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Ranji Trophy Wrap | Bengal Win, Saurashtra & Gujarat Settle for Hard-fought Draws

Kamlesh Makvana and Dharmendrasinh Jadeja battled hard for Saurashtra against Mumbai to eke out a draw, while Bengal registered a relatively comfortable win against Rajasthan. Defending champions Vidarbha were once again unable to take the field against Kerala as rain played spoilsport.

Cricketnext Staff |February 7, 2020, 6:04 PM IST
Ranji Trophy Wrap | Bengal Win, Saurashtra & Gujarat Settle for Hard-fought Draws

Kamlesh Makvana and Dharmendrasinh Jadeja battled hard for Saurashtra against Mumbai to eke out a draw, while Bengal registered a relatively comfortable win against Rajasthan. Defending champions Vidarbha were once again unable to take the field against Kerala as rain played spoilsport.

Here’s how the day panned out across the board in the penultimate round of the group stages in the Ranji Trophy.

Mumbai and Saurashtra in Closely Contested Draw

Riding the century from Suryakumar Yadav on the third day, Mumbai’s lower added some crucial runs on the final day morning and set Saurashtra a difficult 290 to win the contest. Sheldon Jackson, who batted well in the first innings however failed to repeat his efforts as Saurashtra crumbled with only three batsmen registering scores in double figures in the top 7. Shashank Attarde and Shams Mulani picked three wickets each, but Kamlesh Makvana and Dharmendrasinh Jadeja managed to eke out a draw. Saurashtra picked up three points and Mumbai bagged only one.

Bengal Overcome Rajasthan

Chasing a massive 320, Bengal were half way there when they began Day 4. A patient 61 of 133 deliveries from Shahbaz Ahmed along with lower order contributions from Arnab Nandi and Akash Deep were enough to push Bengal over the line with two wickets in hand. Overnight batsmen Anustup Majumdar and Shreevats Goswami failed to make their starts count on the final day.

Karnataka and MP Share the Spoils

Aditya Shrivastava (192) continued to pile on the misery on the Karnataka bowlers on the morning of the final day and was responsible for Madhya Pradesh’s slender first innings lead of five runs. Karnataka of course over turned that in a jiffy, but there was no time left to force a result and the captains shook hands with MP trailing by 57 runs in the second innings.

Gujarat Battle for Draw Against Delhi

Himmat Singh and Jonty Sidhu smashed half-centuries for Delhi in the second innings to help set Gujarat a difficult 292 run target with two thirds of the final day left. Gujarat captain Priyank Panchal was dismissed for 0 but Samit Gohel, Bhargav Merai and Manprit Juneja dug deep to keep Delhi’s bowlers at bay. 35 overs into the fourth innings both sides shook hands and Gujarat walked away with three points.

Kerala v Vidarbha rained off

Day 3 of the Ranji tie between Kerala and Vidarbha was called off due to rain without a ball being bowled at VCA stadium in Nagpur. Kerala were 191 for 3 in response to Vidarbha's 326.

Brief Scores

Jharkhand (242 & 51/0) draw against Chhattisgarh (559)

Bihar (291 & 227/4) beat Arunachal Pradesh (351 & 163) by 6 wickets

Delhi (293 & 333/8d) draw against Gujarat (335 & 128/2)

Bengal (120 & 320/8) beat Rajasthan (241 & 201) by 2 wickets

Vidarbha (326) draw against Kerala (191/3)

Karnataka (426 & 62/1) draw against MP (431)

Himachal Pradesh (283 & 165/3) draw against Railways (545/7d)

Mumbai (262 & 362/7d) draw against (335 & 158/7)

Maharashtra (543/5d & 40/0) beat Odisha (293 & 289) by 10 wickets

Team Rankings

Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 5211 116
2 New Zealand 3959 110
3 Australia 4320 108
4 England 5253 105
5 South Africa 3537 98
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 6967 124
2 India 7939 118
3 New Zealand 5347 116
4 South Africa 5602 112
5 Australia 5915 110
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 8926 270
2 Australia 7815 269
3 England 6407 267
4 India 12141 264
5 South Africa 6220 259
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