Though Gautam Gambhir failed, Delhi won the match and are on top now    Getty Images
Though Gautam Gambhir failed, Delhi won the match and are on top now Getty Images

Delhi vs Railways

Posting a comfortable victory over Railways in the very first session of Day Four, Delhi bagged 6 crucial points to top Group A after Round Two of Ranji Trophy 2017-18. Delhi had posted a total of 447 batting first at the Karnail Singh Stadium, Delhi. After losing the top three early, the middle and lower-middle order helped the side massively. Nitish Rana (89), Himmat Singh (45), Anuj Rawat (74), Manan Sharm (136) and Pulkit Narang (55) made up for failure of big guns like Gautam Gambhir and Unmukt Chand.

Ishant Sharma, Manan and Vikas Mishra then did not let the Railways batsmen rest. They first bowled them out for 136 and then 206 to register a victory by an innings and 105 runs. For his 136-run knock and 7 wickets, Manan was rightly named the Man of the Match. Delhi are now at the top spot in Group A with 10 points in hand.

Brief scores:

Delhi 447 won against Railways 136 and 206 (Nitin Bhille 73, Anureet Singh 27; Pulkit Narang 2 for 45, Vikas Mishra 4 for 37, Manan Sharma 3 for 67) by and innings and 105 runs.

Karnataka vs Assam

Just like Delhi, Karnataka too posted a one-sided victory over Assam to secure their first win in the Ranji Trophy 2017-18. At the Srikantadatta Narasimha Raja Wadiyar Ground, Mysore, Karnataka elected to bowl. They restricted Assam for 145 in the first innings. Shreyas Gopal and Krishnappa Gowtham ran through their opponents’ batting line-up. Skipper Gokul Sharma was the only player to score a half-century in the innings.

Karnataka then batted to put up 469 for 7 before their captain Vinay Kumar decided to declare. Ravikumar Samarth provided the team with the perfect start with his 123 while later it was Gowtham who added 149 runs to the scorecard. Assam, batting again, could not produce a match-saving performance and were bundled for 203. Gokul again was the only batsman to reach fifty but his lone efforts appeared futile. Apart from him, Assam’s Arup Das impressed with his 4-for. However, the show stealer was Gowtham who, apart from scoring 149 runs, bagged 6 wickets in the match. He was adjudged the Man of the Match. With the victory, Kerala now have 7 points in hand and are at No. 2 position in the points table.

Brief scores:

Assam 145 and 203 (Sibsankar Roy 44, Gokul Sharma 66; Abhimanyu Mithun 3 for 47, Vinay Kumar 4 for 31, Krishnappa Gowtham 3 for 39) lost to Karnataka 469 for 7 decl. by and innings and 121 runs.

Hyderabad vs Uttar Pradesh

Due to bad weather and unplayable conditions, the Hyderabad vs Uttar Pradesh match was abandoned without toss.

With the defeats, Railways and Assam slip to third and seventh positions respectively.