While Mumbai and Haryana beat Gujarat and UP respectively, Delhi inched closer to a victory over Assam.
Valsad: Mumbai thrashed an unimpressive Gujarat by an innings and 167 runs with a complete day to spare to pocket full six points from their four-day Ranji Trophy Super League Group-A match here on Friday.
Mumbai, who dominated the proceedings from the very first ball after deciding to bat, completed a comprehensive victory with both the batting lineup and bowling department sticking to its respective roles with perfection.
The hosts, resuming at overnight score of 121 for two, were eventually bundled out for a meagre 162 in reply to Mumbai's mammoth first innings total 544.
Veteran Ajit Agarkar wreaked havoc as he ran though the middle-order, picking up four wickets by giving away just 35 runs from his 18 overs. Abhishek Nayar and Dhawal Kulkarni also chipped in with three and two wickets respectively.
Still leading by a huge 382 runs, Mumbai asked Gujarat to follow on and the script was no different for the hosts this time around apart from the fact that left-arm spinner Iqbal Abdulla lead the rout in place of Agarkar and Co.
The 21-year-old Abdulla scalped five wickets conceding 58 runs from his 15 overs, while Dhawal Kulkarni took three and Ramesh powar claimed two.
As a result of this win, Mumbai now have 20 points from five matches and are looking set to top the group.
Mumbai: First innings 544 for 3 declared.
Gujarat: First innings 162 (Ajit Agarkar 4/35) and second innings 215 (Niraj Patel 61, Sunny Patel not out 58; Iqbal Abdulla 5/58).
Delhi vs Assam
Left-arm seamer Pawan Suyal's hat-trick was the highlight of the third day's play as Delhi are firmly on sight of an outright win against Assam in a Super League Group-A match at the Roshanara ground.
Replying to Delhi's commanding total of 472, Assam were all-out for 239 in their first innings trailing by 233 runs.
Following on, they fared a shade better than their first essay ending the day at 183 for three with veteran opener Dhiraj Jadhav batting on 69 in company of Gokul Sharma (25 batting).
The batsmen dismissed were SS Roy (0), Sridharan Sriram (59) and skipper Amol Mujumdar (21). Assam now need 51 runs to avoid innings defeat.
Suyal who scalped four in the first innings, including a hat-trick, was the wrecker-in-chief in the second essay as he increased his match-haul to six wickets.
"I am happy as this is my first hat-trick in first-class cricket but will be happier if we can finish it off in style," the hero of the day Suyal said.
Delhi: First innings 472 (Pawan Suyal 4/90)
Assam: First innings 239 and second innings 183 for three (Dhiraj Jadhav 69 batting, Gokul Sharma 25 batting).
Himachal Pradesh vs Karnataka
Manvinder Bisla and captain Paras Dogra shared an unbeaten 101-run stand after early hiccups as Himachal Pradesh eye an upset victory over Karnataka in their Super League Group B match.
Chasing 286 runs for victory, wicket-keeper Bisla (54 not out) and Paras Dogra (32 not out) steadied the Himachal ship with a 101-run sixth wicket stand that came of 137 balls after the home team lost half of its side for 52 runs.
At stumps on the penultimate day of the four-day affair, Himachal were 153 for five in 40 overs and still needing 133 runs for an outright win.
Right-arm pacer Abhimanyu Mithun starred with the ball for Karnataka accounting for three Himachal batsmen giving away 51 runs.
Earlier resuming at the overnight score of 73 for four, Karnataka rode on young Manish Pandey's brilliant 112 to score 230 in their second essay before being bowled out in 71 overs.
Mohinderraj Sharma (4/52) completed a nine-wicket haul in the match as after five in the first innings he added four more victims to his name in the second essay.
Karnataka: First innings 254 and second innings 230 (Manish Pandey 112; Mohinderraj Sharma 4/52, Rishi Dhawan 4/40).
Himachal Pradesh: First innings 199 and second innings 153 for five (Manvinder Bisla 54 not out, Paras Dogra
32 not out; Abhimanyu Mithun 3/51).
Uttar Pradesh vs Haryana
Medium pacer Joginder Sharma completed a six-wicket haul as Haryana notched up a moral-boosting nine-wicket victory over table-toppers Uttar Pradesh in their Super League Group-B match.
Joginder, who took three wickets on Thursday, added three more scalps to his name on Friday to bowl out Uttar Pradesh for 174 in their second innings on the penultimate day of the four-day encounter at the Mohan Meakins Cricket Stadium.
