Ranji Trophy 2018-19, Elite Group C round-up: J&K’s Mudhasir records season’s first hat-trick, UP surge past Goa
Ranji Trophy round-up of Elite Group C matches.

At the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur, Jammu and Kashmir’s Mohammed Mudhasir picked up this season’s first hat-trick to trigger a collapse that saw Rajasthan lose their last seven wickets for just 50 runs. However, J&K’s response with the bat was ordinary. TM Ul Haq and Rahul Chahar combined to take six wickets to limit Jammu Kashmir to 186 for 7.

The star of the day though was Mudhasir, who became the first player from J&K to register a hat-trick. Jammu and Kashmir were 329 for 3 before Mudhasir struck with four wickets in four balls to derail the innings and finish with 5 for 90.

Jammu and Kashmir’s innings never quite got going. From 33 for 2, Shubham Khajuria and Paras Sharma added 49 runs before Chahar removed the opener. Sharma then got together with skipper Parvez Rasool to add 64 valuable runs for the fifth wicket.

Brief scores: Jammu and Kashmir 186 for 7 (Parvez Rasool 47; Rahul Chahar 3 for 59), trail Rajasthan 379 all out (Chetan Bist 159; Mohammed Mudhasir 5 for 90) by 193 runs.

Centuries to Mohammad Saif and Akshdeep Nath led another dominant day for Uttar Pradesh against Goa. UP finished the day on 473 for 3, losing just two wickets and now lead Goa by 321 runs at the Green Park Stadium in Kanpur.

After Madhav Kaushik missed his century by eight runs, Saif brought up his second First-Class hundred off 225 balls and partnered Akshdeep Nath in a 123-run stand for the third wicket. Saif was eventually dismissed by Felix Alemao but the joy of his departure for Goa was short-lived. Nath took control of the innings and brought up his century off 169 balls. He went past his previous highest score of 110 to remain unbeaten on 155. He and Priyam Garg inflicted further on Goa with an unbeaten 181-run partnership

Brief Scores: Uttar Pradesh 473 for 3 (Akshdeep Nath 155*, Mohammad Saif 126; Lakshay Garg 2 for 95) lead Goa 152 all out by 321 runs at Stumps on Day 2.

At the JSCA International Stadium Complex in Ranchi, Assam have responded well to Jharkhand after bowling them out for 344 to reach 126 for 2 at stumps. Resuming at 266 for 6, Anukul Roy, batting at No. 8, revived the innings with crucial half-century before Mukhtar Hussain completed his five-wicket haul to bring the innings to close. Mukhtar picked up the last three wickets, including that of Roy for 80 (comprising eight boundaries).

In reply, Assam were recovered from the early loss of their openers. Varun Aaron and Ashish Kumar removed openers Pallavkumar Das and Rishav Das to leave Assam at 27 for 2. Sibsankar Roy and Gokul Sharma then added an unbeaten 99-run stand to help Assam stage a comeback.

Brief Scores: Assam 126 for 2 (Gokul Sharma 49*, Sibsankar Roy 47*) trail Jharkhand 344 all out (Anukul Roy 80; Mukhtar Hussain 5 for 77) by 218 runs.

At Bhubaneswar’s KIIT Stadium, Haryana batsman Himanshu Rana struck a century to take his team to 239 for 3. Their opponents Odisha were all out for 324 but not before Santanu Mishra had got them to a competitive total from 218 for 6. Mishra was dismissed for 71 by Tinu Kundu, who made short work of the tail and finished with 4 for 51.

Haryana were in trouble early in their chase with openers Nitin Saini and Shubham Rohilla back in the hut with just 18 on the board. Rana and Chaitanya Bishnoi then took centerstage and forged a 178-run stand for the third wicket. Bishnoi was out LBW by Rajesh Mohanty for his second wicket before Pramod Chandila scored an unbeaten 34 off just 38 balls with six boundaries.

Brief Scores: Haryana 239 for 3 (Himanshu Rana 113*, Chaitanya Bishnoi 75), trail Odisha 324 all out (Santanu Mishra 71; Tinu Kundu 4 for 51) by 85 runs.

Vital lower-order contributions from Harmeet Singh (37), Rana Dutta (20) and Viki Saha (18) took Tripura to 360 in their first innings against Services at the Maharaja Bir Bikram College Stadium, Agartala. Services, in reply, lost three wickets to reach 136 for 3, trailing by 224 runs at stumps on Day 2.

Resuming the day on 268 for seven, Tripura’s last three batsmen added 113 runs to ensure the team’s total went past 300. Divesh Pathania took 4 for 79 to emerge the pick of the bowlers. With the ball, Rana Dutta landed the first blow to send back opener Nakul Harpal Verma in the second over. Navneet Singh and Anshul Gupta added 113 runs before both were dismissed within three overs. Singh fell one short of his half-century while Gupta fell for 62 to give Manisankar Murasingh his second wicket.

Brief Scores: Services 136 for 3 (Anshul Gupta 62, Navneet Singh 49; Manisankar Murasingh 2 for 37) trail Tripura 360 all out by 224 runs.