Ranji Trophy 2016/17: Samit Gohel’s Century Helps Gujarat Gain Upper Hand, Mumbai Jharkhand Up With First Innings Lead
On day three of the knockout stage of Ranji Trophy 2016/17, only Gujarat seems to have an upper hand over their opposition as the game between Odisha vs Mumbai and Jharkhand vs Haryana is evenly poised and no team can be declared as a clear winner.
Here is how the third day of the knockout round went ahead –
Gujarat vs Odisha
On a tough track, Gujarat has now gained a tight grip over the game as at the end of the day there, they hold a hefty lead of 310 runs with seven wickets still in their hands. The opening pair of Samit Gohel and Priyank Panchal, the highest run scorer in this Ranji Trophy season helped Gujarat to go way ahead of Odisha. Gujarat started off well as their openers shared 149 runs for the first wicket and Gujarat ended with a score of 246/3 on the board at stumps on day three. They now hold a strong chance to win this game as every run added to this total is now none less than a pain for Odisha, who might have a strong bowling lineup but a below par batting line up.
Even after the completion of three days in this game, it is difficult to weigh any team as favourites as both the teams are fighting it out for every inch. Haryana, who leaked the first innings lead to Jharkhand returned well in the third innings of the game and they have scored 119 runs till now at loss of just two wickets. Though lead just counts to number 32 but it will increase as the day will progress tomorrow. If their batsmen continues to bat like this, then they have every chance to add up to this lead and end up somewhere around 250 or so which will be enough for them to defend on the final day of the game but in case of Jharkhand bowlers, especially Shahbaz Nadeem chipping in with some wickets, then Haryana can lose this game as well.
As of now, this is an evenly poised contest where it is quite early to predict a winner.
The first innings lead and a brilliant piece of bowling from Mumbai bowlers have somehow helped Mumbai to hide their batting flaws but Mumbai has to heal that flaws very soon as once again, the Mumbai batting line-up failed badly against Hyderabad bowlers on day 3 and at one stage, Mumbai was three down at score of 52 before Praful Waghela and skipper Aditya Tare came into action to rescue the tottering batting line-up. They possess a lead of 116 runs over Hyderabad with seven wickets in hands. The first session tomorrow will be quite crucial as if Hyderabad bowlers are able to get early wickets in the first session, then this will help their cause whereas a gritty piece of batting from Mumbai will help them keep Hyderabad out of the game.
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