Haryana openers Nitin Saini (22) and Rahul Dewan (34 not out) then overhauled the 70-run target in 20 overs to bag six valuable points for the visitors and zoom to the top of the table.
Uttar Pradesh: First innings 167 and second innings 174 (TM Srivastava 60, Parvinder Singh 58 not out; Joginder Sharma 6/59, Sachin Rana 3/27).
Haryana: First innings 272 and second innings 72 for no one (R Dewan 34 not out; B Kumar 1/20).
Tamil Nadu vs Bengal
Ashok Dinda made an impressive comeback after missing a couple of matches due to typhoid as hosts Tamil Nadu could manage only 126, losing four wickets in the process against Bengal at stumps on the third day of their fifth-round Super League Group-A encounter being played at the Guru Nanak College ground.
In-form Subramanium Badrinath (33 batting) was at the crease along with K Vasudevdas (21 batting) after Dinda (three for 33) rocked the top-order accounting for opener Abhinav Mukund (41) and KB Arun Karthik (10) and rival captain Dinesh Karthik (0).
After it was a complete washout for the first two days, 41 overs of play was possible on the day as Bengal captain Manoj Tiwary elected to field keeping overcast conditions in mind.
Tamil Nadu: First innings 126/4 (S Badrinath 33 batting, K Vasudevdas 21 batting; A Dinda 3/33, R Bose 1/34).
Orissa vs Punjab
Manpreet Gony and Sarabjit Ladda shared six wickets between them as Punjab are all set to take a huge first innings lead against Orissa in their Super League match.
Resuming at 25 for no loss, Orissa ended the day three at 216 for seven in reply to Punjab's huge 550 for seven declared.
Gony (3/57) and Ladda (3/44) never let Orissa batsmen built a big partnership and kept taking wickets at regular intervals to leave the hosts trailing by a huge 334-run margin.
Punjab: First innings 550/7 declared.
Orissa: First innings 216 for seven in 97 overs (S Sahoo 43, B Samantray 33; M Goby 3/57, S Ladda 3/44).
Kerala vs Maharashtra
Sangram Adhitkar hit a splendid 109 to help Maharashtra declare their first innings at 347 for eight on the penultimate day of the Plate league match against Kerala.
In reply, Kerala were five without loss at stumps on day three with Abhishek Hedge (0) and V A Jagadeesh (0) at crease.
Adhitkar's 109 that came off 238 deliveries had 11 well-struck boundaries.
Meanwhile, Cheruvathur was the pick of Kerala bowlers, who finished with four for 99.
Maharashtra: First innings 347 for eight declared (Sangram Adhitkar 109, R H Motwani 42, S S Mundhe 45; Sony Cheruvathur 4/99, Sreekumar Nair 2/52).
Kerala: First innings 5 for no loss.
Saurashtra vs Railways
Sagar Jogiyani scored 113 as Saurashtra made 284 for six in their first innings against Railways at the end of penultimate day's play in the four-day Super League Group-A match.
Resuming at 107 for one, Jogiyani added 55 runs to his overnight score of 58 to complete a well-made ton while Sitanshu Kotak made 50 before Jai Prakash Yadav (4/66) brought Railways back into the match to restrict Saurashtra to 284 for six at stumps on day three in reply to the visitors' first innings score of 415.
Saurashtra are still 131 runs behind Railways in the first innings and with just four wickets in hand and a day to go, it will prove to be a Herculean task for the home team to overwhelm the opponent target.
Railways: First innings 415.
Saurashtra: First innings 284 for six (Sagar Jogiyani 113, Sitanshu Kotak 50; Jai Prakash Yadav 4/66).
Hyderbad vs Goa
Hyderabad finished third day's play at 351 for five in reply to Goa's first innings score of 482 in a Plate League match.
DB Ravi Teja who scored a brilliant 126 was the main contributor. Resuming at overnight score of 133 for one, Hyderabad went on to make 351 courtesy Raviteja, P Shashank Nag (68) and SA Quadri (68 not out).
Quadri, unbeaten on 68, and wicketkeeper-batsman Ibrahim Khaleel (17) were at the crease when wickets were drawn for the day.
Among Goa bowlers, Regan Pinto claimed two wickets, while Sourav Bandekar, Shadab Jakati and Amit Yadav took a wicket apiece.
Goa: First innings 482
Hyderabad: First innings 351 for five (Db Raviteja 126 and SA Quadri 68 not out).