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Saurashtra knock Delhi out; Odisha through

SCA secretary Niranjan Shah congratulates the Saurashtra players ESPNcricinfo Ltd

Saurashtra completed a remarkable turnaround as they sent Delhi crashing out of the 2016-17 Ranji Trophy in Vadodara. They won by four runs to record their second win of the season. That meant Odisha will join Karnataka and Jharkhand as the third qualifier from Group B irrespective of the result in their final group fixture against Jharkhand in Thiruvananthapuram from December 15. This will be Odisha's first Ranji Trophy quarter-final appearance since 2000-01.

Resuming on 109 for 4, Delhi lost Rishabh Pant early, for an uncharacteristic 69-ball 29. But Milind Kumar (55) and Manan Sharma (46) kept ticking ahead to take Delhi within 100 runs of victory. Their sixth-wicket stand of 77 kept Saurashtra at bay. Then Delhi lost both their set batsman in the space of six runs to trigger a lower order slide.

The wicket of Milind was Shaurya Sanandia's fifth of the innings. He was complemented by Kushang Patel, who took four, to bring the curtains down on Delhi's campaign. Saurashtra finished seventh in the nine-team pool, while Delhi finished fourth, one point behind third-placed Odisha.

Vidarbha completed a potentially tricky final-day chase of 188 on the back of half-centuries from Ganesh Satish (63 not out) and Siddesh Wath (64 not out) in Greater Noida. The four-wicket win over Rajasthan meant they finished sixth in the pool, while Rajasthan, who had a solitary win in the season, finished eighth.

Vidarbha were in trouble at 22 for 2 when they lost openers Sanjay Ramaswamy and Faiz Fazal to the new ball pair of Pankaj Singh and Tanvir-ul-Haq respectively. It took a 103-run stand for the third wicket between Ganesh and Wath, who made his second successive fifty, to steady the innings. When Wath fell, there was a hint of opportunity for Rajasthan, but Jitesh Sharma's cameo 27 shut out all hopes.

Karnataka beat Maharashtra inside three days in Mohali on Friday to record their fifth win of the tournament. Assam, by virtue of finishing last, were relegated to Group C.

Delhi 4th innings Partnerships

WktRunsPlayers
1st36G GambhirS Dhawan
2nd23G GambhirUBT Chand
3rd19UBT ChandN Rana
4th1UBT ChandRR Pant
5th64Milind KumarRR Pant
6th77Manan SharmaMilind Kumar
7th6PJ SangwanManan Sharma
8th30S NarwalPJ Sangwan
9th4PJ SangwanP Narang
10th11PJ SangwanNA Saini

Ranji Trophy

Group A
TeamMWLDPTNRR
MUM8305300.027
GUJ8205260.368
TN8215260.164
PNJB8215210.109
BENG821421-0.235
MP8215200.024
UP814313-0.125
BRODA813410-0.003
RLYS815210-0.367
Group B
TeamMWLDPTNRR
JKAND8503390.399
KNTKA8512370.273
ODSH821522-0.054
DELHI8224210.579
MAHA823321-0.059
VIDAR822420-0.025
SAU8242180.101
RAJ814312-0.637
ASSAM81528-0.62
Group C
TeamMWLDPTNRR
HYD941331-0.117
HRYNA9315310.218
AP9315280.119
HP9306260.662
KER9117250.206
GOA923418-0.33
SVCS912616-0.177
J + K913515-0.383
CGARH914414-0.01
TPURA914314-0.196