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Ranji Trophy: Karnataka, Punjab win; Mukund strikes double ton



New Delhi, Nov 12 : Karnataka and Punjab won their Ranji Trophy matches with a day to spare while Baroda were on the verge of victory against Madhya Pradesh after the third day's play in the Elite Division.

Punjab defeated Orissa by eight wickets in Mohali while Karnataka defeated Railways by an innings and 51 runs at the Karnail Singh Stadium in New Delhi.

At the Brabourne Stadium, Mumbai, courtesy centuries from Abhishek Nayyar and Rohit Sharma, ended the day on 439 for five, chasing Rajasthan's 530 in the first innings.

Nayyar got retired hurt after smashing 155 while Sharma struck a fluent 100. The duo resumed Mumbai's challenge on 120 for two, and stitched a 181-run partnership to set the foundation for a healthy first innings lead. Suryakumar Yadav contributed 85 while Dhawal Kulkarni and Iqbal Abdulla stood were batting at stumops.

At the Moti Bagh Stadium in Vadodara, last year's runners-up Baroda ended the day with a victory in sight as they need another six runs to win after being set a 54-run target. Quick wickets of openers Kedar Devdhar (20) and Aditya Waghmode (9) prolonged the inevitable and bad light ensured that they come out to bat Sunday morning. They lost out on a bonus point after not being able to close out the match with 10 wickets in hand.

Indian discard Irfan Pathan starred for the hosts by claiming five wickets after Madhya Pradesh resumed the day on 176 for two and were all out for 365. The visitors put up a better batting display in the second innings after folding up for 63 in the first innings after skipper Naman Ojha top-scored with 94.

In Chennai, India's Test opener Abhinav Mukund cracked 204 as he helped Tamil Nadu take a vital first innings lead of 55 runs against Haryana.

Mukund, who has gained in stature following his Test debut against the West Indies earlier this year, played a pivotal role at a time when Tamil Nadu were struggling 258 for six in reply to Haryana's first innings total of 348. Eventually, the home team was all out for 403 just before stumps on the third day.

Mukund was involved in a crucial 90-run partnership for the seventh wicket with Sunny Gupta (37) following a middle-order collapse as Tamil Nadu edged past the Haryana total.

Test discard and leg-spinner Amit Mishra did not enjoy a good outing for Haryana as he took just one wicket for 111 as he sent down 42 overs, in contrast to Mukund who kept himself on the radar of the national selectors.

Brief scores:

Group A:

At Mumbai: Rajasthan 530. Mumbai 439/5 in 109 overs (Abhishek Nayar 155 retired hurt, Rohit Sharma 100; Pankaj Singh 2/84).

At Mohali: Orissa 251 in 85.4 overs and 73 in 34.5 overs (Subhrajit Sahoo 21,Manpreet Gony 5 for 13, Brainder Sran 4 for 27), Punjab 255 for 9 decl. and 70 for 2 (Ravi Inder Sigh 34 not out, Mandeep Singh 26 ot out). Result: Punjab won by 8 wickets

At Meerut: Uttar Pradesh 362 and 175 for 4 in 58 overs (Mohammad Kaif 55 batting and Arish Alam 53 batting), Saurashtra 281 all out in 92 overs (Jaydev Shah 112).

At Delhi: Karnataka 347, Railways 134 and 162 (following on, Shivakant Shukla 34, KP. Apanna 6 for 68, Amit Verman 2 for 32). Result: Karnataka won by an innings and 51 runs

Group B:

At Vadodara: Madhya Pradesh 63 and 365 in 131.5 overs (Naman Ojha 94, Mohnish Mishra 58, Irfan Pathan 5 for 54, Murtuja Vahora 2 for 77), Baroda 375 and 48 for 2 (Kedar Devdhar 20, Aditya Waghmode 9, T.P.Sudhindra 1 for 16, Anand Rajan 1 for 25).

At Valsad: Gujarat 520, Delhi 233 and 170 for 5 (Unmukt Chand 77, Mithun Manhas 50, Ishwar Chaudhary 3 for 38).

At Chennai: Haryana 348, Tamil Nadu 403 all out in 147 overs (Abhinav Mukund 204, Murali Vijay, Sunny Gupta 37, Sachin Rana 3 for 47, Yuzvendra Chahal 3 for 73).

Plate Division:

At Vijaywada: Andhra 235 and 271 (Venugopal Rao 96, Bodapati Sumanth 62, Rana Dutta 2 for 79), Tripura 174 and 24 for 5 (Subhrajit Roy 7, Atchuti Rao 4 for 9).

At Dharamsala: Himachal Pradesh 195 and 200, Vidarbha 142 and 257 for 7 in 77.5 overs (Hemang Badani 83 not out, Sairaj Bahutule 61, Mohinderraj Sharma 3 for 49).Result: Vidharba won by 3 wikcets).

At Kochi: Services 253, Kerala 249 in 113.2 overs (Jagadeesh for 4 in 65.2 overs (V. A. Jagdeesh 50, Nishan Singh 4 for 40).

Group B:

At Guwahati: Assam 195, Goa 282 for 8 in 82.1 overs (Abu Nechim Ahmad 5 for 86).

At Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir: 59 for no loss (Adil Rishi 36 batting, Ian Dev Singh 19 batting) vs Jharkhand. No play on second and third day.

© IANS
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