Ranji Roundup, Day 4 Round-Up: Rishab Pant creates history, Punjab and Tamil Nadu register victories
Yuvraj Singh led Punjab to a comprehensive 126 run victory over Madhya Pradesh at the end of the 4th day of the 2nd round of Ranji Trophy matches. Madhya Pradesh began the 4th day at 26/1.
Manpreet Gony and Sidharth Kaul led the fight for the Punjab side as they picked up 7 wickets amongst themselves to bowl Madhya Pradesh out for 180.Earlier in the match, Yuvraj Singh scored a magnificent century in the first innings followed by an excellent knock of 76 in the 2nd innings to set MP a target of 307 to achieve in one day.
With his excellent performance, Yuvraj has answered his critics and will look to continue scoring a lot of runs in hope to make a return to the national side.
Brief Scores: Punjab 378 & 175/9d defeat Madhya Pradesh 247 & 180, by 126 runs
Tamil Nadu made an incredible comeback against Railways as they beat them by 174 runs. After ending the 3rd day at 108 without the loss of any wickets, Railways looked like they would chase down the high total of 401 set by Tamil Nadu.
As the 4th day began, the TN bowlers were on song from the very first over and troubled the Railways batsmen as they were not allowed to settle down.
Malolan Rangarajan was the pick of the bowlers as he took 4 wickets. Tangarasu Natarajan and Jagatheesan Kousik chipped in with 2 wickets each and bowled Railways out for 226.
Brief Scores: Tamil Nadu 121 & 452/8d defeat Railways 173 & 226 by 174 runs
History was created on the final day of the match between Delhi and Maharashtra as Rishabh Pant scored a swashbuckling triple century for Delhi and took his team very close to achieving a first innings lead against their opponents.
Pant became the third player to achieve a score of 250 plus in this match thus breaking the record for most 250 plus scores in a single Ranji Trophy match.
Unfortunately, Delhi were not able to achieve a first innings lead as they were dismissed for 595, thus giving Maharashtra the 3 points.
Brief Scores: Maharashtra 635/2d & 58/0 drew against Delhi 590
Haryana earned a convincing victory over Hyderabad as they defeated them by 8 wickets on the final day of play.
Hyderabad began the day at 108/5 and were looking to revive their innings, but it was not to be as a brilliant bowling performance by Haryana led to Hyderabad being bowled out for 224. Mohit Sharma was the pick of the bowlers as he took 5 wickets. India discard Yuzvendra Chahal shone with the ball by picking up 2 crucial wickets too.
Brief Scores: Haryana 331 & 85/2 defeat Hyderabad 191 & 224 by 8 wickets
A thrilling draw was played out between Mumbai and Baroda on the final day of the game at New Delhi. Baroda began the day at 321/5 and a century by Deepak Hooda took them to 383/5 after which they declared and set Mumbai a target of 366 runs to achieve.
After starting off well, Mumbai were in a spot of bother at 152-5 thanks to wickets by Yusuf Pathan and Manan Vohra.
As Baroda looked to achieve the impossible, they were stopped by a calm and composed partnership of 72 runs by Aditya Tare and Armaan Jaffer, thus resulting in a draw between the two sides.
Brief Scores: Baroda 305 & 383/5d drew against Mumbai 323 & 224/5
Uttar Pradesh 410 & 70/0 drew with Bengal 466 & 274/6 decl.
Jharkhand 374 drew with Karnataka 577/7 decl. & 162/3
Odisha 228 & 169 beat Saurashtra 186 & 179 by 32 runs
Rajasthan 272 beat Assam 195 & 69 by an innings and 8 runs
Andhra 199 & 256/7 drew with Chhattisgarh 394
Tripura 275 & 340/3 decl. defeat Services 233 & 163 by 219 runs
Goa 77 & 295 lost to Jammu and Kashmir 227 & 261 by 116 runs
Kerala 248 & 115 lost to Himachal Pradesh 261 & 103/4 by 6 wickets