Ranji Round 3, Day 4: Unmukt missed a run; TN missed a wicket; and Yuvi missed a double-ton

Delhi reached the target with four wickets to spare. Even though Harshal Patel and Hooda gave them a scare, taking four wickets in 10 overs, number five Milind Kumar anchored the innings with a 78-ball 44, taking his team past the finish line.

Unmukt Chand was instrumental in Delhi's win against Haryana.   -  Shiv Kumar Pushpakar

Former Indian under-19 skipper Unmukt Chand battled for more than three and a half hours in his team’s chase of 224 against Haryana. He faced 142 balls, scored 14 boundaries and a six, and was batting on 99. One more run and Unmukt could’ve scored his eighth first-class ton in front of his home crowd (read: a few people). But medium-pacer Ashish Hooda had him caught behind.

That was the only minor heartbreak for Delhi, as they reached the target with four wickets to spare. Even though Harshal Patel and Hooda gave them a scare, taking four wickets in 10 overs, number five Milind Kumar anchored the innings with a 78-ball 44, taking his team past the finish line.

Delhi now sits comfortably on top of Pool A, with ten points (four more than Assam).

Mumbai beat Tamil Nadu by a wicket

Chasing 236 runs for victory, Mumbai were almost done in by Tamil Nadu’s spirited spinners before reaching the target with a wicket to spare. With nine down for 232, Tamil Nadu needed one more wicket but Number 10 and 11, Balwinder Sandhu and Vishal Dabholkar, held their nerves to reach the target.

Tamil Nadu’s spinners, who defended 122 in their previous match against Baroda, threatened to do the same against Mumbai, picking wickets at regular intervals. Rahil Shah once again bowled well to pick up four wickets, including the crucial one of Shreyas Iyer.

Shreyas was making a mockery of the target, scoring at more than run a ball till he reached 83. He had scored nine boundaries and two sixes by then.

Resuming the day at 73 for seven, Tamil Nadu’s lower order couldn’t do much as Mumbai bowled them out for 95. Off-spinner Malolan Rangarajan’s 33 runs was the highest in the innings. Apart from him and Murali Vijay, all of Tamil Nadu’s batsmen were out for single-digit scores, with three of them out for ducks.

Yuvraj hits 187 against Punjab

Punjab skipper Yuvraj Singh scored 187, getting his team a 141-run lead over hosts Gujarat. Carrying on from his overnight score of 85, Yuvraj batted for over 290 minutes, hitting 14 boundaries and seven sixes and helped his team reach 608.

Off-spinner Rujul Bhatt who got rid of Yuvraj before he reached his double-ton, picked seven more wickets on a day that was dominated by batsmen.

The match ended in a draw with Gujarat at 135 for four in their second innings.

Results

Group A

Delhi vs Haryana (in Delhi): Delhi 237 (Chand 68, Gambhir 18) and 225 for 6 (Chand 99, Gambhir 20) beat Haryana 195 (Sehwag 37, Manan 5-57) and 265 (Sehwag 51, Manan 6-105) by four wickets.

Odisha vs Assam (in Cuttack): Odisha 88 and 142 for 2 beat Assam 92 and 137 by eight wickets.

Vidarbha vs Karnataka (in Bangalore): Vidarbha 310 (Badrinath 92) and 17 for 0 drew with Karnataka 350 (Pandey 104) and 331 for 3 dec (Samarth 121 not out, Nair 101not out)

Rajasthan vs Bengal (in Kolkata): Rajasthan 198 (P Ojha 4-49) and 146 for 5 drew with Bengal 282 (M Tiwary 87)

Group B

Mumbai vs Tamil Nadu (in Mumbai): Mumbai 294 (Lad 150, Mohammed 5-86) and 236 for 9 (Iyer 83, Yadav 58, Rahil 4-78) beat Tamil Nadu 434 (D Karthik 167, Dabholkar 5-122) and 95 (Vijay 29, Dabholkar 7-53) by one wicket.

Railways vs Uttar Pradesh (in Ghaziabad): Railways 375 and 229 for 4 dec beat Uttar Pradesh 264 and 58 by 282 runs.

Gujarat vs Punjab (in Mohali): Gujarat 467 (Parthiv 113, Ladda 5-138) and 135 for 4 drew with Punjab 608 (Yuvraj 187, Vohra 104, Bhatt 8-151).

Baroda vs Andhra (in Vizianagram): Baroda 302 and 60 for 2 drew with Andhra 474 for 6 dec (S Bharat 144, Bhui 116, Pradeep 100).

Group C

Jharkhand vs Kerala (in Malappuram): Jharkhand 202 and 262 (Monish 5-66) beat Kerala 148 (Aaron 5-23) and 183 (Nadeem 7-64) v by 133 runs.

Goa vs Tripura (in Porvorim): Goa 257 and 50 for 1 beat Tripura 61 and 245 by nine wickets.

Services vs Jammu and Kashmir (in Jammu): Services 229 and 18 for 1 beat Jammu & Kashmir 85 and 161 by nine wickets.

Hyderabad vs Himacha Pradesh (in Dharmsala): Hyderabad 434 and 2 for 0 drew with Himachal Pradesh 707 for 8 dec (Bist 220 not out, Bains 161, R Dhawan 114).