Sambalpur: Delhi pacer Parvinder Awana (5 for 97) took five wickets after a splendid century by Odisha's Natraj Behera (158) as the visitors took a crucial first-innings lead in their Ranji Trophy group A match here.
Led by Awana, Delhi bowled out Odisha for 379, 63 runs behind their first innings total of 442. Delhi were 49 for two at the end of day's play with skipper Gautam Gambhir back in the hut for just five. The other batsmen to get out was Unmukt Chand (3).
India discard Virender Sehwag remained unbeaten on 32 as he smashed seven fours in 31 deliveries, alongside Mithun Manhas (4). Natraj recorded 157-run stand with Abhilash Mallick (71) for the fifth wicket and looked good to surpass Delhi's first innings total but both fell in quick succession to hand an all important lead to the visitors.
Besides Awana, left-arm spinner Varun Sood (3/67) was instrumental in removing the lower-order batsmen while Ashish Nehra and Sumit Narwal claimed one wicket each.
Delhi were 112 runs ahead with eight wickets in hand. Suryakant Pradhan and Deepak Behera were the wicket takers for Odisha.
Brief Scores: Delhi - 442 and 49/2 in 12 overs (Virender Sehwag 32 not out; Suryakant Pradhan 1/16); Odisha - 379 all out in 115.3 overs (Natraj Behera 158, Abhilash Mallick 71; Parvinder Awana 5/97).
In Rohtak, Pacer Ronit More picked a five-wicket haul to put Karnataka on the verge of a win in their Ranji Trophy group A match against Haryana. At the end of day three, Karnataka were 35 runs away from a victory after their bowlers bundled out the hosts on 105 runs in their second innings.
While chasing a modest 97-run target, Karnataka were 62 for four with skipper C Gautam (5) and Stuart Binny (0) at the crease. Karanataka, in their first innings, could only add three more runs to their overnight score 253 for nine as Haryana pacer Harshal Patel removed Abrar Kazi to finish with figures of six for 55.
Skipper Rahul Dewan (31) was the highest-scorer for Haryana as his side was dismissed in 48.3 overs. Ronit gave away just 20 runs in 14 overs to pick his maiden five-for in first class cricket.
Brief Scores: Haryana - 247 and 105 (Rahul Dewan 31; Ronit More 5/20); Karnataka - 256 and 62/4 in 23 overs (K L Rahul 29; Harshal Patel 2/26).
In Mohali, Opener Jiwanjot Singh smashed an unbeaten century to help Punjab produce a much-improved batting show and score 330 for one in their second innings against Vidarbha at stumps on Day 3 of the Ranji Trophy Group A match, which is heading towards a dull draw.
Jiwanjot struck as many as 25 boundaries to bring up his 188 off just 200 deliveries. At the close of play, wicket-keeper Uday Kaul was giving him company on 88 which came off 169 balls and was studded with four boundaries.
Sandeep Sharma was pick of the bowlers for Punjab qith figures of five for 90 while VRV Singh took four wickets giving away 89 runs. If the match ends in a draw, Vidarbha would take home three points from the match vy virtue of 176 runs first innings lead, while Punjab had to be content with just one point.
Brief Scores: Punjab 1st Innings: 184 & 330 for one in 73 overs (Jiwanjot Singh 188 not out, Uday Kaul 88 not out); Vidarbha 1st Innings: 360 all out in 128 overs (Ravi Jangid 104, Faiz Fazal 99, Amol Jungade 59, Sandeep Sharma 5/90).
In Mumbai, Minnows Jharkhand grabbed a handy first innings lead of 86 runs over defending champions Mumbai and then increased it substantially by reaching 176 for 5 in their second innings on day three of their Ranji Trophy Group A match.
Jharkhand, who rode on a blistering knock of 238 by Saurabh Tiwary, dismissed the home team for 265 by wrapping up the remaining five Mumbai first innings wickets this morning, 28 minutes before lunch on the penultimate day of the game at the Wankhede Stadium.
Then the visitors, who are at the bottom of the league table, ensured they did not collapse in their second essay as openers Bhavin Thakkar (39) and Rameez Nemat (32) gave them a sound start of 65 which was capitalised upon by Tiwary (38) and Ishank Jaggi, who was unbeaten on 51 made off 92 balls with a six and 7 fours.
Left-handed Tiwary and Jaggi put on 75 runs in only 71 minutes for the fourth wicket before the former was caught behind off Javed Khan. Khan also dismissed wicketkeeper Pappu Singh who shouldered arms and was bowled off the last ball of the day.
At stumps, the visitors were 262 runs ahead of Mumbai and stood poised to take at least three points from the game. In the morning, Mumbai's best chance of overtaking Jharkhand's first innings total lay with the unconquered sixth wicket pair of Hiken Shah and Suryakumar Yadav who were not out on 46 and 49 respectively in an overnight team score of 210 for 5.
Both completed their centuries but then were dismissed in close succession at the same total of 236 to virtually blow away group leaders Mumbai's hopes of taking the first innings lead.