Gautam Gambhir scored a century © Getty Images
Gautam Gambhir scored a century © Getty Images

At Alur: Heavyweights Karnataka and Delhi drew their Round 5 match of Ranji Trophy 2017-18. At the KSCA Cricket Ground, Alur, Karnataka won the toss and elected to bat. They put up 649 in the first innings, Mayank Agarwal maintained consistency, scoring 176 while Stuart Binny’s 118 was the second-highest. Opener Ravikumar Samarth’s 58 and Shreyas Gopal’s 92 in the lower order were commendable efforts. They bundled Delhi for 301 in the following innings. Gautam Gambhir shone with 144 while another impressive performance came from No. 3 batsman Dhruv Shorey. Abhimanyu Mithun utilised the home ground to the fullest bagging 5 wickets in the innings.

Karnataka batted again to put up 235 for 3 decl. KL Rahul missed on his century by 8 runs; Samarth missed his half-century by 3 runs. Karnataka got 3 points from the match for taking first innings while Delhi got 1 point. Karnataka now lead the Group A points table followed by Delhi.

Brief scores

Karnataka 649 (Ravikumar Samarth 58, Mayank Agarwal 176, Stuart Binny 118, Shreyas Gopal 92; Vikas Mishra 3 for 152, Manan Sharma 3 for 151) and 235 for 3 (KL Rahul 92, Ravikumar Samarth 47; Navdeep Saini 1 for 28, Manan Sharma 1 for 47) drew with Delhi 301 (Gautam Gambhir 144, Rishabh Pant 41; Abhimanyu Mithun 5 for 70, Stuart Binny 2 for 39)

Ranji Trophy 2017-18, Round 5: Jammu & Kashmir open account; Saurashtra, Gujarat involve in a draw
Ranji Trophy 2017-18, Round 5: Jammu & Kashmir open account; Saurashtra, Gujarat involve in a draw

At Pune: Maharashtra drew their Group Round 5 match with Railways. Railways won the toss at Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Pune and put Maharashtra to bat. Powered by Rohit Motwani’s 189 and Ankit Bawne’s 92, Maharashtra got to 481 in the first innings. Railways replied with 381 as Shivakant Shukla, Nitin Bhille and Pratham Singh scored half-centuries.

Maharashtra batted again to declare the innings at 186 for 6 while later on Railways put up 54 for 1 at the stumps of Day Four. Maharashtra got 3 points for taking first-innings lead and Railways got 1 point. Railways are placed at No. 3 in the points table and are followed by Karnataka.

Brief scores

Maharashtra 481 (Ankit Bawne 92, Rohit Motwani 189; Amit Mishra 4 for 98, Karan Thakur 4 for 114) and 186 for 6 decl. (Rahul Tripathi 30, Ankit Bawne 30, Naushad Shaikh 40; Karan Thakur 3 for 43) drew with Railways 381 (Shivakant Shukla 62, Pratham Singh 73, Nitin Bhille 56; Samad Fallah 2 for 76, Nikit Dhumal 2 for 89) and 54 for 1 (Saurabh Wakaskar 23*, Nitin Bhille 14*; Chirag Khurana 1 for 16).

At Guwahati: The Assam-Uttar Pradesh match ended in a draw too. At the Barsapara Cricket Stadium, Guwahati, Assam won toss and bowled first. Though they tasted early success, lower order batsmen Upendra Yadav and Saurabh Kumar scored centuries to take Uttar Pradesh’s score to 349. Saurabh then bagged 5 wickets to restrict Assam at 318 in the following innings, getting Uttar Pradesh the first-innings lead.

Uttar Pradesh batted again and this time, Umang Sharma scored 148 and found support from Mohammad Saif who scroed 77. They later declared their innings for 357 for 6. Assam managed to put up 148 for 4 at stumps of Day Four to earn themselves 1 point. Uttar Pradesh bagged 3 points from the match. Saurabh Kumar bagged 8 wickets and scored 133 in the match.

Brief scores

Uttar Pradesh 349 (Upendra Yadav 127, Saurabh Kumar 133; Dhiraj Goswami 2 for 70, Rajjakuddin Ahmed 3 for 103, Abu Nechim 2 for 91) and 357 for 6 decl. (Umang Sharma 148, Mohammad Saif 77; Abu Nechim 2 for 58, Pallavkumar Das 1 for 21) drew with Assam 318 (Rishav Das 52, Sibsankar Roy 72, Amit Sinha 48; Ankit Rajpoot 2 for 69, Saurabh Kumar 5 for 54) and 148 for 4 (Sibsankar Roy 62, Gokul Sharma 62; Saurabh Kumar 3 for 52, Ankit Rajpoot 1 for 34).