Ranji Trophy: Tamil Nadu on brink of victory

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Tamil Nadu were on the verge of victory against Maharashtra while Madhya Pradesh's Naman Ojha and Parvinder Singh of Uttar Pradesh smashed tons to put their teams in strong position on day three of Ranji Trophy third round matches Monday.

In Chennai, Tamil Nadu require two wickets to win against Maharashtra, who were reeling at 75 for eight while chasing a 193-run target. Laxmipathy Balaji, Yo Mahesh, R. Aushik Srinivas and Malolan Rangarajan picked a couple each for Tamil Nadu.

Madhya Pradesh skipper Naman Ojha led from the front to score an unbeaten 102 against defending champions Rajasthan in Jaipur, helping his side reach 200 for one in the second innings. The visitors made 256 in the first innings and Rajasthan replied with 379.

Parvinder (143 not out) starred for Uttar Pradesh in Meerut to put his team in a commanding position against Karnataka. The hosts were 343 for five in their second innings at stumps, gaining a massive lead of 445 runs. Karnataka were bundled out for 181 in their first innings in response to Uttar Pradesh's 283.

Brief Scores:

Group A:

In Kolkata: Gujarat 260 all out and 18 for 4 in 9 overs vs Bengal 526 for 7 decl in 138 overs (Manoj Tiwary 191; Laxmi Shukla 113 not out)

In Hyderabad: Saurashtra 260 all out and 270 for 6 in 90 overs (Jaydev Shah 55, Shitanshu Kotak batting 47, Sagar Jogiyani 69; Akash Bhandari 4/92) vs Hyderabad 186 all out (Ravindra Jadeja 6/71)

In Bhubaneswar: Railways 205 all out and 183 for 2 in 50 overs (Amit Paunikar batting 113, V Cheluvaraj 40) vs Punjab 314 all out in 105.2 overs (Uday Kaul 100, Amitoze Singh 55; Hardik Rathod 3/75)

In Jaipur: Madhya Pradesh 256 all out and 200 for 1 in 60 overs (Naman Ojha batting 102, Zafar Ali 54 vs Rajasthan 379 all out in 119.5 overs (Robin Bist 85, Rashmi Parida 108; Ishwar Pandey 6-92)

Group B:

In Delhi: Baroda 561 all out in 178 overs (Abhimanyu Chauhan 113, Ambati Rayudu 131; Parwinder Awana 4/104, Rajat Bhatia 3-35) vs Delhi 215 for 3 in 69 overs (Unmukt Chand 51, Mohit Sharma 71, Mithun Manhas batting 41)

In Rohtak: Haryana 66 all out and 300 all out in 129.2 overs (Sunny Singh 36, Abhimanyu Khod 74, Jayant Yadav 66) vs Odisha 219 all out and 60 for three in 24.3 overs

In Chennai: Tamil Nadu 276 all out and 149 all out (Baba Aparajith 35, Dinesh Karthik 35; Akshay Darekar 4/61, Chirag Khurana 4/27) vs Maharashtra 233 all out and 75 for 8 (Ankit Bawne batting 18; L Balaji 2/13, Yo Mahesh 2/10)

In Meerut: Uttar Pradesh 283 all out and 343 for 5 in 112 overs (Parvinder Singh 143, Bhuvneshwar Kumar 91) vs Karnataka 181 all out

Group C:

In Nadaun: Andhra 372 all out and 181 for 3 (Bodapati Sumanth batting 73, Amol Muzumdar batting 89) vs Himachal Pradesh 265 all out in 95.4 overs (Paras Dogra 122, Varun Sharma 38; Paidkalva Vijaykumar 6/80)

In Jamshedpur: Jharkhand 360 all out vs Goa 208 all out and 16 for 0 in 6 overs (follow-on)

In Malappuram: Kerala 264 all out and 168 for 1 in 51 overs (Abhishek Hegde batting 74, VA Jagadessh batting 92) vs Assam 286 all out in 97.3 overs (Dheeraj Jadhav 98, Tarjinder Singh 92; PU Anthaf 3/63)

In Agartala: Services 563 for four decl vs Tripura 285 for 4 in 106 overs (Abbas Ali batting 108; Shadab Nazar 2/70)).

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