MANAN RESCUES DELHI.
MANAN Sharma scored a vital half- century before Delhi bowlers piled agony on Vidarbha to reach a commanding position on day three of their Ranji Trophy match at the Ferozeshah Kotla on Saturday.
Manan was the saviour for Delhi as his 53 runs helped the hosts take a slender four- run first innings lead. Delhi, struggling at 196/ 8, were all out for 302 in their first innings. Manan and debutant Sarang Rawat ( 42) combined to score 88 runs for the ninth wicket which saw Delhi get past Vidarbha's total of 298.
Delhi bowlers then hit back with Pradeep Sangwan taking two wickets and Ishant Sharma one, reducing the visitors to 47/ 4 in their second knock. Vidarbha now leads by 43 runs.
In the morning, Delhi lost a heap of wickets and were in a crisis.
Resuming at 132/ 2, De1hi were done in by off spinner Akshay Wakhare ( 5/ 113) who ran through the middle order. He claimed both Nitish Rana ( 61) and Gautam Gambhir ( 96). Just when it looked Delhi would concede a first- innings lead, Manan and Sarang dropped anchor to bail the team out.
Delhi bowlers then pushed Vidarbha on the backfoot. Leftarm pacer Sangwan ( 2/ 22) removed Faiz Fazal and seasoned Wasim Jaffer ( 20) while Ishant bowled with pace to get rid of Shalabh Shrivastava.
Brief scores : Vidarbha: 298 & 47/ 4 ( Pradeep Sangwan 2/ 22, Ishant Sharma 1/ 9). Delhi: 1st innings 302 ( Gautam Gambhir 96, Nitish Rana 61, Manan Sharma 53, Sarang Rawat 42, Akshay Wakhare 5/ 113) In Bengaluru , Defending champions Karnataka made feast of a mediocre Bengal bowling and were in sight of an outright win.
After Karun Nair's ( 126) impressive century, it was the turn of allrounder Shreyas Gopal ( 139) and No 3 batsmen Shishir Bhavane ( 119) to hit centuries. Karnataka declared their second innings at 537/ 9.
Brief Scores : Bengal 312 & 58/ 2 ( Naved Ahmed 24 batting) Karnataka 537/ 9 decl ( Karun Nair 126, Shreyas Gopal 139, Shishir Bhavane 119, Veer Pratap Singh 4/ 86).
MUMBAI HAVE THE EDGE In Mumbai, the hosts looked poised for an outright win against Punjab. After being skittled for a paltry 154 in their first essay, Punjab bowlers allowed the 40- time champions to rake up an imposing total of 569 for 8 declared, conceding a massive lead of 415 to the hosts.
Though Punjab batsmen, Jiwanjot Singh ( 91) and number four Mandeep Singh ( 82 not out), showed better application in the second essay, the visitors were still left facing a massive task at close of the penultimate day.
When stumps were drawn for the day, Punjab were 244 for 4 in 77 overs, trailing by 171 runs going into the final day.
Brief scores : Punjab 154 and 244/ 4 ( Jiwanjot Singh 91, Mandeep Singh not out 82). Mumbai 569/ 8 declared ( S. Iyer 200, S Yadav 78, A Tare 137 not out, B Sran 3/ 87) In Baroda , Baroda defeated Railways by an innings and 113 runs.
Railways 166 & 221 ( P Awasthi 67, K Sharma 51; H Pandya 3/ 30, B Bhatt 2/ 40) vs Baroda 500/ 8d ( D Hooda 122, KH Devdhar 88; Anureet Singh 5/ 111) In Vizianagaram : Gujarat: 308 & 24/ 1. Andhra: 421 all out ( Srikar Bharat 127, Mohammad Kaif 76; Rush Kalaria 5/ 55).
In Cuttack : Maharashtra: 281 & 156/ 3 ( Swapnil Gugale 71).
Odisha: 267 all out ( Govinda Podder 100, S Mundhe 6/ 62). PTI Delhi bowlers reduce visitors to 47/ 4 in second innings with Sangwan taking two wickets. Vidarbha lead by 43 runs Manan Sharma in action against Vidarbha in a Ranji Trophy match in New Delhi on Saturday; ( below) Karnataka's Shishir Bhanvane celebrates his century.
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