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At Surat: Things got merrier for depending champions Gujarat in Group B of the 2017-18 Ranji Trophy. Gujarat hammered Jammu & Kashmir by an innings and 64 runs on Day Three of Round Three. Jammu & Kashmir elected to bat first, but were bundled for 261 on the opening day, courtesy Piyush Chawla s five-for. Gujarat batted till Day Three and finished on a challenging 455, courtesy Manprit Juneja s 131. J&K did not stand a chance against the Gujarat bowlers. They were bundled for 130 by Day three as Hardik Patel took 5 wickets and Chawla another 4.

Brief scores:

Jammu & Kashmir 261 (Ahmed Bandy 54, Shubham Khajuria 54; Piyush Chawla 5 for 92) & 130 (Ram Dayal 29; Piyush Chawla 4 for 38) lost to Gujarat (Manprit Juneja 131, Chirag Gandhi 86; Manik Gupta 5 for 143, Parvez Rasool 4 for 108) by an innings and 64 runs.

At Thiruvananthapuram: In another match of the group, Kerala continued to maintain their domination over Rajasthan. Had the third session not been abandoned due to bad light, Kerala could have moved closer to victory. Kerala posted a decent 335, courtesy Rohan Prem s 86 and Jalaj Saxena s 79. In reply, Rajasthan were bowled out for 243, Saxena taking 8 for 86. Kerala are currently 217 for 2. The innings was dominated by no prize for guessing Saxena. He remained unbeaten on 102 and Sanju Samson on 72.

Brief score

Kerala 335 (Jalaj Saxena 79, Rohan Prem 86; Mahipal Lomror 4 for 51) and 217 for 2 (Jalaj Saxena 102*, Sanju Samson 72*; Tajinder Singh 1 for 34) lead Rajasthan 243 (Dishant Yagnik 62, Tajinder Singh 44; Jalaj Saxena 8 for 85) by 309 runs.

At Ranchi: The third game of the group between Jharkhand and Haryana was interrupted by bad light as well. However, there was still some play possible in the third session. Haryana are currently trailing by 76 runs. They had been bundled for mere 208 on Day One, courtesy Sunny Gupta s 4 for 67. Ishank Jaggi (135) led the charge for Jharkhand, who declared with a 217-run lead. Haryana are currently 141 for 4. Jharkhand should wrap things up early tomorrow unless something spectacular happens.

Brief scores

Haryana 208 (Shubham Rohilla 52, Chaitanya Bishnoi 61; Sunny Gupta 4 for 67) and 141 for 4 (Rajat Paliwal 44*, Rahul Dagar 64; Shahbaz Nadeem 2 for 50) trail Jharkhand 425 for 9 (Ishank Jaggi 135, Ishan Kishan 83; Chaitanya Bishnoi 2 for 43, Ajit Chahal 2 for 80) by 76 runs.