Ranji Trophy 2014-15, Group B, 4th day December 24, 2014

Delhi hand Rajasthan innings defeat

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Delhi 380 for 6 dec (Chand 146) beat Rajasthan 141 and 232 (Saraf 88, Saini 4-48, Shivam 3-40) by an innings and 7 runs

Delhi marched to their second win in as many games by thrashing Rajasthan by an innings and seven runs at Feroz Shah Kotla. Navdeep Saini led the charge with four wickets, restricting Rajasthan to 232 in the second innings.

The visitors started the day on 78 for 2, trailing by 161 runs, but Saini struck twice in two deliveries, trapping Ashok Menaria lbw for 19 and Rajesh Bishnoi caught behind for a duck. Opener Siddharth Saraf and Arjit Gupta fought back with a stand of 87 runs for the fifth wicket. But offspinner Shivam Sharma (3 for 40) broke the partnership by dismissing Gupta for 37. Rajasthan could not make a comeback from there. Varun Sood (2 for 39) dented them further with a double flow, removing Dishant Yagnik and Aristh Singhvi within five overs. Saraf tried to fight till the end with his 88, but the lower order could not resist for too long and they were all out in 99.3 overs, giving Delhi seven points.

Gujarat 248 and 130 for 2 (Panchal 75) drew with Saurashtra 207 and 364 for 5 (Jackson 156, Vasavada 88)

Priyank Panchal's unbeaten half-century led Gujarat's effort, on the last day in Rajkot, as they collected three points in the drawn match against Saurashtra, who got one point. Gujarat finished the day on 130 for 2 after they were set a target of 324, once Saurashtra declared on 364 for 5.

Gujarat's opening stand was broken by a run out when Samit Gohel fell for 15 at the score of 24. Panchal and Bhargav Merai put on 97 for the second wicket, and the match ended soon after Merai was caught behind for 36. Panchal's 75 not out featured eight fours.

Earlier, Saurashtra scored 84 runs in the morning once they resumed at their overnight score of 280 for 3. Sheldon Jackson extended his score from 124 to 156, but Jaydev Shah could only move from 17 to 26, before he was caught off Kushang Patel. Jackson fell for 156, his highest first-class score, and Saurashtra declared not too long after they crossed 350.

Vidarbha 154 and 23 for 2 drew with Haryana 156

Not a single ball was possible in the drawn match between Vidarbha and Haryana in Rohtak due to bad weather. Morning fog and bad light later on meant that Haryana took three points for their slender two-run first-innings lead.