Ranji Trophy 2019-20 | Elite Group C - Odisha, Jammu & Kashmir secure massive wins

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Ranji Trophy 2019-20 | Elite Group C - Odisha, Jammu & Kashmir secure massive wins

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Rajesh Mohanty was the star of the show for Odisha as the pacer’s 10-wicket haul ensured an innings victory for the team and thus a bonus point to go with it. Meanwhile, Uttarakhand learnt the lessons of Elite Group as Jammu & Kashmir thrashed them by a massive margin of 253 runs.

Services eye memorable win on Day 4

Brief Scores: Services 124, 279 lead by Assam 162, 74/5 (Swarupam Purkayastha 18*, Sachidanand Pandey 2/12) 167 runs

Services are closing on what could have been a huge victory for them after reducing Assam to 74/5 on Day 2 after, with the home team needing 168 more runs to win the game. Resuming from their second-innings score of 130/4, Services, thanks to skipper Rajat Paliwal’s valiant 89 and Vikas Hathwala important 51 lower down the order, reached 279, giving Assam a target of 242 to chase down. However, the trio of Sachidanand Pandey, Shadab Nazar and Diwesh Gurdev Pathania ensured that it was Services who would go back to the hotel happiest. 

Pace shines as Odisha start season with bonus point

Brief Scores: Odisha 215 beat Chattisgarh 134, 78-all out (Ashutosh Singh 43, Rajesh Mohanty 4/19) by an innings and three runs

Rajesh Mohanty picked up a total of 10 wickets in the game as Odisha secured an innings victory against neighbours Chattisgarh to start their campaign in style. Trailing by 81 runs in the first innings, Chattisgarh needed a solid batting performance from Ashutosh Singh and Amandeep Khare, but Rajesh, along with Basant Mohanty and Suryakanta Pradhan, struck the death knell for Chattisgarh. In fact, the hosts lost their last eight wickets for seven runs, to ensure that Odisha walked away with a bonus point.

Seniors fail to own up as Maharashtra on course for innings loss

Brief Scores: Haryana 401 lead Maharashtra 247, 61/5 (Naushad Shaikh 27,  Harshal Patel 2/12) by 93 runs 

While the first innings was against the very nature of Chaudhry Bansi Lal Cricket Stadium in Lahli, the second innings is playing out to the script as Maharashtra, after being followed on, already lost five wickets, giving every chance to Haryana duo of Ashis Hooda and Harshal Patel to secure an innings win for Haryana. In the absence of Kedar Jadhav, Maharashtra’s senior players failed to take the responsibility as the likes of Rituraj Gaikwad, Swapnil Gugale and Rahul Tripathi fell cheaply. With still 93 runs required to avoid an innings victory, the writing is on the wall.

Game evenly poised in Agartala

Brief Scores: Tripura 289 lead Jharkhand 136, 91/2 (Nazim Siddiqui 40, Kumar Deobrat 25; Manisankar Murasingh 1/23) by 62 runs

The game is perfectly poised in Agartala as of now as Jharkhand, after a mediocre first innings, are in the process of correcting their wrongs with Virat Singh and Rahul Prasad being in the middle, helping Jharkhand reach 91/2 in 20 overs. With the likes of Saurabh Tiwary, Ishank Jaggi to bat, it seems like Jharkhand can walk away with a draw but it would require a lot of effort.

J&K thrash Uttarakhand by massive margin

Brief Scores: Jammu and Kashmir 182, 304 beat Uttarakhand 84, 149-all out (Dikshanshu Negi 55, Ram Dayal 5/58) by 253 runs

After crushing oppositions for fun in the plate group last year, Uttarakhand learnt the life of playing in Elite Group as Jammu and Kashmir thrashed them by 253 runs in Abhimanyu Cricket Academy in Dehradun. They were trailing by 98 runs in the first innings, and with Jammu and Kashmir piling up a total of 304 runs in the second innings, it seemed Uttarakhand had accepted the result. Apart from No.8 Dikshanshu Negi, no one was up for a real fight as the team bundled out for a paltry 149 runs in the second innings to give the North Indian team a massive win.

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