Ranji Trophy, Round 4, Day 3, Round-up: Mayank Agarwal slams a triple century; Raina and Jadeja fail to impress
Round-up of the third day of the play in the fourth round of Ranji Trophy 2017/18.
UP vs Delhi poised for a brilliant finish
The match between Delhi and Uttar Pradesh is at a crucial juncture with the latter piling up 224 runs in the 2nd innings by the end of day's play after bowling Delhi out for 269. With a crucial first innings lead in the bag, UP need to keep their composure and end up on the winning side eventually, unlike their first and third matches this season.
Akshdeep Nath, unbeaten on 110, and Rinku Singh (64) played two crucial knocks for their team after the first three wickets had fallen with just two runs on the board. Raina, though, failed yet again and fell for a personal score of 16.
Brief Score: Uttar Pradesh 291 & 224/7 (Nath 110*, Ishant Sharma 38/3) lead Delhi 269 (Shorey 98*, Saurabh Kumar 87/4) by 246 runs
Mayank Agarwal slams a triple century as Karnataka take huge first innings lead
Continuing from their overnight score of 461, Karnataka added around 170 more runs to their total and declared on 628/5. While Agarwal slammed a triple-ton, Karun Nair smashed a century himself and helped their team take a lead of 383 runs.
Maharashtra, in reply, were playing on 135/4 by the end of day's play with Ruturaj Dasharath Gaikwad and Rahul Tripathi on the crease.
Brief Score: Maharashtra 245 & 135/4 (Gaikwad 61*, Mithun 32/2) trail Karnataka 628/5 dec.(Agarwal 304*, Nair 116) by 248 runs
Jadeja fails to pick up a wicket but Saurashtra inch closer to a win
Riding on Cheteshwar Pujara's triple century, Saurashtra amassed 553 runs in their first innings before bowling out Jharkhand for 270. Ishank Jaggi high scored with 114 runs and Ishan Kishan smashed a half-century (59), but none of their fellow batsmen held on to help the team avoid following on.
After being asked to follow-on, Jharkhand's opener Md Nazim Siddiqui, with nothing to lose, started explosively and completed his half-century at a strike rate of over 150.
However, with only one day of the play left, it's highly unlikely that Saurashtra will let this one slip away and will hope to bowl Jharkhand out as soon as possible.
Brief Score: Saurashtra 553/9 dec lead Jharkhand 270 (Jaggi 114, Jivrajana 33/4) & 139/1 (Siddiqui 83*) by 144 runs
Mumbai need six wickets on the final day for 6 points
Riding on Prithvi Shaw's century in the first innings and then a brilliant team effort with the ball in hand, Mumbai had gained a healthy first innings lead. Subsequently, in their second innings, it was Siddharth Lad who scored a century for them to ensure they give Odisha a mammoth total of 413 to chase. Ajinkya Rahane, though, fell for a duck in the second innings.
In reply, Odisha had added 93 runs by the end of day's play for the loss of four wickets. They still need 320 more runs on the final day to win the match.
Brief Score: Odisha 145 & 93/4 (Poddar 48*) need 320 more runs to defeat Mumbai 289 & 268/9 (Lad 117, Pradhan 106/3)
Bengal 419 lead Himachal Pradesh 206 & 207/2 by six runs
Punjab 653/9 dec. lead Chhattisgarh 238 & 171/4 by 244 runs
Baroda 521 lead Tripura 327/4 by 194 runs
Madhya Pradesh 321 & 67/5 lead Andhra 376 by 12 runs
Vidarbha 385 & 111/2 lead Services 317 by 179 runs
Jammu & Kashmir 173 & 56/7 need 182 more runs against Kerala 219 & 191
Haryana 157 and 94/7 need 267 more runs against Gujarat 236 & 281/9 dec.
Railways 246 & 13/0 trail Hyderabad 474/9 dec. by 215 runs