Mumbai: Unmukt Chand smashed a strokeful ton while out-of-favour Gautam Gambhir struck consecutive half-centuries as Delhi salvaged a draw against Mumbai in a Group A match of the Ranji Trophy, here Sunday. Set an improbable target of 348 runs for an outright win, Delhi rode on Chand's unbeaten 106 and Gambhir's 51 to finish at 198 for no loss.
Chand struck 14 boundaries and one hit over the fence during his 154-ball knock while Gambhir hit only three fours during his 112 ball stay before retiring hurt, paving the way for Virender Sehwag to have valuable batting practice. At stumps on the fourth and final day, Sehwag was other unbeaten batsman at the crease along with Chand.
It was a vintage Sehwag on display as he made a breezy 35 off 22 balls with the help of five fours and one six. Earlier,resuming at the overnight score of 198 for two, Mumbai declared their second innings at 347 for the loss of six wickets in 70 overs.
Pacer Pawan Suyal scalped three wickets for 52 runs. Both Delhi and Mumbai garnered one point apiece from the fixture after both the teams were bowled out for identical 324 runs in their first essay.
Mumbai: 324 and 347/6 decl in 70 overs (Aditya Tare not 122, Siddesh Lad 85, Abhishek Nayar 60; Pawan Suyal 3/52).
Delhi: 324 and 198 for no loss in 48 overs (Unmukt Chand 106 not out, Gautam Gambhir 51).
In Bangalore, Karnataka batsman Stuart Binny slammed a hurricane 114 in just 99 balls on the fourth and final day of their match against Gujarat which ended in a draw. Binny struck 11 fours and five sixes as Karnataka scored 245 for four at the end of the final day at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium.
Wicketkeeper Chidhambaram Gautam remained not out on 51 from 113 balls. Gujarat got three points from the match by virtue of the 105-run lead in the first innings while Karnataka had to be content with one point.
Earlier, Gujarat folded their first innings at 411 after resuming the day at 373 for six. Bhargav Merai added another 21 runs to his overnight 121 before he was dismissed for 142 by Mayank Agarwal. Merai consumed 265 balls in his knock and hit 21 boundaries.
Karnataka's had scored 306 all out in their first innings.
Karnataka: 306 and 245 for four in 59 overs (Stuart Binny 114; Akshar Patel 2/55).
Gujarat 1st innings: 411 all out 139.2 overs (Bhargav Merai 142, Abhimanyu Mithun 4/94).
In another match at Nagpur, Medium pacer Basant Mohanty returned with a five-wicket haul to ensure the all-important first innings lead for Odisha in their match against Vidarbha, which ended in a tame draw.
Mohanty starred with the ball for Odisha with figures of 5-59 to bowl out Vidarbha for 382 in their first innings in reply to the visitor's 453 for six declared. Starting at the overnight score of 199 for three, Vidarbha could add only 183 runs in the fourth and final day before being bundled out in 169.1 overs.
Vidarbha witnessed a disastrous start to the day as overnight centurion Faiz Fazal (124) was cleaned up by Deepak Behera (1/47) in the very first delivery of the morning. Veterans Hemang Badani (65) and Rashmi Parida (60) played good hands but Vidarbha kept losing wickets at regular intervals to hurt their cause.
Both Badani and Parida hit identical seven boundaries during their 207 and 130-ball knocks. Vidarbha skipper Shalabh Srivastava made a patient 27 before being run out. Mohanty cleaned up the Vidarbha tail, claiming the wickets of Parida, Shrikant Wagh (24), Shrikant Ruikar (35) and Amol Jungade (14).
Odisha take home three points from the match by virtue of 71 runs first innings lead, while Vidarbha had to be satisfied with one point.
Odisha 1st innings: 453 for six decl
Vidarbha 1st innings: 382 all out in 169.1 overs (Faiz Fazal 124, Hemang Badani 65, Rashmi Parida 60; Basant Mohanty 5/59).