Ranji Trophy 2014-15, Group A, 3rd round, 4th day December 24, 2014

Mithun five-for seals Karnataka's third straight victory

ESPNcricinfo staff

Karnataka 247 (Gautam 64, Kapoor 53, Upadhyaya 7-98) and 174 for 5 dec (Uthappa 97, Nair 63, Anureet 3-67) beat Railways 171 (Kaushik 59, Aravind 4-43) and 114 (Mithun 5-31) by 136 runs

Abhimanyu Mithun's seventh first-class five-wicket haul, which took his tally to eight in the match, wrecked Railways' second innings and sealed Karnataka's third outright victory in as many matches this season.

Robin Uthappa's 97 off 125 balls had enforced a target of 251 runs on the final day, but Railways' batting crumbled to 68 for 8 in the face of nagging seam bowling from Mithun, who took out four of the top five batsmen, Vinay Kumar and S Aravind. There were only three batsmen who managed double-figures and Anustup Majumdar was left unbeaten on 26 off 78 balls when the last wicket fell in the 43rd over.

Mumbai 270 (Thakur 87, Iyer 75, Mishra 4-63) and 98 for 2 (Suryakumar 47*) beat Uttar Pradesh 206 (Srivastava 67, Thakur 6-53) and 161 (Umang 60, Mota 4-30, Thakur 3-70) by eight wickets

Uttar Pradesh were swept aside for 161 in their second innings as Shardul Thakur took his wickets tally to nine for the match, in addition to a fiery 87 batting at No. 9 in the first-innings to cap Mumbai's first victory of the season.

Seamer Wilkin Mota dismissed Uttar Pradesh opener Mukul Dagar in the third over of the day and the top-order collapsed around Umang Sharma's 60 off 114. It took a freewheeling Praveen Kumar to lift the side past the hundred-mark, but his 47 off 42 balls could only delay proceedings. Mota claimed four victims for 30 runs in 14 overs and was a strong reason why only one of the top-eight batsmen crossed 11 runs. His new-ball partner Thakur claimed 3 for 70 in 17.

Suryakumar Yadav, the Mumbai captain, hunted down the target of 98 with great urgency. He came in at No. 3, struck 47 off 33 balls with seven fours and a six to seal victory.

Madhya Pradesh 437 (Saxena 144, Bundela 104, Ankit 62, Rangarajan 7-135) and 112 for 4 (Ojha 59*, Shah 3-32) drew with Tamil Nadu 248 (Prasanna 74, Ankit 5-103, Saxena 4-74) and 369 (f/o) (Karthik 129, Indrajith 63, Jain 5-50)

Having been asked to follow-on, Tamil Nadu were led to safety by a rapid Dinesh Karthik century on the final day in Chennai. Madhya Pradesh were set a target of 181 in 47 overs and a top-order wobble left them 30 for 4 in the 16th before Naman Ojha steadied ship and helped his side to a draw.

A steady top-order performance was underpinned by Karthik's 129 off 115 balls, with 12 fours and three sixes. His 185-run fourth-wicket partnership with B Indrajith, who scored 68 off 108 balls, with a four and a six was took Tamil Nadu to relative safety. Saransh Jain, the 21-year old debutant, broke the partnership with the score on 321. His offspin accounted for four more victims to limit Tamil Nadu to 369.

Rahil Shah, the left-arm spinner, opened the bowling and helped nip out three of Madhya Pradesh's top four batsmen. Aushik Srinivas took the only other wicket to fall before Ojha, with 59 off 103 balls, and Devendra Bundela, with 16 off 90, played out the remaining overs.

Jammu & Kashmir 497 (Rasool 136, Dayal 124, Swapnil 6-152) and 147 for 9 (Dayal 39, Mangalorkar 6-46) drew with Baroda 426 (Wakaskar 172, Decdhar 58, Pinal 54)

A 71-run first-innings lead and a stubborn Jammu & Kashmir last-wicket pair helped secure a draw with Baroda in Vadodara.

Seamer Sagar Mangalorkar had ripped through the Jammu & Kashmir top order and another of his bursts halted a meagre resistance and took care of the middle order to leave the visitors 107 for 7. Their lead though was 178 and it was bolstered when the tail, led by Ram Dayal who added 39 to his 129 in the first innings, fought back and refused Baroda the chance to bat again.

Mangalorkar finished with 6 for 46 from 19 overs, while wicketkeeper Pinal Shah too five catches to go with a steady 54 off 131 balls that had extended Baroda's overnight score from 370 for 7 to 426 earlier in the day.