Ranji Round 6 Day 4: Karnataka, Bengal post wins

Odisha lost nine wickets in 34.1 overs bowled in a shortened final day due to poor visibility in overcast conditions in Mysore, to allow Karnataka to clinch victory by an innings and 64 runs.

Stuart Binny jumps after claiming one of his four Odisha wickets on the final day that helped Karnataka clinch victory in Mysuru.   -  V. Sreenivasa Murthy

Pragyan Ojha took four wickets to take Bengal to their first win in the season.   -  PTI

Odisha lost nine wickets in 34.1 overs bowled in a shortened final day due to poor visibility in overcast conditions in Mysore, to allow Karnataka to clinch victory by an innings and 64 runs. Behind by 168 at the start of their second innings on the second day, Odisha had lost a wicket with no run on the board, and when play began on the final day, they kept losing wickets regularly, eventually folding for 104. Medium-pacer Stuart Binny broke the back of the top half of the batting order, claiming four wickets. Binny, spinner Shreyas Gopal, and captain and fast bowler Vinay Kumar took nine of the 10 Odisha wickets.

Within the fifth over following the delayed start of play, the No. 3 and first-innings centurion Govinda Poddar edged to Abhishek Reddy off Vinay. In the 15th over of the innings, opener Natraj Behera played on to his stumps attempting to shoulder arms to Binny. Off the next ball, middle-order batsman Ranjit Singh was dismissed lbw. Ten overs later, Binny would again be on a hat-trick, getting Pratik Das and captain Biplab Samantray caught behind, and be denied.

Anurag Sarangi, who top-scored with 44 and on whom Odisha’s chances of escape seemed to rest, was the eighth wicket to fall. The ball rolled on to his stumps after he had defended a delivery from Shreyas Gopal, and his wicket signalled the end of Odisha’s resistance.

Ojha 11 gives Bengal first win

In Kolkata, the leader of Bengal’s spin attack Pragyan Ojha claimed 11 wickets to help his team take their first win of the season, by 105 runs, in a thrilling climax against Vidarbha. After taking a handy lead of 132 runs in the first innings, courtesy Ojha’s seven wicket haul, Bengal were bowled out for 164 minutes before the close on Day Three. Vidarbha, set a target of 297, batted for 91.1 overs, including 89.1 overs on the final day, but could not avoid the defeat.

No. 3 Ganesh Satish was Vidarbha’s top scorer, with 96 off 201 balls. But besides him, only Subramanium Badrinath, the captain, and Aditya Sarwate scored in double digits. Badrinath and Sarwate had both batted for lengthy periods alongside Satish, for 21.4 overs each, but snaring other batsmen proved easier for Bengal.

The scores:

Group A

Karnataka 400 for 9 dec. beat Odisha 232 and 104 (Sarangi 44, Binny 4 for 34) by an innings and 64 runs in Mysuru

Assam 120 and 160 for 4 (Verma 51 not out, Karthik 48) beat Haryana 168 and 111 by six wickets in Rohtak

Bengal 334 and 164 beat Vidarbha 202 and 191 (Satish 96, Ojha 4 for 60) by 105 runs in Kolkata

Group B

Gujarat 505 beat Baroda 252 and 207 (f/o) (Rayudu 43, Pandya 43, Bhatt 4 for 48, Axar 4 for 71) by an innings and 46 runs in in Valsad

Mumbai 610 for 9 dec. drew with Uttar Pradesh 440 (Asnora 92, Chawla 84, Dwivedi 66, Sharma 53, Khan 44, Nayar 4 for 63, Dabholkar 4 for 116) and 140 for 1 (f/o) (Asnora 68, Sharma 62) in Mumbai

Tamil Nadu 164 for 7 (Indrajith 43) drew with Andhra 203 in Chennai

Group C

Goa 239 and 299 for 7 dec. (Asnodkar 104, Kauthankar 58, Jadhav 50 not out, Desai 44) drew with Saurashtra 223 for 5 (Barot 93, Jackson 55, Jogiyani 44) in Rajkot

Himachal Pradesh 531 drew with Services 448 for 8 (Yashpal 115, Paliwal 107, Chatterjee 59, Gupta 55) in Dharamsala

Kerala 347 and 117 for 4 dec. (Prem 72) drew with Tripura 236 (Bose 62, Solanki 43, Warrier 6 for 69) and 53 for 0 in Malappuram

Jharkhand 551 for 8 dec. drew with Jammu and Kashmir 309 and 265 for 4 (Ian Dev 126, Khajuria 77, Manhas 50) in Jamshedpur