Ranji Trophy: Jalaj Saxena Grabs 9/68 As Bengal Stare At Second Successive Defeat

Feb 11, 2024

Domestic cricket legend Jalaj Saxena demolished Bengal with career-best figures of 9/68 in the Ranji Trophy Group D clash in Kerala on Sunday, leaving the visitors on the verge of a second consecutive defeat. Resuming at 172/8, Bengal managed to add only eight runs to their overnight total, with the veteran all-rounder taking two more wickets. The 37-year-old now has 439 wickets to his name and over 6600 runs in 138 matches in first-class cricket. Despite a substantial lead, Kerala captain Sanju Samson decided not to enforce the follow-on and declared his second essay at 265/6, setting a mammoth target of 449 runs for the visitors.

In reply, Bengal's score was 77/2 and Abhimanyu Easwaran was batting on 33. Bengal had lost its last match against Mumbai at Eden Gardens.

Khare scored 143 runs, but Mumbai maintained the lead

In Raipur, captain Amandeep Khare led from the front with a brilliant 143 as Chhattisgarh put up a strong fight, falling just one run short of Mumbai's first innings total of 351.

From 180/4 at night, Khare, who remained unbeaten on 35, showed immense patience in his composed innings of 211 balls.

Mumbai kept taking wickets at one end but Khare stood firm and was the last man out. He hit 14 fours and four sixes.

In reply, Mumbai's score on the third day was 97/1.

With a lead of 98 runs, Mumbai looked to be in a good position with Bhupen Lalwani and Amogh Bhatkal at the crease.

The only success for Chhattisgarh in Mumbai's second innings came from Shubham Singh, when he dismissed Mumbai's first innings hero Prithvi Shaw five runs short of a half-century.

The Indian batsman's inning of 159 runs in 185 balls took Mumbai to 351 runs.

Assam eyes first win of the season

Veteran off-spinner Swaroopam Purkayastha performed brilliantly with the ball, taking four wickets for just 11 runs, as Assam took a huge first innings lead of 198 runs by bowling out Bihar for 207 runs in Guwahati.

Assam were quick to enforce the follow-on and restricted Bihar to 168/3 by the end of the final day's play.

Opener Piyush Singh scored an unbeaten 79 runs out of 204 to take Bihar to its second essay.

Trailing by 30 runs, the visitors face a daunting task as Assam will be eyeing their first win of the season.

For Assam, Mukhtar Hussain, Rahul Singh and Mrinmoy Dutta took one wicket each.

Tamil Nadu vs Karnataka leads

Left-arm spinner Ajith Ram took five wickets as Tamil Nadu bowled out Karnataka for 139 runs in their Ranji Trophy Group C match here on Sunday, but the visitors still maintained the lead.
Ram (5/61) and Sai Kishore (2/27) together bowled out Karnataka in 56.4 overs and set a target of 355 runs.

First innings centurion Devdutt Padikkal was Karnataka's top scorer with 36 runs in 56 balls.

At stumps on the final day, Tamil Nadu was 36/1 and still needed 319 runs.

Vimal Kumar was batting on 16 runs and he was being supported by Pradosh Ranjan Paul on 10 runs. Narayan Jagadeesan (8) was the only batsman to be out.

Playing at 129/7 in reply to Karnataka's 366, Tamil Nadu added just 22 runs before being bowled out.

Hosts Punjab were in real trouble in Mohali after being reduced to 40/4 in their second innings while chasing an impossible target of 411 runs.

In Chandigarh, Tripura scored 438 runs in reply to the hosts' 356 with the help of half-centuries from Manisankar Murasingh (94), Ganesh Satish (88), captain Wriddhiman Saha (66) and Bimranjeet Debnath (64).

At stumps on the third day, Chandigarh had scored 116 runs without any loss and Shivam Bhambri (61 not out) and Arsalan Khan (49 not out) were present at the crease.

Brief score in Raipur:Mumbai 351 and 97/1; 28 overs (Prithvi Shaw 45, Bhupen Lalwani 40 batting). Chhattisgarh 350; 106.1 overs (Amandeep Khare 143, Shashank Chandrakar 56, Sanjeet Desai 41; Tushar Deshpande 5/121, Royston Dias 2/44). Mumbai has a lead of 98 runs.

In Guwahati: Assam: 405. Bihar 207; 71.5 overs (Paramjit Singh 53, Bipin Saurabh 39; Swaroopam Purkayastha 4/11, Mukhtar Hussain 3/22) and follow on 168/3; 61 overs (Piyush Singh 79 not out, Bipin Saurabh 44; Mukhtar Hussain 1/15, Rahul Singh 1/13). Bihar behind by 30 runs.

In Thumba: Kerala: 363 and 265/6 declared; 64.2 overs (Rohan Kunnumal 51, Sachin Baby 51, Shreyas Gopal 50 not out; Shahbaz Ahmed 3/80). Bengal: 180; 51.1 overs (Abhimanyu Easwaran 72; Jalaj Saxena 9/68) and 77/2; 20.4 overs (Target: 449) (Abhimanyu Easwaran 33 batting, Sudeep Gharami 31). Bengal needs 372 runs.

In Vizianagaram: Andhra 261 and 271/5; 92 overs (Ricky Bhui 100 batting, Hanuma Vihari 48, Sheikh Rashid 42 batting; Saurabh Kumar 3/73). Uttar Pradesh 198. Andhra ahead by 338 runs.

At Chennai: Karnataka 366 & 139 in 56.4 overs (Devdutt Padikal 36, Ajith Ram 5/61) vs Tamil Nadu 151 & 36 for one wicket in 15 overs (Vimal Kumar 16 batting; Vijayakumar Vaishya 1/12).

At Chandigarh: Chandigarh 356 and 116 without loss (Shivam Bhambri 61 batting, Arsalan Khan 49 batting) vs Tripura 438 in 121 overs (Manisankar Murasingh 94, Ganesh Satish 88, Wriddhiman Saha 66, Bikramjit Debnath 64; Gurinder Singh 4/117) ).

At Surat: Railways 297 and 208 (Ashutosh Sharma 81; Darshan Misal 4/44) vs Goa 200 and 93 for one wicket in 31 overs (Suyash Prabhudesai 54 batting; Adarsh ​​Singh 1/29).

At Mohali: Gujarat declared at 339 and 290 for 8 (Sunpreet Singh Bagga 79; Baltej Singh 2/55) vs Punjab at 219 and 40 for 4 in 14 overs (Jasinder Singh for 4; Priyajit Singh Jadeja) 3/17).

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