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Ranji Trophy: Ravindra Jadeja goes wicketless, Mumbai near win

Ravindra Jadeja struggled for Saurashtra in the Ranji Trophy clash against Jharkhand while Mumbai neared a big win over Odisha. While the Uttar Pradesh vs Delhi game was evenly poised, Himachal Pradesh staged a fightback against Bengal.

cricket Updated: Nov 03, 2017 22:47 IST
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Ravindra Jadeja struggled for Saurashtra in the Ranji Trophy game against Jharkhand but his team were in a great position. (REUTERS)

Ravindra Jadeja went wicketless for 87 runs in his 19 overs but Saurashtra managed to enforce a follow-on on Jharkhand at the end of the third day in a Ranji Trophy group B encounter.

In reply to Saurashtra’s 553 for 9, Jharkhand were all out for 270 runs in their first innings as the hosts got a whopping 283-run lead.

After being followed on, Jharkhand were 139 for 1, still 144 runs in arrears. They would be eying to bat the whole day in order to atleast get a point from the game. Off-spinner Vandit Jivarajani (4/33) bowled well as Jharkhand lost last six wickets for 65 runs.

Uttar Pradesh vs Delhi evenly poised

Akshdeep Nath struck his second first-class hundred, a rather timely one, to put Uttar Pradesh in a strong position after they took a slender first innings lead against Delhi on day three of the Ranji Trophy Group A at Palam.

In the match, in response to UP’s 291, Delhi could only get to 269 after resuming the day at 228 for six with overnight batsman Dhruv Shorey running out of the partner to miss out on a deserving hundred by two runs.

Mumbai on cusp of win vs Odisha

Siddesh Lad’s strokeful 117 and the bowlers’ fine performance put Mumbai in the driver’s seat against Odisha at the end of the third day in a Ranji Trophy Group “C” match with the hosts struggling at 93 for 4 in pursuit of 413 for victory.

Lad’s ton, studded with 17 fours and one six, enabled Mumbai to post a second innings total of 268 for 9 declared before the bowlers took over.

Ashok Dinda, who last played for India in 2013, continued his good show with the ball for Bengal in the Ranji Trophy encounter. ( AFP )

Himachal fight vs Bengal

Himachal Pradesh staged a brilliant fightback following-on after Ashok Dinda grabbed a five-for in a superb pace bowling display along side Mohammed Shami before the visitors reduced the deficit to six runs against Bengal in a Ranji Trophy Group D match.

In reply to Bengal’s 419, Himachal, the Group D leaders, were bundled out for 206 in their first innings with Dinda grabbing 5/61 and complemented well by Shami (3/94) as the hosts enforced a follow-on in the first session.

Bengal, however, could not capitalise on their big 213-run first innings lead on an innocuous Eden wicket as Himachal ended the penultimate day at 207 for 2 when bad light stopped play in 58 overs.

Brief scores

Group A

In Delhi (Palam): Uttar Pradesh 291 & 224/7 (A Nath 110*, I Sharma 3/38) vs Delhi 269 (D Shorey 98*, S Kumar 4/87)

In Delhi (Karnail Singh): Hyderabad 474/9 vs Railways 246 (A Singh 60*, R Teja 5/49) & F/O 13/0

In Pune: Maharashtra 245 & 135/4 (R Gaikwad 61*, A Mithun 2/32) vs Karnataka 628/5 dec (M Agarwal 304*, K Nair 116)

Group B

In Valsad: Gujarat 236 & 281/9 dec (P Panchal 67, A Hooda 4/79) Haryana 157 & 94/7 (S Pahal 25*, S Desai 4/38)

In Thumba: Kerala 219 & 191 (P Prem 58, P Rasool 5/70) vs Jammu and Kashmir 173 & 56/7 (M Nidheesh 2/7, S Joseph 2/11)

In Rajkot: Saurashtra 553/9 dec vs Jharkhand 270 (I Jaggi 114, V Jivrajani 4/33) & F/O 139/1 (N Siddiqui 83*)

Group C

In Bhubaneshwar: Mumbai 289 & 268/9 dec (S Lad 117, S Pradhan 3/106) vs Odisha 145 & 93/ 4 (G Poddar 48*, A Parkar 2/9)

In Vizianagaram: Madhya Pradesh 321& 67/5 (B Ayyappa 3/26) vs Andhra Pradesh (GH Vihari 77, A Hebbar 77, M Hirwani 5/82)

In Vadodara: Baroda 521 vs Tripura 327/4 (S Patel 123*, Y Singh 90, S Mangalorkar 2/56)

Group D

In Kolkata: Bengal 419 vs Himachal Pradesh 206 (S Verma 64, A Dinda 5/61, M Shami 3/94) and F/O 207/ 2 (P Chopra 81, P Khanduri 67*)

In Nagpur: Vidarbha 385 & 111/2 (F Fazal 46) vs Services 317 (N Verma 71, A Wakhare 5/87)

In Raipur: Chhattisgarh 238 & 171/4 (A Singh 81*) vs Punjab 653/9 (A Singh 267, G Singh 111, S Kharwar 3/107)

First Published: Nov 03, 2017 22:44 IST