Ranji Round 2 Day 3: Karthik century leads Assam to dominance

Assam have consolidated their position against Rajasthan in their Group A fixture in Guwahati, helped by a 151 from middle-order batsman Arun Karthik, and ended day three needing seven more wickets to register a win. After declaring at 422 for 9, obtaining a healthy lead of 236, they reduced Rajasthan to 47 for 3.

Arun Karthik's century helped Assam to a gargantuan score of 422 for 9.   -  PTI

Assam have consolidated their position against Rajasthan in their Group A fixture in Guwahati, helped by a 151 from middle-order batsman Arun Karthik, and ended day three needing seven more wickets to register a win. After declaring at 422 for 9, obtaining a healthy lead of 236, they reduced Rajasthan to 47 for 3. Their medium-fast bowler Krishna Das took two of the three wickets, as a follow-up of the five-for he had taken earlier in the game to help bowl Rajasthan out for 186 in the first innings.

Assam, resuming at 212 for 4, lost their fifth wicket four overs into the third day, and lost their sixth soon after, but seventh and eighth wicket partnerships of 90 and 67 runs respectively enhanced their lead: Karthik held fort with lower-order batsmen Swarupam Purkayastha and Kunal Saikia, who finished with 50 not out.

Rajasthan began their second innings slowly, and lost their opener Vineet Saxena in the ninth over. Two wickets in two balls in the tenth over from Das reduced them to 28 for 3, but captain Ashok Menaria and Puneet Yadav stuck through for another five overs.

Centuries from Shreyas Gopal and Shishir Bhavane augmented the one from Karun Nair scored on Friday, to have Karnataka in a position to push for victory against Bengal in the final day, at the Chinnaswamy Stadium. In the 19 overs bowled by Karnataka before stumps, Bengal were reduced to 58 for 2, needing another 168 runs to make them bat again.

After scoring 126, Nair departed seven overs into the third day, edging fast bowler Veer Pratap Singh behind. But Gopal and Bhavane combined to add 142 runs in 50.5 overs to deflate Bengal. The stand ended with Gopal’s dismissal for 139. Bhavane, the eighth wicket to fall, finished with 119.

Veer Pratap Singh was Bengal’s most successful bowler, with four wickets in his 41 overs.

In New Delhi:

Vidarbha 298 and 47 for four vs. Delhi 302 (Gautam Gambhir 96, Nitish Rana 61, Manan Sharma 53, Sarang Rawat 42, Akshay Wakhare 5 for 113)

In Guwahati:

Rajasthan 186 and 47 for three vs. Assam 422 for 9 decl. (Gokul Sharma 46, Arun Karthik 151, Swarupam Purkayastha 47, Kunal Saikia 50 n.o., K. Ajay Singh 5 for 116).

In Bengaluru:

Bengal 312 and 58 for 2 vs. Karnataka 537 for 9 decl. (Shreyas Gopal 139, Karun Nair 126, Shishir Bhavane 119, Manish Pandey 53, Veer Pratap Singh 4 for 86).

In Cuttack:

Maharashtra 281 and 156 for 3 (Swapnil Gugale 71) vs. Odisha 267 (Govinda Podder 100, Pratik Das 62, Shrikant Mundhe 6 for 62).

In Mumbai:

Punjab 154 and 244 for 4 (Jiwanjot Singh 91, Mandeep Singh 82 batting) vs. Mumbai 569 for 8 decl. (Shreyas Iyer 200, Aditya Tare 137 n.o., Suryakumar Yadav 78, Dhawal Kulkarni 42).

In Vizianagaram:

Gujarat 308 and 24 for 1 vs. Andhra 421 (K.S. Bharat 127, Mohammad Kaif 76, Murumulla Sriram 63, Siva Kumar 58, Rush Kalaria 5 for 55).

In Indore:

Tamil Nadu 596 for 9 decl. (J. Kousik 151, M. Rangarajan 131, R. Prasanna 70, B. Aparajith 56, L. Vignesh 50 n.o., B. Indrajith 47) vs. Madhya Pradesh 181 for 0 (Aditya Shrivastava 73 n.o., Jalaj Saxena 99 n.o.).

In Vadodara:

Railways 166 and 221 (Prashant Awasthi 67, Karn Sharma 51) lost to Baroda 500 for 8 decl. (Deepak Hooda 122, Kedar Devdhar 88, Aditya Waghmode 87, Hardik Pandya 64, Yusuf Pathan 62, Anureet Singh 5 for 111). Points: Baroda 7(7), Railways 0(0).

In Porvorim:

Services 402 vs. Goa 268 for eight (Swapnil Asnodkar 139).

In Dharamsala:

J&K 293 and 85 for 1 in 30 overs vs. Himachal Pradesh 554 (Robin Bist 66, Nikhil Gangta 203, Rishi Dhawan 66, Bipul Sharma 117 n.o.).

In Hyderabad:

Kerala 401 vs. Hyderabad 207 for eight in 109 overs (Akshath Reddy 73, Balachander Anirudh 54 batting, K.S. Monish six for 91).