Saurashtra 102 (Jogiyani 51, Hasan 5-43) and 215 (Jani 65, Hasan 5-69) beat Hyderabad 148 (Sumanth 41, Jadeja 6-75) and 134 (Sandeep 46, Jadeja 7-60) by 35 runs
Three matches, 37 wickets, two fifties, and six successive five-fors. After driving Saurashtra to an innings win against Tripura and then toppling Jharkhand inside two days, Ravindra Jadeja continued his Ranji season to remember by picking up 13 wickets against Hyderabad to maintain his team’s winning start.
Saurashtra, having already conceded the innings lead, began the second day at 10 for 0. However, just like in their first innings, they lost wickets in a bulk and soon found themselves floundering at 68 for 6, staring at a big loss. However, Chirag Jani, the No.8 batsman, scored a counterattacking 65 and battled with the tail to lift Saurashtra to 215. His knock set Hyderabad a target of 170 and gave Saurashtra something to defend. Mehdi Hasan was the pick of Hyderabad’s bowlers, taking his second five-for of the match (5 for 69).
With figures of 6 for 27, 5 for 45, 6 for 71, 7 for 55 and 6 for 75 already under his belt this season, Ravindra Jadeja went about adding to that tally by dismantling Hyderabad’s batsmen for the second time in two days. He collected 7 for 60, and in the process equaled the record held by Australia’s Charlie Turner for most consecutive five-fors in first-class cricket. Bavanaka Sandeep top-scored for Hyderabad with 46, but received little by way of support from his team-mates, as Ravindra Jadeja bundled the team out for 134 in 40 overs to seal a 35-run victory.
Tripura 85 for 2 (Bose 40, Dayal 2-18) trail Jammu & Kashmir 428 (Rasool 130, Manhas 96, Sarkar 3-66) by 343 runs
Jammu & Kashmir took control of their Ranji clash against Tripura in Agartala, as the visitors amassed a first-innings total of 428, and then removed two Tripura batsmen before stumps. J&K, who began at 303 for 4, were dealt an early blow on day two when Parvez Rasool, the overnight centurion, was dismissed five overs in. Tripura clawed their way back with three more quick wickets, but a 76-run partnership for the ninth wicket between Bandeep Singh (63) and Umar Nazir Mir (36) lifted J&K past the 400-run mark. Manisankar Murasingh, Rana Dutta and Abhijit Sarkar claimed three wickets apiece for Tripura.
The hosts began their reply poorly, as the opener Arindam Das was bowled by Ram Dayal in the very first over, but Rajib Saha and Udiyan Bose led a recovery, putting up a 79-run stand. However, Tripura suffered another setback towards the end of the day, as Dayal struck again to trap Bose lbw. Tripura were 85 for 2 when stumps were called.
Services 66 for 0 trail Kerala 322 (Prem 101, Baby 51, Paliwal 3-33) by 256 runs
A middle and lower-order slide prevented Kerala from putting a stronghold on their Ranji clash against Services in Delhi. Kerala, who began at 198 for 2, were buoyed by Rohan Prem‘s century (101) and Sachin Baby’s fifty (51), but from a strong position of 242 for 2, the team lost its last eight wickets for just 80 runs, being bowled out for 322. Offspinner Rajat Paliwal was the pick of Services’ bowlers, taking 3 for 33, while Diwesh Pathania and Muzzaffaruddin Khalid claimed two apiece. Services began their reply brightly, as a 66-run opening stand between Anshul Gupta and Soumik Chatterjee ensured the hosts were still in the running for first-innings points.
Himachal Pradesh 298 for 5 (Dogra 139*, Parameswaran 3-49) trail Goa 324 (Kamat 163, Kauthankar 74, Dhawan 6-108) by 26 runs
Paras Dogra‘s 18th first-class ton kept Himachal Pradesh on course to collect a vital first-innings lead against Goa in Dharamsala. Goa, who began the day at 265 for 7, ended with 324. Their overnight centurion Sagun Kamat went on to make 163, but did not receive any substantial support from the tail, as Rishi Dhawan snared 6 for 108 to bundle Goa out in 104.4 overs.
HP began their innings brightly as Ankush Bains and Prashant Chopra put up an opening stand of 51, but both batsmen were dismissed in quick succession by the 11th over. Dogra, though, coming in at No.4, was resolute, remaining unbeaten on 139 with 18 fours and three sixes. He added 119 for the fifth wicket with Nikhil Gangta, who scored 47 before being dismissed off the last ball of the day. HP were 298 for 5 when stumps were called.
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