Shahbaz Nadeem has so far taken 9 wickets in the game. Image Courtesy: Twitter
Shahbaz Nadeem has so far taken 9 wickets in the game. Image Courtesy: Twitter

The Group B match from Round III of the Ranji Trophy 2016-17 season between Rajasthan and Jharkhand, being played at the Reliance Cricket Stadium, Vadodara, has reached to a fascinating stage at stumps on Day three. Chasing 280 to win, Rajasthan have ended the day on 3 for 67, requiring another 213 runs to win the match and securing vital points. On the other hand, Jharkhand too have placed themselves in a good position by taking three top-order wickets. They too are in the game as seven wickets on the final day is all they need for an outright win. It is not at all unlikely given the way match has shaped up. Ranji Trophy 2016-17 Points Table & team standings.

The low-scoring match started with Jharkhand batting first and managing 209 runs in their first innings. Kaushal Singh and Ishank Jaggi 49 were the chief contributors while for Rajasthan, veteran pro Pankaj Singh was the chief weapon with his five-for. In reply, Jharkhand bowlers struck on regular intervals and restricted Rajasthan to 207, painstakingly just 2 short of taking the vital first-innings lead. Their openers got fifties and added 100 runs for the first wicket. But Jharkhand bowlers led by Shahbaz Nadeem (7/74) ran through the middle and lower-order to take crucial lead.

Jaggi followed up his 49 in the first innings with a brilliant 100 in the second innings, thus helping his team post 277 and set a target of 280. Mahipal Lomror (5/51) and Pankaj (3/63) did well to keep the target within the reach. The final day will unfold winner in this roller-coaster of a match.

Brief scores:

Jharkhand 209 & 277 (Ishank Jaggi 100; Mahipal Lomror 5 for 51) against Rajasthan 207 & 67 for 3 (PR Yadav 37*, Mahipal Lomror 11*; Shahbaz Nadeem 2 for 22.)