Ranji Trophy, Elite Group, 3rd Round, 4th day November 28, 2004

Gujarat clinch a thriller at Siliguri

Wisden Cricinfo staff

Gujarat 361 and 217 for 8 (Niraj Patel 70, Christian 67, Bose 5-77) beat Bengal 298 and 279 by 2 wickets

Gujarat overcame several hiccoughs to scraped to a narrow win against Bengal at Siliguri. Chasing a tricky target of 217, Gujarat were off to a confident start with Akash Christian and Niraj Patel stroking half-centuries and taking them to 154 for 1. But Ranadeb Bose, the medium-pacer, wrecked havoc with the middle order, and Gujarat lost the next seven wickets for just 60 before getting home.

Mumbai 515 beat Andhra Pradesh 116 and 278 (Pathak 88, Gnaneswara 96*, Kulkarni 7-60) by an innings and 121 runs

Nilesh Kulkarni finished with a rich second-innings harvest of 7 for 60 as Mumbai thumped Andhra Pradesh by an innings and 121 runs at the Wankhede Stadium. The innings victory gave Mumbai a bonus point, and helped them leap to the top of the table. The silver lining for AP was the plucky knocks by Amit Pathank (88) and Gnaneswara Rao (96 not out). But their woeful display in the first innings meant that AP were crushed by a massive margin.

Karnataka 619 for 5 dec drew with Madhya Pradesh 422 (Patwardhan 89, Ali 62) and 152 for 6 (Sachin Dholpure 52)
After taking just four wickets yesterday, Karnataka were in danger of frittering away the advantage of a massive first-innings lead. But their bowlers managed to break through at Bangalore this morning to gain two crucial points. They carried on the good work in MP's second innings, but a fighting half-century by Sachin Dholpure, who had made a century the first innings, defied them for nearly three hours as MP clung on for a draw.

Delhi 216 and 395 for 4 (Bhatia 157*, Dhawan 87, Kumar 54) drew with Railways 201

Rajat Bhatia made a patient 157 as the game between Delhi and Railways at the Jamia Millia Ground petered into a draw. Shikar Dhawan, India's hero in the Under-19 World Cup held in Bangladesh earlier in 2004, ground out 87 while the wicketkeeper, Varun Kumar, scored 54. Bhatia cracked 12 fours and two sixes in his knock as the game meandered to a tame draw.

Punjab 175 and 370 (Dharmani 92*, Kakkar 90*) beat Baroda 155 and 280 (Patel 69) by 110 runs

Amit Uniyal, the medium pacer, snapped up a four-wicket haul as Punjab sealed a 110-run win over Baroda at Mohali. Chasing 391, Baroda built a solid launching pad and at one stage were 110 for 2. But they lost wickets at regular intervals from then and despite a fighting 69 from Rakesh Patel at No.9, they were bowled out for 280. Earlier in the day, Pankaj Dharmani and Ankur Kakkar added 184 for the fifth wicket and helped Punjab extend their lead to 390.

These matches finished earlier

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 83 runs to secure victory. In the end Suresh Raina ensured that there were no hiccoughs. He scored and undefeated 89 with 15 fours and 1 six off 11 balls in the company of Jyoti P Yadav (61) to steer Uttar Pradesh to a comfortable win.

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.