Punjab were fighting with their back to the wall against a fine bowling by Rajasthan, who had the visitors reeling at 85 for three in their second innings after asking them to follow on in their Ranji Trophy Group B cricket match at the Sawai Man Singh Stadium here on Wednesday.
In reply to the Rajasthan’s first innings total of 433, Punjab resumed their first essay at 140 for five today, but despite valiant half-centuries from Gurkeerat Mann (85) and Gitansh Khera (64), the visitors folded for 275.
The host bowlers wreaked havoc as Aniket Choudhary (4/57) and Pankaj Singh (3/83) shared seven wickets between them, while Deepak Chahar picked two for 65 and debutant Tanveer Ul Haq grabbed one for 50.
Forced to follow-on, Punjab lost three wickets in the last session to find themselves in dire straits. At the close of play, Taruvar Kohli (34) and Yuvraj Singh (12) at the crease.
Rajasthan’s Pankaj Singh (2/23) struck twice and Aniket Choudhary (1/15) once in Punjab’s second innings. Punjab still trail by 73 runs with seven wickets in hand.
Brief scores: Rajasthan 1st innings: 433; Punjab: 275 & 85 for three in 28 overs (Taruwar Kohli 34 not out, Pankaj Singh 2/23).
Delhi remain in control after curtailed day three
Lahli: Delhi extended their lead against Haryana to 224 runs on a curtailed day three of the Ranji Trophy Group B match at Bansi Lal Cricket Stadium here on Wednesday.
Delhi, resuming their second innings at seven for no loss, had reached 134 for five at stumps on a day when only 38 overs could be bowled due to bad light. Sumit Narwal and Rajat Bhatia were in the middle on 13 and 1 respectively after skipper Gautam Gambhir struck a handy 46. Haryana’s seasoned medium pacer Joginder Sharma was the pick of the bowlers, taking three crucial wickets including first innings centurion Virender Sehwag (8). Sehwag, who had hammered 147 yesterday, lasted for 25 balls and was trapped in front by Sharma.
Having already secured a first innings lead, group leaders Delhi would press for their fourth straight outright win on the final day, weather permitting of course. The visitors took the crucial first innings lead on Tuesday by bowling out Haryana for 188 after making 278 in the first innings.
Brief scores: Delhi: 278 & 134/5 in 41 overs (Gautam Gambhir 46, Shivam Sharma 25; Joginder Sharma 3/18, Kuldeep Hooda 2/22). Haryana: 188 all out.