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A few outright wins, some potential fire cracking final-day setups and five matches where rain dominated the proceedings highlighted the Day three of the seventh round of the Ranji Trophy 2019-20.
Here’s how the action unfolded on Wednesday:
Sikkim registered a 232-run win over Manipur to bag six points. If it was Ishwar Chaudhary, who picked up six wickets in the first innings, it was skipper Palzor who returned with the figures of 6/65 in the second innings as Sikkim bowled out Manipur for 112.
Goa pocketed seven points after an innings and a 336-run win over Arunachal Pradesh. Amit Verma, after scoring a hundred and scalping three wickets in Arunachal Pradesh’s first-innings, completed a six-wicket haul as Goa bowled out Arunachal Pradesh for 170.
In Vadodara, Saurashtra were 113/6 in the chase of 200. However, Aarpit Vasavada and Prerak Mankad held their nerves, scoring 48* and 36* respectively, to help the team secure a four-wicket win over Baroda.
Andhra, meanwhile, handed Kerala their fifth defeat from seven matches of the ongoing season of the Ranji Trophy. Smd Rafi, who had scalped five wickets in the first-innings, picked up three wickets in the second-innings as Andhra, who had secured a 93-run lead in the first innings, bowled out Kerala for 135 and chased down the target to win the match by seven wickets.
In Hyderabad, Rajasthan completed a fine come-from-behind win, beating Hyderabad. Rajasthan had conceded a 36-run lead in the first innings. But their bowlers came to the party, bowling out Hyderabad for 156 in the second innings. Needing 193 runs to win, Rajasthan needed a solid show with the bat and Manender Singh and Mahipal Lomror delivered the goods, hitting 107* and 71* respectively, to seal a nine-wicket win.
Uttar Pradesh too sealed a fine comeback win against Madhya Pradesh. At one stage in this game, Uttar Pradesh were reeling at 46/7 before Saurabh Kumar’s unbeaten 98 helped them reach 216, limiting the first-innings deficit to 14 runs. Madhya Pradesh were then bowled out for 160 in the second innings as Yash Dayal and Ankit Rajpoot picked four and three wickets respectively. Uttar Pradesh then chased down the 175-run target with seven wickets to spare and bagged six points.
In Agartala, the Tripura versus Maharashtra game headed towards an interesting finish. Maharashtra, needing 204 runs to win, were 103/2 before stumps on the penultimate day of the match. Earlier, Tripura scored 290 in the second innings on the back of fifties from Pallab Das and Milind Kumar.
Bihar, meanwhile, strengthened their grip over the match against Meghalaya. Yashaswi Rishav and Rahmat Ullah scored hundreds as Bihar ended the third day at 359/4, with an overall lead of 388 runs.
In Surat, the day three of the Vidarbha versus Gujarat game ended with a promise of a fascinating finish on Day 4. Gujarat had Vidarbha reeling at 89/5 before Akshay Wadkar, Aditya Sarvate and Lalit Yadav scored 87, 53 and 27 respectively to take Vidarbha to 247. Gujarat, who had taken a first-innings lead of 69 runs, were 74/4 at the end of the day’s play. Aditya Thakare picked all the four Gujarat wickets which fell on the day. On the final day, Gujarat need 105 runs more to win.
In Palam, meanwhile, Services declared at 259/8 and set a 386-run target for Jharkhand, who ended the day at 49/1. At the Eden Gardens, rain and bad light dominated the proceedings as only 9.3 overs were bowled during the third day’s play in the Bengal versus Delhi match. Delhi added 25 runs to their overnight score and lost a wicket.
In Cuttack, Assam, who were bowled out for 238 in response to Odisha’s 436, put up some fight with the bat, scoring 102/0 at stumps, after Odisha enforced the follow-on.
At the Karnail Singh Stadium, Karnataka managed to surpass Railways’ first-innings total and ended the day at 199/9, courtesy Devdutt Padikkal’s 55, S Sharath’s 56* and a 31-ball 41-run cameo from K Gowtham. Earlier in the day, after a delayed start, Prateek Jain completed a five-wicket haul as Karnataka bowled out Railways for 182.
While there were a handful of results, rain played spoilsport in as many as five matches – Himachal versus Mumbai, Uttarakhand versus Haryana, Mizoram versus Nagaland, Chattisgarh versus Jammu and Kashmir, Chandigarh versus Pondicherry – washing out the third day’s play.