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Ranji Trophy, Group A: TN Earn 3 Points against Punjab; Mp Draw Vs Railways

Press Trust of India | Updated: November 24, 2016, 7:28 PM IST
Ranji Trophy, Group A: TN Earn 3 Points against Punjab; Mp Draw Vs Railways

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Tamil Nadu earned three points from their Group A Ranji Trophy match against Punjab on the basis of first innings lead in a game that ended in a tame draw on the final day in Nagpur on Thursday.

Punjab had earlier conceded a 70-run first-innings lead, thanks to Kaushik Gandhi's career-best 164.

In the second innings, Punjab scored at 4.74 runs per over before declaring the innings at 375 for five.

Mandeep Singh hit a century, scoring 128 off 160 balls to anchor the innings. Uday Kaul (65) and skipper Gurkeerat Singh (55 off 45) also chipped in with important contributions, before Manpreet Gony hammered an unbeaten 66 off 26 balls that included eight sixes and three fours.

Chasing 306, Tamil Nadu reached 103 for one in 37 overs with Abhinav Mukund remaining unbeaten on 67 and Kaushik Gandhi on 21. The duo put on an unbroken 78 runs together for the second wicket.

In New Delhi, captain Devendra Bundela smashed a career-best 188 while Shubham Sharma (119) hit his maiden first-class century as Madhya Pradesh took the first innings lead as well as three points from their drawn match against Railways.

After resuming the final day at 356 for 5, MP declared their first innings on 510 for 8 in reply to Railways 371 to take the first innings lead at Feroze Shah Kotla.

MP scored at a brisk pace and added 104 runs in the last 21 overs.

Bundela, who was on 131 overnight, and Sharma, who resumed the day on individual score of 91, continued their remarkable partnership for the sixth wicket, taking it past 200 and finally being separated with the score on 406, having come together on 164 for 5 on the third day yesterday.

Bundela hit 25 fours and three sixes in his 382-ball innings of 188. Sharma faced 223 balls for his 119 and hit 13 fours and two sixes.

For Railways, Karn Sharma took three wickets for 120 runs while Avinash Yadav returned with figures of 3/106.

In their second innings, Railways reached 150 for 1 at the end of play with opener Saurabh Wakaskar scoring his second fifty of the game.

In another match, riding on Jasprit Bumrah's 6/71, Gujarat secured three points after managing to take a narrow first-innings lead in their match against Mumbai.

After posting 432 in their first innings, Gujarat restricted Mumbai to 422 to take a crucial 15-run lead.

In their second essay on the fourth and final day, Gujarat were 82 for no loss in 45 overs at the KSCA Rajnagar Stadium.

Resuming on 328 for six, Mumbai lost Shreyas Iyer (194) for the addition of just three runs to his overnight score of 191, while Shubham Ranjane also got out quickly to leave the side struggling at 344 for eight.

However, Shardul Thakur steadied the ship with 56 off 89 balls and brought Mumbai closer to taking the first-innings lead before getting out to Jasprit Bumrah.

Thakur struck six boundaries and two sixes, while Iyer found the fence 18 times and cleared it twice during his 218-ball knock.

Bumrah was the most successful bowler for Gujarat, returning figures of 6/71.

First-innings double centurion for Gujarat, Priyank Kirit Panchal was unbeaten on 56 when the match was called off.

First Published: November 24, 2016, 7:28 PM IST

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