Ranji Trophy 2018-19, Quarterfinals, Day 3: Round-up
Kerala defeated the 2016-17 champions Gujarat comprehensively to make its way into the semi-finals.
Wasim Jaffer scaled greater heights on the third day of the quarterfinals of the Ranji Trophy 2018-19 with his splendid knock. The 40-year-old who went into bat with an overnight score of 111 registered a double century in the tournament. His 206 assisted by a 98 from Akshay Wadkar helped Vidarbha extend their lead to a massive 204 runs at the close of play. The game against Uttarakhand is likely to end in a draw and both the teams are battling hard to gain an upper hand.
In the second quarterfinal match, Uttar Pradesh managed to bundle Saurashtra out for 208 runs in their first innings. However, when the team was back on the field to bat in the second innings, they struggled miserably. Dharmendrasinh Jadeja continued with his good form in the season and picked up a four-wicket haul. Uttar Pradesh is now reeling at 172/8 and it might not take too long to bowl them out. Yet, the team has got a 349-run lead already which is quite huge going into the last day.
Gujarat knocked out of the tournament
The pendulum is swinging either way at all times in the third quarterfinal between Karnataka and Rajasthan. Carrying on with an overnight score of 11/0, the latter side was bundled out for 222 courtesy a four-wicket haul from Krishnappa Gowtham and a three-wicket haul from Shreyas Gopal. Defending a mere target of only 184 runs, Rajasthan forged back into the game with three early wickets. Karnataka still needs 139 runs more to win the game and are 45/3 at the moment.
The game between Kerala and Gujarat was sure to yield a result on Day 3. While the odds were in the favour of Gujarat at the close of play on yesterday, Kerala fought their way back beautifully. Basil Thampi’s five-wicket haul complemented by a four-wicket haul from Sandeep Warrier helped bowl Gujarat out for only 81 runs. Thus, Kerala was handed over a victory of 113 runs and will make their way into the semi-final of the Ranji Trophy. For his 8-wicket haul in the game, Thampi was adjudged the Man of the Match.
Here are the brief scores after day-3 of the Ranji Trophy:
Vidarbha vs Uttarakhand, 1st Quarterfinal
Uttarakhand, 1st innings: 355/10 in 108.4 overs (Saurabh Rawat 108, Umesh Yadav 4/90)
Vidarbha, 1st innings: 559/6 in 159 overs (Wasim Jaffer 206, Dhanraj Sharma 2/87)
Match Situation: Vidarbha lead by 204 runs.
Saurashtra vs Uttar Pradesh, 2nd Quarterfinal
Uttar Pradesh, 1st innings: 385/10 in 103.3 overs (Rinku Singh 150, Jaydev Unadkat 5/86)
Saurashtra, 1st innings: 208/10 in 66.4 overs (Prerak Mankad 67, Yash Dayal 4/55)
Uttar Pradesh, 2nd innings: 172/8 in 66 overs (Mohammad Saif 48, Dharmendrasinh Jadeja 4/53)
Match Situation: Uttar Pradesh lead by 349 runs.
Karnataka vs Rajasthan, 3rd Quarterfinal
Rajasthan, 1st innings: 224/10 in 77.1 overs (Rajesh Bishnoi 79, Abhimanyu Mithun 3/48)
Karnataka, 1st innings: 263/10 in 87.4 overs (Vinay Kumar 83*, Rahul Chahar 5/93)
Rajasthan, 2nd innings: 222/10 in 67.2 overs (Robin Bist 44, Krishnappa Gowtham 4/54)
Match Situation: Karnataka needs 139 runs to win the match.
Kerala vs Gujarat, 4th Quarterfinal
Kerala, 1st innings: 185/9 in 39.3 overs (Basil Thampi 37, Chintan Gaja 4/57)
Gujarat, 1st innings: 162/10 in 51.4 overs (Parthiv Patel 43, Sandeep Warrier 4/42)
Kerala, 2nd innings: 171/10 in 59 overs (Sijomon Joseph 56, Roosh Kalaria 3/36)
Gujarat, 2nd innings: 81/10 in 31.3 overs (Rahul V Shah 33*, Basil Thampi 5/27)
Match Result: Kerala won by 113 runs.