Young Punjab opener Shubman Gill almost helped his side overhaul a 338-run target set by Hyderabad on the final day of the Ranji Trophy match. Mumbai also failed to achieve an outright win against Saurashtra. Here are the major takeaways after the final day of Round 7 ties.
Punjab Fall Just Short
Gill continued his sublime form this Ranji Trophy season, scoring 148 off just 154 balls, as Punjab almost overhauled the 338-run target set by Hyderabad. When Gill was dismissed, Punjab still needed another 48 to win with the score of 290/5. But Hyderabad paceman Mohammed Siraj’s 4/71 ensured that Punjab ended on 324/8 as home side walked away with three points for securing the first innings lead.
Mumbai and Saurashtra both failed to achieve a positive result in their Group A match as well. Chasing 285 for win, Saurashtra ended on 266/7 after half-centuries by Vishwaraj Jadeja (71) and Sheldon Jackson (57). Mumbai’s Minad Manjrekar claimed 4/39 as his side settled for three points for getting the first innings lead.
Gowtham Spins Karnataka to Win
Off-spinner K Gowtham scalped 6/30 in 24 overs to bundle out Railways out for 185 as Karnataka walked away with a 176-run win on the final day.
Karnataka’s D Nischal followed up his first-innings 52 with 101 in the second essay to set up a daunting target for Railways.
In a Group C match, Rajasthan settled for a draw with Haryana after dominating most of the match. Haryana posted 462/8 after conceding a huge first innings lead. Rahul Chahar picked up 5/151 for Rajasthan, who continue to top the group.
Assam Pull off Thrilling Win in Plate Group Tie
Assam bowled out Goa for 210, just seven short of the target on the final day. It was anybody’s game with Goa’s Amit Varma going strong on 74 as his side reached 179/6. But his dismissal triggered a mini collapse. Lakshay Garg’s 73 managed to carry his side to 202 before Krishna Das, who picked up 6/67, trapped last man leg before for a nail-biting win.
Bihar also managed a massive 273-run win over Nagaland. The north-east side’s skipper Jonathan scored 100 before Nagaland were bowled out for 173.
Bihar’s Ashutosh Aman become the first to 50 wickets in this Ranji season, his fifth 5-wicket haul in eight innings taking him to 51 wickets in five matches.
Jharkhand defeated Services by 81 runs, bowling them out for 188 with left-arm spinner Shahbaz Nadeem claimed 7/62 on the final day to keep themselves in the race for a spot in the quarterfinals. The win gives them six points, taking them to 30, just two behind Uttar Pradesh, with both teams having played the same number of matches.
Assam 175 & 235 bt Goa 193 & 210
Jharkhand 193 & 343 bt Services 267 & 188
Bihar 150 & 505/8 bt Nagaland 209 & 173
Maharashtra 239 & 397/9 d/w Chhattisgarh 462 & 91/6
Bengal 300 & 223/7 d/w Andhra 321 & 170/7
Karnataka 214 & 290/2 decl bt Railways 143 & 185
Mumbai 394 & 238/8 d/w Saurashtra 348 & 266/7
Gujarat 321 & 214/6 d/w Vidarbha 485
Tamil Nadu 227 & 345 lost to Himachal Pradesh 463, 111/1
Hyderabad 317 & 323/3 d/w Punjab 303 & 324/8
J&K 127 & 391/7 d/w Odisha 323, 197/2
Haryana 118 & 462/8 d/w Rajasthan 490/6 decl