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Ranji Trophy, Fourth round, Day 4 Round-up: Yuvraj smashes double century; Karnataka register easy victory

All the action from the final day of play from the 4th round of fixtures of the Ranji Trophy.

Yuvraj Singh went on to score his highest ever first-class score

Yuvraj Singh broke multiple individual and team records as his stupendous knock of 260 helped Punjab amass a total of 670 against Baroda, thus ensuring a first innings lead for them. This is Yuvraj’s highest ever individual score in first-class cricket.

With Manan Vohra and Baroda team’s captain Deepak Hooda also scoring double centuries, this is only the 10th instance of a match having three double centuries in first class cricket, the fourth time in Ranji Trophy and the second time in the ongoing season.

By assuring themselves of a first innings lead, Punjab walked away with three points. Baroda ended the match with 37 runs on the board in the 2nd innings without losing any wickets.

Brief Scores: Baroda 529 and 37-0 drew against Punjab 670 all out

Karnataka were the only team in this round of fixtures to earn a bonus point as they registered an easy win over Assam, defeating them by 10 wickets at the BKC ground in Mumbai.

Assam began the day at 48-1 looking to achieve a draw, but Karnataka’s Krishnappa Gowtham had other ideas as he ripped through the Assam batting line-up by taking 7 wickets and restricting them to 264 all out.

With only 21 runs required to win, Mayank Agarwal smashed 4 fours and finished off the match in three overs. With this win, Karnataka moved to the top of the table.

Brief Scores: Assam 325 & 264 lost to Karnataka 570/9d & 21/0 by 10 wickets

Delhi came agonisingly close to a victory against Odisha but were denied the desired result thanks to a resilient Odisha batting line-up.

With Delhi needing 6 wickets to register a victory, Odisha began the day at 109-4, trailing Delhi by 149 runs in the 2nd innings. At one point, it looked like Delhi would run away with the win, but a 134 run partnership between Biplab Samantaray and Saurabh Rawat got Odisha back in the game.

At the end of the day, Odisha were 16 runs ahead with 274 runs on the board with the loss of 8 wickets. Although Delhi ended up taking 3 points, captain Gautam Gambhir would have felt hard done by the result.

Brief Scores: Odisha 237 & 274/8 drew Delhi 495/8d

Tamil Nadu picked up 3 points as they achieved a first innings lead against Madhya Pradesh at Cuttack. They would have looked to win the match, but half-centuries by Madhya Pradesh’s Harpreet Singh and Shubham Sharma in the 2nd innings led to a draw between the two sides as MP ended the day with 222 runs on the board, 60 runs behind Tamil Nadu.

Madhya Pradesh began the day at 261-7 in the first innings and were soon bowled out for 273 thanks to two quick wickets by Aushik Srinivas. As Tamil Nadu enforced the follow-on, their bowlers performed well in the 2nd innings but were unable to close out the match.

Brief Scores: Tamil Nadu 555/7d drew against Madhya Pradesh 273 & 222/5 (f/o)

Other Scores:

Group A

Bengal 205 & 214 v Railways 105 & 271 (93.2 ov, target 315) - Bengal won by 43 runs

Gujarat 347 & 201 v U. Pradesh 241 & 175 (76.5 ov, target 308) - Gujarat won by 132 runs

Group B

Vidarbha 105 & 444 v Jharkhand 362/8d & 75/4 (24.5 ov, target 188) - Match drawn

Maharashtra 461 & 145 v Rajasthan 330 & 4/0 (6 ov, target 277) - Match drawn

Group C

Andhra 253 & 220 v Haryana 103 & 293 (123.2 ov, target 371) - Andhra won by 77 runs

Kerala 207 & 307/2d v Chhattisgarh 187 & 249/6 (107 ov, target 328) - Match drawn

Tripura 283 & 328/9d v Goa 269 & 328/8 (71 ov, target 343) - Match drawn

H. Pradesh 36 & 301 v Hyderabad 126 & 200/6 (54 ov, target 212) - Match drawn

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