Ranji Trophy 2003-04 December 18, 2003

Andhra collapse again as Punjab record their first win

Elite Championship Sixth Round

Punjab 209 (Sahabuddin 5-52) beat Andhra 30 and 84 (Gagandeep 5-32, Sharma 4-32) by and innings and 95 runs
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After being run over for 30 yesterday, Andhra put in another ignominious batting display as Punjab wrapped up the match (with a bonus point) at Mohali with two days to spare. Punjab's batting was characterised by some quick cameos by Yuvraj Singh (38), Dinesh Mongia (38) and Pankaj Dharmani (39), which gave them a lead of 179. Syeb Sahabuddin was the pick of the Andhra bowlers with 5 for 52. That lead proved to be more than enough, as Andhra crumbled for only 84 in their second innings with none of the batsmen passing 25. The bowling heroes for Punjab were Gagandeep Singh and Vineet Sharma, as they were in the first innings, taking nine wickets between them.

Railways 103 for 3 trail Mumbai 388 (Powar 131, Muzumdar 95) by 285 runs Scorecard
Amol Muzumdar fell five short of a hundred, but Ramesh Powar cracked an entertaining 131 to give Mumbai the advantage at the Wankhede Stadium. Resuming at 236 for 5, Muzumdar added only four runs before he was snapped up by Zakir Hussain. Three quick wickets followed before Powar was joined by Munaf Patel, the last man, with the score on 312. The next half-hour saw a flurry of boundaries - including some massive sixes - and 76 valuable runs were realised, of which Munaf blitzed 32 in just 24 balls. Munaf carried on the good work with an accurate first spell, and was rewarded when Amit Pagnis fished at one away from the body. After the loss of two more wickets, Sanjay Bangar and Shreyas Khandolkar steadied the innings with a vital 65-run unbeaten stand.

Kerala 286 for 5 (Kudva 90*) v Delhi
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Kerala trudged along on the second day at the Harbax Singh Stadium Delhi, on the back of a steady 90 from Ajay Kudva. Only 201 runs were added in the day, with Hemanth Kumar and Sreekumar Nair chipping in with 46 and 34 respectively. Kudva's dogged effort took up 193 balls and contained 11 fours.

Tamil Nadu 87 for 3 trail Hyderabad 447 (Vinay 93, Khaleel 75, Vishnuvardhan 59) by 360 runs
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Tamil Nadu suffered three early setbacks in pursuit of 447 in Hyderabad. After a solid batting display by the Hyderabad top order yesterday, the tail picked up the baton, with Ibrahim Khaleel and Sankinani Vishnuvardhan notching up half-centuries. Narendra Pal Singh and Venkatapathy Raju finished with the innings with a flourish, as they put on 47 runs in quick time. For TN, Jayaraman Gokulakrishnan and Tamil Kumaran picked up three wickets apiece. Vishnuvardhan then snapped up both the TN openers, but Sridharan Sriram stroked 48 and held things together.

Karnataka 280 for 6 (Rowland 122*) lead Gujarat 210 by 70 runs
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Barrington Rowland carved out a fine century as Karnataka gained the upper hand, along with a 70-run lead, at Ahmedabad. Siddharth Trivedi (4 for 71) threatened to derail the innings, but Rowland got good support from Deepak Chougule (37) and Stuart Binny (41) and resurrected the innings. Rowland hit seven fours in his 320-ball effort.

Baroda 34 for 1 trail Uttar Pradesh 473 (Samshad 168) by 439 runs
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Rizwan Shamshad slammed 168 and helped UP pile on the misery on Baroda at Vadodara. Shamshad - 34 overnight - spent nearly eight hours at the crease, and hit 18 fours. Gyanendra Pandey chipped in with 44 and Pravin Gupta put on 78 vital runs with Shamshad. Rakesh Patel and Shekhar Joshi, the two medium-pacers, picked up three wickets each.

Plate Championship Fourth Round

Tripura 3 for 1 trail Madhya Pradesh 454 (Abbas Ali 109, Patwardhan 106) by 451 runs
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MP posted a massive total at Indore as Syed Abbas Ali and Nikhil Patwardhan crafted fine hundreds. Patwardhan got useful support from the tail, and 204 was added after Ali fell. Arindam Sarkar, the medium-pacer, was the most successful bowler for Tripura, and finished with 4 for 72.

Jammu & Kashmir 104 (Sandeep 5-56) and 36 for 4 trail Vidharbha 379 (Fazal 151) by 239 runs
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Resuming at 300 for 4, Vidharbha lost their way this morning at Nagpur, as only 79 more were made for the loss of six wickets. Even that would not have been possible, if not for Chandrashekhar Atram's breezy 37. But they ensured that it was more than enough, when J&K were skittled out for 104. Sandeep Singh scythed through the top order and finished with a five-wicket haul. And it got even worse when J&K were reduced to 36 for 4 as they followed on, which left them 239 runs in arrears.

Himachal Pradesh 111 and 15 for 0 trail Goa 312 (D'Sousa 74, Jakati 66) by 186 runs
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After shooting down HP for only 111, Goa gained a sizeable first-innings lead at Dharamshala. Robin D'Sousa and Shadab Jakati compiled half-centuries and Goa gained a lead of 211. D'Sousa hit eight fours but Jakati was more aggressive as he hit 10 fours in his 148-ball effort.

Services 89 for 2 trail Maharashtra 403 (Khirid 117, Kanitkar 112, Fazil 5-104) by 314 runs
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Maharashtra have had a great time with the bat this season, and it was no different against Services at Aurangabad. After a century from Hrishikesh Kanitkar yesterday, Ranjit Khirid smashed 117 and nudged them past the 400 mark. For Services, Fazil Mohammad finished with five victims. Services replied by crawling to 89 for 2 in 34 overs, with Yashpal Singh unbeaten on 42.

Orissa 41 for 1 trail Saurashtra 228 (Vaghela 95) by 187 runs
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Despite Kanaia Waghela's sedate 95, Saurashtra were restricted to 228 at Cuttack. Waghela hit 10 fours in his 339-ball knock. Yet none of the other batsmen passed 30, as Debashish Mohanty and Deepak Mangaraj grabbed seven wickets between them. Orissa lost the wicket of SS Das before stumps were drawn.

Siddhartha Vaidyanathan is on the staff of Wisden Cricinfo in India.