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Ranji Trophy, Group B: Maharashtra Complete Win Against Assam; Delhi Beat Rajasthan

Press Trust of India | Updated: November 24, 2016, 6:05 PM IST
Ranji Trophy, Group B: Maharashtra Complete Win Against Assam; Delhi Beat Rajasthan

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Chennai: Maharashtra scripted an innings and 52 run win over Assam to pocket seven points from their Ranji Trophy Group B match in Chennai on Thursday.

After reducing Assam to 115 for six in their second innings, Maharashtra required 27 overs in on day four morning to bowl the opposition out for 234.

Assam had to follow on after they made 256 in response to Maharashtra's 542. Medium pacer Anupam Sanklecha bagged the Man of Match award for his 12 wicket haul in the match.

In Wayanad, Delhi survived a mighty scare before their lower order, led by Nitish Rana and Sumit Narwal, saved the day with some gritty batting as they beat Rajasthan by two wickets in their match here on Thursday.

Resuming the final day on 51 for 3, needing 102 runs more to win, Delhi suffered a batting collapse but finally crossed the target of 153 with Rana (31) and Narwal (27 not out) playing some sensible cricket to take their side home at the
Krishnagiri Stadium.

The day's start for Delhi was a horrible one with overnight batsman Vikas Tokas (10) being bowled by Pankaj Singh in the fifth over of the day with the addition of just five runs to his individual overnight score. The score was 62 for 4 at that stage.

The other overnight batsman, opener Shikhar Dhawan, on a comeback trail after recovering from a broken finger, was out three overs later on individual score of 49. He added 14 runs today and when he was out Delhi were tottering at 76 for 5, still needing another 77 for a win.

But Rana added 24 runs with Milind Kumar (10) and another 37 with Narwal, before being run out. Rana hit five fours in his 57-ball innings.

Narwal then batted with the tail to take Delhi to victory. He remained unbeaten on 27 from 38 balls from which he hit four boundaries, as Delhi reached 156 for 8 from 41.4 overs.

Delhi secured all the six points for the win while Rajasthan got none.

In another match, Chidambaram Gautam (95) and Shreyas Gopal (77) hit resolute half-centuries before Krishnappa Gowtham dug his heels in as Karnataka lower-order batted superbly to eke out a draw against Odisha in their match.

Karnataka were staring at a defeat when they started the day at a precarious 244 for six, just 81 ahead in their second innings, but eventually put on board 393.

Thanks to fighting knocks from Gautam, Gopal and Gowtham (46), they set Odisha a target of 231. Odisha ended at 63 for no loss and walked away with three points thanks to their first innings lead.

The onus to save the match was on Gautam and Gopal today and they delivered under pressure, putting on 69-run stand.

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First Published: November 24, 2016, 4:13 PM IST

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