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Haryana lead by 58 runs with 8 wickets remaining against Jharkhand on Day Three of the quarter-final clash at Moti Bagh Stadium, Vadodara. Given the lead, it is safe to say that the match is evenly poised. In this all-important game, both teams will leave no stone unturned to reach the penultimate stage of the Ranji Trophy 2016-17. All the same, it was Virat Singh’s second First-Class hundred that kept the scorers busy. He added 146 runs for the fourth wicket with Ishank Jaggi to give Jharkhand an 87-run lead in the first innings, which was studded with 11 fours and six.

For Haryana, Harshal Patel took 4 for 46 and Yuzvendra Chahal 3 for 85. In reply, Haryana openers Nitin Saini and Shubham Rohilla stitched up 79-run stand for the first wicket. However, both batsmen failed to reach their fifties, falling on 41 and 43 respectively. Later, Shivam Chauhan and Chaitanya Bishnoi held fort and ended Day Three at 146 for 3. All the same, the result depends on how the first session pans out. If Haryana take a sizeable lead without losing too many wickets, they will make it to the semi-finals. But for that to happen, they will have to hold their nerves.

In other news, Gujarat’s Priyank Panchal scaled a new height, for he became the sixth highest run-scorer in a Ranji season, with VVS Laxman topping the list. He has scored 1,120 runs at 101.81, including 4 fifties and as many hundreds.

Brief scores:

Haryana 258 (Chaitanya Bishnoi 41, Rajat Paliwal 42; Shabaz Nadeem 7 for 79) & 146 for 2 (Nitin Saini 41, Shubham Rohilla 43) lead Jharkhand 345 (Virat Singh 107, Ishant Jaggi 77) by 59 runs