Ranji Trophy is in 6th round and is being played at several locations across India. In Group B matches, Maharashtra, Jharkhand, Karnataka and Odisha are ahead in the third day. The match where Maharashtra won over Vidarbha was in Kolkata. The team won by an inning and three runs. It is the first victory of the team in the tournament. Its bowlers routed Vidarbha in the third day taking down the required wickets. The prime attacker of the team was Anupam Sanklecha who had 14 wickets in the match giving out 94. In the first inning, the player brought seven and in the second he removed equal number of wickets.
Vidarbha started the day at 150 for 1, but lost three wickets in the first five overs. In the stretch, they had only three runs falling to 154 for 4. The best inning was the partnership between Akshay Karnewar and Shrikant Wagh scoring 69 runs. The latter, batting at number 8, hammered 69 runs remaining unbeaten in the inning.
In Agartala, Saurashtra was defeated by Jharkhand by an inning and 46 runs. The latter posed the challenge of 477 runs in the match. Ishank Jaggi knocked 173 helping his team to the massive score. In reply, Saurashtra could give out only a feeble strike. The best stretch in their inning was from Prerak Mankad and Jaydev Unadkat who partnered for 38 runs. It was the second loss for the team in the season. Mankad scored the highest runs of the inning, which was 40. In the first inning, the batsman had 96 runs. Jharkhand's attack was spearheaded by leg spinner Samar Quadri and Ashish Kumar, who took four and three wickets respectively.
Lokesh Rahul, in the match between Karnataka and Rajasthan scored 106 off 131. This helped his team, Karnataka to pose 525 as the target for Rajasthan. In the inning, there were strong strikes from the openers as well. Ravi Kumar Samarth had 55 and Mayank Agarwal struck 63 runs in the inning. For Rahul, it was his 12th first class century. Rajasthan, on the other hand, lost six wickets for 118 runs and the win seems imminent for Karnataka. The team lost the top line up in just 26 runs. Vinay Kumar, for Karnataka, dismissed three Saurashtra wickets.
In the match at Hyderabad, Odisha is leading Assam by 158 runs. The strongest strike for the team was from Govinda Poddar, who knocked 225 in the inning. The figure is his career best and led his team to 459. Poddar partnered with Subhranshu Senapati and Biplab Samantry adding good runs. With Samantry, the batsman brought 163 runs batting for 50 overs. Poddar smashed 21 fours and two sixes. Samantry knocked his maiden first class century in the match scoring 103 runs. On the other side, Arup Das headed Assam's attack in the inning removing three wickets.
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