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Kaushik Gandhi’s 164 helps Tamil Nadu take first-innings lead

Tamil Nadu were helped by Kaushik Gandhi's innings and his 85-run partnership with Dinesh Karthik (54).

By: PTI |
November 24, 2016 12:12:52 am
ranji trophy 2016, ranji trophy results, ranji 2016, ranji 2016, ranji scores, cricket news, sports news Tamil Nadu were helped by Gandhi’s innings and his 85-run partnership for the fourth wicket with Dinesh Karthik (54) and another 79 for the fifth wicket with Vijay Shankar (33). (Source: PTI)

Kaushik Gandhi’s 164-run knock paved the way for Tamil Nadu to take a crucial first-innings lead of 70 runs in their Group A Ranji Trophy cricket match against Punjab here today.

Resuming on 218/4, Tamil Nadu were helped by Gandhi’s innings and his 85-run partnership for the fourth wicket with Dinesh Karthik (54) and another 79 for the fifth wicket with Vijay Shankar (33).

Thanks to their efforts, Tamil Nadu managed 354 before being all out, replying to Punjab’s first-innings total of 284. Gandhi, who was batting on 75 overnight, struck 21 boundaries and faced 350 balls.

Manpreet Gony (4/81) Siddarth Kaul (3/86) were the most successful bowlers for Punjab.

In their second essay, Punjab were 121/2 when the stumps were drawn on the third and penultimate day at Vidarbha Cricket Association Ground.

While Manan Vohra got out after scoring 41, Uday Kaul (43) and Mandeep Singh (35) were batting for Punjab at the close of play.

Punjab led by 51 runs with eight wickets remaining in their second innings.

Shreyas Iyer’s unbeaten 191 takes Mumbai to 328/6

Shreyas Iyer was the lone ranger as his unbeaten 191 helped Mumbai to 328/6 in their Group A Ranji Trophy cricket match against Gujarat here today.

At stumps on the third and penultimate day, Mumbai trailed Gujarat by 109 runs with four wickets remaining in the first innings.

Gujarat were all out for 437 in their first essay after Priyank Kirit Panchal slammed 232.

Resuming on 58/3 with Iyer batting on 27, Mumbai had to rely on the 22-year-old right-handed batsman, who played through the day, to take his team to safety at KSCA Rajnagar Stadium.

Another overnight batsman, Dhawal Kulkarni, contributed 61 while adding 187 runs for the fourth wicket with Iyer, who decorated his 310-ball innings with 18 boundaries and two sixes.

Night-watchman Kulkarni, who was to open his account at close of play yesterday, found the fence 11 times while facing 185 balls.

Seamer Jasprit Bumrah was the most successful bowler for Gujarat, returning figures of 4/49.

Mumbai were trailing by 379 runs when the proceedings started on the third morning.

Veteran Bundela hits ton to take MP to a commanding position

Devendra Bundela (131 not out) played a captain’s knock while Shubham Sharma (91 not out) notched up his best first-class score as Madhya Pradesh are all set to take the all-important first innings lead over Railways in a Group A Ranji Trophy cricket match, here today.

Resuming at the overnight score of 71 for three in reply to Railways 371 all out, veteran Bundela hit a well-crafted century off 296 balls with the help of 19 boundaries and two sixes to steer Madhya Pradesh’s innings.

Together with overnight batsman Naman Ojha (50), Bundela shared 85 runs for the fourth wicket before stitching un conquered 192-run sixth wicket stand with Sharma to give Madhya Pradesh the upper hand at stumps on the third and penultimate day at the Feroze Shah Kotla ground here.

Sharma’s runs came off 174 deliveries and was studded with 10 boundaries and two hits over the fence.

Barring a shocking batting collapse, Madhya Pradesh are sure to overwhelm Railways first innings total as they trail by just 154 runs with five wickets still in hand.

For Railways, Avinash Yadav (3/90) and skipper Karn Sharma (2/71) were the wicket takers.

Brief Scores:

Railways: 371 all out

Madhya Pradesh: 356 for five in 130 overs (Devendra Bundela 131 not out, Shubham Sharma 91 not ; Avinash Yadav 3/90).

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