Gujarat are all set to win this match via first innings lead     Getty Images (Representational Image)
Gujarat are all set to win this match via first innings lead Getty Images (Representational Image)

Samit Gohel s unbeaten 261 has ensured Gujarat end Day Four of the quarter-final of the Ranji Trophy 2016-17 against Odisha on 514 for 8. Gujarat now have a lead of 578 runs with two wickets in hand. Gujarat began the day on 246 for 3, having a lead of 310. Left-arm orthodox bowler Dhiraj Singh bowled well and was rewarded with a five-for. There were some useful partnerships throughout the day. Manpreet Juneja was the first to be dismissed today for 24. Skipper Parthiv Patel then came in and scored 40. It was however Gohel, who was dominating the proceedings. His innings has so far included 33 boundaries and a six.

On Day Three, Priyank Panchal continued his excellent form in the tournament and struck an excellent 81. He put on 149 for the opening wicket with Gohel, which initially put Gujarat in a commanding position. From there it was a one-man-show as Gohel took on the bowlers and more often than not, came out on top. It was Odisha, who had won the toss and elected to bowl first. They started off well as they bowled Gujarat out for just 263 in their first innings. Basant Mohanty finished with figures of 5 for 68.

Live Cricket Score Ranji Trophy 2016-17, Quarter-final, Day 4

In reply, Odisha were bundled out for 199, giving Gujarat a 64-run first innings lead. This time it was India international Jasprit Bumrah, who was the pick of the bowlers with 5 for 41. Gujarat are now in pole position to make it to the semi-final of the tournament. Tomorrow being the final day, it is unlikely that Odisha will chase down a target close to 600. However, the Gujarat bowlers will look to pick up all the 10 wickets and complete a win. If Odisha hang on to a draw, Gujarat will still make it to the next round as they secured a first innings lead.

Brief scores:

Gujarat 263 (Chirag Gandhi 81, Rush Kalaria 73; Deepak Behera 3 for 50, Basant Mohanty 5 for 68) & 514 for 8 (Samit Gohel 261*, Priyank Panchal 81; Basant Mohanty 1 for 69, Dhiraj Singh 5 for 139) lead Odisha 199 (Sandeep Pattanaik 43, Suryakant Pradhan 47; Jasprit Bumrah 5 for 41, Rush Kalaria 2 for 42) by 578 runs.