Ramesh Powar's four wickets were crucial in Gujarat forcing Maharashtra to follow on © Getty Images (File Photo)
Ramesh Powar’s four wickets were crucial in Gujarat forcing Maharashtra to follow on © Getty Images (File Photo)

Valsad: Maharashtra put up a much-improved batting display in their second innings after being enforced to follow on by Gujarat in their Group B Ranji Trophy 2014-15 tie.

At stumps on the third day, Maharashtra were 131 for no loss in 29 overs after being bowled out for 262 in the first innings to concede a 167-run lead to the hosts.

Swapnil Gugale and Harshad Khadiwale were batting on 77 and 52, respectively, at the close of play on the penultimate day. Gugale hit eight fours and two sixes in his 90-ball fluent knock, while Khadiwale found the fence seven times facing 84 deliveries.

Gujarat were all out for 429 in their first innings, following which the visitors finished the second day at 86 for two at the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Stadium. Maharashtra trailed the hosts by 36 runs with 10 wickets remaining.

Earlier, Rahul Tripathi (65) top-scored for Gujarat while Khadiwale (56) and Ankit Bawne (54) also made useful contributions in Maharashtra’s first essay.

Brief scores:

Gujarat 429 in 152.2 overs ( Venugopal Rao 104, Rush Kalaria 106; Anupam Sanklecha 5 for 93) lead Maharashtra 262 in 85.4 overs (Harshad Khadiwale 56, Rahul Tripathi 65; Ramesh Powar 4 for 34) and 131 for no loss in 29 overs (Swapnil Gugale 77*, Harshad Khadiwale 52*) by 36 runs