Ranji Trophy, Day 3 Wrap: Harshal Patel leads Haryana to quarters after five years
GROUP CHarshal Patel returned with a match-haul of seven wickets to enable Haryana thrash Tripura by 119 runs and qualify for the Ranji Trophy cricket quarterfinals for the first time since 2011-12.Resuming on 186/4, Haryana declared their second innings at 261/9 just before lunch to set a target of 315 runs for Tripura.Chasing a massive target, Tripura put up yet another sloppy batting display to be bundled out for 195, less than half an hour after tea to suffer the loss with a day to spare. (RANJI TROPHY DAY 2 HIGHLIGHTS)The former Royal Challengers Bangalore medium pacer Harshal Patel (2/33) rocked the top order in his twin bursts from his first two overs, even as the four-seam Haryana attack accounted for nine wickets, while one was a run out.Skipper Mohit Sharma (2/50), Joginder Sharma (2/24) and Sanjay Pahal (3/47) joined in the act to reduce them to 65/7 and it seemed that they would fold inside tea.But the eighth wicket pair of Gurinder Singh (62) and skipper Manisankar Murasingh (60) who put on 119 runs to delay the inevitable. (RANJI TROPHY DAY 1 HIGHLIGHTS)Pahal dismissed Gurinder in the fourth over after tea to trigger the collapse before claiming his third victim in Murasingh to bundle them out in 40.4 overs.The 26-year-old Patel, who had also contributed with a cameo of 26 in a significant 66-run last wicket partnership with Mohit Sharma (39 not out) in the first innings, returned with a match haul seven for 60 to be adjudged man-of-the-match.It’s a sheer coincidence that Patel was instrumental in their 2011-12 Ranji qualification when he had returned with 28 wickets from seven matches.advertisementGROUP BYoung pacer Lalit Yadav ripped through Rajasthan batting line-up with a brilliant six-wicket haul as Vidarbha took aim to score a consolation win in their Ranji Trophy cricket match.20-year-old Yadav (6/60) triggered a Rajasthan batting collapse as Rajasthan bowled them out for 163 in 54.5 overs on the third day of the Group B match at the Greater Noida Sports Complex Ground.Vidarbha, who had scored 116 all out in their first innings, were now set a target of 188 to chase down for a win on Saturday and end the season on a high. They were already out for reckoning for a quarter-final berth.In the other group B clash, Maharashtra’s chance of securing a quarter-final berth was crushed as they were handed a 10-wicket thrashing by Karnataka on the third day of their Ranji Trophy clash.Having taken a 182-run first-innings lead, Karnataka bowled out Maharashtra for 218 in the second innings, which left them to chase just 37 runs for victory.Karnataka will now have to wait for the result of the Jharkhand-Odisha match on December 15 to find out if they finish Group B as the toppers.GROUP A Punjab enforced the follow-on after bowling out Mumbai for 185 to keep the team in line for an outright victory in their Group A Ranji Trophy cricket match.After notching up 468 in their first innings, Punjab pacer Manpreet Goni’s four wickets rattled the Mumbai batting line-up as they were all out in 60.3 overs at the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium.In their second innings, Mumbai were 94/2 at stumps on the third day, still trailing by 189 runs.It may yet not be enough for Punjab, unless of course Tamil Nadu, having taken a lead, lose outright to Gujarat.In the other group A clash, Uttar Pradesh managed a slender first-innings lead and then raced to 117/0 loss to take their lead to 140 in the second innings of their Group A Ranji Trophy cricket match against Baroda.In reply to UP’s 481, Baroda’s first innings ended on 458 after a late resistance at the Golf Club Ground. Baroda’s last five wickets added 307 runs, but couldn’t succeed in getting them the first-innings lead.Baroda had been steadied by a 91-run stand between Kedar Devdhar and Irfan Pathan overnight, after having fallen to 151/5.