Ranji Trophy Super League, 4th round, 4th day December 20, 2006

Hyderabad register first win on a day of draws

Cricinfo staff

Points Table

Hyderabad 354 and 33 for 1 beat Mumbai 115 and 268 (Sharma 95, Absolem 4-67, Ojha 4-78) by 9 wickets

Alfred Absolem and Pragyan Ojha pocketed four wickets apiece as Hyderabad registered their first win over Mumbai, triumphing by nine wickets at Uppal and leapfrogging to the top of the Group B points table. Set a target of 30, Hyderabad had a great chance to add a bonus point to their tally - a ten-wicket win would have ensured that - but the loss of Ravi Teja's wicket went against them.

Their bowlers had set it up earlier. Ojha set the ball rolling with the wickets of Vinayak Mane and Nishit Shetty while Kaushik Reddy and Absolem, the new-ball bowlers, complemented him with three between them. Rohit Sharma, with 95, ploughed a lone furrow but Mumbai fell 87 runs short of the first-innings lead. The reversal meant that Mumbai's poor season got worse - after conceding first-innings leads in their opening two games, they lost here - and would need something special from here on to qualify for the semi-finals.

Gujarat 329 and 302 for 4 (Bilikhia 122, Thaker 61*) drew with Bengal 326

Azharuddin Bilakhia ground out a maiden first-class century as Gujarat confidently batted out the final day of the drawn encounter at Kolkata. Having already been assured first-innings points, Gujarat concentrated on batting out time with all their top-order gaining batting practice. Bilakhia dropped anchor, striking 15 fours in his 303-ball effort, while Bhavik Thaker weighed in with a stroke-filled 61. The two Patels - Niraj and Parthiv - chipped in with 41 and 35 respectively. With this result Gujarat, who had just two points from their first three games, doubled their tally.

Andhra 342 and 128 for 2 (MSK Prasad 61*) drew with Baroda 323 (Solanki 113, Sahabuddin 6-80)

Syed Sahabuddin snaffled the 13th five-wicket haul of his career to enable Andhra to gain two points from the drawn encounter at Baroda. Resuming on 262 for 3, Baroda were firm favourites to gain the first-innings lead but Sahabuddin picked up four wickets to shatter those hopes. Rakesh Solanki, 104 overnight, added only 13 to his score before falling to a run-out and then Pinal Shah and K Panchal succumbed to Sahabuddin. P Vijay Kumar, the debutant medium-pacer, added two more wickets before Sahabuddin mopped up the tail in no time. Andhra batted out the rest of the day, as SK Prasad accumulated an unbeaten 61, and, with 10 points from four games, are now perched on top of the group along with Karnataka.

Karnataka 446 and 242 for 5 (Naidu 67, Uthappa 63, Goud 56*) drew with Delhi 308

A solid batting performance from Karnataka ensured two points from a drawn encounter at Delhi. Having gained the first-innings lead yesterday, and with chances of an outright result remote, Karnataka's batsmen gained batting practice. Robin Uthappa and Thilak Naidu followed up their first-innings centuries with fifties while Yere Goud, their captain, added a dogged unbeaten 56. Karnataka, with 10 points from four games, surged to the top of the table while Delhi had an uphill battle on hand, with only six from four.

Punjab 550 and 28 for 0 drew with Maharashtra 452 (Bahutule 52, Takawale 51, Rajesh 6-143)

Offspinner Rajesh Sharma thwarted Maharashtra's hopes of a first-innings lead as Punjab got the better of a draw at Kolhapur. Sairaj Bahutule and Yogesh Takawale, Maharashtra's overnight batsmen, added 112 for the sixth wicket and gave their side a sniff but Sharma's double-strike put an end to those plans. Satyajit Satbhai carried on the fight with an obdurate 24 but lack of support from the tailenders left Maharashtra 98 runs short.

Tamil Nadu 550 for 8 dec and 110 for 2 (Anirudha 56) drew with Saurashtra 386 (Pujara 177, Mahesh 4-111, Jesuraj 4-74)

Four wickets apiece from Vijaykumar Yo Mahesh and Rajamani Jesuraj, the medium-pacers, dashed Saurashtra's hopes of gaining a first-innings lead at Rajkot. Saurashtra, who began the day on 325 for 4, lost their way completely with their last seven batsmen adding just 26. Pujara, overnight on 145, ploughed through the wreckage but received little support from the other end. Tamil Nadu batted out the rest of the day, ending on 110 for 2, with Anirudh Srikkanth top-scoring with a 59-ball 56.