Ranji wrap: Khajuria, Mushtaq script J&K's win against Vidarbha

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[File Photo]: Shahbaz Ahmed came up with an all-round performance in Bengal's win against Nagaland
[File Photo]: Shahbaz Ahmed came up with an all-round performance in Bengal's win against Nagaland © BCCI

Outright results

Despite being in a delicate position by stumps on the second day, Jammu and Kashmir staged a commendable comeback on the third day to script a 39-run win over Vidarbha. J&K started the day trailing by 4 runs and kept losing wickets regularly. Opener Shubham Khajuria was the lone man fighting with a stellar century that helped J&K give their bowlers 140 to defend. Abid Mushtaq then breezed through the Vidarbha batting lineup with an eight-wicket haul as they were bowled out for just 101.

Karan Lal, Shahbaz Ahmed and Pradipta Pramanik shared all ten wickets between them as Bengal swatted aside Nagaland on the third day to pick up a huge win. Having already tormented Nagaland with the bat on the second day, Bengal continued to make merry as skipper Manoj Tiwary hit an unbeaten fifty and had the best seat in the house at the other end as Shahbaz went berserk to smash an unbeaten 75 off just 55 balls. Bengal declared with a lead close to 300, only for Nagaland to succumb again with the bat. Shahbaz picked up three wickets but it was Karan Lal who starred with a five-wicket haul as Bengal won by an innings and 161 runs.

A stunning collapse on the third morning saw Bihar go down against Meghalaya in Shillong. Bihar lost their last seven wickets for just 25 runs on the third morning in stunning fashion as Abhishek Kumar ripped through that middle order. Chasing 197, Meghalaya did stutter at one stage losing three wickets for just 43 runs but Swarajeet Das's 81 came at the ideal time as they picked up a four-wicket win.

Tight encounters

Andhra will pin their hopes on Hanuma Vihari on the final day to steer them to victory as they finished Day 3 at 100/4, still 140 to get. Once Ruturaj Gaikwad was dismissed for 63 on the third morning, Andhra struck at regular intervals to keep Maharashtra to 150. Chasing 240 for the win, Andhra received a jolt as they were reduced to 30/3 before Vihari rescued the side with a handy knock. However, Srikar Bharat's wicket right at the end has turned the tide slightly in favour of the bowling side.

In a thrilling encounter in Hyderabad, opener Tanmay Agarwal has single-handedly kept his side in the game against Assam with a terrific century. After the Assam lower order added some handy runs on the third morning to set a target of 250, Hyderabad were rattled in the chase. They did begin on a fine note and appeared to be coasting towards a win at 171/3 before Assam staged a strong comeback. Riyan Parag picked up three wickets as Assam took total control despite the skipper's ton. On the final day, Tanmay will have to farm the majority of the strike as Hyderabad need 22 more runs with just one wicket in hand.

Shams Mulani has picked up 10 wickets in the game and has made an unbeaten 30 already with the bat in the run chase but Mumbai will be relying heavily on him on the final day as they seek a win over Saurashtra. The left-arm spinner picked up a six-wicket haul on the third day with only Dharmendrasinh Jadeja offering a fight with a gritty 90 for Saurashtra. But that seemed to be enough as Mumbai collapsed in the run chase of 280. Prithvi Shaw and Suryakumar Yadav made handy contributions but those weren't enough as they lost 8 wickets with 62 more needed.

The game between Baroda and Uttar Pradesh moved at a rapid pace on the third day in Vadodara as the hosts went into stumps needing another 115 runs to win with six wickets in hand. The chase will certainly not be straightforward as evidenced on the third day that saw the fall of 18 wickets.

Top batting efforts

Saurabh Tiwary came up with a brisk century on the third day to give Jharkhand a huge first innings lead against Services. Tiwary scored 165 off 237 balls and was well supported by Anukul Roy and Shahbaz Nadeem with half-centuries as Jharkhand declared with 551 runs on the board. With a lead of 184, they struck early before stumps as Services now face a huge task on the final day to avoid defeat.

A maiden first-class century from Pradosh Paul has given Tamil Nadu the first innings lead against Delhi. In a game that's been affected by bad light, TN picked up a lead of 124 before declaring on the third day. Pradosh made 124 whereas Vijay Shankar hit 52. Washington Sundar did strike once before stumps by getting rid of Anuj Rawat but Delhi will fancy their chances of getting away with a draw.

Suryakant Pradhan turned heads with a blitz on the third day to help Odisha fetch a lead of 76 in the first innings. Batting lower down the order. Suryakant smashed five sixes in a 27-ball 60 that pretty much took the spotlight away from centurion Kartik Biswal. Haryana then put up a steady display to knock off that lead and went into stumps with a lead of their own.

Priyank Panchal's mammoth double century was the highlight of the day as Gujarat took total control of their contest against Chandigarh. The skipper who began the day at 87, went on to dominate the bowling attack and finished unbeaten on 257. Manan Hingrajia hit an unbeaten 151 off just 210 balls and was involved in a partnership of 307 as Gujarat declared with a lead of 292. Chandigarh lost two wickets by stumps with just 46 on the board.

Best bowling performances

Jalaj Saxena was the star of the show once again as his six-wicket haul wrecked Chhattisgarh. Saxena's show could have easily resulted in an innings win for Kerala if not for a stunning effort from Harpreet Singh Bhatia at No.3 as he scored more than 50% of his team's total. Harpreet made 152 that helped Chhattisgarh take a lead of 125. It's a target Kerala will fancy chasing down on the final day.

Madhya Pradesh took firm control of their clash against Railways having traded blows on the first two days. With a lead of 21, Railways did get off to a good start in the second essay, racing to 91/2 but Saransh Jain and Kumar Kartikeya shared nine wickets between them as the batting side lost their last six wickets for just 48 runs. Needing 215 for victory, MP knocked off 36 runs by stumps for no loss of wickets.