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Ranji Trophy, Group A: Zaheer takes five as Mumbai take upper hand

Press Trust of India
Nov 16, 2013 at 08:06pm IST

Mumbai: Zaheer Khan bagged a five-wicket haul before Aditya Tare struck a strokeful century as Mumbai took a substantial lead after posting 198 for 2 in the second innings over Delhi in their Group A Ranji Trophy match here on Saturday.

Mumbai batted the second time after Delhi were all out for 324 in their first innings, exactly the same score the hosts had put up in their first essay at the Bandra Kurla Complex.

For Delhi, veteran batsman Mithun Manhas scored a patient 113 off 196 balls and hit 18 fours and a six but it was Tare, who hogged the limelight with his unbeaten 115 off 125 balls.

Ranji Trophy, Group A: Zaheer takes five as Mumbai take upper hand

File photo of India fast bowler Zaheer Khan.

The 25-year-old Tare found the fence 20 times. Seeking to make a comeback into the Indian team, Zaheer picked up 5 for 88 as Mumbai bowled the visitors out in 98.4 overs.

In their second innings at stumps, Tare was batting in the company of Siddhesh Lad, who was unbeaten on 67. He hit six fours and two sixes while facing 86 balls.

Brief scores:

Mumbai: 324 and 198 for 2 in 45 overs (Tare not out 115, Lad not out 67)

Delhi: 324 all out in 98.4 overs (Manhas 113, Gautam Gambhir 64; Zaheer 5 for 88).

Gujarat take first innings lead over Karnataka

Bangalore: A splendid unbeaten century by Bhargav Merai enabled Gujarat reach 373 for 6 on the third and penultimate day, and take a 67-run first innings lead against hosts Karnataka in their Group A match.

Merai was batting on unbeaten 121 off 220 balls laced with 19 boundaries and had also put on a solid 101 runs with Rakesh Dhurv (42 not out) when stumps were drawn.

Starting the third day on 216 for 5, Gujarat added another 57 runs and took the score to 373 for 6 when the umpires stopped the play due to bad light.

The play was eventually called off towards the evening due to rains.

Brief scores:

Karnataka 1st innings: 306 all out

Gujarat 1st innings: 373 for 6 in 120 overs (Bhargav Merai batting 121, Rakesh Dhurv batting 42; Abhimanyu Mithun 2 for 82).

Fazal hits ton as Vidarbha post 199 for 3

Nagpur: Riding on an unbeaten century from Faiz Fazal, Vidarbha posted 199 for 3 on the third and penultimate day of their Ranji Trophy Group A match against Odisha.

Vidarbha though still trail the visitors by 254 runs with seven wickets remaining. Odisha had earlier declared at 453 for 6 in their first innings.

Resuming on 14 for 2, the hosts added 185 runs by losing just one wicket on the entire day. Overnight batsman Fazal, starting on 10, went on to score a patient century.

At stumps on day three, Fazal remained unbeaten on 124 off 296 balls studded with 16 fours, while giving his company at the other end was Hemang Badani on 32.

Brief scores:

Odisha 1st innings: 453 for 6 (decl)

Vidarbha 1st innings: 199 for 3 in 94 overs (Faiz Fazal batting 124, Hemang Badani batting 32; Basant Mohanty 1 for 33).

Jharkhand reach 74/3 on Day 3 vs Haryana

Rohtak: Fast bowlers Shankar Rao and Varun Aaron shared seven wickets as Jharkhand dismissed Haryana for 123 in their second innings and then reached 74 for 3 at stumps on day three of the Group A Ranji Trophy match at the Bansi Lal Cricket Stadium.

The 30-year-old Rao sent down a fiery spell and captured four top-order batsmen early on after Haryana came out to bat for the second time, following the dismissal of Jharkhand for 231 in their first innings on Friday.

Rao took the wickets of openers Nitin Saini (0) and Abhimanyu Khod (6), Sunny Singh (0) and Rahul Dalal (0), while his pace partner Aaron dismissed Avi Barot (1), Joginder Sharma (2) and Mohit Sharma (0).

Shahbaz Nadeem, Bhavin Thakkar and Ishank Jaggi took one wicket each. Sachin Rana was the highest scorer as he hit 84 off 142 balls with the help of eight fours and three sixes.

In their second essay, Bhavin Thakkar (29) and Ishank Jaggi (27) were at the crease when the stumps were drawn with Jharkhand still needing 128 runs with seven wickets in hand.

Brief Scores:

Haryana: 309 & 123 (S Rana 84; SS Rao 4 for 35)

Jharkhand: 231 & 74 for 3 in 34.0 overs (BJ Thakkar 29; MM Sharma 1 for 11).

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