Gandhe hat-trick sinks Services
A round-up of the fourth day's play of the second round matches of the Ranji Trophy Plate League
Haryana 500 (Sunny 127, Saini 125, Sumeet 82, Lavasa 51, Rao 4-108, Kuldeep 3-74) beat Jharkhand 113 (Rana 5-32) and 326 (Jaggi 101, Ghosh 89, Dhruv 5-56) by an innings and 61 runs
Jharkhand had made a confident start after being asked to follow on on the third day, but a collapse from 240 for 2 to 326 all out helped Haryana clinch an innings win. Resuming on 180 for 2, some stubborn defiance from Jharkhand seemed on the cards. Ishank Jaggi and Amir Hashmi had put on 73 for the third wicket when Hashmi was dismissed by Sachin Rana for 1.
Jaggi went on to score his maiden century, in only his second first-class game, but was the first of five wickets for medium-pacer Dhruv Singh, who picked up his maiden five-for in what was also his second first-class appearance. Wickets tumbled from there on, and Haryana eased to a win in 57.1 overs on the final day.
Goa 337 (Asnodkar 93, D'Souza 65, Ninan 58, Hassan 3-14, Mahajan 3-65) and 180 (Vijay Sharma 3-15, Beigh 3-36) beat Jammu & Kashmir 267 (Joglekar 120, Beigh 61, Bandekar 4-69, Ninan 3-46) and 140 (Jakati 5-39) by 110 runs
Shadab Jakati bowled Goa to a win on the final day in Margao. Jammu and Kashmir, who fought back strongly to restrict Goa to 180 in their second innings, collapsed for 140 in 57.3 overs after they were set a target of 251. Goa added only ten to their overnight score of 170 for 9; Samiullah Beigh picked up his third wicket in the innings early on the fourth day. The visitors, though, lost a wicket in the second over. The next two pairs added 39 and 23, but left-arm spinner Jakati, along with offspinner Ryan Ninan, reduced Jammu and Kashmir to 79 for 6. Aditya Pratap Singh and Vijay Sharma played out 20 overs, but Jakati and Sher Yadav took four wickets for 13 runs to seal the win.
Bengal 210 (Kundu 66, Golwalkar 3-29, Pitre 3-43) and 227 (Saha 83, Chowdhury 60, Pitre 5-50, Pandey 3-66) drew with Madhya Pradesh 278 (Kanitkar 76, Tomar 62, Saxena 50, Dinda 5-85) and 63 for 6
Four more wickets was what Bengal needed to complete a fine comeback, but Madhya Pradesh hung on for their three points, by virtue of a first-innings lead, on a day when only 77.4 overs were possible in Gwalior. Resuming on 126 for 4, Bengal managed 227, with overnight batsmen Wriddhiman Saha and Avik Chowdhury scoring half-centuries. However, they failed to move on to a big score, with medium-pacer Sanjay Pandey dismissing them. The lower order didn't contribute much, and Shantanu Pitre finished the innings with 5 for 50, his second five-wicket haul. Madhya Pradesh were chasing 160, and suffered a rude jolt when Naman Ojha was dismissed first-ball. His partner, Himalaya Sagar, was the only batsman to reach double figures in the innings. Sagar scored 30 as they collapsed 57 for 6 - three batsmen fell for ducks, and the hosts would have been a relieved lot at close; Madhya Pradesh move to the top of Group B with the win.
Vidarbha 151 (Rakesh 5-45) and 346 for 5 dec (Faizal 200*, Paradkar 58, Pankaj 4-94) beat Services 77 (Singh 5-27, Hashim 3-35) and 285 (Tomar 63, Israni 53*, Gandhe 3-36) by 135 runs
Services battled hard to avoid defeat, but their fight ended after 82.4 overs on the fourth day in Delhi. Beginning the day at 96 for 3, chasing 421, Services' middle order put on useful partnerships, but their lower order weren't able to do the same. Yashpal Singh and Jasvir Singh added 50 for the fourth wicket before Yashpal was out lbw for 25 to offspinner Alind Naidu. Half the side was out for 174 when Jasvir fell, but Services were given some hope by a 75-run stand between wicketkeeper Devendra Israni and Sarabjit Singh, who made. Ashish Mohanty then played out 16.2 overs with Israni. However, a hat-trick for offspinner Pritam Gandhe wrecked their chances. Mohanty was out leg-before, Shuvra Karmakar was dismissed in the same manner and No. 10 Pankaj Kumar was caught behind. To add to their misery, last man Rakesh Kumar was run out, leaving Israni stranded on a 201-ball 53.