Ranji Trophy 2015-16, Group B, 5th round, 4th day November 2, 2015

Eight-wicket victory for TN; debutant Patidar fires MP to first win

ESPNcricinfo staff

Tamil Nadu 328 (Indrajith 151, Abhinav 49, Anureet 5-104) & 77 for 2 (Karthik 43) beat Railways 164 (Cheluvaraj 66, Ghosh 48, Crist 6-60, Kousik 3-9) & 240 (Cheluvaraj 88, Rawat 78, Rahil 4-38) by eight wickets
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File photo - Left-arm spinner Rahil Shah, who didn't bowl in the first innings, took 4-38 in the second © Sivaraman Kitta

Left-arm spinner Rahil Shah's four-wicket haul triggered Railways' collapse at the Karnail Singh Stadium in Delhi, and set up an eight-wicket win for Tamil Nadu.

Resuming on 200 for 4, Railways lost their last six wickets for 40 runs inside 19 overs. The hosts lost their first wicket of the day in the fifth over when captain Mahesh Rawat was trapped leg before by seamer J Kousik.

It was then Rahil's turn to get into the act, as he had V Cheluvaraj, the other overnight batsman who had scored two fifties in the match, caught behind three overs later to reduce Railways to 215 for 6. There was nary any resistance from the other batsmen, as Rahil, who didn't bowl in the first innings, prised out three of the four remaining wickets.

Set a target of 77, Tamil Nadu lost an opportunity to secure seven points, as captain Abhinav Mukund was bowled by Anureet Singh in the ninth over. But, the visitors had little trouble otherwise, as Dinesh Karthik's 40-ball 43 helped them complete the chase.

Madhya Pradesh 269 (Patidar 60, Swapnil 4-61) and 288 for 6 dec (Patidar 101, Swapnil 4-94) beat Baroda 296 (Waghmode 68, Hirwani 5-60) and 174 (Yusuf 86, Datey 4-20, Hirwani 4-41) by 87 runs
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Madhya Pradesh registered their first win of the season, beating Baroda by 87 runs despite conceding the first-innings lead. The win was set up by a hundred from debutant Rajat Patidar - to follow up on his first-innings half-century - and a fifties from Harpreet Singh and Rameez Khan. Rameez's 50 came off 52 balls with six fours and a six, as the team looked to declare. They finally did on 288 for 6, setting the hosts 262 for the win.

Seamer Puneet Datey then took over MP's charge, knocking over four of Baroda's top-order batsmen to leave them tottering at 31 for 5. Yusuf Pathan scored 86 to offer some resistance along with Swapnil Singh (47), but once Yusuf was claimed by the offspin of Jalaj Saxena, 21-year-old legspinner Mihir Hirwani - son of former India legspinner Narendra Hirwani - polished off the tail. Baroda were all out for 174 in under 50 overs, handing MP an 87-run victory.

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