Ranji Trophy 2013-14, Group C, 1st round, 3rd day October 29, 2013

Double centuries for Zol, Samson

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Tripura 304 and 28 for 1 (Roy 12*, Dey 4*) trail Maharashtra 460 for 3 dec (Zol 200*, Khadiwale 112) by 128 runs

Vijay Zol announced his entry into the Ranji Trophy with an unbeaten double-century that allowed Maharashtra to declare their innings against Tripura and seek a win on the final day in Pune.

Zol, who hit a century on his first-class debut in August this year, continued his purple patch, hitting 19 fours and a six during his 324-ball effort. Zol added 199 runs with Harshad Khadiwale, who also scored a century, before putting up stands of 110 and 111 for the next two wickets with Kedar Jadhav and Ankit Bawne respectively. As soon as Zol reached his double-century, Maharashtra captain Rohit Motwani declared the innings.

In the remaining 17 overs, Sachin Chaudhari made a dent in Tripura's second innings, picking up the wicket of KB Pawan early. Tripura still trail by 128 runs and will have to repeat their first-innings performance to prevent a win for the home side.

Assam 323 and 13 for 0 (Das 2*, Jadhav 8*) trail Kerala 362 (Samson 211, Syed Mohammad 4-87, Konwar 4-94) trail by 26 runs

Sanju Samson became the second young batsman on the day to hit a maiden double-century which helped his team, Kerala, push past Assam's first-innings total. Samson hit 23 fours and five sixes in his innings - his third first-class century - and was the eighth wicket to fall after he had ascertained points for first-innings lead for his team.

Kerala started the day trailing by more than 200 runs, but Samson added useful stands of 83 and 70 for the fourth and the fifth wickets to take Kerala closer to 300.

Assam were also in contention of a first-innings lead when they had Kerala reduced to 298 for 7, but Samson added 59 with Chovvakaran Shahid for the eighth wicket, taking Kerala firmly into the lead.

Hyderabad 221 and 96 for 2 (Suman 17*, Vihari 13*) lead Andhra 185 (Prasanth 47, Ashish Reddy 3-49, Ojha 3-59) by 132 runs

Pragyan Ojha and Ashish Reddy shared three wickets each on the third day to trigger an Andhra collapse that resulted in Hyderabad managing a first-innings lead.

Andhra were in a comfortable position overnight at 85 for 1, and would have eyed the lead in the morning but Ashish Reddy made the first breakthrough in the seventh over of the morning, dismissing Marripuri Suresh, before Ojha joined in four overs later, introducing a wobble in the Andhra innings. The situation was further worsened when Ojha and Reddy removed three middle-order batsmen, including Amol Muzumdar, within the space of 10 deliveries, turning the innings on its head.

Andhra hobbled after that and finished on 185, meaning they had lost nine wickets on the third day with the addition of 100 runs.

Hyderabad responded by putting on 96 by the end of the day, stretching the lead to 132, but with only a day remaining, the possibility of an outright result remains low.

Goa 243 (Shukla 79, Dhawan 5-68) and 38 for 0 (f/o) (Desai 26*, Asnodkar 9*) trail Himachal Pradesh 558 for 5 dec (Dogra 209*, Bipul 100*) by 277 runs

Rishi Dhawan's seventh five-wicket haul in first-class cricket placed Himachal Pradesh in a strong position to force a result against Goa in the curtailed match in Dharamsala. They need to take 10 Goa wickets on the final day to complete a huge win.

Himachal declared the innings on the third morning as soon as Bipul Sharma scored the remaining 14 runs to get to his maiden first-class century, then Dhawan immediately put Goa in a dire situation by picking up two wickets in his first seven balls. Rohan Belekar and Ravikant Shukla resisted with a century stand for the third wicket, but it was Dhawan again who provided Himachal with an opening when he had Belekar trapped in front.

The rest of Goa's batting, apart from a fighting half-century by Shadab Jakati, folded by the end of the day, conceding a mammoth 315-run lead. With 10 overs remaining in the day, Himachal asked the visiting team to follow on, but Goa survived the mini-session without any loss.

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  • Naresh on October 30, 2013, 6:56 GMT

    Some promising youngsters emerging from U19 now playing Ranji - Aparajith, Samson, Zol and also watch out for chinaman bowler KALDEEP YADAV. India has some good backbone for the future. Pandey, Mohit, Shukla - these guys are giving hope to the pace bowler pool.

  • Dummy4 on October 30, 2013, 4:15 GMT

    people are not seeing consistent performers like P.dogra and R.Dhawan they can play very short and don't have problems against short ball, bouncers also R.Dhawan is an all-rounder

  • James on October 30, 2013, 3:48 GMT

    And I agree with bbnn. Safraz Khan seemed to be a raw talent at the under 19 level; so were Kuldeep yadav, and Deepak Hooda. I hope these guys get fast tracked into the Ranji teams. Sarfraz Khan could give good competition to Aparajit (and is five years younger). The problem with Sarfraz being in the Mumbai team is that they are not so focused on talent development. It would be in the youngsters' interest to play their initial seasons with some of the weaker teams. The same is true of Harmeet Singh who is yet to get any major breaks in Mumbai.

  • James on October 30, 2013, 3:42 GMT

    If they keep up the level of their performances, I think by the end of this season (or even before that) Zol and Rishi Dhawan are ready for inclusion at the highest level. Zol has been more prolific than any batsman we have seen in recent times, and Rishi Dhawan is exactly what India is looking for- a medium pacer who can take wickets and who can also bat, and he has proved his mettle for over 25 first class matches now. Sanju Samson as a batsman needs to prove himself a bit more (now that he is not apparently keeping wickets), and Aparajit needs to prove his bowling credentials(to be considered as an all-rounder- else his batting also needs to be proven over at least one Ranji Season) . If they do, they are also good prospects for the next ten years.

  • Dummy4 on October 30, 2013, 0:41 GMT

    If" Sir" RJ is accepted an all rounder, why cannot the same tag to Aparajit. He seems a betterr bat that "Sir",can decently bowl 5 or 6 overs in limited overs. When the call will come?

  • Dummy4 on October 30, 2013, 0:35 GMT

    I see many promising batsmen. But not many promising bowlers. Where are the bowlers either be medium fast / leg spin or off spin. Unless a team has two top notch strike bowlers one work horse and another good bowler it will always be an uphill task. The wickets for the Duleep Trophy were worthless. If anybody is listening please prepare challenging pitches and give bowlers a chance to play cricket.

  • binu on October 29, 2013, 18:18 GMT

    Give chance for U19 players to represent their state teams instead of tried , tested and dumped players like Ajay Jadeja.Mumbai should give chance to sarfraz khan, if Sachin Thendulkar can represnt Mumbai in the year of 14 , why can't sarfraz? Where is Sidhesh Lad and Suryakumar Yadav? Lokesh Rahul will shine for Karnataka i think .Anyways Sanju,aparajith and zol can became the terrific three of generation next. Nice to see a fine all round performance by Rishi Dhawan (89 runs and 5 wickets)

  • Android on October 29, 2013, 17:57 GMT

    sanju, zol, aprajith....young kids are doing well...I hope Indian cricket future is alive