Ranji Trophy Super League, 5th round, 4th day December 28, 2006

Martin steers Baroda home

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Baroda 169 and 213 for 6 (Martin 69*) beat Haryana 171 and 210 by 4 wickets
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Jacob Martin, Baroda's captain, crafted a responsible 69 and steered them to a fine four-wicket win against Haryana at Vadodara. Resuming on 129 for 5, Baroda lost the wicket of Ajit Bhoite early but Martin and Pinal Shah, the wicketkeeper, added 79 for the unbroken seventh-wicket stand to take Baroda home. With 13 points from five games, Baroda now stand a great chance of qualifying for the knockout stage.

Tamil Nadu 325 and 223 (Anirudha 86, Kumar 5-100) drew with Uttar Pradesh 420 and 100 for 7 (Ashwin 5-23)
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On course for a win Uttar Pradesh came calamitously close to defeat, eventually forcing a draw and earning just two points against Tamil Nadu at Chennai. Chasing 129 for victory, in 25 overs, UP were motoring along at 72 for 2 in 13.1 overs when Ravichandran Ashwin, the offspinner, triggered a collapse. UP lost five wickets for the addition of just 17 - all to Ashwin who finished with 5 for 23 - and ended up battling for a draw in the final moments. Earlier Praveen Kumar, the medium-pacer, snared five wickets and restricted Tamil Nadu to 223 in the second dig. Anirudha Srikkanth top-scored with 86 but it was the crucial 33-run partnership between Vijayakumar Yo Mahesh and Ashwin that ate up valuable time. Eventually it proved to be the difference between a UP win and draw and the two teams may now have to battle relegation in the final rounds.

Saurashtra 492 and 10 for 0 beat Delhi 288 and 213 (Manhas 86, Dhruv 5-67) by 10 wickets
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Saurashtra wrapped up a thumping ten-wicket win, with a bonus point to boot, in their encounter against Delhi at Rajkot. Delhi, following on in the second innings, didn't fare much better with the bat, with only captain Mithun Manhas's 86 helping them to avert an innings defeat. Rakesh Dhruv, the left-arm spinner, ended with impressive figures of 5 for 67. Saurashtra were left with a meager target of 10 and their openers duly knocked it off without the loss of any wickets.

Rajasthan 332 and 65 for 2 drew with Punjab 431 (Dharmani 167, Kaul 117)
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Uday Kaul's maiden first-class hundred ensured that Punjab gained two points from a drawn encounter against Rajasthan at Jaipur. Kaul, on 71 overnight, ground his way to his century, in an innings that spanned close to eight hours and included seven fours and a six. His captain Pankaj Dharmani, on 151 last evening, added another 16 to his score before Rajesh Sharma and Luv Ablish provided Kaul with valuable support. Rajasthan pottered around for 42 overs in the second innings as the game meandered to a draw.

Maharashtra 215 and 308 for 4 dec (Kanitkar 151*, Takawale 75) drew with Bengal 325 and 13 for 0
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Hrishikesh Kanitkar managed an unbeaten 151 but Maharashtra had already conceded two first-innings points to Bengal at Kolkata. With the fate of the match decided, Maharashtra gained some batting practice on the final day with Kanitkar leading the way with a 266-ball knock. Yogesh Takawale supported him with a dogged 75 as the game petered out to a tame draw.

Andhra 238 and 282 for 9 dec drew with Karnataka 111 and 204 for 7 (Naidu 53*, Uthappa 52)
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Half-centuries from Robin Uthappa and Thilak Naidu, complemented by a plucky 42 from captain Yere Goud, helped Karnataka stave off defeat on the final day against Andhra at Anantpur. Karnataka were struggling at 94 for 5 before Naidu led the repair operation. His 49-run stand with Goud started the fightback before his obdurate stands with Stuart Binny and Sunil Joshi sealed the issue. Joshi spent 104 minutes in the middle for his 11 as Karnataka kept their semi-final chances alive.

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