Rajasthan completed a remarkable recovery act to get themselves a two-wicket win on the third day against Odisha in Jaipur. They chased 230 on the third day, after keeping themselves in the contest by an effective bowling performance on the second day, to erase the disadvantage on the first day when they were shot out for 51.
Puneet Yadav and Siddharth Dobal, the two middle-order batsmen for Rajasthan, scored half-centuries and contructed useful partnership with batsmen around them to steadily chip away at the target. They lost half their side for 118 when Ashok Menaria was out, but Dobal and Rajat Bhatia got them to within 36 of the win. Odisha seamer Basant Mohanty brought his side back by a couple of wickets; the eighth wicket fell with seven needed, but their No. 8 and No. 10, Dishant Yagnik and Pankaj Singh, got them over the line.
The result, however, served only as a consolation prize for them, as despite the six points from the contest, they are out of the reckoning for the Ranji Trophy knockouts.
Bengal on top in Guwahati
A clinical bowling performance from Bengal have given them a lead of 301 runs and enabled them to enforce follow on, at Barsapara Cricket Stadium in Guwahati. Ashok Dinda, the leader of their pace attack, had taken two wickets in the first two overs of Assam’s innings late on Day Two to leave them reeling at 1 for 4. On the following day, seamer Mukesh Kumar and left-arm spinner Pragyan Ojha took six wickets between them to have Assam bowled out for 143. No. 7 Tarjinder Singh was the most successful batsman for Assam, with 50. The side started better in the second innings, and ended Day Three at 72 for 2, still needing 229 runs to make Bengal bat again.
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