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Ranji Trophy: Saurashtra beat Jharkhand by 6 wickets, Delhi defeat UP

Saurashtra's wicketkeeper Sumit Kumar scored 108 off 147 balls with 12 boundaries and five sixes. Dharmendra Jadeja took 4 for 108.
Reported by: PTI New Delhi November 04, 2017 21:43 IST

Saurashtra beat Jharkhand by six wickets in a Ranji Trophy group B encounter bagging six points and move upto third in the points table. 

After following on, Jharkhand scored 341 in their second innings, courtesy a whirlwind 99 off 75 balls by Nazim Siddiqui, who hit 13 boundaries and two sixes. 

Wicketkeeper Sumit Kumar scored 108 off 147 balls with 12 boundaries and five sixes. Dharmendra Jadeja took 4 for 108. 

Chasing a meagre target of 59, Saurashtra achieved the target in 14 overs despite losing four wickets including Cheteshwar Pujara (3). 

Brief Scores 

In Pune: Saurashtra 553/9 decl and (target 59) 59/4. 

Jharkhand 270 and (follow on) 341 (Sumit Kumar 108, Nazim Siddiqui 99). Saurashtra won by 6 wickets. 

Points: Saurashtra 6; Jharkhand 0 

In Valsad: Gujarat 236 and 281/9 decl 

Harayana 157 and (target 361) 122 (Suddharth Desai 5/46, Piyush Chawla 5/44). Gujarat won by 238 runs. 

Points: Gujarat 6; Haryana 0. 

In Thumba 

Kerala 219 and 191. 

Jammu and Kashmir 173 and (target 238) 79 (KC Akshay 5/21). Kerala won by 158 runs. 

Points: Kerala 6; Jammu and Kashmir 0.

Nitish, Milind anchor chase as Delhi beat UP by 4 wkts

Nitish Rana's fluent 67 and a patient unbeaten 48 from vice-captain Milind Kumar saw Delhi chase down a tricky target of 252 on the final day against Uttar Pradesh in their Ranji Group A encounter. 

Delhi with 16 points from 3 games are now second in the group behind leaders Karnataka with 20 from equal number of games. 

Starting the day at 224 for 7, UP lasted only 4.5 overs as Navdeep Saini (4/46) polished off the remaining three wickets with visitors second innings ending at 229. 

With a minimum of 83 overs to reach the target, Delhi knocked off the runs in 72.1 overs with minimum fuss. 

Unmukt Chand (49, 100 balls) and first innings hero Dhruv Shorey (32) added 53 for the second wicket after Gautam Gambhir's early departure. 

But it was the partnership between Chand and Nitish Rana that yielded 71 runs for the third wicket before the former was dismissed in the 36th over. 

He was one short of his first 50 of the season. 

Rana, who hit 8 boundaries and a six added another 52 runs with Milind, who was a picture of concentration during his undefeated 109 ball knock. 

Once Rana was out in the 55th over, Rishabh Pant (26) hit a quickfire 26 off 34 balls to take the team closer before Navdeep Saini smashed three fours and a six in 12 balls to close the match. 

Brief Scores 

In Delhi (At Palam): UP 291 and 229 (Akshdeep Nath 110, Navdeep Saini 4/46, Ishant Sharma 3/38). 

Delhi 269 and (target 252) 256/6 (Nitish Rana 67, Milind Kumar 48 no). Delhi won by 4 wickets. 

Points: Delhi 6, UP 0. 

In Delhi (At Karnail Singh Stadium): 

Hyderabad 474/9 and (Target) 23 for no loss 

Railways 246 and 250 (f/0) (Manish Rao 85, Mehdi Hassan 4/35). Points: Hyderabad 7; Railways 0. 

In Pune: 

Maharashtra 245 and 247 (Ruturaj Gaikwad 65, Abhimanyu Mithun 5/66). Karnataka 628/5 decl. 

Points: Maharashtra 0; Karnataka 7.