriller in Lahli. Needed 179 runs to win the match, Odisha were reduced to 78/5. But then the lower middle-order and lower-order chipped in as Odisha beat Haryana by a wicket despite Ajit Chahal’s seven-wicket haul and registered their fourth win in five games to pocket six points.

Jammu and Kashmir also pocketed seven points after an outright win over Services. After securing 118-run lead in the first innings, scoring 360, J & K declared at 201/5 following Shubham Singh Pundir’s unbeaten 102. The bowlers then shared the spoils as the Parvez Rasool-led side sealed a 173-run win.

Maharashtra also secured a win after beating Jharkhand by eight wickets on the final day of the match. Maharashtra had secured a 264-run lead in the first innings after bowling out Jharkhand for 170.

While Jharkhand put up a much-improved show with the bat in the second innings, scoring 311 on the back of skipper Saurabh Tiwary’s 87 and Kumar Suraj’s 92, Maharashtra, who needed 48 runs to win, sealed a victory.

Goa pocketed six points after a 81-run win over Pondicherry. Needing 266 runs to win, Pondicherry were restricted to 184. Felix Alemao, who had picked up six wickets in the first innings, scalped a five-wicket haul as Goa completed a victory.

In Kolkata, Meghalaya sealed a thumping win over Mizoram. After their batsmen powered Meghalaya to 662/4d, batting first, the bowlers came to the party, with Aditya Singhania picking up ten wickets across two innings, as Meghalaya bundled out Mizoram for 114 and 123 in the first and second innings respectively to register an innings and 425-run win.

Assam, meanwhile, managed to bag three points on the back of a first-innings lead against Chhattisgarh. Bowling first, Assam managed to restrict Chhattisgarh to 318 and then secured a 146-run lead in the first innings, riding on Gokul Sharma’s hundred and Rishav Das’ 99, Saahil Jain’s 88 and Riyan Parag’s 60. Chhattisgarh, in their second innings, scored 252/5 before the teams decided to settle for a draw.

In Chennai, R Ashwin may have missed out on a hundred, but his and R Sai Kishore’s contribution with the bat helped Tamil Nadu draw the match against Mumbai. The two joined hands when Tamil Nadu were 195/7 on the third day and added 105 runs together before Sai Kishore’s 192-ball vigil came to an end. Ashwin got out for 79 before Mumbai enforced a follow-on. Tamil Nadu then scored 48 for 1 before the teams shook hands.

Nagaland too pocketed three points on the basis of their first-innings lead against Arunachal Pradesh. Nagaland scored 534/7d in the first innings and then secured a 84-run lead over Arunachal Pradesh despite Rahul Dalal's unbeaten 267. In the second innings, after Nagaland scored 259/7, Arunachal Pradesh put up 152/4 on the board before the teams shook hands.

In Jaipur, Rajasthan and Gujarat settled for a draw, with the former gaining three points following their 35-run lead, after scoring 360/9d. Gujarat, who scored 216/1 in the second innings as Priyank Panchal and Samit Gohil scored unbeaten hundreds, got one point.

Saurashtra too walked away with three points against Karnataka on the back of their mammoth first-innings total of 581/7d. Karnataka, led by Shreyas Gopal, were bowled out for 171 in the first innings, but did a better job with the bat in the second innings, scoring 220/4 before the game ended in a draw.

The Uttar Pradesh-Baroda encounter also ended in a draw, with the former picking up three points. There was no play possible in the Chandigarh-Sikkim game on the final day of the match and hence, Chandigarh, who had taken a first-innings lead got three points.

Tripura came to close to seal a win but had to settle for a draw against Uttarakhand in Agartala. Tripura, who had secured a 189-run lead in the first innings after bowling out Uttarakhand for 90, reduced Uttarakhand to 148/8 in the second innings before the match ended in a draw.

Same was the case for Railways who came tantalizingly close to sealing a win and bag six points against Madhya Pradesh. Needing 211 runs to win, Railways reached 205/5 before the bad light stopped play.