Chennai: Left-arm spinners Praveen Gupta and Ali Murtaza shared seven wickets between them to help Uttar Pradesh script a massive 195-run victory over Tamil Nadu. Chasing a improbable target of 421 run to win on the final day, Tamil Nadu failed to capitalise on a good start given by their openers Abhinav Mukund (54) and Murali Vijay (24).
While Praveen ended with figures of four for 95, while Murtaza grabbed three for 62. After the fall of the first wicket on 67, Tamil Nadu lost wickets at regular intervals and could not stitch substantial partnerships to salvage points for their side from the tie, as they were bowled out for 225 runs in 65 overs.
Right-hand batsman Arun Karthik (70) scored the highest for the hosts. His half-century knock comprised of seven boundaries and two sixes. Murtaza finished with career-best match figures of 10 for 142 runs, and scored 116 runs including a century in the first innings.
With this, Uttar Pradesh remain unbeaten and are on top of the table with 27 points with three wins and four draws. Tamil Nadu are third from bottom after suffering their first loss of the season. Tamil Nadu have 13 points from seven matches.
Brief scores: Uttar Pradesh: 392 & 207, Tamil Nadu: 179 & 225 all out in 65 overs (Arun Karthik 70, Abhinav Mukund 54; Praveen Gupta 4 for 95) Points: Uttar Pradesh 6, Tamil Nadu 0.
Maharashtra vs Baroda:
In Pune, Maharashtra earned three vital points by vitue of a handy 87 runs first innings lead after their Ranji Trophy Group B match against Baroda ended in a draw.
In reply to Baroda's 362 all out, Maharashtra rode on opener Harshad Khadiwale's 168 and skipper Rohit Motwani's 91 to declare their first innings at 449 for eight. Resuming at the overnight score of 376 for seven, Maharashtra added another 73 runs for the loss of one wicket in 16.3 overs today before declaring their first innings.
Shrikant Mundhe played a good hand down the order with an unbeaten 46, while number 10 batsman Nikit Dhumal was not out on 27. Baroda came up with a much better batting effort in their second innings to finish at 231 for one in 70.2 overs.
With the fate of the match already decided, opener Saurabh Wakaskar and Abhimanyu Chauhan utilised the opportunity to the fullest and scored unbeaten centuries. While Wakaskar scored 100 off 219 balls with the help of 14 boundaries, Chauhan made 109 off 188 deliveries and laced his innings with nine fours and two sixes.
Mundhe scalped the lone Baroda wicket to fall in the day in the form of Anupam Gupta. While Maharashtra pocked three points from the match, Baroda had to return home with just a point.
Brief scores: Baroda: 362 & 231 for one in 70.2 overs (Abhimanyu Chauhan 109, Saurabh Wakaskar 100; Shrikant Mundhe 1 for 50). Maharashtra: 449 for eight wickets in 151.3 overs (Harshad Khadiwale 168, Rohit Motwani 91; Bharghav Bhatt 3 for 116).
Maharashtra 3 points, Baroda 1 point.
Karnataka vs Haryana:
In Hubli, India discard Robin Uthappa and rookie Kunal Kapoor hit centuries as Karnataka batted out the whole of final day to manage a point against Haryana.
After being enforced follow on by the visitors, Karnataka scored 332 for two in their second innings as the match was called off in the third mandatory over after Kapoor reached his second century of the match.
Kapoor had on Monday scored his maiden first-class century and on the very next day scored his second to finish off a memorable match. The normally inconsistent Uthappa also scored his first century of the season and his 13th in first-class cricket as he was out scoring 137 off 172 balls with 22 boundaries.
Kapoor remained unbeaten on 100 having faced 215 balls and hit 15 fours. Wicketkeeper CM Gautham also threw his bat around and helped himself with a half century as the Haryana bowlers got only two wickets on the final day.
Having started the day at 61 for no loss, Karnataka lost Lokesh Rahul at score of 90 when he was cleaned up by Mohit Sharma. Lokesh scored 37. After that Uthappa and Kapoor were involved in a 152 runs partnership for the second wicket which virtually ended Haryana's hopes of getting atleast seven points from the match.
Brief Scores: Haryana 587 for 9 decl. Karnataka 272 & 332 for 2 (f/0) (Robin Uthappa 132, Kunal Kapoor 100 no, CM Gautham 50 no). Match drawn. Points: Haryana 3; Karnataka 1.
(With inputs from agencies)