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Karnataka, Delhi confirm passage to knockouts

R Samarth clips to the leg side during his century PTI

R Samarth and Mayank Agarwal struck centuries on the final day, as a drawn game against Uttar Pradesh ensured Karnataka's place in the knockouts on the basis of first-innings points. The Karnataka openers put up an unbroken stand of 262, after their bowlers had established up a first-innings lead of 324. The three points they earned put them at the top of the Group A table with 26 points; with Delhi on 23, the massive lead the two teams have in points have ensured their passage to the knockouts.

UP's response to Karnataka's mammoth 655 had floundered on the third day itself, as they lost five wickets by stumps. The overnight pair of Rinku Singh and wicketkeeper Upendra Yadav couldn't go on to build a big partnership, with Rinku dismissed in the fifth over of the day for 73. Left to bat with the tail, Upendra stitched a useful ninth-wicket partnership of 40 with Ankit Rajpoot (19) to lift Uttar Pradesh over 300. Upendra was eventually unbeaten on 49, with UP dismissed for 331.

Karnataka then put up another dominating show with the bat. Dismissed for 16 in the first innings, Samarth capitalized on the opportunity to bring up his third century of this Ranji season. His 126 came off 183 balls with 11 fours and two sixes. At the other end, Agarwal scored his third century in as many games, pairing a 90 in the first innings with 133 off 171 balls. The pair scored at close to 4.5 runs an over.

Ambati Rayudu's unbeaten 52 anchored Hyderabad's chase of 142 in their four-wicket win over Assam in Guwahati.

Assam's seamers, Arup Das and Rajjakuddin Ahmed had lifted the side's hopes of defending a small total by rooting out Hyderabad's top order for 18 within the first seven overs. Sixteen-year-old legspinner Riyan Parag's two wickets then reduced Hyderabad to 69 for 5 before Rayudu and Akash Bhandari comfortably secured the win.

Earlier, Assam had resumed their second innings from 300 for 7, and the overnight batsman Amit Sinha went on to complete his second first-class century. However, the lack of partners at the other end meant that Sinha could help Assam add only 31 runs to their overnight total.

Hyderabad 4th innings Partnerships

WktRunsPlayers
1st6PA ReddyTD Agarwal
2nd2K SumanthTD Agarwal
3rd10K SumanthT Ravi Teja
4th36BP SandeepK Sumanth
5th15AT RayuduK Sumanth
6th55AT RayuduAA Bhandari
7th20AT RayuduM Hassan

Ranji Trophy

Group A
TeamMWLDPTNRR
KNTKA6402320.479
DELHI6303270.333
MAHA6221160.084
HYD621116-0.156
RLYS623114-0.312
UP603250.508
ASSAM60422-0.977
Group B
TeamMWLDPTNRR
GUJ6501340.097
KER6510310.636
SAU6312260.245
J + K61419-0.077
HRYNA61419-0.506
JKAND61418-0.049
RAJ60246-0.294
Group C
TeamMWLDPTNRR
MP631221-0.116
MUM6204210.228
AP6105190.326
BRODA6114160.508
TN601511-0.112
ODSH60246-0.648
TPURA60244-0.426
Group D
TeamMWLDPTNRR
VIDAR6402310.358
BENG6213230.367
PNJB6222180.609
HP6114140.3
CGARH613213-0.514
SVCS612310-0.273
GOA60246-0.7