Murtaza, Praveen spin UP to win
A wrap of the fourth day of the eighth round of Ranji Trophy matches in Group B
Uttar Pradesh 392 (Murtaza 106, Kaif 68, Rangarajan 4-107) and 207 (Dagar 65, Sharma 41, Srinivas 4-37) beat Tamil Nadu 179 (Vijay 42, Murtaza 7-80) and 225 (A Karthik 70, Abhinav 54, Praveen 4-95) by 195 runs
Uttar Pradesh consolidated their position at the top of the table with a comfortable 195-run win over Tamil Nadu in Chennai after bowling them out for 225 on the final day. Chasing 421, Tamil Nadu made a solid start, with the openers adding 67 runs, before Ali Murtaza claimed M Vijay's wicket. Two quick wickets followed, and from then on Tamil Nadu slid out of control.
Wickets kept falling regularly and only Arun Karthik provided some resistance with a doughty 70. He was the final batsmen to be dismissed, in the 65th over. Ali Murtaza, who claimed his second ten-wicket match haul in first-class cricket, and Praveen Gupta did most of the damage, taking seven of the ten wickets. Tamil Nadu are now effectively out of the race for the knockout stages.
Baroda 362 (Waghmode 113, Devdhar 104, Mundhe 4-72) and 225 for 1 (Chauhan 105*, Wakaskar 98*) drew with Maharashtra 449 for 8 dec (Khadiwale 168, Motwani 91, Mundhe 46)
Maharashtra and Baroda played out a boring draw on the final day, after Maharashtra had already gained the valuable first-innings lead on the third day. Baroda, despite gaining only one point out of the fixture, sit second in the points table and remain likely to qualify through to the knockout stages. Maharashtra built on the lead by scoring a further 73 runs before declaring, and Baroda replied confidently by scoring 225 for 1, thanks to two centuries, before the game was called off.
Resuming at 376 for 7, Shrikant Mundhe added a couple of productive partnerships, with Akshay Darekar, and later No. 10 Nikit Dhumal, who scored 27. After declaring the innings at 449 for 8, they picked up an early wicket, that of opener Anupam Gupta. But a 217-run stand between Saurabh Wakaskar, who scored 100, and Abhimanyu Chauhan (109), steadied Baroda and forced a draw.
Haryana 587 for 9 dec (Yadav 211, Mishra 202*, Sunny 56) drew with Karnataka 272 (Kapoor 106, Harshal 5-79) and 330 for 2 (Uthappa 137, Kapoor 100*)
It is not often in sport that a team completely dominates the final quarter of a match but still ends up distinctly second best. In Hubli, Karnataka's batsmen looked in terrific touch as they piled up 330 for 2 on the final day against Haryana, but the massive first-innings lead they conceded left their side with only one point from the match.
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