Ranji Trophy 2017-18: Krishnappa Gowtham Stars for Karnataka over Railways, as Gujarat Rout Jharkhand by 10 Wickets
With the culmination of the seventh round of ongoing Ranji Trophy 2017-18, in the Group B clash, Gujarat registered a comprehensive win by ten wickets over struggling Jharkhand.
Earlier, the visitors were dismissed on 183 in 262 overs, as Hardik Patel claimed four wickets. Patel bowled six overs in which he conceded just nine runs.
In first innings, Jharkhand was bundled out on 242 in 86.3 overs.
Kumar Deobrat and Virat Singh managed to score fifty each; as Jharkhand went on to lose wickets at regular intervals.
Gujarat chased down the target of 15 in 10 balls when visitors posted 16 runs on board.
Priyan Panchal contributed 12 off four deliveries, as Samit Gohel faced six balls to score four.
In another Group B fixture, Kerala thrashed Haryana by an innings and eight runs after hosts were dismissed at the paltry score of 173 in 78.3 overs.
For Kerala, Jalaj Saxena and MD Nidheesh claimed three wickets each, as Basil Thampi managed to pick two scalps in 17 overs.
Earlier, Kerala finished their first innings on 389 in 129.3 overs.
For Haryana, skipper Amit Mishra was the top-scorer in second innings. Mishra scored 40 off 79 balls.
In Group A fixture, Karnataka recorded an easy win over Railways by 209 runs in Delhi.
Chasing the target of 376, Mahesh Rawat-led Railways was sent packing in 63 overs after scoring 167 runs.
For Railways, Pratham Singh managed to score 91-ball 36.
Off-spinner Krishnappa Gowtham was the chief architect with the ball for Karnataka, as he claimed seven wickets after conceding 72 runs in 26 overs in the second innings after claiming three scalps in the first innings respectively.
This is how the quarter-final has shaped-up now, after the completion of league-stage fixtures while having a look at respective teams from four different groups:
Form the Group A, Delhi and Karnataka sealed the spot followed by Kerala and Gujarat from Group B, as Mumbai and Madhya Pradesh managed to qualify from Group C with Vidarbha and Bengal completing the list of eight teams.
In Jaipur, Gujarat will take on Bengal, with Delhi scheduled to face Madhya Pradesh in Vijayawada.
In Surat, Kerala will face-off Vidarbha and Mumbai will wrestle against Karnataka at Nagpur.
Hyderabad was 442 for eight in second innings which further saw the hosts facing 155.1 overs.
Delhi managed to post 415, as Hyderabad was restricted to 205 in first innings.
Maharashtra also won on day three by thumping seven-wicket win over Assam in Pune.
Karnataka registered a convincing win over Railways by 209 runs after Railways was skittled out for 167 in 63 overs.
Gujarat won the match by ten wickets against Jharkhand.
The visitors were chasing down the meagre target which was chased down by openers in 1.4 overs.
Gujarat finished the match with 16 for no loss while facing hapless Jharkhand.
Gujarat scored 411 in first innings, as Jharkhand was skittled out for 183 while batting second after 242 in the first innings respectively.
Showing some resilience in the second innings, Rajasthan forced out on a draw over Saurashtra.
The hosts in second innings were 394 for seven in 101.2 overs when umpires decided it’s enough for the day.
Earlier, under the leadership of Dishant Yagnik, Rajasthan was able to score 275 in the first innings after Saurashtra posted 534 in their first innings.
Kerala registered a significant win over Haryana by an innings and eight runs.
Hosts were rattled out on 173 in 78.3 overs in the second innings after the first innings total of 208.
However, Kerala managed to post 389 runs which pushed Haryana on the back foot.
Madhya Pradesh chased down the target in 37 overs when they were 113 for three against Odisha in Indore.
After being dismissed at the paltry score of 147 in first innings, Odisha managed to post the total of 350 in second innings.
Doming force Madhya Pradesh scored 388 in the first innings to pile up the misery for the visitors.
As Tamil Nadu tumbled in the second innings, Baroda went on to register the 102-run win over the hosts.
In first innings, Tamil Nadu scored 274 which further saw Baroda was bundled out for 197 after posting 309 in first innings.
Mumbai already registered a 10-wicket win on day three over Tripura.
Punjab scored a mammoth total of 645 for six in the first innings before the match ended on a draw when hosts were 94 for five in 6.1 overs.
Services on the other side scored 315 and 458 in second innings which further forced the draw in Amritsar.
In Nagpur, on the final day of the seventh round of Ranji Trophy 2017-18 season, Himachal Pradesh ended the match on a draw with hosts Vidarbha
Vidarbha posted 456 in first innings, as Himachal Pradesh in response scored 353 in first innings and 323 for eight in the second innings respectively after facing 96 overs.
In Kolkata, a match between Bengal and Goa finished on a draw on the final day when visiting Goa was 86 for two in 26 overs.
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