Ranji Trophy 2015-16, Group A, 1st round, 4th day October 4, 2015

Assam, Rajasthan take first-innings points

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Assam 194 (Amit Verma 57) and 259 for 5 (Arun Karthik 115*, Gokul 55) drew against Karnataka 187 (Bhavane 65, Syed Mohammad 7-44) and 394 (Samarth 131, Purkayastha 3-78)
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Assam held on during the final day to secure three points against Karnataka © PTI

Assam drew their Group A encounter against defending champions Karnataka, but gained three points by virtue of a first-innings lead. Set a target of 388, Assam managed their way to 259 for 5, thanks mainly to Arun Karthik's unbeaten 115 and Gokul Sharma's 55, that was part of a 132-run fourth-wicket stand.

Two quick strikes form Vinay Kumar left Assam on 40 for 3, after starting the day on 30 for 1. J Suchith then ended Karthik and Gokul's century stand when he went through the defences of Gokul in the 61st over. Shreyas Gopal trapped Tarjinder Singh lbw in the 70th over after which no further wickets fell.

Assam's left-arm spinner J Syed Mohammad, who finished with match figures of 7 for 135, was adjudged the Man of the Match.

Rajasthan 240 (Chahar 50, Narwal 3-47) and 186 for 3 (Yadav 75*, Saxena 80*) drew against Delhi 138 (Chahar 5 -60) and 437 for 9 declared (Narwal 106*, Gambhir 93, Nathu Singh 7-87) Scorecard

Vineet Saxena's unbeaten 80 and and Puneet Yadav's 75 not out helped Rajasthan salvage a draw against Delhi at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur. The hosts also took away three points from the game owing to their 102-run first-innings lead.

Chasing 336, Rajasthan started on an overnight score of 20 for 1 and added only six runs to the total before Ankit Lamba edged Pawan Suyal behind for 12. Ashok Menaria, who made 1 off 23 balls, was dismissed by Pradeep Sangwan when he trapped the batsman leg before in the 25th over. Delhi could inflict no further damage, though, as an unbroken 150-run stand ensued between Saxena and Yadav, helping the home team play out a draw.

Deepak Chahar, who backed up his 5 for 60 with a 48-ball 50 in Rajasthan's first innings, was adjudged the Man of the Match.

Maharashtra 570 for 6 (Bawne 176, Khurana 132, Gugale 91) drew with Haryana 335 (Rana 157, Sehwag 92)
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Centuries from Ankit Bawne and Chirag Khurana ensured a first-innings lead for Maharashtra in their Ranji Trophy opener against Haryana in Gahunje. Only two innings had been possible in the match, with a bulk of the second day being rained out. There was barely any chance of an outright result so the hosts continued batting until the close of play. Maharashtra finished on 570 for 6, well clear Haryana's 335.

Bawne seems to have picked up where he left off last season. His 172 off 291 balls was the seventh fifty-plus score over the last 14 innings. He struck 20 fours and two sixes and was part of a 246-run sixth wicket partnership with Khurana, who remained unbeaten for a career-best first-class score of 136.

Odisha 274 (Podder 148, Wakhare 4-84) and 230 for 6 (Sarangi 92, Wakhare 5-77) (f/o) drew with Vidarbha 467 (Yadav 128, Shanware 119)
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Offspinner Akshay Wakhare snapped up his eighth five-for to lead Vidarbha's push for an outright win, but Odisha, who were following on, managed to draw the match with the help of Anurag Sarangi's 92.

Things had looked dicey for Odisha when they wobbled from 54 for 0 to 65 for 3, but Sarangi and the captain Samantray (34 off 113 balls) combined for an 88-run partnership which stalled Vidarbha's charge for seven points. Pratik Das was unbeaten on 39 off 101 when the match was called to a close and the Vidarbha settled for three points. Wakhare finished with match figures of 9 for 161.

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