In reply to Gujarat's first innings total of 260, Bengal scored 526 for 7 and declared. Manoj Tiwary (191) and Laxmi Ratan Shukla's unbeaten 113 powered Bengal's innings on day three.
Gujarat were reeling at 18 for 4 at stumps and trailing by 248 runs with Venugopal Rao and Rush Kalaria at the crease. The visiting team's bowlers had a tough time on both the days as Tiwary and Shukla piled on runs. Moreover, Gujarat got off to a jittery start to their second innings and lost their top four batsmen cheaply.
Brief scores: Gujarat 260 & 18/4 (Smit Patel 67, Parthiv Patel 61, Sourav Sarkar 4 for 60) vs Bengal 526/7d (Manoj Tiwary 191, LR Shukla 113, Rush Kalaria 3 for 116)
In Bhubaneswar, Railways produced a much-improved batting to finish at 183 for 2 in their second innings and take an overall lead of 74 runs against Punjab at the end of third day's play. Amit Paunikar was unbeaten on 113 off 156 balls as Railways came up with an improved batting performance in their second essay after starting their innings trailing Punjab by 109 runs.
Brief Scores: Railways: 205 & 183/2 (Amit Paunikar 113, V Cheluvaraj 40, Bipul Sharma 1 for 25) vs Punjab: 314 (Uday Kaul 100, Amitoze Singh 55, Bipul Sharma 45, Hardik Rathod 3 for 75).
In Hyderabad, Saurashtra were on top at the end of third day's play with 270 for 6 on the board and leading by 344 runs. In reply to Saurashtra's first innings total of 266, Hyderabad could only manage 186 with Ravindra Jadeja being the pick of the bowlers for the visiting team with figures of 6 for 71.
Brief scores: Saurashtra 260 & 270/6 (Sheldon Jackson 67, Bhusan Chauhan 47, Ashish Reddy 6 for 56) vs Hyderabad: 186 (Akshath Reddy 51, Syed Quadri 48, Ravindra Jadeja 6 for 71)
For the Rajasthan vs Madhya Pradesh match, read Nitin Chouhan's report.
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