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Ranji Trophy, Group A: Gujarat Take First Innings Lead; Railways Close In On Outright Win

Gujarat took firm control of their Ranji Trophy match against Madhya Pradesh by taking the first innings lead on day three on Tuesday.

Press Trust of India |November 15, 2016, 8:45 PM IST
Ranji Trophy, Group A: Gujarat Take First Innings Lead; Railways Close In On Outright Win

Nagothane (Maharashtra): Gujarat took firm control of their Ranji Trophy match against Madhya Pradesh by taking the first innings lead on day three on Tuesday.

Gujarat, who made 302 in the first innings, bowled out MP for 252 before ending the day at 228 for two in the second innings, extending their lead to 278 runs.

Opener Samit Gohel (93*) and Parthiv Patel (80*) put Gujarat in a commanding position going into the final day, by sharing an unbeaten 143-run stand for the third wicket.

Earlier, Madhya Pradesh failed to get past Gujarat's first innings score after resuming the day at 162 for five.

Rush Kalaria made the maximum impact for Gujarat in the bowling department, taking four wickets for 49 runs.

India bowlers Jasprit Bumrah and Axar Patel ended with two wickets each.

Brief scores: Gujarat: 302 and 228/2 in 70 overs (Parthiv 80 batting, Gohel 93 batting; Pandey 2/49). MP 252 in 80.1 overs (Patidar 71; Kalaria 4/72).

Railways close in on outright win over Baroda

In Nagpur, riding on their bowlers all-round effort, Railways are all but set to secure a comprehensive outright win over Railways.

Slow left-arm orthodox bowler Avinash Yadav (3/50), pacers Anureet Singh (2/67) and Deepak Bansal (2/36) and Ashish Yadav (2/29) picked up wickets for Railways to bundle out Baroda for 239 in their second innings after they resumed at the overnight score of 27 for no loss.

Deepak Hooda (98) is the lone Baroda batsman to show some fight before he was caught LBW in front of the wicket by Avinash just two runs short of a well-deserved century.

Set a paltry target of 113 runs for an outright win, Railways made strong start, courtesy openers Saurabh Wakaskar (45) and Shivakant Shukla (36 not out).

Ashish Singh (8) failed to make any impact with the bat as Railways finished the third and penultimate day at 90 for two.

Win is just a formality for Railways as they have enough arsenal in their batting armoury to get the required 23 runs on the final day of the match.

Brief Scores: Baroda: 183 & 239 all out in 69.5 overs (Deepak Hooda 98; Avinash Yadav 3/50). Railways: 310 & 90 for two in 29.4 overs (Saurabh Wakaskar 45, Shivakant Shukla 36 not out; Swapnil Singh 2/26).

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