UP march into quarters
A round-up of the third day's action from the sixth round of the Ranji Trophy Super League
Uttar Pradesh 62 (Bose 5-18) and 236 for 7 (Parvinder 62, Kaif 41) beat Bengal 193 (Ganguly 66, Das 46, Chawla 4-51) and 104 (Bhuveshwar 5-27) by three wickets
Uttar Pradesh resumed the third day needing 183 to get with eight wickets in hand and lost five of them en route to a win that took them to the quarter-finals of the Ranji Trophy's Super League. Mohammad Kaif, batting at No. 3, added 40 runs to his overnight score even as Shivakant Shukla added just one to his, dismissed in the first over of the day, but really aiding UP's charge to victory was Parvinder Singh. Parvinder atoned for a first-innings duck with 62 from 95 balls, studded with ten boundaries, and added 93 with Kaif. The pair was dismissed in relative succession - within five overs and ten runs of each other - but handy cameos from Bhuvneshwar Kumar (29) and Piyush Chawla (21) helped UP chase their target of 236 with three wickets remaining. UP are now second in their group's points table with 18, second to Karnataka's 23. Bengal, after this defeat, sit at fifth place with eight points.
Maharashtra 163 and 334 for 9 (Bawne 118, Motwani 61, Sangwan 5-95) lead Delhi 419 by 78 runs
Five wickets from Pradeep Sangwan trumped a century from Ankit Bawne and ensured Delhi stayed on course for a crucial win - their second on the trot - at the Roshanara. Following in, Maharashtra resumed the third day on 32 for 1 and were 334 for 9 at stumps. It was an improved showing from the visitors, who were bowled out 163 in their first innings, but a 78-run lead at the close should not worry Delhi much. Leading the way was Bawne, with 118, and Rohit Motwani with a gritty 61. Sangwan was the hero with the ball, cutting through the top and middle order before Bawne and Motwani put on 107 for the fifth wicket. Once Motwani was removed by Parwinder Awana, Banwe added 105 with Digambar Waghmare (46) to take Maharashtra past 300. In successive deliveries, Sangwan dismissed Bawne and Jitendra Patil to give Delhi a final lift before the day ended.
Himachal Pradesh 182 (Dogra 69, Trivedi 6-32) and 141 for 4 (Mukesh Sharma 52*) beat Gujarat 234 (Parthiv 57) and 87 (Mohinder Sharma 5-31) by six wickets
A stunning collapse by Gujarat, at the hands of left-arm seamer Mohinder Sharma, set Himachal Pradesh up for a six-wicket win on day three in Surat. Gujarat held the edge coming in to the day, needing just to wickets to take a first-innings lead, and that they achieved with Siddharth Trivedi taking them to finish with a career-best 6 for 32. HP only added eight runs to their total, but what followed was stunning. Mohinder Sharma, sharing the new ball, dismissed the Gujarat openers inside four overs and, after Ashok Thakur nabbed No's 3 and 4, proceeded to take a career-best haul. Gujarat were never allowed to gain momentum and folded for a paltry 87 in 42.4 overs, leaving HP to chase 140. That attempt began poorly as the debutant Tatsat Brahmbhatt took three wickets in his first three overs, but a 68-run stand between Hemant Dogra (42) and Mukesh Sharma (52*) resurrected the innings. It was HP's first win of the tournament and put them at sixth on their pool's points table.
Railways 305 and 18 for 0 lead Hyderabad 303 (Rayudu 73, Nag 51, Bangar 4-93, Upadhyay 4-91) by 20 runs
Sanjay Bangar's quick strikes on the third morning at the Uppal Stadium dented Hyderabad and gave Railways crucial first-innings points. Ambati Rayudu and the tail breathed life back into the innings and at the end of the day the likely result was a draw. From 99 for 2 overnight, Hyderabad slipped to 119 for 5, losing Anirudh Singh for 42, but Rayudu's patient 73 led a fightback. Krishnakant Upadhyay, with four wickets, including that of VVS Laxman for 9, kept the pressure up but Hyderadad's lower order rallied to get the score past the 300-run mark. Munagala Praneet Arjun (22), Alfred Absolem (29) and Mohammed Khader (34) each got stuck in to frustrate Railways. At stumps, Railways led by 20 with their openers together after nine overs at the crease.
Orissa 283 and 196 for 8 (Sahoo 62, Ablish 5-54) lead Punjab 177 (Sidhana 53*, Basanth Mohanty 6-65) by 302 runs
An exciting day's play in Chandigarh saw Orissa take the first-innings lead and add to that significantly against hosts Punjab. Basanth Mohanty added a couple more wickets go finish with 6 for 65 as Punjab managed to add 33 to their total, with Mayank Sidhana hitting his maiden half-century. Love Ablish tried hard to wrest back some momentum for Punjab, taking five wickets, but the opener Subhrajit Sahoo's 62 proved crucial. Halhadar Das, the wicketkeeper, was unbeaten on 39 at stumps with Orissa leading by 302.
Click here to read Nagraj Gollapudi's bulletin of the third day's play between Mumbai and Tamil Nadu.