Ranji Trophy 2003-04 December 3, 2003

Karnataka and UP collapse in a heap

Hyderabad 177 and 309 (Manohar 57, Khaleel 72*) beat Karnataka 100 (Narender Pal 6-31) and 89 (Faiz 6-29) by 297 runs
Karnataka's batting misery continued as they collapsed in a heap for the second time in the match allowing Hyderabad, the hosts, to romp home by 297 runs. Chasing 387 for victory, Karnataka were blown away by Faiz Ahmed, the left-arm medium-pacer, who had magical figures of 6 for 29. Earlier Ibrahim Khaleel, the wicketkeeper, hit a plucky half-century to help set Karnataka a daunting target.

Railways 208 and 137 beatUttar Pradesh 71 (Parida 5-18) and 122 (Parida 5-47) by 152 runs
Kulamani Parida's offspin proved too hot for UP as Railways recorded a crushing victory at Varanasi. At 100 for 4, chasing 275, UP seemed on course for their first victory of the season, but Parida's magic resulted in the last six batsmen tumbling for only 22. Earlier Jai Prakash Yadav (37) and Shreyas Khandolkar (30) had put Railways in the driving seat.

Andhra162 for 3 (MSK Prasad 68*) trail Mumbai504 for 6 dec by 342 runs
Andhra made slow progress on the third day at Vijayawada, with MSK Prasad, the former Indian wicketkeeper, anchoring the innings. Prasad has spent close to seven hours in the middle, consumed 262 balls, and exhibited the utmost restraint. He received good support from Amit Pathak, who hit a steady 40, as they put on 87 for the second wicket.

Delhi 310 and 72 for 0 trail Punjab385 (Yuvraj 138) by 3 runs
Delhi fought back through Narender Negi and Sanjay Gill on the third day at Chandigarh. Punjab failed to capitalise on the great platform built by Yuvraj Singh and Pankaj Dharmani, as their last eight batsmen fell for only 161 runs. Gill and Negi, the two Delhi medium-pacers, finished with four wickets apiece, and after dominating proceedings yesterday, Punjab finished up with a slender lead of 75. Rajat Bhatia and Salil Oberoi were undefeated at stumps, hauling Delhi close to parity with their 72-run opening stand.

Bengal 246 and 111 for 3 lead Assam 347 (Sukhvinder 115*) by 10 runs
Assam added another 59 in the morning session, to gain a lead of 101 over Bengal at Kolkata. This was largely down to Sukhvinder Singh, whose fine hundred included 19 fours. Bengal battled hard to erase the deficit, and ended the day 10 runs in front, although they have lost three wickets. AP Chakroborty top-scored with 44.

Gujarat 273 for 6 (Christian 112, Parmar 82) trail Tamil Nadu 372 (Sharath 155, Vidyut 50) by 99 runs
Akash Christian's valuable hundred and Mukund Parmar's patient half-century helped Gujarat claw their way back into the match against Tamil Nadu at Ahmedabad. Christian, unbeaten on 50 overnight, hit 17 fours in his 277-ball innings, and continued a rich vein of form this season. R Ramkumar was the most successful bowler for Tamil Nadu, finishing with 4 for 54.

Kerala 231 and 95 for 1 (Somasundar 57*) trail Baroda 411 (RA Parab 104, Patel 67) by 85 runs
Baroda's strong batting display put Kerala on the back foot on the third day of their match at Vadodara. There were some very useful partnerships in the Baroda middle order, then Rakesh Patel's 67 was a valuable bonus at the end. He hit seven fours and a six, and was the last man out as Baroda finished with a comfortable 411. Kerala fought back in the last session with Sujit Somasundar, the former Indian opener, compiling a good half-century.

Plate Championship Second Round

Orissa 204 and 14 for 0 trail Maharashtra 77 and 439 for 8 dec (Jhadav 200, Aphale 100) by 299 runs
Maharashtra made up for their batting debacle on the first morning by amassing 439 on the third day at Cuttack. Dheeraj Jhadav smashed 200 and Kaushik Aphale a round hundred to set Orissa a target of 313 in their final innings. Jhadav's monumental effort spanned ten-and-a-half hours, during which he carted 17 fours and a six. Aphale, who faced 242 balls and hit nine fours himself, helped Jhadav add 204 for the fourth wicket.

Tripura 216 for 3 (Roy 105*, Dhand 55) trail Haryana 461 for 6 dec (Ganda 95, Rawat 68) by 245 runs
T Roy led the Tripura riposte after they had chased leather on the first two days at Rohtak. Sohale Dhand complemented Roy's fine unbeaten century, and they put on 127 for the fourth wicket. Tripura are still 245 in arrears and will need another good batting performance tomorrow.

Vidharbha 387 and 29 for 0 lead Madhya Pradesh 327 (Ojha 79, Bundela 85) by 89 runs
Madhusudhan Acharya's 4 for 84 played a vital role in gaining Vidharbha a 60-run lead on the third day of the Plate A match at Indore. Devendra Bundela compiled a dour 85 for MP, but that was not enough to overhaul Vidharba's total. Nikhil Ojha's 79 and Syed Abbas Ali's 44 were the other highlights of the MP innings.

Goa 142 and 16 for 0 trail Services 212 and 179 (Reddy 55, Jakati 6-42) by 234 runs
Shadab Jakati, the left-arm spinner, gave Goa the upper hand by bowling out Services for 179 at Panjim. Madhusudhan Reddy hit a sedate 55, and his 94-run with Jasvir Singh (44) for Services' second wicket raised hopes of a big total. Goa will have to chase down a target of 250 on the final day, in a match where the momentum has swung with regularity.

Jammu & Kashmir 115 and 217 for 5 (Gupta 51*, Vijay Sharma 61*) beat Bihar 159 and 172 (Dhoni 64) by 5 wickets
Ashwani Gupta and Vijay Sharma put on an unbroken stand of 83 as J&K cruised home by five wickets at Jammu. Sharma turned on the heat as he blasted 61 runs in 65 balls, with nine fours and a six. Shahid Khan - the first-innings hero - was the pick of the bowlers with 4 for 42, but he couldn't prevent J&K's first win of the season.