Ranji Trophy: Punjab sniff dominant victory; Bengal shot out for 189
A batting collapse on Delhi’s part has further bolstered the chances of Punjab to record a dominant victory in their Ranji Trophy match on Thursday.
After they were shot out for just 107 in their first innings, they could barely manage to scrape through and post 106/6 at the end of the second day’s play in response to Punjab’s 282.
Interestingly, Delhi got off to a flying start with openers Gautam Gambhir and Hiten Dalal adding 72 runs for the first wicket. But Dalal soon was trapped in front by left-arm spin bowler Vinay Choudhary.
He once again got into the action by dismissing Dhruv Shorey just two balls later. Nitish Rana was shown the way back to the pavilion by Siddharth Kaul before he returned to dismiss Himmat Singh and Gambhir in one single over as Delhi were left rattled at 99/4.
In Chennai, Bengal suffered a batting collapse as they were shot out for a meagre 189 in their first innings in response to Tamil Nadu’s 263. Left-arm spinner Rahil Shah took five wickets as none in the entire batting line-up could stand up and show resistance barring opener Abhishek Raman, who toiled hard for a 98 but missed out a well-deserved hundred.
Summarised scores: Delhi 107 & 106/6 (Gambhir 60; Vinay Chaudhary 3/23, Siddarth Kaul 2/35)
Punjab 282 all out.
Tamil Nadu 263 all out in 106 overs (B Aparajith 103, M Kaushik Gandhi 51, Ishan Porel 5/48, Pradipta Pramanik 3/82) vs Bengal 189 all out in 63.5 overs (Abhishek Raman 98, Rahil Shah 5/46, M Mohammed 4/39).
At Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala 62 and 38/4 in 12 overs vs Madhya Pradesh 328 all out in 120 overs (Rajat Patidar 73, Naman Ojha 79, Jalaj Saxena 4 /120).
At Hyderabad: Himachal Pradesh 351 all out in 126.4 overs (P S Chopra 110, M J Dagar 61, Tanay Thyagarajan 4/86) vs Hyderabad 146 /1 in 51 overs (Akshat Reddy 86 batting).
At Raipur: Chhattisgarh 232 all out (Manoj Singh 77 not out, Aditya Thakare 5-56) versus Vidarbha 119/3 ( Faiz Fazal 53, Onkar Verma 2-33). Vidarbha trail by 113 runs.
At Rajkot: Saurashtra 521 (Jaydev Shah 165, Aarpit Vasavada 120, Atit Sheth 3-74) versus Baroda 10/0. Baroda trail by 511 runs.
At Mysuru: Maharashtra 113 and 48/3 against Karnataka 186 (Shreyas Gopal 40, Dega Nischal 39, Satyajeet Bachhav 3-43). Maharashtra trail by 25 runs.
At Kanpur: Rajasthan 311/9 (Robin Bist 96 retired hurt, A V Gautam 93, Ankit Rajpoot 5-61) versus Uttar Pradesh 146/7 (Suresh Raina 33, Rinku Singh 31, Aniket Choudhary 4-34). Uttar Pradesh trail by 165 runs.
At Guwahati: Assam 310 (Gokul Sharma 96, Sibsankar Roy 49) versus Haryana 97 (Jayant Yadav 30, Arup Das 5-52) and 78/7 (Chaitanya Bishnoi 39 not out, Arup Das 4-23). Haryana trail by 135 runs.
At Cuttack: Odisha 212 (Biplab Samantaray 89, Subransu Senapati 41, A K Sarkar 3-33) versus Tripura 122 and 130/5 (B B Ghosh 48, Rajesh Mohanty 3-42). Tripura lead by 40 runs.
At New Delhi (Palam): Jammu and Kashmir 95 and 115/6 (Parvez Rasool 53 not out, Diwesh Pathania 3-24) versus Services 252 (Aanshul Gupta 59, Navneet Singh 58, Parvez Rasool 8-85). Jammu and Kashmir trail by 42 runs.
At Porvorim: Goa 364 (Amit Verma 154, Sumiran Amonkar 95; Ashish Kumar 3-71) versus Jharkhand 147/2 (Nazim Siddiqui 71, Saurabh Tiwary 39 not out).
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