Ranji Trophy Super League, 2007-08, 1st round November 6, 2007

Nanda spins Delhi to the verge of victory

Cricinfo staff



Mithun Manhas scored 100 off 161 balls at the Kotla © Cricinfo Ltd

Rajasthan 85 and 188 for 7 (Khoda 71, Bist 50*) require another 234 runs to beat Delhi 119 and 387 (Manhas 100, Bhatia 83, Pankaj 5-110)
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Mithun Manhas' hundred and Rajat Bhatia's 83 took Delhi to 387 before the home side's bowlers, led by legbreak bowler Chetanya Nanda, took seven Rajasthan wickets on day three at the Feroz Shah Kotla. Manhas duly moved from an overnight 86 to 100, but Bhatia could only add 18 to his score in the morning as fast bowler Pankaj Singh took his second five-wicket haul in the game to bowl Delhi out.

Gagan Khoda (71) and Robin Bist (50*) battled hard but there was little support against Nanya (3 for 61) and Delhi's opening duo, Pradeep Sangwan and Amit Bhandari. Rajasthan need 234 to win, but with the pitch suddenly cracking, it is Delhi's game tomorrow.

Hyderabad 227 (Shinde 90) and 86 for 3 trail Bengal 461 by 148 runs
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Bowled out for 227 in 79.1 overs, Hyderabad were forced to follow on and finished day three 158 runs behind Bengal's 461 at Eden Gardens. Resuming the third day 386 runs behind Bengal, Hyderabad combusted further and needed a career-best from Amol Shinde, in his third game, to get them to a respectable total. He added 74 for the eighth wicket with Pragyan Ojha (35) but fell to Saurashish Lahiri ten short of a maiden hundred. Lahiri picked up his fourth wicket to finish the innings, and following-on, Hyderabad slipped to 86 for 3 by stumps, all three wickets falling to Murtaza Lodhgar's slow left-arm spin.

Saurashtra 291 (Pujara 64, Thakur 6-73) and 273 (Pujara 109, Thakur 5-73) drew with Himachal Pradesh 181 (Makvana 6-41) and 220 for 4 (Gupta 104, Mannu 57)
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Himachal Pradesh rallied around Ashok Thakur's second five-wicket haul in the match, and a maiden first-class hundred from opener Manish Gupta, to draw with Saurashtra at Dharamsala. By virtue of a first-innings lead Saurashtra took three points to HP's one, and but lost their last four wickets for 47 runs in the morning. Cheteshwar Pujara added just three to his overnight 106 as Thakur, who took 6 for 73 in the first innings, finished with 5 for 73. With an unattainable target of 384, HP lost two early wickets but Gupta, with 104 from 144 balls, and Ajay Mannu, with 57 from 93, steadied the ship.



Hemal Watekar hit his second hundred of the game at Dharamsala © Cricinfo Ltd

Andhra 334 (Watekar 137, MSK Prasad 51) and 287 for 0 (Watekar 100*, Reddy 114*, Varma 58*) drew with Punjab 372 (Kaul 144, Dharmani 94) lead
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Andhra made Punjab toil in the field, hitting 287 for no loss on a fourth-day pitch, but the hosts took three first-innings-lead points from their draw at Amritsar. Pankaj Dharmani declared at Punjab's overnight 372 for 9, just 38 runs ahead of Andhra, but none of his bowlers could manage a wicket as the top order weighed in. Hemal Watekar followed up his first-innings century with 100 from 146 balls before retiring hurt, and fellow opener Prasad Reddy finished with an unbeaten 114*, his fourth first-class ton. For good measure, No. 3 Satya Kumar Varma chipped in with an unbeaten 58 from 86 balls to deny Punjab. Medium-fast bowler Gagandeep Singh, who took 4 for 53 in Andhra's first innings, did not bowl and his absence was felt on the final day.

Mumbai 337 (Naik 78, Kukreja 66, Jaffer 55) and 70 for 2 drew with Karnataka 195 (Akhil 57, Powar 5-69) and 397 for 6 dec (Dravid 214, Pawan 80)
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Rahul Dravid found his true form on the last day of this match, hitting a double-century to guide Karnataka to a draw against Mumbai at the Wankhede Stadium. Karnataka made 397 for 6 at tea before declaring to set Mumbai a target of 256 in 32 overs, 17 of which had gone by before both captains settled on a draw. Dravid fell one short of his highest score in the Ranji Trophy. Mumbai secured three points for their first-innings lead while Karnataka got one.

Maharashtra 430 (Takawale 76, R Ashwin 6-133) drew with Tamil Nadu 338 for 7 (Badrinath 72, Srinivasan 62, Karthik 56, Ashwin 51*)
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Tamil Nadu fought back from an overnight 58 for 3 to finish 338 for 7 in their rain-hit draw with Maharashtra at Chennai. There were no hundreds, but fifties from Dinesh Karthik, S Badrinath, Rajhamany Srinivasan and R Ashwin helped the host complete a facile draw. Ashwin, after taking 6 for 133, scored his maiden half-century in his just sixth match. Both teams shared one point each.