Ranji Day 4, Round 1: Varun Khanna leads Punjab to innings win

The left-arm spinner took a career best eight for 97 as Railways folded for 282 to hand their opponents a win by an innings and 126 runs, and thereby seven points, in Mohali. No. 5 Arindam Ghosh provided resistance for Railways on the final day, with an unbeaten 98 off 152 balls.

Vineet Saxena (left) and Puneet Yadav rescued Rajasthan in Jaipur with a stand of 150 after they had been reduced to 36 for 3   -  The Hindu

Sanju Samson's was one of the four wickets to fall for Kerala on the final day. Chasing 71 for a win, they finished at 44 for 4 at stumps.   -  The Hindu

Left-arm spinner Varun Khanna’s 8 for 97 helped Punjab thump Railways by an innings and 126 runs at the P.C.A. Stadium in Mohali. The rest of the matches ended in draws on the final day of Round One.

Resuming from their overnight score of 125 for five in the second innings, Railways, who were following on (first innings: 196) found themselves in a precarious position. They had to bat through the day for a draw.

Arindam Ghosh, who scored a patient 97, offered some resistance. But he found little support from his teammates. The 28-year-old right-handed batsman remained unbeaten at the end of the match, batting over 250 minutes.

Khanna, who picked five wickets yesterday, continued to trouble the Railways’ lower order. The left-arm spinner picked three more to record his best bowling figure of 8 for 96. Arnab Nandi, who offered Ghosh some support with a brisk 33, succumbed to Khanna. The Punjab skipper Yuvraj Singh also chipped in with a wicket in his team’s victory.

Kerala fall 27 short of unlikely win

In a Group C encounter in Srinagar, Kerala ran out of time, chasing 71 after bowling out Jammu and Kashmir for 225 in their second innings. In the eight overs the team had before stumps, they finished at 44 for 4. The resistance put up by the hosts had them finishing their first innings at 225, courtesy half-centuries from Ian Dev Singh and Adil Reshi. This, after Kerala had declared on their overnight score of 485 for 8, leaving their bowlers 90 overs in the day to complete an innings victory. Owing to a first-innings lead of 55, Kerala gained three points from the game, and J&K claimed a solitary point.

Rajasthan defy Delhi to collect three points

A fightback in the second innings from Delhi at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur against Rajasthan was not enough to reverse the damage done via a first-innings deficit of 102. They had given themselves the entire day to take nine wickets but Rajasthan, resuming the final day at a precarious 20 for 1, batted the safely; opener Vineet Saxena and No. 5 Puneet Yadav shared an unbroken stand of 150. Saxena struck eight fours in his 274-ball 80, and Yadav collected eight fours and a six in his 195-ball 75.

Stalemate at Moradabad

In a high-scoring game in Moradabad, Madhya Pradesh put up a combined batting effort to finish at 531 for 7 at stumps on the final day of their contest against Uttar Pradesh. This was a reply to UP’s innings of 686 for 7, which finished (with a declaration) on the third day. Opener Aditya Shrivastava scored a career-best 169, and was backed by solid contributions from Naman Ojha, Devendra Bundela and Harpreet Singh at No. 7.

Andhra complete fruitful game with seven-run lead against Mumbai

Andhra gained three points after a fruitful day had them limiting Mumbai to 237 - largely helped by six wickets from medium-fast bowler Bandaru Ayyappa, to obtain a seven-run first-innings lead - and celebrating it with a successful showing with the bat in the second innings. Opener Prasanth Kumar scored a half-century, his fellow opener Srikar Bharat chipped in with 43, and captain Mohammad Kaif finished with an unbeaten 49 as Andhra scored 176 for 3 at stumps on the final day.

In Mohali:

Punjab (toss) 604 for 5 decl (G Singh 201 not out, Kaul 112, M Singh 109, Khera 102) beat Railways 196 (Singh 90, Wakaskar 69, Sran 6 for 61, Kaul 4 for 53) and 282 (Ghosh 98 not out, Awasthi 44, Khanna 8 for 97) (f/o) by an innings and 126 runs

In Vizianagaram:

Andhra 244 (Bhui 103, Kaif 90, Sandhu 5 for 53) and 176 for 3 (Prashanth Kumar 59, Kaif 49*) drew with Mumbai 237 (Lad 86, B Ayyappa 6 for 71)

In Moradabad:

Uttar Pradesh 686 for 7 declared (Saif 198, Sarfaraz 155, Shaukat 128) drew with Madhya Pradesh 531 for 7 (Shrivastava 169, Naman Ojha 88, Rajpoot 4 for 87)

In Guwahati:

Assam 194 (Amit Verma 57) and 259 for 5 (Arun Karthik 115 not out, Gokul 55) drew with Karnataka 187 (Bhavane 65, Syed Mohammad 7 for 44) and 394 (Samarth 131, Purkayastha 3 for 78)

In Jaipur:

Rajasthan 240 (Chahar 50, Narwal 3 for 47) and 186 for 3 (Yadav 75 not out, Saxena 80 not out) drew with Delhi 138 (Chahar 5 for 60) and 437 for 9 declared (Narwal 106 not out, Gambhir 93, Nathu Singh 7 for 87)

In Gahunje:

Maharashtra 570 for 6 (Bawne 176, Khurana 132, Gugale 91) drew with Haryana 335 (Rana 157, Sehwag 92)

In Nagpur:

Odisha 274 (Podder 148, Wakhare 4 for 84) and 230 for 6 (Sarangi 92, Wakhare 5 for 77) (f/o) drew with Vidarbha 467 (Yadav 128, Shanware 119)

In Srinagar:

Jammu & Kashmir 330 (Bandeep 82, Monish 3 for 63) and 225 (Reshi 54, Ian Dev 50, Gomez 3 for 8, Prem 3 for 48) drew against Kerala 485 for 8 declared (Baby 151, Samson 101) and 44 for 4

In Porvorim:

Hyderabad 325 for 9 declared (Vihari 82, Rituraj 3 for 74) drew with Goa 425 for 7 (Kamat 109, Misal 67, Vishal Sharma 3 for 93)

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