Pandya guides Baroda to innings win
Baroda 500 for 8 declared (Hooda 122, Devdhar 88, Anureet 5-111) beat Railways 166 (Karn 51, Pandya 5-61) and 221 (Awasthi 67, Pandya 3-30) by an innings and 113 runs
Baroda opened their Ranji account with a bonus-point win in Vadodara, as the hosts toppled Railways by an innings and 113 runs inside three days. Baroda were already at a commanding 448 for 6 when the day began, and Hardik Pandya's 85-ball 64 lifted the team to 500, after which they declared. Railways needed to score at least 334 to make Baroda bat again, but just like in the first innings, the visitors lost early wickets to stumble to 44 for 5. Prashant Awasthi (67) and Karn Sharma (51) put up a brief resistance by stroking fifties and stringing together a 108-run partnership, but no other batsman contributed with a significant knock. Pandya capped off a fine all-round display by picking up 3 for 30 - taking his match tally to eight wickets - as Railways were eventually bundled out for 221. Yusuf Pathan, Bhargav Bhatt and Sagar Mangalorkar ended with two scalps each.
Madhya Pradesh 181 for 0 (Shrivastava 73*, Saxena 99*) trail Tamil Nadu 596 for 9 declared (Kousik 151, Malolan 131, Birla 3-52) by 415 runs
There was little to separate Madhya Pradesh and Tamil Nadu in Indore, as Tamil Nadu compiled 596 for 9, only for the hosts to make a solid reply, scoring 181 without the loss of a wicket by stumps. Tamil Nadu, who began at 517 for 7, suffered an early setback as their overnight centurion Malolan Rangarajan was dismissed for 131 five overs into the day. However, the visitors' tail continued to frustrate MP, as L Vignesh, the No.10 batsman, stroked a brisk 50 to take the team close to the 600-run mark, after which Tamil Nadu declared.
MP, though, were unfazed, as the openers Aditya Shrivastava and Jalaj Saxena batted together for 65 overs without any damage. Shrivastava stroked 10 fours for his 73 not out, while Saxena was unbeaten on 99, with 17 fours.
Gujarat 308 (Parthiv 122, Siva 3-44, Vijaykumar 3-61, Stephen 3-99) and 24 for 1 trail Andhra 421 (Bharat 127, Kaif 76, Sriram 63, Kumar 58, Kalaria 5-55) by 89 runs
Having begun the day on 196 for 1, Andhra lost Srikar Bharat early for 127, but Mohammad Kaif went on to score a half-century and take his team towards earning first-innings lead points. He added 66 for the third wicket with AG Pradeed but then there was a slump during which Andhra lost four wickets for 29 runs.
Sriram and Siva Kumar, however, took Andhra past Gujarat's score of 308 during a seventh-wicket stand of 94. Rush Kalaria had taken a five-for for Gujarat, claiming five of the top six wickets, and his team-mates mopped up the tail - taking the last four Andhra wickets for 27 runs. The hosts were dismissed for 421.
Gujarat lost Samit Gohel for 1 in reply, and ended the day on 24, 89 runs behind with nine wickets in hand.
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