Ranji Trophy 2015-16, Group B, 3rd round, 4th day October 18, 2015

Mumbai edge TN by one wicket in thriller

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Mumbai 294 (Lad 150, Mohammed 5-86) and 236 for 9 (Iyer 83, Yadav 58, Rahil 4-78) beat Tamil Nadu 434 (Karthik 167, Dabholkar 5-122) and 95 (Malolan 33, Dabholkar 7-53) by one wicket
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Balwinder Singh Sandhu and Vishal Dabholkar held their nerve to guide Mumbai to a one-wicket win © PTI

In what became an unexpectedly tight finish at the Bandra Kurla Complex, Mumbai held on to complete a come-from-behind, one-wicket win against Tamil Nadu. In doing so, the hosts displaced Tamil Nadu from the top of the Group B Ranji Trophy standings.

Tamil Nadu, who resumed on 73 for 7 after taking a 140-run lead, were bowled out for 95, with the left-arm spinner Vishal Dabholkar finishing with 7 for 53. It left Mumbai with more than 80 overs to gun down 236 for an outright win.

The hosts suffered a shaky start to the chase, losing three wickets inside 22 overs, but contrasting half-centuries from Shreyas Iyer and Suryakumar Yadav put them back on track. Iyer counterattacked with a 71-ball 83, while Suryakumar played the more patient foil, stroking 58 off 80 balls. By the time the pair's 52-run partnership was sniped, Mumbai needed just 95 more.

Suryakumar and Siddesh Lad, who made 150 in the first innings, ensured Mumbai continued to chug along by adding 61 for the sixth wicket, but Tamil Nadu clawed their way back into the game by picking up three quick wickets after the tea break. Abhishek Raut and Balwinder Sandhu then put up a vital 17-run stand for the ninth wicket to put Mumbai on the verge, but keeping with the sea-saw nature of the day, Rahil Shah struck to dismiss Raut with Mumbai still needing four runs. Tamil Nadu, who had pulled off a similar heist in their opening game against Baroda, needed just one more wicket, but Dabholkar, the No.11 batsman, quashed those hopes by hitting the winning runs for Mumbai. Dabholkar, who ended with match figures of 12 for 175, was named Man of the Match.

Railways 375 (Ashish 101, Ghosh 50) and 229 for 4 declared (Faiz Ahmed 80, Ashish 60, Ankit Rajpoot 2-53) beat Uttar Pradesh 264 (Srivastava 93, Shaukat 76, Mali 5-88) and 58 (Anureet Singh 5-15, Krishnakant Upadhyay 4-32) by 282 runs
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Railways lifted themselves from the bottom of Group B in emphatic fashion as they thumped Uttar Pradesh by 282 runs in Ghaziabad. Seamers Anureet Singh and Krishnakant Upadhyay lead Railways' rout by picking up nine wickets between them, as UP folded for 58 in their chase of 341.

Railways, who resumed on 155 for 3, added 74 runs in 15 overs, and declared after Faiz Ahmed was dismissed for 80, with the team score on 229. Anureet then did the early damage by removing the UP openers before Upadhyay got into the act. Anureet eventually finished with 5 for 15 in 14 overs.

Only Himanshu Asnora offered some sort of resistance by top-scoring with 19 in a disappointing batting card, as UP were bowled out in 42 overs. The loss pushed UP to the bottom of the group, with just one point from two matches. Railways, who started the season with two outright losses, stand better placed with six points from three matches.

Baroda 302 (Devdhar 97, Swapnil 74, Stephen 4-72) and 60 for 2 drew with Andhra 474 for 6 declared (Bharat 144, Bhui 116, Pradeep 100)
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Ricky Bhui and AG Pradeep both made hundreds, but Andhra had to settle for just a draw and innings points against Baroda in Vizianagaram. Andhra, who began at an overnight score of 328 for 3, were buoyed by a 120-run stand for the fourth wicket between Bhui and Pradeep. Bhui hit 11 fours and two sixes during his 116, while Pradeep's 100 featured eight fours, taking Andhra to 474 for 6 after which they declared.

It meant Andhra had a massive lead of 172, but with only a few overs left in the day, their chances of forcing an outright victory remained slim. Baroda lost two early wickets to briefly raise Andhra's hopes, but Kedar Devdhar (30) and Deepak Hooda (29) guided the team to safety. Baroda were 60 for 2 when stumps were called.

Gujarat 467 (Parthiv 113, Panchal 105, Venugopal Rao 95, Ladda 5-133) and 135 for 4 (Merai 56, Ladda 2-60) drew with Punjab 608 (Yuvraj 187, Vohra 104, Uday Kaul 78, Rujul Bhatt 8-151)
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Punjab's top five came up with sizable contributions, including a 187 from Yuvraj Singh, to secure three crucial innings points against Gujarat in Chandigarh. Needing just 15 to get to his 23rd first-class century, Yuvraj helped Punjab, who resumed on 434 for 5, overtake Gujarat's first-innings score of 467. He added 130 for the seventh wicket with Siddharth Kaul (43). The innings came to a close on 608, with left-arm spinner Rujul Bhatt finishing with a career-best 8 for 151.

With more than 50 overs to survive, Gujarat started shakily as legspinner Sarabjeet Ladda removed Samit Gohel and Priyank Panchal by the 12th over. But Bhargav Merai compiled a half-century to defy the Punjab bowlers, and the captains eventually shook hands with Gujarat on 135 for 4.

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