Lucknow: A slender first-innings lead of 49 runs proved to be crucial for Haryana as it helped them take three points from their Group B Ranji Trophy match against Uttar Pradesh, here on Tuesday. The hosts, despite posting 348 in their second essay, had to be content_cn with a point.
From individual performances' point of view, Uttar Pradesh's wicketkeeper-batsman Eklavya Dwivedi hogged the limelight with a 193-ball 121, the 24-year-old's maiden first-class century. He found the fence 15 times while spending 271 minutes at crease. Dwivedi was 51 overnight in a team score of 217 for four at the Dr Akhilesh Das Stadium.
Parvinder Singh, unbeaten on 45 Monday evening, made 64 with the help of eight fours. In their second innings, Haryana ambled to 106 for three in 43 overs, with opener Nitin Saini leading the batting with a knock of 68 off 113 balls. He hit eight fours and a six.
In reply to Uttar Pradesh' first-innings total of 227, Haryana had made 276. The hosts produced a better batting display in the second innings but there was not enough time to force an outright result.
Brief scores: Uttar Pradesh: 227 and 348 (Eklavya Dwivedi 121, parvinder Singh 64; Harshal Patel 4 for 100) Haryana: 276 and 106 for three in 43 overs (Nitin Saini 68).
Delhi vs Maharashtra: Read Navneet Mundhra’s match report here.
Karnataka vs Vidarbha:
In Mysore, Karnataka kept their semi-final hopes alive as they took three vital points by virtue of their first-innings lead against Vidarbha in their Ranji Trophy Group B match, which ended in a draw. Karnataka now have 14 points in their group.
The match could not evoke interest after Vidarbha's first innings folded at 447 runs, giving Karnataka a 172-run first innings lead. With only academic interest left in the match, Karnataka made 81 for three, losing Robin Uthappa (18), Lokesh Rahul (6) and Kunal Kapoor (7).
The umpires called of the match when Manish Pandey and Ganesh Satish were unbeaten on 28 and 14 respectively. Pacer Abhimanyu Mithun (4 for 60) picked up three more wickets on Tuesday while left-arm spinner K P Apanna scalped three wickets to leave Vidarbha 172 runs short of the hosts' total.
Mithun, who had removed Faiz Fazal on Monday, gave a rollicking start to Karnataka by dealing two quick blows. He first sent packing Shalabh Srivastava for 97 which broke a fighting 228 runs partnership for the third wicket and then had centurion Amol Ubarhande for 137 nine runs later.
After the fall of Ubarhande and Srivastava, Vidarbha never seemed to come back in the game as they lost in form Hemang Badani (11) and Apoorv Wankhade (19). Resuming at 395 for six at lunch, Vidarbha quickly lost their last four wickets after adding 52 runs with Appanna trapping Gaurav Upadhyaya and Sandeep Singh.
Brief scores: Karnataka 619 for 8 and 81 for 3 (Robin Uthappa 18, M Pandey 28 not out, Sandeep Singh 2 for 7); Vidarbha 447
Baroda vs Tamil Nadu
In Vadodara, having taken a small first-innings lead, Tamil Nadu eked out three points from their Group B Ranji Trophy match against Baroda. Tamil Nadu were 108 for two when stumps were drawn for the final time at the Moti Bagh Stadium.
Resuming on their overnight score of 116 for four, Baroda were bowled out for 260 in their second innings, with skipper Ambati Rayudu being the top scorer with a knock of 66 off 146 balls.
Medium pacer Jagannathan Kasuhik was the wrecker in chief for Tamil Nadu, finishing with figures of four for 62, while his seam colleague Sunil Sam took three for 63.
In their second essay, Tamil Nadu's Abhinav Mukund and Baba Aparajith got some batting practice as they remained unbeaten on 45 and 40, respectively. Baroda had scored 208 in their first innings and Tamil Nadu replied with 230, giving them a lead of 22 runs, which proved to be crucial in the end.
Brief scores: Baroda: 208 and 260 all out in 112.4 overs (Ambati Rayudu 66; Jagannathan Kaushik 4 for 62, Sunil Sam 3 for 63) Tamil Nadu: 230 and 108 for 2 in 26 overs (Abhinav Mukund not out 45, Baba Aparajith not out 40).
(With inputs from agencies)