Vadodra : Pacer Dhawal Kulkarni took five wickets as Mumbai reduced Baroda to 345 for nine on day three of the Ranji Trophy on Saturday. Mumbai looked set to take the all important first innings lead with Baroda still trailing by 102 runs. Baroda lost a flurry of wickets towards the end of day’s play to fall behind in the game. However, number 10 and 11, Murtuja Vahora (25*) and Sagar Mangalorkar (15*) did well to frustrate the opposition. Kedar Devdhar fell five short of a hundred after beginning the day on 84 while Aditya Waghmode went on to make 57.
Brief Scores: Mumbai 447 all out in 127.1 overs Baroda 345/9 in 140 overs (Kedar Devdhar 95, Aditya Waghmode 57; Dhawal Kulkarni 5/69).
Maha in command
Middle-order batsman Rahul Tripathi struck his second first class hundred as Maharashtra took a first innings lead on the third day. The 24-year-old Tripathi played sensibly through a tense morning session as he guided Maharashtra to 409 all out in reply to Rajasthan’s first innings total of 318, a lead of 91 runs, at Sawai Mansingh Stadium. Tripathi’s 119 came from 250 balls and he hit eight fours and two sixes. With just a day left in the match, Maharashtra are certain to seal at least three points on the basis of first innings. They still have a chance to score an outright win. After taking a 91-run lead, Maharashtra pushed Rajasthan to the brink by taking three quick wickets when they came to bat for the second time in the match. Rajasthan were 115 for 3 at the draw of the stumps with their top three batsmen failing to impress yet again. Captain Ashok Menaria and Rajat Bhatia were batting on 37 and 27 respectively at the close of play.
Brief Scores: Rajasthan: 318 (A Menaria 84, R Bhatia 59) and 115 for 3 (Menaria 37, Bhatia 27*) Maha: 409 (R Tripathi 119, Chirag Khurana 77; K.A Singh 4/87).
AP eye win over UP
Having already taken a healthy 127-run first innings lead, Andhra will now look to post an outright win over Uttar Pradesh after finishing the third and penultimate day on 26 for one, chasing 183. Andhra need 157 more runs with nine wickets in hand on the fourth and final day. At the close of play, KS Bharat was unbeaten on 16 and skipper Mohammad Kaif was yet to open his account. Earlier, resuming on 39 for three in their second innings, UP lost two early wickets to be reeling at 52 for five. It was Eklavya Dwivedi (72), MSaif (56) and Praveen Kumar (53) who steadied the boat and took the visitors past 300-run mark.