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Ranji Trophy Takeaways: Kerala, Manipur Register Historic Wins; Milind Kumar Continues to Pile on Runs

Cricketnext Staff | Updated: November 22, 2018, 6:28 PM IST
Ranji Trophy Takeaways: Kerala, Manipur Register Historic Wins; Milind Kumar Continues to Pile on Runs


Kerala consolidated their position in Elite Group B as they registered a convincing nine-wicket victory over Bengal at Eden Gardens while Manipur, who are making their Ranji debut, also got their first win, beating Mizoram by eight wickets in Jorhat.

Here are some of the major takeaways from Day 3 of the third round of Ranji matches:

Indian Stars in action

With most of the big guns giving this round of matches a miss, all eyes were on Mohammad Shami, who bowled 26 overs on Day 2 but couldn't do much to help his team's cause on Day 3 as Kerala needed only 44 runs to win. Shami bowled only 3 overs, ending with figures of 0/10. Interestingly, this was Kerala's first ever Ranji victory over Bengal.

Varun Aaron ripped through Rajasthan in the first innings but TM-Ul-Haq's 6/42 helped his team to show some kind of fight, skittling Jharkhand for 125. Ashok Menaria's 125 helped Rajasthan reach 379, with Aaron ending wicketless in the second innings.

Suresh Raina could only score 41 but Rinku Singh's unbeaten 163 helped UP reach a mammoth 535 against Services. Ankit Rajpoot struck early in the second innings, reducing Services to 35/1 (trail by 240) at stumps.

Big Teams on Show

Karnataka's heavyweight clash against Mumbai saw an interesting twist, Karnataka got a 195-run lead but chose not to enforce the follow-on. More's 5/52 meant Mumbai were dismissed for just 205 in reply to Karnataka's 400. Karnataka managed to reach 81/3 at stumps and lead by 276 runs with one day to go.

No play was possible between Andhra and Tamil Nadu with rain washing out Day 3.

Hiten Dalal led Delhi's reply, scoring 93 against Hyderabad but a flurry of wickets helped the home side reduce the visitors to 245/6 at stumps. Tanay Thyagarajan picked 3/41.

Rajesh Mohanty's 6/55 helped Odisha beat Assam by nine-wickets and pick-up their full quota of points.

Milind Kumar continues to shine

After back-to-back double tons, Milind Kumar scored another century, as he made 133 to help them reach 264 but still it was Uttarakhand who held the upper hand, with a 318-run first innings lead. While following on, Sikkim were 27/2.

Yashpal Singh played a captain's knock, scoring 156 and then Thokchom Singh's 4/20 helped Manipur register a comfortable eight-wicket victory over Mizoram.

Brief Scores

Elite Groups A and B

Karnataka 400 and 81 for 3 vs Mumbai 205

Punjab 293 and 127 for 1 vs Madhya Pradesh 315

Tamil Nadu 122 for 3 vs Andhra

Baroda 288 for 7 vs Vidarbha 529 for 6

Chhattisgarh 300 and 2 for 2 vs Railways 330

Delhi 245 for 6 vs Hyderabad 460

Gujarat 324 and 187 for 1 vs Saurashtra 349

Elite Group C

Tripura 124 and 233 for 4 vs Jammu & Kashmir 442

Services 260 and 35 for 1 vs Uttar Pradesh 535 for 9

Jharkhand 152 and 24 for no loss vs Rajasthan 100 and 379

Goa 177 and 30 for 2 vs Haryana 276 and 185

Plate division

Sikkim 264 vs Uttarakhand 582 for 9

Nagaland 106 and 332 for 8 vs Meghalaya 106

Puducherry 0 for no loss v Bihar
First Published: November 22, 2018, 6:06 PM IST

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