Ranji Trophy Super League round-up, 3rd round, 3rd day December 11, 2006

Maharashtra crush woeful Rajasthan

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Sairaj Bahutule helped script a crushing win for Maharashtra at Ratnagiri © Getty Images

Maharashtra 527 for 5 beat Rajasthan 88 (Sanclecha 5-54) and 191 (Khoda 52, Jadhav 4-71) by an innings and 250 runs
Following the impressive display by their batting team-mates, Maharashtra's bowlers came to the party and routed a woeful Rajasthan for 86 and 191 en route to an innings and 250-run win at Ratnagiri. Rajasthan, reduced to 42 for 4 at the close of the second day, crumbled against Anupam Sanclecha and Aditya Dole, the opening bowlers, and Sairaj Bahutule, the former India legspinner. Sanclecha removed Mohammad Aslam with his third ball of the day and added two more victims to finish with 5 for 54, while Dole and Bahutule shared the other five. Still 439 in arrears, Maharashtra could only muster 191 in their second innings, as Bahutule, opening the bowling, and Dheeraj Jadhav, known for his stylish batting more than his part-time offbreaks, seized seven wickets to complete a crushing victory, and help their side gain five points.

Saurashtra 87 and 127 for 5 require another 147 runs to beat Andhra 215 and 145
After being dismissed for 145 in their second innings, Andhra's bowlers took five Saurashtra wickets to keep their chances of a win alive going into the final day at Rajkot. Set 274 to win, Saurashtra slipped to 127 for 5 as Venugopal Rao, the host captain, lead the way with two key scalps and changed his bowlers around to good effect. Only Shitanshu Kotak, unbeaten on 57, offered resistance and held the key for Saurashtra. Sandeep Jobanputra, the left-arm fast bowler, and Rakesh Dhurv, the left-arm spinner, took 3 for 78 and 3 for 7 in Saurashtra's impressive bowling effort.

Karnataka 337 and 54 for 5 require another 68 runs to beat Uttar Pradesh 264 and 194 (Shivakant Shukla 47)
Chasing 122 to beat Uttar Pradesh, Karnataka slipped to 54 for 5 before stumps were drawn on day three at Kanpur. Karnataka's bowlers combined to bowl UP out for 194 in their second innings, with Sunil Joshi (3 for 41), Chandrashekar Raghu (2 for 35), R Vinay Kumar (2 for 26) and KP Appanna (2 for 22) sharing the spoils. Shivakant Shukla top-scored with 47 in an inconsistent UP innings. Shalabh Srivastava and Praveen Kumar, UP's opening bowlers, picked up two wickets each to keep their side in the hunt.

Baroda 244 and 35 for 0 trail Delhi 493 (Tehlan 200, Bhatia 106, Pawar 4-149, Yusuf Pathan 4-103) by 214 runs
Mayank Tehlan turned his overnight century into a maiden double, and Rajat Bhatia added three figures of his own as Delhi posted 493 against Baroda at the Feroz Shah Kotla. Overnight on 108, Tehlan began the day with a series of boundaries and though he lost Virat Kohli early, was offered solid support from Bhatia in a 149-run stand for the fifth wicket. Four deliveries after he stole three off Yusuf Pathan to get to 200, Tehlan fell to the same bowler, but Bhatia (106) ensured the effort was not lost and shouldered a feeble lower order before he was last man out. Pathan (4 for 103) and Rajesh Pawar (4 for 149) were the only bowlers to have any effect on Delhi.

Haryana 287 and 31 for 0 lead Tamil Nadu 169 (Vashisht 6-24) by 149 runs
Gaurav Vashisht, Haryana's young offspinner, took a career-best 6 for 24 to spin out Tamil Nadu for just 149 at Chennai. In a 25-over spell, which included 15 maidens, Vashisht ran riot over TN's middle and lower order, after Joginder Sharma set the tone with three wickets at the top. In reply, Sumit Sharma and Ankit Rawat, Haryana's openers, added an unbeaten 31 to extend the lead to 149 by stumps.

Hyderabad 205 and 63 for 2 trail Gujarat (Niraj Patel 174, Thaker 56, Inder Shekar Reddy 4-95, Ojha 4-136) by 138 runs
Powered by Niraj Patel's career-best 173, Gujarat took a 205-run lead over Hyderabad and removed two of the home side's batsmen to finish the third day in Uppal firmly in the driving seat. Overnight on 109, Patel forged the lead with Bhavik Thaker (56) and despite a middle-order wobble, Gujarat posted a commanding 406. Pragyan Ojha and Inder Shekar Reddy, Hyderabad's left-arm spin duo, accounted for eight wickets between themselves. In response to Gujarat's total, Tirumal Suman and Anirudh Singh, Hyderabad's captain, were dismissed.

Mumbai 272 for 6 (Muzumdar 86*, Mota 74) trail Punjab 353 by 81 runs
A 133-run sixth-wicket stand between Amol Muzumdar, Mumbai's veteran batsman, and Wilkin Mota, the rookie allrounder, took Mumbai to within 81 runs of Punjab's first-innings total on the third day at Mohali. Punjab began the day well, removing Vinayak Mane, Bhavin Thakkar and Sahil Kukreja (43) in the first session, and adding two more in the second, but Muzumdar joined forces with Mota, all of four matches old, to steady the ship. Muzumdar finished unbeaten on 86, while Mota fell to Ishan Malhatra on the last ball of the day. Amanpreet Singh, the right-arm medium-fast bowler, was the most successful home bowler with 3 for 54.