Ranji Round 4 Day 3: Spinners give Vidarbha advantage

After Assam had take a 52-run lead by getting their opponents bowled out for 154, they were themselves dismissed for 160 by the spin duo. In their pursuit of 213 for win, Vidarbha have began well via their openers Faiz Fazal and Wasim Jaffer, scoring 88 in 31 overs to finish as favourites to clinch the tie on the final day.

Aditya Sarwate made his first-class debut memorable by taking six wickets for Vidarbha.   -  PTI

Spinners Aditya Sarwate and Akshay Wakhare shared ten wickets between them to help Vidharbha gain control of a see-sawing contest against Assam. After Assam had take a 52-run lead by getting their opponents bowled out for 154, they were themselves dismissed for 160 by the spin duo. In their pursuit of 213 for win, Vidarbha have began well via their openers Faiz Fazal and Wasim Jaffer, scoring 88 in 31 overs to finish as favourites to clinch the tie on the final day.

After having lost openers late on the second day, Assam attempted a recovery by their captain and No. 3 Gokul Sharma and Amit Verma. The two had added six runs in 9.1 overs before stumps the previous day, and stuck together for a further 11.4 overs on the third morning. But runs arrived in a trickle. Eventually, both were dismissed by Wakhare, for considerably small contributions of 16 and 28 respectively. Middle order batsmen Arun Karthik and Tarjinder Singh consumed a lot of deliveries as well, but wickets were claimed regularly.

The latter half of the batting order did not put up much resistance, besides No. 8 Swarupam Purkayastha, who scored 35. Left-arm spinner Sarwate, who took 6 for 64, was playing his first first-class game, and his spin partner Wakhare took four wickets.

Gujarat script turnaround

Seamers Jaspreet Bumrah and R.P. Singh took seven and five wickets respectively in two innings on a single day to have Gujarat taking a victory by an innings and 36 runs against Railways at the Karnal Singh Stadium in New Delhi. Railways, resuming at a reasonably solid 168 for 4, were bowled out for 234, 195 balls into the third day. Having made to follow on, they collapsed to 117 all out, by a combined bowling effort from Gujarat. Singh and Bumrah, who took four wickets each in the first innings, followed it up with two and three wickets respectively, in the second. However, medium-fast bowler Mehul Patel was the most successful bowler in the second innings, claiming 3 for 25.

The scores:

Assam vs Vidarbha (Nagpur): Assam 206 and 160 (Sarvate 6 for 64, Wakhare 4 for 37) lead Assam 154 and 88 for 0 (Jaffer 43 not out) by 124 runs

Karnataka vs Haryana (Mysuru): Haryana 331 and 262 for 9 (Saini 52, Sehwag 40, Gopal 4 for 53) trail Karnataka 221 and 9 for 0 by 363 runs

Delhi vs Bengal (Delhi): Bengal 357 and 46 for 3 lead Delhi 249 (Milind 77, Rana 43, Ojha 4 for 77) by 154 runs

Rajasthan vs Maharashtra (Jaipur): Rajasthan 318 and 115 for 3 lead Maharashtra 409 (Tripathi 119, Khurana 77) by 24 runs

Railways vs Gujarat (Delhi): Gujarat 387 beat Railways 234 (Saurabh 93, R.P. Singh 4-55, Bumrah 4-47) and 117 (Mehul 3-25, Bumrah 3-37)

Baroda vs Mumbai (Vadodara): Baroda 345 for 9 (Devdhar 95, Waghmode 57, Kulkarni 5-68) trail Mumbai 447 by 102 runs

Andhra vs Uttar Pradesh (Ongole): Uttar Pradesh 170 and 309 (Dwivedi 72, Saif 56, Praveen Kumar 53, Vijay Kumar 4-68) trail Andhra 297 and 26 for 1 by 156 runs

Punjab vs Madhya Pradesh (Patiala): Madhya Pradesh 370 and 81 for 3 lead Punjab 358 (Kaul 139, Ankit 5-122) by 93 runs

Tripura vs Jammu and Kashmir (Agartala): Jammu & Kashmir 428 and 163 for 3 (Bandeep 51 not out, Ian Dev 40 not out) lead Tripura 224 (Parvinder 60, Dayal 4 for 51) by 367 runs

Himachal vs Goa (Dharamsala): Goa 324 and 182 for 3 (Asnodkar 72, Desai 63) lead Himachal Pradesh 376 (Dogra 167, Parameswaran 5 for 82)

Services vs Kerala (Palam): Services 281 for 7 (Anshul 68, Chauhan 56, Monish 3 for 90) trail Kerala 322 by 41 runs