Ranji Trophy 2014-15, Group B, 5th round, 4th day January 7, 2015

Pankaj, Choudhary set up Rajasthan win

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Rajasthan 433 (Pranay 140, Yadav 90, Ladda 4-104) and 93 for 1 (Pranay 33, Saxena 27*) beat Punjab 274 (Gurkeerat 85, Khera 63, Choudhary 4-57, Pankaj 3-83) and 247 (Pankaj 4-57, Choudhary 4-52) by nine wickets
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Rajasthan pacers Pankaj Singh and Aniket Choudhary helped set-up a nine-wicket win for their side by bundling Punjab out for 247 on the final day in Jaipur. Their effort meant that Rajasthan were left to chase 89 to register their first Ranji Trophy victory over Punjab and hand the latter their first defeat of the season.

Punjab began the day at 85 for 3 with the pair of Taruwar Kohli and Yuvraj Singh at the crease but both batsmen failed to bat on, contributing 36 and 35 respectively. The rest of the line-up tried stitching together a few partnerships but Pankaj and Choudhary kept chipping away to limit the side to 247. Both bowlers had similar figures - Pankaj took 4 for 57, while Choudhary finished with 4 for 52. Their second-innings returns took their match hauls to seven and eight wickets respectively.

Pranay Sharma, whose 140 had helped set up Rajasthan's challenging first-innings score, led the way, scoring 33 in his 67-run opening partnership with Vineet Saxena. Pranay fell with Rajasthan 22 runs away from a win and Saxena and Robin Bist took the side past the target.

Maharashtra 519 (Bawne 124, Khurana 69, Makvana 5-120) beat Saurashtra 273 (Jackson 102, Khurana 5-70, Darekar 3-89) and 198 (Vasavada 76, Darekar 7-72) by an innings and 48 runs
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Left-arm spinner Akshay Darekar's 7 for 72 steered Maharashtra to an innings-and-48-run win over Saurashtra on the final day in Rajkot. Darekar's seven-for took his match haul to 10 for 161.

Saurashtra began the day at 53 for 4, trailing Maharashtra by 193 runs after following-on and lost Vishal Joshi early on but Sheldon Jackson and Arpit Vasavada held off the Maharashtra bowlers with a 44-run partnership. Two quick wickets from Darekar, including that of Jackson, pushed Saurashtra to 113 for 7 but Vasavada resisted again, adding 83 for the eighth wicket with Kamlesh Makvana. Darekar hastened the end of the match, dismissing Vasavada for 76 and then picking up the last two wickets in his next over to bundle Saurashtra for 198.

Odisha 137 for 9 dec (Wagh 3-52, Bandiwar 3-29) and 117 for 6 (Mallick 32*, Wagh 3-49) drew with Vidarbha 240 (Satish 99, Mohanty 3-44) and 165 for 2 dec (Satish 54*)
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Odisha's batsmen held on for a draw even as Vidarbha challenged with a declaration on the fourth day in Sambalpur.

At the start of the day, Odisha declared on their overnight score of 137 for 9 and Vidarbha, led by Ganesh Satish's second fifty of the match - a brisk, unbeaten 54 off 90 balls - declared their innings at 165 for 2 after 47 overs. Vidarbha openers Faiz Fazal and Aniruddha Chore also contributed with knocks of 37 and 36 respectively.

Set a target of 269, Odisha had a shaky start with Girjia Rout dismissed with the score still on 0 in the third over. Govinda Podder and Nataraj Behera went on to add 15 runs over the next 14.2 overs at a rate of 1.04. Ravikumar Thakur and Fazal struck to leave Odisha at 23 for 3 and they battled their way out with a 34-run stand between Biplab Samantray and Arabind Singh. After the pair were dismissed, Abhilash Mallick's unbeaten 32 kept Vidarbha at bay.

Delhi 278 (Sehwag 147,Bhatia 72, Mohit 4-46,Joginder 3-39) and 134 for 5 (Gambhir 46) drew with Haryana 188 (Narwal 3-43, Sood 3-20)
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No play was possible on the fourth day of the game between Delhi and Haryana due to fog and bad light in Lahli and Delhi ended the match with three points after a first-innings lead of 144.

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