Orissa, Punjab suffer innings defeats as Karnataka and Baroda steal the show on the last day of Ranji Trophy.
Bangalore: Karnataka managed to gain a bonus point after thrashing Orissa by an innings and 33 runs on the fourth and final day of their Ranji Trophy Super League Group B match, here on Saturday.
Twin centuries from Manish Pandey and CM Gautam and some fine bowling by Sunil Joshi and Abhimanyu Mithun helped Karnataka register a comprehensive victory.
Brief scores: Orissa - 191 & 279 (Niranjan Behera 94, Natraj Behera 60; Abhimanyu Mithun 4/70).
Karnataka 1st innings: 503 (Manish Pandey 171, CM Gautam 158, Alok Sahoo 4/110, Basanth Mohanty 3/84).
Delhi vs Saurashtra
With first two days play washed out following unseasonal rains, the Ranji Trophy Super League tie between Delhi and Saurashtra ended in a tame draw on Saturday with both teams getting a point each as the home side's first innings remained unfinished on the final day.
Resuming the day at 231 for six, Saurashtra declared their inning at 354 for nine. Jaydev Shah who was batting on 43 overnight made 57 while Kamlesh Makwana contributed 52 runs.
Bried Scores: Saurashtra Ist Inning 354 for 9 declared against Delhi 191 for 2 (Shikhar Dhawan 51, Unmukt Chand 58).
Mumbai vs Assam
An aggressive century by Abhishek Nayar and a vital cameo by veteran Ajit Agarkar helped hosts Mumbai edge out visitors Assam in an exciting battle for the first innings lead on the fourth and final day of the Ranji Trophy Super League Group A match here on Saturday.
Replying to Assam's 298, Mumbai made 318 in their first innings, thanks to Nayar's quickfire 122 and a useful 29 by Agarkar, who added 27 runs for the 10th wicket with last man Dhawal Kulkarni (11 not out) to help the hosts cross the visitor's total.
Brief scores: Assam 298 and 53-3 (D Jadhav 21 not out; I Abdulla 3-22) Mumbai 318 (Abhishek Nayar 122, S Kukreja 76; A Konwar 5-101, D Goswami 3-77).
Bengal vs Gujarat
Bengal captain Manoj Tiwary led from the front with a brilliant 92 as the visitors ensured three points against Gujarat to get their floundering Ranji Trophy campaign back on track. Bengal now have eight points from four outings as they take on the formidable Tamil Nadu in their next outing in Chennai.
Needing 274 to get three points after rain played spoilsport for the first one and half days, Tiwary (92) and last-minute inclusion Anushtup Majumdar (74) added 112 runs for the fourth wicket as Bengal scored 340 for seven when play was stopped. Debutant Arnab Nandi also showed a lot of composure as he remained unbeaten on 51.
Brief Scores: Gujarat 1st inn - 273.
Bengal 1st inn 340/7 (M Tiwary 92, A Majumdar 74, A Nandy not out 51)
Baroda vs Punjab
Baroda kept alive its hope of progressing to the knock-out stage of Ranji Trophy after notching up an innings and 55 runs victory over Punjab in a Super League Group B match here on Saturday.
Resuming their second innings at the overnight score of 79 for four after being forced to follow on, Punjab were all dismissed for 118 runs, thereby handing Baroda a comfortable win.
Brief Scores Baroda 1st Innings - 416, Punjab 1st Innings - 243
Baroda 2nd Innings - 118 all out in 43.2 overs (Sarul Kanwar - 45, Jaskaran Singh - 25, Vishwas Bhalla - 20; Murtuja Vahora 4/35 runs, Sankalp Vohra - 3/40, Bhatt 2/24).
Tamil Nadu vs Railways
Tamil Nadu and Railways shared a point each as the rain-marred Ranji Trophy Super League match between the two former champions ended in a tame draw, here on Saturday.
After Tamil Nadu declared their first innings on 334 for four, Railways were comfortably placed at 143 for the loss of Faiz Fazal's wicket when stumps were drawn for the final time in the match on the fourth day.
Brief scores: Tamil Nadu - 335 for four decl (Badrinath 149, Mukund 131) vs Railways 143 for one (Fazal 71, Cheluveraj 54 not out).
Uttar Pradesh vs Himachal Pradesh
Paceman Sudeep Tyagi claimed five wickets as Uttar Pradesh bundled out Himachal Pradesh for just 84 to pocket three points by virtue of first innings lead on the final day as the rain-hit Ranji Trophy Super League match between the two sides ended in a draw here on Saturday.
Tyagi (5/27) wrecked havoc on the Himachal middle and lower order batsmen as the visitors, who resumed the day at 23 for two in their first innings, were all out in 38.4 overs in the morning session in reply to Uttar Pradesh's first innings score of 197 all out.
Brief Scores: Uttar Pradesh 197 all out and 138/8 declared in 54 overs (Eklavya Dwivedi 59; Gurvinder Singh took 4/22) draw Himachal Pradesh 84 all out in 38.4 overs.