Ranji Trophy 2017-18: Delhi Thump Uttar Pradesh; Karnataka’s Outright win over Maharashtra and Saurashtra beat Jharkhand
In the Group A fixture of the third round of Ranji Trophy 2017-18, after visitors Uttar Pradesh started with the overnight score of 224 for seven, Delhi bowlers wrapped up the innings of Suresh Raina-led side on 229.
Which chasing down the target of 252, Delhi had a dismal start when discarded opening batsman Gautam Gambhir was dismissed on one after facing four deliveries.
Delhi lost its first wicket at the team total of six in 1.5 overs.
The middle-order batsman Nitish Rana was the top-scorer for Delhi with 67 off 110 balls.
The 23-year-old left-handed batsman Rana smashed eight boundaries and a solitary six.
On the other side, Unmukt Chand scored 100-ball 49, as Milind Kumar remained unbeaten on 48 off 109 balls alongside exulted Navdeep Sani, who posted 20 off 12 balls, as both helped the hosts to chase down the target in 72.1 overs.
Delhi registered the four-wicket win over Uttar Pradesh on the fourth and final day of the game.
In another fixture at Pune, Karnataka made this miserable for Ankit Bawne-led Maharashtra. The visitors won the match by an innings and 136 runs after hosts were bundled out for 247 runs.
Abhimanyu Mithun claimed five-wicket haul after conceding 57 runs in 17 overs.
In Group B match, Cheteshwar Pujara Saurashtra-led Saurashtra won one of the fixtures of the third round of domestic competition by six wickets against hapless Jharkhand.
Saurashtra was chasing down the target of 59, but Jharkhand bowlers dismissed both the openers at the score of 12. The double centurion Pujara was dismissed on three off ten balls.
However, Saurashtra team walked out as a winner after batsmen faced 14 overs which eventually saw them losing four wickets.
All-rounder Ravindra Jadeja, who went wicketless in the first innings picked two in the second innings before remained unbeaten on seven alongside Chirag Jani (16 off 25).
In another game at Delhi, Hyderabad was set a target of 23 by Railways.
Ambati Rayudu-led Hyderabad convincingly won the match by ten wickets while chasing the meager target in 5.2 overs. Tanmay Agarwal scored 15 off 16, and Akshath Redyy faced 16 to score seven.
In Group D game, Punjab enjoyed a thumping win by an innings and 118 runs over hosting side Chhattisgarh in Raipur.
The Mohammed Kaif-led team was restricted on 297 in the second innings after Punjab skipper and opening batsman Jiwanjot Singh enforced the follow-on.
Sandeep Sharma bagged four wickets, and Vinay Choudhary picked three which broke the back of the hosts’ side.
At Valsad, Gujarat registered a 238-run win over Haryana after Amit Mishra-led side was dismissed at the paltry score of 122. Siddharth Desai and Piyush Chawla claimed five wickets each for the reigning Ranji Trophy champions led by Parthiv Patel.
Kerala strangulated Jammu and Kashmir at 79 to register a comprehensive win by 161 runs.
KC Akshay bagged five wickets in 13.5 overs after giving away 21 runs. Sijomon Joseph and MD Nidheesh claimed two wickets each.
J&K was dismissed in 41.5 overs, as skipper Parvez Rasool was the top-scorer with 17 off 29 balls.
Strong-looking, Karnataka crushed Maharashtra by an innings and 136 runs. The hosts’ side was bundled out for 247 in 66.2 overs.
Hyderabad won by ten wickets after chasing the 23-run target in 5.2 overs at Delhi against Railways.
Delhi beat Uttar Pradesh by four wickets.
Delhi eased past after scoring 256 for six in 72.1 overs.
Kerala registered a 161-run win after Jammu and Kashmir side was rattled at the total score of 79 in 41.5 overs.
Saurashtra won by six wickets at Rajkot after chasing the target of 59 in 14 overs for the loss of four wickets.
After wrapping up the innings of Haryana at 122 in 44.3 overs, Gujarat clinches the fixture by staggering 238 runs.
Match ended in a draw after Baroda was reeling at 85 for six in 35 overs.
Mumbai beat Odisha by 120 runs at Bhubaneswar after the host side was bowled out on 292 in 85.1 overs.
Andhra Pradesh convincingly beat Madhya Pradesh after chasing the target in 13.1 overs. The hosts posted 65 for two on board at Vizianagaram.
The match was drawn after Bengal struggled at 65 for four in 15 overs.
Punjab bundled out Chhattisgarh after posting 297 in 102.4 overs. The visitors won the game by an innings and 118 runs.
Vidarbha won the third round by 192 runs after dismissing Services on 99 in 28.1 overs.
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