Ranji Trophy 2017-18, Round 5, Day 3, Group C highlights: Mumbai continue to struggle; TN & Andhra lead

Ranji Trophy 2017-18, Round 5, Day 3, Group C highlights: Mumbai continue to struggle; TN & Andhra lead

Mumbai have a challenging task ahead to salvage a draw in their 500th Ranji encounter.

Updated: November 11, 2017 6:13 PM IST | Edited By: Kaustubh Mayekar

At Mumbai: Things aren t looking very pleasant for the home team in their 500th Ranji match. Mumbai failed with the bat and looked out of sorts with the ball as well. Riding on centuries from Aditya Waghmode and Swapnil Singh, Baroda scored 575. Mumbai failed to produce regular breakthroughs and conceded 42 extras to add to their woes.

Trailing by 404 runs, Mumbai are reeling at 102 for 4 in the second innings. Prithvi Shaw lifted his side after early jolts with an entertaining 56 (70). Ajinkya Rahane remained unbeaten on 28.

Mumbai 171 & 102 for 4 (Prithvi Shaw 56, Ajinkya Rahane 28*; Swapnil Singh 1 for 26) trail Baroda 575 (Aditya Waghmode 138, Swapnil Singh 164, SS Mangalorkar 44; Shardul Thakur 3 for 95) by 302 runs.

At Cuttack: Tamil Nadu and Odisha's face-off is turning out to be a dull affair. After posting 530 for 8 decl., Tamil Nadu were expected to run through Odisha's lineup and dictate terms. However, Odisha showed resistance to finish at 286 for 4 at stumps, albeit at a slow pace. A 128-run opening stand by Natraj Behera and Sandeep Pattanaik set the platform before a minor blip. The recovery was staged by an unbeaten stand between Shantanu Mishra and Biplab Samantaray. More will be expected from them to bat through and come close to Tamil Nadu's total.

The vital first-innings lead will be on both sides' minds, since a result looks bleak as of now.

Brief scores:

Tamil Nadu 530 for 8 decl. (Murali Vijay 140, Baba Aparajith 109, Vijay Shankar 100; Suryakant Pradhan 3 for 75) lead Odisha 286 for 4 (Sandeep Pattnaik 66, Natraj Behera 91, Shantanu Mishra 37*, Biplab Samantaray 44*; Washington Sundar 2 for 48) by 244 runs.

At Agartala: Tripura struggled to go past Andhra's first innings total as they folded for 315. With an 87-run lead, Andhra are well placed at 51 for 1, leading by 138 runs. Nonetheless, they will have to bat aggressively on Day Four to push for victory.

From Tripura, Mura Singh and Gurinder Singh's respective fifties bailed them out after being reduced to 162 for 6. The duo scored 81 each and steered their side beyond 300. Bhargav Bhatt's 4-for stalled Tripura's progress.

Skipper Hanuma Vihari will be expected to lead with the willow and aim for a challenging total on Sunday.

Brief scores

Andhra 402 & 51 for 1 (Prasanth Kumar 29, KS Bharat 21*; Rana Dutta 1 for 10) lead Tripura 315 (Samrat Singha 39, Mura Singh 81, Gurinder Singh 81; Bhargav Bhatt 4 for 93) by 138 runs.