File photo – Deepak Hooda narrowly missed out on his fourth century of the season as Baroda inched towards defeat against Railways © PTI
Railways came to within 23 runs of winning their match against Baroda at stumps on the third day of their match in Nagpur.
Having conceded a first-innings lead of 127, Baroda were bowled out for 239 in the second innings. They began day 3 on 27 for no loss and lost opener Aditya Waghmode in the second over. Railways then inflicted two instances of wickets in consecutive overs – first in the 16th and 17th, and then in the 34th and 35th – on either side of a 64-run fourth wicket partnership between Irfan Pathan (32) and Deepak Hooda (98), to reduce Baroda to 119 for 5.
Hooda then put on 60 for the sixth with Pinal Shah (32), and batted with the tail to stretch the score 239, before he was the last man dismissed, two short of his fourth hundred of the season. The last three wickets also fell in consecutive overs. Avinash Yadav took 3 for 50 to add to his five-wicket haul in the first innings.
Railways’ chase of 113 began with a 77-run opening stand, before first-innings centurion Saurabh Wakaskar was removed for 45. They lost their second wicket, Ashish Singh, off the last ball of the day and finished on 90 for 2. Shivakant Shukla was unbeaten on 36.
He hit ten boundaries and a six in his 90, after coming in at 60 for 3, with Mumbai leading by only 68. He put up crucial partnerships – 81 for the fifth with Abhishek Nayar (39), 62 for the seventh with Siddhesh Lad (35), and 57 for the eighth with Shardul Thakur (48) – before he fell to left-arm spinner Saurabh Kumar (3-48), with the score on 279. Mumbai folded for 286 shortly after.
UP’s chase began with the loss of Tanmay Srivastava, who fell for a single-digit score once again. Shivam Chaudhury, returning to the opening spot, scored 28* and, together with Samarth Singh (7*), took UP to 43 for 1 at stumps.
An unbroken last-wicket stand of 38 helped Tamil Nadu sneak past Bengal‘s first-innings score of 337 and earn the first-innings lead in Rajkot.
Beginning the day on 60 for 1, TN’s overnight pair of Abhinav Mukund (45) and Kaushik Gandhi (65) added 45 to stretch their second-wicket partnership to 100, before Abhinav was run out. Gandhi was then removed by Ojha, after bringing up his second first-class fifty. At 141 for 3, Dinesh Karthik came in and first put on 58 with B Indrajith (34), and then batted with the lower-middle order to score 80 before being the seventh batsman dismissed, with the score on 281. Medium-pacer Sayan Ghosh then removed Aushik Srinivas and Aswin Crist (36) in consecutive overs to reduce TN to 310 for 9, and give Bengal a scent of the first-innings lead.
But K Vignesh (30*) and T Natarajan (10*) couldn’t be dismissed, batting together for 9.3 overs as they put on 38 to take TN to 348 for 9 at stumps.
MP lost three wickets within the opening six overs of the day, falling to 183 for 8 after starting the day on 162 for 5. Rush Kalaria took two of those wickets to add to his overnight tally. He eventually finished with 4 for 72. MP’s last two wickets put on 32 and 37 respectively, to lift them to 252, cutting Gujarat’s eventual lead to 50.
They scored 228 for 2 in the 70 overs they faced in the second innings, with Samit Gohel unbeaten on 93, and Parthiv Patel unbeaten on 80. Medium-pacer Ishwar Pandey took both the wickets.
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Source: ESPN Crickinfo