Paceman Sandeep Sharma claimed three wickets in four balls as Punjab took a 37-run first innings lead against Vidarbha and then consolidated it by ending the day three of their Ranji Trophy Group B cricket match at 211 for six.
Vidarbha started the day at 149 for six but they failed to overhaul the Punjab total of 195 and could add only nine runs to their overnight total.
The 21-year-old Sharma (5/51) polished off the Vidarbha tail in a jiffy, scalping all four remaining Vidarbha batsmen to claim a five-for as he dismissed Rakesh Dhruv (7) in the fourth over of the day.
He then removed Shrikant Wagh (4), Ravikumar Thakur (0) and Swapnil Bandiwar (0) in a space of four balls as Vidarbha innings folded for 158.
Brief Scores: Punjab 195 and 211 for 6, Vidarbha 158 all out
Menaria ton helps Rajasthan post 437/5 dec
Former India Under-19 captain Ashok Menaria struck an unbeaten century to help Rajasthan post 437 for five declared against Saurashtra on Day 3 of their Group B Ranji Trophy cricket match.
Making a strong reply in the four-day encounter at the Sawai Man Singh Stadium, Saurashtra were 180 for three when bad light ended Tuesday’s play an hour early.
The visitors lost Chirag Pathak (20) and Sheldon Jackson (0) quickly but half-centuries by Sagar Jogiyani (68) and Arpit Vasavada (56 not out) played valuable knocks. The Jaydev Shah-led side still trail by 257 runs.
Rajasthan 437/5 in 129.5 overs (Vineet Saxena 118, Robin Bisht 99, Ashok Maneria 100 not out; Sudeep Tyagi 2-76)
Saurashtra 180/3 in 46 overs (Arpit Vasavada 56 not out, Divyaraj Chauhan 34 not out; Pankaj Singh 1-40).
Close finish on cards in Haryana-Maha Ranji match
Medium pacer Shrikant Mundhe picked up four wickets to help Maharashtra bowl out hosts Haryana for 176 runs in their second innings, leaving the Group B Ranji Trophy cricket match evenly poised going into the fourth and final day’s play on Wednesday.
At stumps on the third day, Maharsthra were nine for no loss in their second essay in the pursuit of 208 runs for an outright win. The visitors still require 199 runs for victory with 10 wickets and a full days play remaining
Haryana: 136 and 176 all out in 52.1 overs (Kuldeep Hooda 39, Sachin Rana 32; Shrikant Mundhe 4/36).
Maharashtra: 105 and 9 for no loss.
Merai, Kalaria help Gujarat take control against Odisha
Pacer Rush Kalaria ripped through the Odisha top-order batting line-up with a superb bowling spell to put Gujarat in control of their Ranji Trophy cricket match on the third day here today.
Kalaria produced bowling figures of four wickets for 20 runs to reduce Odisha to 143 for five in their second innings at the end of third day.
But a brilliant counter-attacking innings from Abhilash Mallick, 90 not out from just 82 balls, rescued the Odisha innings from disaster. Mallick hit 16 fours and two sixes in a superb batting exhibition. Govinda Podder was giving him company on 36 not out, which he made from 114 balls.
Odisha: 225 and 143 for 5 in 40 overs (Abhilash Mallick 90 not out; Rash Kalaria 4/20).
Gujarat 1st Innings: 372 all out in 123.3 overs (Bhargav Merai 134, Akshar Patel 50; Suryakant Pradhan 3/59, DEepak Behera 3/80).