After restricting hosts Maharashtra to 245 in first innings of one of the Group A games, the opening batsman for Karnataka Mayank Agarwal, who started off his innings on 219, on day three of the third round of ongoing Ranji Trophy fixtures, struck his maiden triple hundred – to dominate the bowlers and powered visitors to the staggering first innings total of 628 for five, before the declaration came from skipper Vinay Kumar.
The 26-year-old right-handed batsman Agarwal remained unbeaten on 304 after facing 494 deliveries. He smashed 28 boundaries and four maximums. Agarwal’s innings was equally supported by Karun Nair, who smashed 256-ball 116.
At the stumps of day three, hosts Maharashtra was struggling at 135 for four. The Ankit Bawne’s side is trailing by 248 runs in second innings at the MCA Stadium in Pune.
Interestingly, Agarwal was playing in this match after being dismissed for the duck in both of his innings against Hyderabad at Shimoga last month (October).
Agarwal posted 259 for the first wicket alongside Ravikumar Samarth (129 off 219) and for third-wicket, the former forged a 279-run stand with Nair.
For Karnataka, Abhimanyu Mithun picked two wickets for giving away 32 in 10 overs, as Ronit More and Stuart Binny claimed wicket apiece.
In a Group B game, Gujarat required three wickets to clinch the game against Haryana. The visitors require another 267 runs to win which looks highly-likely improbable against the bowling line-up that hosts rely on.
At stumps on day three, Haryana was 94 for seven in 35 overs, as left-arm orthodox spinner Siddharth Desai bagged four wickets and Piyush Chawla claimed three wickets after conceding 24 runs in 10 overs.
For Uttar Pradesh in another Group A game, the visitors’ skipper Suresh Raina was again dismissed cheaply on 16 off 17 balls.
The left-handed batsman was dismissed by Delhi skipper Ishant Sharma when gloveman Rishabh Pant completed a simple catch.
Group A –
Maharashtra posted 135 for four in the second innings against Karnataka in 37 overs.
Ruturaj Gaikwad was batting on 61 off 117 balls, and Rahul Tripathi would resume his innings on 33 after facing 31 deliveries.
So far, Abhimanyu Mithun picked two wickets in his ten overs.
In another game in Delhi, Mahesh Rawat’s Railways side is trailing by 215 runs, as they were 13 for no loss at stumps on day three after being bundled out for 246 in first innings.
The Railways’ opening batsmen Saurabh Wakaskar and Shivakant Shukla were batting on six each.
In the second innings, Uttar Pradesh posted 224 for seven in 63 overs, and the Suresh Raina’s team is leading by 246 runs in the second innings.
Akshdeep Nath is batting on 110 off 175 balls, and Imtiaz Ahmed faced five balls and is yet to open his account.
Ishant Sharma picked three wickets in 12 overs after giving away 38 runs.
Group B –
In second innings, Jammu and Kashmir are reeling at 56 for seven in 33 overs. They require another 182 runs to win which would be a daunting task.
Hosts saw four bowlers among the wickets after Sachin Baby made use of the five bowlers.
Jharkhand posted 139 in 24 overs for the loss of Shasheem Rathour.
Nazim Siddiqui is batting on 83 off 58 balls.
Sumit Kumar scored 25 off 55 balls.
Jharkhand is trailing by 144 runs.
Vandit Jivrajani conceded 15 for a wicket in six overs.
Haryana is struggling at 94 for seven in 35 overs in second innings.
The visitors required another 267 runs to win. Siddharth Desai bagged four wickets.
Harshal Patel batting on 17 off 56 deliveries and Sanjay Pahal scored 25 off 30 balls.
Group C –
After Baroda posted 521 in its first innings, the day was dominated by Tripura as they finished the day three with 327 for four on board in 117 overs.
The gloveman in the form of Smit Patel is batting on 123 off 254 balls and Abhijit Dey scored 42-ball 20.
Sagar Mangalorkar picked two wickets after sending down 25 overs.
Odisha requires 320 runs against Mumbai, as they finished the penultimate day on 93 for four in 29 overs.
Skipper Govinda Poddar is batting on 48 off 66 balls and Santanu Mishra struck a four after facing 15 balls.
Madhya Pradesh is leading by 12 runs after posting 67 for five in 29.4 overs at the end of third day’s play.
Skipper Devendra Bundela is batting on 23 off 63 balls, as for Andhra Pradesh Bandaru Ayyappa claimed three wickets. He bowled 12 overs to concede 26 runs.
Group D –
Himachal Pradesh in second innings posted 207 for two in 57.5 overs.
Sumeet Verma-led Himachal Pradesh is trailing by six runs with Priyanshu Khanduri batting on 67 off 167 alongside Nikhil Gangta (43* off 64).
Mohammed Shami and Mukesh Kumar picked a wicket each.
Chhattisgarh trail by 244 runs in the Group D game against Punjab.
At stumps on the penultimate day of Ranji fixture, Chhattisgarh posted 171 for four in their second innings.
Ashutosh Singh is batting on 81 off 157 balls and Siddharth Chandrakar scored unbeaten 27 off 76 deliveries.
Vidarbha is leading by 179 runs in second innings against Services in Nagpur. Sanjay Ramaswamy (35 off 48) and Karn Sharma on nought are at the crease, which further saw the hosts posted nelson on the board for the loss of two wickets.
Nitin Tanwar and Vikas Yadav picked one wicket each.