Ranji Trophy, Elite Group, 3rd Round, 3rd day November 27, 2004

Kulkarni puts Mumbai on the verge

Wisden Cricinfo staff

Andhra 116 and 133 for 4 (Pathak 59*, Kulkarni 4-32) trail Mumbai 515 by 266 runs

Andhra hurtled towards defeat as Nilesh Kulkarni helped Mumbai into a strong position at the end of the third day's play. Andhra were 133 for 4, following on, and were still 266 runs adrift of Mumbai's first-innings score. Kulkarni, the left-arm spinner, picked up all four second-innings wickets. Andhra began their second innings well, with Amit Pathak and LNP Reddy defying the bowlers. Pathak was unbeaten on 59, while Reddy made 33, the only other meaningful contribution of the innings. But an outright loss was still the strongest possibility for Andhra, who have one more day to bat out just to secure the draw.

Madhya Pradesh 296 for 4 (Dholpure 107) trail Karnataka 619 for 5 dec by 323 runs

Sachin Dholpure's century kept Madhya Pradesh's hopes up at the Chinnnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore. At the close of the third day, Madhya Pradesh had reached 296 for 4 in response to Karnataka's mammoth 619 for 5 declared. While Amay Khurasiya, the captain, fell to Chandrashekar Raghu without adding to his overnight score of 45, Dholpure cashed in. He scored 107 with 18 fours before being caught behind off Stuart Binny. With one day to play, the game is heading for a draw, and all honours go to Karnataka.

Uttar Pradesh 132 and 163 for 2 (Raina 89*, Yadav 51) beat Assam 184 and 107 by 8 wickets

Uttar Pradesh completed an 8-wicket win over Assam at the Kamla Club ground in Kanpur. They began the day on 77 for 1 needing a further 82 runs to secure victory. In the end Suresh Raina ensured that there were no hiccups. He scored 89 not out with 15 fours and 1 six off 11 balls in the company of Jyoti P Yadav (61) and steered Uttar Pradesh to a comfortable win.

Bengal 161 for 3 (Gavaskar 68*) and 298 lead Gujarat 361 by 98 runs

Having conceded the crucial first-innings lead to Gujarat at the Kanchanjungwa Krirangan ground in Siliguri, Bengal restored some pride with a healthy second-innings reply. They reached 161 for 3, and have an overall lead of 98 runs. Rohan Gavaskar did the bulk of the scoring, reaching 68 not out batting at No. 4. Deep Dasgupta kept him company on 36.

Hyderabad 231 and 170 (Sanclecha 5-46) beat Maharashtra 83 and 233 (Jadhav 124, Singh 6-87) by 85 runs

Hyderabad clinched an 85-run win against Maharashtra inside three days. After they were skittled out for just 83 in the first innings Maharashtra struggled to catch up. A fighting 124 by Dheeraj Jadhav, the left-handed opening batsman, delayed the inevitable, but was not enough to stave off defeat. Narender Pal Singh, the medium-pacer, was the most effective bowler claiming 6 for 87.

Delhi 216 and 101 for 1 (Dhawan 55) lead Railways 201 by 116 runs

Delhi's bowlers did a fine job in bowling out Railways for just 201, thereby taking a slender 15-run first-innings lead. Railways, who began the third day on 147 for 5, were in with a good chance of overhauling Delhi's poor score of 216. However, Amit Bhandari (3 for 55) and Sanjay Gill (3 for 48) bowled well enough to knock Railways over for just 201. Then, Delhi piled on the agony, reaching 101 for 1 at close.

Punjab 175 and 370 for 4 (Mongia 108, Dharmani 92*, Kakkar 90*) lead Baroda 155 by 390 runs

Punjab rode on the high of securing the first-innings lead and clattered 370 for 4 in their second dig. The Baroda bowlers were first sent on a leather hunt by Dinesh Mongia who scored 108. Pankaj Dharmani (92*) and Ankur Kakkar (90*) were both on the verge of reaching three figures when the day's play ended. Punjab now have a big lead of 390 runs with one day to play.