Vadodara: Tamil Nadu on Monday managed a slender first-innings lead but Baroda went ahead by 94 runs with six wickets remaining in their second essay by the end of third day's play, leaving the Group B Ranji Trophy match here evenly poised.
At stumps on the penultimate day, Baroda were 116 for four with Ambati Rayudu and Pinal Shah at the crease.
Tamil Nadu had scored 230 in their first innings, thereby taking a 22-run lead over the hosts who were bowled out for 208 in their first innings.
Ramaswamy Prasanna top-scored for Tamil Nadu with a defiant knock of 75 off 213 balls, while Baba Aparajith made an equally tenacious 62 off 191 at the Moti Bagh Stadium. Prasanna, in all, spent 315 minutes at the crease, and Aparajith was there for 272 minutes.
Murtuja Vahora was the most successful bowler for Baroda, returning impressive figures of 4/36, and there were two wickets apiece for Sankalp Vohra, Gagandeep Singh and Ketan Panchal.
When Baroda came out to bat for the second time in the match, they were well served by Aditya Waghmode (39), but Jagannathan Kaushik struck twice late in the day to leave the hosts at 105 for four.
Brief scores: Baroda: 208 and 116 for four in 66 overs (Aditya Waghmode 39; Jagannathan Kaushik 3 for 23) Tamil Nadu 1st innings: 230 all out in 102.3 overs (Ramaswamy Prasanna 75, Baba Aparajith 62; Murtuja Vahora 4 for 36).
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Karnataka vs Vidarbha
In Mysore, Amol Ubarhande hammered his maiden first class century while Shalabh Srivastava hit a fifty as the two batsman engineered a spectacular Vidarbha fightback against Karnataka.
Coming together at 93 for two just before lunch, Ubarhande and Srivastava played with great purpose as Vidarbha reached 302 for two, still 317 runs behind the hosts. Ubarhande and Srivastava were playing on 120 and 84 respectively when stumps were drawn for the day. They have racked up an unfinished 209 runs partnership for the third wicket so far.
Karnataka, who desperately need an outright win for a chance to make it to the semis, went wicketless in the second session of as Ubarhande and Srivastava dug in. The first session produced 72 runs in 29 overs and Vidarbha were 499 behind the hosts' first innings total of 619 for eight declared.
Resuming the day from the overnight score of 48 for no loss, Vidarbha soon lost Faiz Fazal, caught by Ganesh Satish off Abhimanyu Mithun for 22.
With one day left in the game, Karnataka will seek to restrict Vidarbha to surpass an imposing first innings score of 619 for eight declared and not concede vital points to the visitors.
Brief score: Karnataka 619 for 8 decl vs Vidarbha 302 for 2 in 115 overs (Amol Ubarhande batting 129, Shalabh Shrivastava batting 84; Stuart Binny 1 for 63)
UP vs Haryana
In Lucknow, senior pros Suresh Raina and Mohammad Kaif failed but Uttar Pradesh rode on their youngsters to regain some lost ground after conceding the first-innings lead to Haryana.
After conceding a crucial 49-run lead to Haryana who were bowled out for 276 in their first innings, the hosts reached 217 for four at stumps on the penultimate day at the Dr Akhilesh Das Stadium. UP now lead by 168 runs with six wickets remaining.
Resuming on 271 for eight, Haryana could add just five runs to their overnight total, with Ankit Rajpoot finishing with impressive figures of six for 68. The first-innings lead was largely possible due to the efforts of Rahul Dewan and Joginder Sharma who made 93 and 65 respectively on Sunday.
In Uttar Pradesh's second innings, 23-year-old opener Tanmay Srivastava made 73 before being bowled by Mohit Sharma, who also took the wicket of Mukul Dagar. 24-year-old wicketkeeper-batsman Ekalvya Dwivedi was unbeaten 51 while Parvinder Singh was giving him company on 45 when the stumps were drawn.
Brief scores: Uttar Pradesh 227 and 217 for four in 82 overs (Tanmay Srivastava 73, Ekalvya Dwivedi batting 51; Mohit Sharma 2 for 49) Haryana 1st innings: 276 all out in 102.1 overs (Rahul Dewan 93, Joginder Sharma 65; Ankit Rajpoot 6 for 68, Imtiaz Ahmed 3 for 88).
(With inputs from agencies)