Ranji Trophy 2014-15, Group B, 2nd round, 3rd day December 16, 2014

Maharashtra set 208 for victory

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Maharashtra 9 for 0 and 105 need another 199 runs to beat Haryana 136 and 176 (Hooda 39, Mundhe 4-36, Sanklecha 3-63)
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A four-wicket burst from Shrikant Mundhe helped Maharashtra dismiss Haryana for 176 in Rohtak, meaning that his team need 208 on the final day for an outright victory. Maharashtra, who had been bundled out for 105 in their first-innings to hand Haryana a narrow lead, began brightly on day three, as a number of quick blows from Samad Fallah (2 for 42) and Anupam Sanklecha (3 for 63) reduced Haryana to 87 for 5. Sachin Rana and Kuldeep Hooda chipped in with thirties to lead a brief recovery, but Mundhe collected 4 for 36 to wreck Haryana's lower middle order. Maharashtra were 9 for 0 when stumps were called.

Punjab 195 and 211 for 6 (Jiwanjot 65, Khera 59*) lead Vidarbha 158 (Badrinath 62, Kaul 5-49, Sandeep 5-51) by 248 runs
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Five-wicket hauls from Sandeep Sharma and Siddarth Kaul, followed by half-centuries from Jiwanjot Singh and Gitansh Khera helped Punjab take control of their Ranji clash against Vidarbha in Nagpur. Vidarbha, who began the day at 149 for 6, could add only nine runs to that overnight score, as Sandeep Sharma cleaned up the tail in seven overs on his way to picking up 5 for 51, while Kaul finished with 5 for 49. Punjab lost early wickets in their second innings to stumble to 71 for 4, but Jiwanjot and Gitansh Khera's 87-run association for the sixth wicket engineered a recovery. Jiwanjot struck seven fours before being dismissed for 65, while Khera remained unbeaten on 59, also with seven fours. Punjab ended the day at 211 for 6, with an advantage of 248 runs.

Saurashtra 180 for 3 (Jogiyani 68, Vasavada 56*) trail Rajasthan 437 for 5 declared (Saxena 118, Menaria 100, Bist 99) by 257 runs
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Ashok Menaria scored his seventh first-class hundred and Robin Bist fell just one run short of his 11th ton, as Rajasthan piled up a mammoth 437 for 5 before declaring against Saurashtra in Jaipur. Beginning on an overnight score of 264 for 2 after Vineet Saxena's 118 on day two, Bist was caught behind for 99 early in the day, having stroked 11 fours. Menaria, though, remained unbeaten on 100 and put up big stands worth 77 and 70 for the fourth and fifth wickets with Rajesh Bishnoi and Arjit Gupta. Saurashtra lost their opener Chirag Pathak for 20 early in the reply, but Sagar Jogiyani and Arpit Vasavada both raised fifties during a 93-run partnership for the second wicket. Jogiyani was eventually run-out for 68, but Vasavada (56*) carried on and put up an unbroken stand of 57 for the fourth wicket with Divyaraj Chauhan to guide the team to 180 for 3 at stumps, meaning that a draw is the most likely result.

Odisha 225 and 143 for 5 (Mallick 90*, Kalaria 4-20) trail Gujarat 372 (Merai 134, Akshar 50, Pradhan 3-59) by four runs
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Bhargav Merai's century, followed by a four-for from Rush Kalaria meant that Gujarat held the upper hand against Odisha going into the last day in Cuttack. Gujarat, who began the day well-placed at 255 for 4, were driven by Merai, who batted for eight hours and stroked 17 fours during his 328-ball 134. Suryakant Pradhan and Deepak Behera took three scalps each for Odisha, but Akshar Patel's 50 and a handy Jesal Karia down the order pushed the score to 372, meaning Gujarat had a 147-run lead. Gujarat then further enforced their advantage as Kalaria (4 for 20) struck four times inside five overs, leaving Odisha reeling at 18 for 5, with four of their batsmen departing for ducks. However, Odisha's captain Abhilash Mallick led a recovery by making an unbeaten 90 which featured 16 fours and two sixes. He and Govinda Podder added an unbroken 125 for the sixth wicket to guide Odisha to 143 for 5 at stumps, but the team still faces an uphill task if they are to save the match.

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