Ranji Round 3, Day 3: Unmukt leads Delhi’s chase against Haryana

Haryana, continuing from its overnight score of 68 for two, found it difficult to get a big partnership. The middle order batsmen failed to convert their starts. Skipper Virender Sehwag was the only one who managed a 50+ score. He scored an 88-ball 51 that included eight boundaries.

Unmukt Chand's 53-ball 48 helped Delhi get to a solid start in their chase of 224.   -  Shiv Kumar Pushpakar

Delhi had its nose ahead of Haryana going into the final day, needing another 155 runs to win with all wickets intact. The hosts were 69 for no loss in their second innings at the close of play at Feroz Shah Kotla stadium.

Haryana, continuing from its overnight score of 68 for two, found it difficult to get a big partnership. The middle order batsmen failed to convert their starts. Skipper Virender Sehwag was the only one who managed a 50+ score. He scored an 88-ball 51 that included eight boundaries.

Number five Sachin Rana was the only other batsman who seemed to offer some resistance, scoring a 115-ball 46.

However, the Delhi bowlers, led by left-arm spinner Manan Sharma, picked wickets in regular intervals to bowl out Haryana for 265.

Chasing a modest 224 for a win, openers Unmukt Chand and Gautam Gambhir got their team off to a good start. Unmukt played aggressively, scoring eight boundaries and a six in his knock of 48. He remained unbeaten with skipper Gambhir at the end of play.

Vohra, Yuvraj powers Punjab to 434/5

Opener Manan Vohra’s century and skipper Yuvraj Singh’s unbeaten 85 took Punjab’s first innings total to 434 for five against Gujarat.

Resuming from his overnight score of 50, Vohra batted patiently to get to his second first-class ton. Batting for 337 minutes, Vohra added four more runs before getting out to off-spinner Ramesh Powar.

Yuvraj Singh, who came in at five, took his time to settle and put on a 118-run partnership with Mandeep Singh. Yuvraj hit two sixes and seven fours in his 122-ball 85.

Odisha, Services, and Goa win

Odisha, Services, and Goa won with one day to spare as they beat Assam, Jammu and Kashmir, and Tripura, respectively.

Assam, carrying on from 137 for eight, were all out quickly without adding anything to their overnight score. Chasing a modest 142 for victory, Odisha got it with eight wickets in hand. Number four Govinda Podder scored an unbeaten 77.

Group A

At Delhi: Delhi 237 (Gambhir 18) and 69 for 0 (Chand 48 batting, Gambhir 18 batting) (Target 224) v Haryana 195 (Sehwag 37, Manan 5-57) and 265 (Sehwag 51, Manan 6-105)

At Bangalore: Karnataka 350 (Pandey 104) and 93 for 1 v Vidarbha 310 (Badrinath 92)

At Kolkata: Bengal 136 for 3 (M Tiwary 51 batting) v Rajasthan 198 (P Ojha 4-49)

Group B

At Mumbai: Tamil Nadu 434 (D Karthik 167, Dabholkar 5-122) and 73 for 7 (Vijay 29, D Karthik 0, Dabholkar 5-41) v Mumbai 294 (Lad 150, Mohammed 5-86)

At Mohali: Punjab 434 for 5 (Vohra 104, Yuvraj 85 batting) v Gujarat 467 (Parthiv 113, Ladda 5-138)

At Vizianagaram: Andhra 328 for 3 ( S Bharat 144) v Baroda 302

At Ghaziabad: Railways 375 and 154 for 3 v Uttar Pradesh 264

Group C

At Malappuram: Kerala 148 (Aaron 5-23) and 70 for 1 (Target 317) v Jharkhand 202 and 262 (Monish 5-66)

At Dharamsala: Himachal Pradesh 402 for 5 (Bains 161) v Hyderabad 434

Results

At Cuttack: Odisha 88 (K Das 7-21) and 142 for 2 (Podder 77 batting) beat Assam 92 (Mohanty 5-24) and 137 (Pradhan 5-27) by eight wickets

At Porvorim: Goa 257 and 50 for 1 beat Tripura 61 and 245 (Murasingh 104, Jakati 5-54) by nine wickets

At Jammu: Services 229 and 18 for 1 beat Jammu & Kashmir 85 and 161 by nine wickets