Siddhesh Lad saved Mumbai from the jaws of defeat. Photo Courtesy: Siddhesh Lad on Facebook
Siddhesh Lad saved Mumbai from the jaws of defeat. Photo Courtesy: Siddhesh Lad on Facebook

At Mumbai: Mumbai were in a spot of bother to lose their 500th Ranji encounter on the final day versus Baroda. Needing 302 to make the opponents bat again, and only 6 wickets in hand, someone had to step up. While India’s Test vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane was unbeaten on 28, he couldn’t add much to his overnight score. Falling for 45, the right-hander left with Mumbai 125 for 5.

However, the recovery was staged thereafter. Siddhesh Lad and Suryakumar Yadav stitched a 79-run stand with utmost patience. As a result, Mumbai were bailed out in their landmark appearance. They ended on 260 for 7; conceding 3 points to Baroda.

Mumbai 171 & 260 for 7 (Prithvi Shaw 56, Ajinkya Rahane 45, Suryakumar Yadav 44, Siddhesh Lad 71*; Swapnil Singh 2 for 55) trail Baroda 575 (Aditya Waghmode 138, Swapnil Singh 164, SS Mangalorkar 44; Shardul Thakur 3 for 95) by 144 runs.

At Cuttack: Tamil Nadu and Odisha’s face-off turned out to be a dull affair. After posting 530 for 8 decl., Tamil Nadu bowlers were made to work hard on the final day against Odisha. Riding on Sandeep Pattnaik and Natraj Behera’s half-centuries, Shantanu Mishra, Biplab Samantaray and Rajesh Dhuper made merry on a batting-friendly track to end the match with Odisha 533 for 9. Surprisingly, despite a complete batting performance, no batsman crossed three figures.

Dhuper was adjudged Man-of-the-Match for his well-crafted 97.

Brief scores:

Tamil Nadu 530 for 8 decl. (Murali Vijay 140, Baba Aparajith 109, Vijay Shankar 100; Suryakant Pradhan 3 for 75) trail Odisha 533 for 9 (Sandeep Pattnaik 66, Natraj Behera 91, Shantanu Mishra 71, Biplab Samantaray 50, Rajesh Dhuper 97; Washington Sundar 4 for 95) by 3 runs.

At Agartala: Andhra and Tripura were involved in an engaging draw. Resuming Day Four with a lead of 138 runs, Andhra were expected to bat aggressively to enforce a result. They declared at 234 for 4 courtesy fifty from KS Bharat, and contributions from Ricky Bhui and Ashwin Hebbar.

In pursuit of 322, Tripura gave their best shot at ended at 272 for 5. Smit Patel’s unbeaten hundred and fifty from Udiyan Bose sparked competition into the contest before end of day’s play.

Brief scores

Andhra 402 & 234 for 4 decl. (KS Bharat 52, Ricky Bhui 39, Ashwin Hebbar 44*; Rana Dutta 3 for 43) lead Tripura 315 & 272 for 5 (Udiyan Bose 53, Smit Patel 107*; Bhargav Bhatt 2 for 83) by 50 runs.