Ranji Day 3, Round 1: Rahil Shah shines in Tamil Nadu’s win

Chasing 122 on a dustbowl against three spinners was going to be tough for Baroda, especially with their inexperienced batting line-up. Tamil Nadu’s bowlers, especially Rahil Shah, exploited the crumbling pitch to run through the young Baroda line-up.

Tamil Nadu's Rahil Shah and players celebrate the victory against Baroda during the Ranji Trophy league Cricket match at M.A. Chidambaram Stadium.   -  Jothi Ramalingam

Sachin Baby of Kerala hit his second first-class ton.   -  K. Pichumani

In a match that see-sawed from day one, Tamil Nadu held their nerve to beat Baroda by seven runs in front of a sparse crowd at the M. A. Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai.

Chasing 122 on a dustbowl against three spinners was going to be tough for Baroda, especially with their inexperienced batting line-up. Tamil Nadu’s bowlers, especially Rahil Shah, exploited the crumbling pitch to run through the young Baroda line-up.

With Baroda needing just 11 runs, with four wickets remaining, the 29-year-old spinner held his nerve to bowl them out in just two overs. Only one batsman scored above 30 and nobody lasted for 50 balls.

The big-hitting Baroda skipper, Yusuf Pathan, was out for five. Deepak Hooda, who scored a brisk 32, was deceived by D. T. Chandrasekhar. “ Cool-ah aadu Chandra,” (play it cool, Chandra), screamed an aged member of the audience. Chandra and Tamil Nadu did; Baroda didn’t.

Services ease into 9-wicket win

There was no fairytale finish for Jharkhand in Delhi as they lost to Services by nine wickets. After getting out for 45 on the first day, they needed a spectacular effort from the batsmen in the second innings, but could manage to score only 192 runs. The spectacular effort came from Services’ Pathania, who took 13 wickets to shut out Jharkhand.

Chasing 78 for victory, Services reached the target with ease.

Jadeja show at Rajkot

Meanwhile, Ravindra Jadeja did something similar in Rajkot to help Saurashtra thump Tripura by an innings and 118 runs. He picked up five wickets in the second innings, adding to his tally of six in the first.

Needing 193 more runs to make Saurashtra bat, Tripura were attacked by Jadejas from both ends. Dharmendrasinh Jadeja, who complemented Ravindra from the other end, picked up four wickets to help his team score seven points and top the table.

Sanju-Sachin duo give Kerala 155-run lead

Sachin Baby and Sanju Samson helped Kerala take a 155-run lead against Jammu and Kashmir in Srinagar. The duo batted for 57 overs and added 177 runs for the fourth wicket. It was Baby’s second first-class ton.

Railways in trouble against Punjab

Punjab (604 for five declared in the first innings) are sitting comfortably against Railways on their home turf in Mohali, with the latter trailing them by 125 runs in the second innings with just five wickets remaining.

In Chennai:

Tamil Nadu (toss) 125 (Aparajith 44, Yusuf 4-29, Bhatt 4-32) and 155 (Bhatt 6-60) beat Baroda 159 (Shah 4-38, Chandrasekhar 4-50) and 114 (Hooda 32, Shah 5-43) by 7 runs

In Rajkot:

Saurashtra (toss) 307 (Jackson 97, Jadeja 91, Pujara 10) beat Tripura 103 (Jadeja 6-27) and (f/0) 86 (R Jadeja 5-45, D Jadeja 4-12) by an innings and 118 runs

In Delhi:

Services (toss) 161 and 78 for 1 beat Jharkhand 45 (Pathania 6-19) and 192 (Tiwary 56, Virat 51, Pathania 7-64) by 9 wickets

In Duwahati:

Assam 194 (Verma 57, Das 55) and 30 for 1 need 358 to beat Karnataka (toss) 187 (Bhavane 65, Syed Mohammed 7-44) and 394 for 8 decl. (Samarth 131)

In Pune:

Maharashtra 256 for 3 (Gugale 91) trail Haryana (toss) 335 (Rana 157, Sehwag 92) by 79 runs

In Jaipur:

Rajasthan (toss) 240 (Chahar 50) and 20 for 1 need 316 to beat Delhi 138 (Gambhir 24, Chahar 5-60) and 437 for 9 decl. (Narwal 106 not out, Gambhir 93, Chand 84, Nathu 7-87)

In Nagpur:

Odisha 274 (Poddar 148*) trail Vidarbha (toss) and (f/o) 15 for 0 trail 467 (U Yadav 128 not out, Shanware 119,Satish 53) by 178 runs

In Vizianagaram:

Mumbai (toss) 158 for 5 (Lad 63 batting) trail Andhra 244 (Bhui 103, Kaif 90, Sandhu 5-53) by 86 runs

In Mohali:

Railways 196 (Ashish Singh 90, Saurabh 69, Sran 6-61, S Kaul 4-53) and (f/o) 125 for 5 (Khanna 5-51) trail Punjab (toss) 604 for 5 decl. (G Mann 201 not out, U Kaul 112, Mandeep 109, Khera 102 not out, Yuvraj 23) by 283 runs

In Moradabad:

MP 234 for 3 (Shrivastava 99 batting, Ojha 88 batting) trail UP (toss) 686 for 7 decl. (Saif 198, Sarfaraz 155, Shaukat 128, Srivastava 75) by 452 runs

In Provorim:

Goa (toss) 349 for 4 (Kamat 81not out, Misal 67 not out, RR Singh 59, Asnodkar 53) lead Hyderabad 325 (Vihari 82, Akshath Reddy 61) by 24 runs

In Srinagar:

Kerala 485 for 8 (Baby 151, Samson 101, Prem 69, Jagadeesh 69) lead J&K (toss) 330 (Bandeep 82, Raza 73, Rasool 54) by 155 runs