Ranji Trophy round-up, Elite Group, 3rd day January 11, 2006

Yusuf Pathan stars in big Baroda win

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Baroda 229 and 272 (Williams 86, Powar 92, Ojha 7-126) beat Hyderabad 131 and 150 (Y Pathan 5-30) by 220 runs

Baroda wrapped up a comprehensive rout of Hyderabad inside four days at Vadodara, with Yusuf Pathan, the offspinning allrounder, bagging career-best bowling figures. Baroda, 150 for 3 overnight, were boosted by valuable knocks from Connor Williams and Kiran Powar despite a superb spell from Pragyan Ojha, the left-arm spinner, who also picked up his best analysis. Set 371 to get, with the entire fourth day remaining, Hyderabad hardly offered a fight and folded meekly for just 150. Pathan, who had earlier bailed Baroda out of trouble with a fine 72 in the first innings, ran through the lower order with his offbreaks after Irfan Safi Pathan rocked the top order.

Delhi 366 for 8 (Bhatia 152*) trail Tamil Nadu 481 by 115 runs

Powered by a superb unbeaten 152 from Rajat Bhatia, Delhi managed to avoid the follow on- effectively dashing Tamil Nadu's hopes of making it to the semi-finals - and reached 366 for 8 at the end of the third day at Chennai. Bhatia first put up a 94-run stand for the fifth wicket with Mithun Manhas to propel Delhi before Aashish Kapoor clean bowled Minhas to trigger a minor collapse - 3 wickets fell for 17 runs as Delhi reached 228 for 7. But Bhatia stood between TN and a spot in the final four as he combined with Chaitanya Nanda to put on 102 runs for the eighth- wicket and guided the tail to charge Delhi past the follow on-mark.

Railways 259 and 140 for 2 (Pagnis 76) lead Bengal 278 (Das 70, Jhunjhunwala 55, Harvinder Singh 4-75) by 121 runs

Bengal, rocked by a four-wicket haul from Harvinder Singh, were bowled out for 278, gaining a 19-run first innings lead, before an unbeaten 76 from Amit Pagnis steered Railways to 140 for 2 by the end of the third day at Kolkata. Thirties from Manoj Tiwari and Deep Dasgupta shored up Bengal, overnight on 169 for 2, before Harvinder Singh removed Tiwari enroute to a four-wicket haul to reduce Bengal to 253 for 9. Deep Dasgupta shared a vital 25-run stand with Shib Sankar Paul for the last wicket to steer Bengal to a first-innings lead. Railways, lying at the bottom with 4 points in six games, are in danger of being relegated to plate..

Services 241 and 182 for 3 (Reddy 82*) lead Haryana 282 (Verma 74) by 141 runs

Siddharth Verma's valiant 74 propelled Haryana, overnight on 221 for 6, to 282, gaining a 41-run first-innings lead before Madhusudhan Reddy powered Services to 182 for 3 by the end of the third day at Palam A Stadium in New Delhi. Verma guided the tail and was the last man out as he steered Haryana to a valuable lead before Reddy's unbeaten 82 enabled Services to erase the deficit.

Andhra 208 (Kumar 5-73) and 292 for 9 (Sahabuddin 84) lead Uttar Pradesh 365 by 135 runs

P Kumar's four-wicket haul put Uttar Pradesh in complete command as Andhra, following on, reached 292 for 9 - thanks largely to Syed Sahabuddin's 84 - and led by 135 runs at the end of the third day at Anantapur. Earlier, Kumar grabbed two wickets to finish with a five-for as Andhra, overnight on 155 for 6, were bundled out for 208 in their first innings. Uttar Pradesh will be looking to come out tomorrow and register their second win in the tournament.

Mumbai 175 and 155 for 7 trail Maharashtra 213 and 187 (Powar 5-43) by 70 runs

Sairaj Bahutule picked up three while Rohit Jadhav and Munaf Patel grabbed two wickets apiece to give the advantage to Maharashtra as Mumbai, chasing 226, were struggling at 155 for 7 by the end of the third day at Wankhede stadium. Munaf Patel struck twice to push Mumbai to a shaky 35 for 3 before Amol Muzumdar shared a 60-run stand with Vinit Indulkar to lift Mumbai to 95 for 4. But the spinners - Bahutule and Jadhav - struck to put Maharashtra ahead at stumps. Ramesh Powar had earlier grabbed a five-wicket haul to bowl out Maharashtra for 187 to bring Mumbai back in the game. Swapnil Hazare grabbed two early wickets to push Maharashtra to 79 for 6 before Anupam Sanclecha put on a 73-run stand for the seventh wicket with Bahutule to lift the score to 152 before Powar got into act. He spun the tail out to provide Mumbai a fighting chance of victory.

Gujarat 247 and 106 for 3 trail Karnataka 163 and 226 (Chipli 67, Uthappa 56, Trivedi 4-57) by 36 runs

Powered by a four-wicket haul from Siddharth Trivedi, Gujarat bowled out Karnataka, overnight at 68 for 1, for 226 before Niraj Patel's unbeaten half-century steered Gujarat, chasing 143, to a comfortable 106 for 3 by the end of the third day at Ahmedabad. Karnataka were shored up by half-centuries from Bharat Chipli and Robin Uthappa before Balachandra Akhil's unbeaten 41 gave them a target to bowl at.