Ranji Trophy: Maharashtra take lead against Mumbai
Pune, Dec 8 (PTI) Hosts Maharashtra bundled out Mumbai for 273 to take the crucial first innings lead in their Elite Group A Ranji Trophy game here Saturday.
Mumbai, who resumed on the penultimate day at 196/6, had their hopes on stand-in skipper Siddhesh Lad, who was unbeaten on 70.
But the right-handed batsman could add only 23 runs to his overnight tally before being caught by Rohit Motani off Samad Fallah.
Young Shubham Ranjane remained unbeaten on 54, but lacked support from the other end as wickets kept tumbling and Mumbai fell well short of the hosts' tally of 352.
For the hosts, Ashay Palkar (4-62) and left-arm medium pacer Samad Fallah (3-55) were the main wicket takers.
Mumbai fought back to reduce Maharashtra to 112 for 5 at close of play at the MCA Stadium in Gahunje here.
Skipper Rahul Tripathi (13 not out) and Saytajeet Bachhav (3 not out) were the not out batsmen at stumps for Maharashtra, whose overall lead was 191.
Meanwhile, at Rajkot hosts Saurashtra rode on a splendid performance of their bowlers to defeat Karnataka by 87 runs and took 6 points.
At Vadodara, hosts Baroda defeated Chhattisgarh by nine wickets to fetch 6 points.
At Valsad, centuries by wicket-keeper Nitin Bhille (116) and Mahesh Rawat(119 not out) helped Railways overhaul Gujarats first innings total of 367 and take the lead.
Brief scores: At Pune: Maharashtra 352 and 112/5 (Chirag Khurana 38, Swapnil Gugale 37, Shivam Dube 2-7) versus Mumbai 273 (Siddhesh Lad 93, Aditya Tare 63; A Palkar 4-62).
At Rajkot: Saurashtra 316 and 79 (Snell Patel 22; Pavan Deshpande 3-5) beat Karnataka 217 and 91 (Karun Nair 30, Shreyas Gopal 27; K Makwana 5-28) by 87 runs.
Saurashtra 6 points, Karnataka 0 points.
At Vadodara: Chhattisgarh 129 and 283 (Avnish Singh 79, Manoj Singh 61; L I Meriwala 3-18) lost to Baroda 385 and 31/1 (Kedar Devdhar 25 not out) by nine wickets.
Baroda 6 points, Chhattisgarh 0 points.
At Valsad: Gujarat 367 and 4/0 versus Railways 547/9 Declared (Mahesh Rawat 119 not out, Nitin Bhille 116; H P Patel 3-124)