Mumbai : Uttar Pradesh were bowled out for 440, chasing hosts Mumbai’s huge first innings total of 610 for 9 declared, before the Ranji Trophy Group B match ended in a draw here on Tuesday with the visitors making 140 in the second essay after following on.
Starting the day at the overnight 350 for five, trailing the home team by 260 runs, UP lost both their overnight not out batsmen Eklavya Dwivedi (66) and Piyush Chawal (88) in the morning session and their slim hopes of gaining the first innings lead fizzled out.
Medium pacer Abhishek Nayar, Mumbai’s best bowler of this type on view at the slow-paced Wankhede Stadium track, dismissed both the batsmen before left arm spinner Vishal Dabholkar polished off the tail to bring the UP first innings to an end and give Mumbai a huge lead of 170 runs. Nayar and Dabholkar finished with four wickets apiece before their captain Aditya Tare asked UP to follow on with a view to try and gain an outright victory.
But the ploy did not work as UP recovered from the loss of an early wicket (Dwivedi for 6) through an unbeaten second wicket partnership of 128 runs between Himanshu Asnora (68 not out) and Umang Sharma (62 not out), who both compiled their second half centuries of the game. Play was called off by mutual agreement before the start of the mandatory overs.
Mumbai gained three points by virtue of taking the first innings lead and remained on top of Group B with 20 points while UP had 14, including one from this game, to be sixth in the nine-team group. Mumbai clash next with Railways here from November 15-18 while UP host Tamil Nadu on the same dates.
Brief scores: Mumbai 610 for 9 declared drew with Uttar Pradesh 440 (H Asnora 92, U Sharma 53, Sarfaraz Khan 44, E Dwivedi 66, P Chawla 84; V Dabholkar 4 for 116, A Nayar 4 for 63) and 140 for 1 (H Asnora not out 68, U Sharma not out 62; V Dabholkar 1 for 30). Points: Mumbai 3; UP 1.
Karnataka’s second outright win: Karnataka registered their second outright win, beating Odisha by an innings and 64 runs on the fourth and final day of their Group A Ranji Trophy match. With this win Karnataka secured seven points, and are among the top contenders to qualify for the knockout stage with 21 points to their credit. Stuart Binny and Shreyas Gopal, ably supported by Vinay Kumar, helped Karnataka skittle out Odisha for 104 runs in their second innings under 37 overs. Binny claimed four wickets for 34 runs and Gopal bagged three wickets for 43 runs, while Kumar ended with two for seven off seven overs and Udit Patel picked up one wicket.
Assam thrashes Haryana: Amit Verma (51) and Gokul Sharma (19) took their time before knocking off the required 38 runs on the final day as Assam recorded a comfortable six-wicket win over Haryana in their Ranji Trophy Group A match played in Rohtak on Tuesday. It was a comeback-win for Assam as they had conceded a first innings lead of 48 runs but their bowlers brought them back by bundling out the rivals for just 111 in their second essay. Amit and Gokul remained steady when they came out this morning chasing a victory target of 160 runs. They batted slow, taking 16.1 overs to score the required 38 runs, but ensured that there is no twist in the tale.
Tripura draw against Kerala: Tripura managed to sneak away with a point after holding on for a draw against hosts Kerala on the fourth and final day of their Ranji Trophy group C cricket match.
Overnight 224/7, Tripura were bowled out for 236 this morning. In reply, Kerala declared their second innings at 117/4 to set the visitors a target of 229. At close of the match, Tripura were 53 for no loss and managed a point out of the match, while Kerala took away three points owing to their first innings lead.
Baroda: A strong all-round show by Axar Patel helped Gujarat thrash Baroda by an innings and 46 runs to bag a bonus point in the Group B Ranji Trophy cricket encounter in Valsad on Tuesday. After a gutsy 81 in Gujarat’s only batting outing, Axar bagged three and four wickets respectively in first and second Baroda innings to lead the rout. Starting the day on 81 for four while following-on, Baroda crashed to 207 all out with Axar and off-spinner Rujul Bhatt bagging four wickets apiece. Skipper Ambati Rayudu (43) and Hardik Pandya (43) fought hard but the rest of the batting just fell apart. The Parthiv Patel-led side had gained the upper hand from the very start after the hosts rode on opener Priyank Kirit Panchal’s 128 to post 505 in their only outing.
Saurashtra-Goa clash ends in a draw: The Group C Ranji Trophy cricket match between Saurashtra and Goa ended in a draw, with the home team securing three points for taking the first-innings lead. Goa scored 239 in the first innings and then saw Saurashtra managing to take a crucial lead of 19 runs at the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium. The visitors declared their second innings at 299 for seven in 89 overs. In reply, Saurashtra were 223 for five in 76.1 overs when the stumps were drawn.