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Ranji Trophy, Group C: Gadekar steers Goa to win over Kerala; Hyderabad bag 3 points

Harshad Gadekar scored a half-century to steer Goa to a three-wicket win over Kerala on the fourth and final day.

Press Trust of India |December 25, 2013, 3:09 PM IST
Ranji Trophy, Group C: Gadekar steers Goa to win over Kerala; Hyderabad bag 3 points

Porvorim: Harshad Gadekar scored a half-century to steer Goa to a three-wicket win over Kerala on the fourth and final day of their Group C Ranji Trophy match and keep their chances alive of making the knockout stage.

Spinner Gadekar (57) also put on a solid 86 runs together with Ravikant Shukla (28) for the seventh wicket to achieve 179-run target after being struggling at 82 for 6 at one stage.

Resuming on 82 for 5, overnight batsman Keenan Vaz departed without adding any run to his last night's score, even as Goa further slumped to 82 for 6. But Gadekar and Ravikant took the fight to the enemy's camp and managed to consolidate the position. But just before they could reach the target, Shukla was cleaned bowled by Manoharan for 28.

Gadekar coupled with Shadab Jakati (4 not out) to take Goa home with a cover drive. Gadekar's unbeaten 57 came off 102 balls, studded with 10 fours and a six.

With this victory, Goa have collected six points to take their tally to 22 points from seven matches, while Kerala remained on 16 points from as many outings.

In Jammu, Hyderabad dismissed Jammu and Kashmir for 299 in the first innings to grab three crucial points after their group C Ranji Trophy match ended in a stale draw at Gandhi Memorial Science College Ground. On the fourth and final day, Hyderabad, who had scored a mammoth 514 for eight declared in their first innings, dismissed the last four batsmen of J&K for another 101 runs and then asked them to follow on.

In their second innings, J&K scored 127 for one in 42 overs with wicket-keeper batsman Obaid Haroon scoring the most runs, an unbeaten 128-ball 52-run innings which was laced with six hits to the fence. Hyderabad was at the sixth place with 18 points, while J& K (25) reached the second position after bagging a point. Maharashtra (29) is at the top of the Group C points table.

Resuming at 198/6, overnight batsmen Hardeep Singh (78) and S Beigh (76) added another 85 runs today before the latter was dismissed by Ravi Teja to leave J&K at 283 for seven. Hardeep also could not stay any longer and was sent back by Ravi Kiran in the 92nd over after trapping him infront of wicket.

Brief Score: Hyderabad (India) 514/8dec. Jammu & Kashmir: 299 in 93.1 overs (Hardeep Singh 78; M Ravi Kiran 5/53) & 127/1 in 42 overs (O Haroon 52; AJ Shinde 1/7).

In Pune, Dec 25 (PTI) Hosts Maharashtra took home a bonus point with an emphatic 10-wicket victory over Himachal Pradesh in their Group C Ranji Trophy match. Maharashtra got seven points from the encounter after successfully chasing down the victory target of 60 runs on the fourth and final day of their match.

Trailing by 260 runs in their second innings, Himachal Pradesh were bowled out for 319 runs in 98.1 overs, leaving a target of 60 runs for the hosts which they reached without any fuss. For Himachal Pradesh, it was a matter of getting a point from the match by batting through the day. Lot of hopes were pinned on Paras Dogra and skipper Rishi Dhawan to bat long hours.

However, Dogra (62) and Dhawan (60) could not carry on for long and any hopes of saving the match was gone for the visitors. Abhinav Bali too played a handy knock of 54 but it was the lack of big partnerships which did them in. For Maharashtra, medium pacer Anupam Sanklecha shone with the ball with a three-wicket haul. He was ably supported by Samad Fallah (2/89), Shrikant Mundhe (2/71) and Chirag Khurana (2/45).

Maharashtra did not take much time to complete the formalities and required 13.1 overs to overhaul the target with Harshad Khadiwale (26) and Rohit Motwani (33) remaining unbeaten.

Brief Scores: Himachal Pradesh 228 & 319 all out in 98.1 overs Maharashtra: 488 for 6 decl and 63 for 0 in 13.1 overs.

Points: Maharashtra 7, Himachal Pradesh 0.

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