Jharkhand, Maharashtra cruise to innings wins

Anupam Sanklecha returned career-best figures of 14 for 94 © PTI

Anupam Sanklecha followed up his first innings seven-for with seven more wickets in the second innings, finishing with match figures of 14 for 94 to help Maharashtra beat Vidarbha by an innings and three runs in Kolkata, their first victory this season.

Needing nine wickets to win at the start of the third day, Maharashtra picked up three wickets within the first five overs as Vidarbha slumped from 150 for 1 to 154 for 4. Sanklecha took two of them and returned to finish with 7 for 69 for the innings.

Shrikant Wagh, batting at No. 8, remained not out on 69. His stand of 73 with Akshay Karnewar (23) for the seventh wicket was the only significant partnership in Vidarbha’s innings.

Saurashtra crumbled in their second innings and were bowled out for 144, resulting in an innings-and-46-run defeat to Jharkhand in Agartala. The win lifted Jharkhand to the top of group B. Legspinner Samar Quadri took four wickets, while Ashish Kumar took three to wrap the match up before tea.

Prerak Mankad, who scored 96 in the first innings, top-scored again with 40. Saurashtra’s biggest partnership was a 38-run seventh-wicket stand between Mankad and Jaydev Unadkat. This was Saurashtra’s second consecutive loss. They are yet to win a match this season.

Ishank Jaggi was declared Man of the Match for his knock of 173, which led Jharkhand to 477.

File photo – Karnataka’s KL Rahul celebrated his return to the Indian Test squad with a ton against Rajasthan © AFP

In Vizianagaram, KL Rahul struck a 131-ball 106 to help Karnataka set Rajasthan a target of 525. In response, Rajasthan finished the day on 118 for 6. Karnataka are four wickets away from their fourth consecutive win.

Rahul’s fellow opener Ravikumar Samarth, and Mayank Agarwal scored 55 and 63 respectively. Rahul added 98 and 86 for the first two wickets en route to his 12th first-class century. Incidentally, all three scored fifties in the first innings too, and remained the only players to make half-centuries in the match. Rahul has been added to India’s squad for the Visakhapatnam Test.

Rajasthan lost their first four wickets for 26 runs before Salman Khan (39) and Chetan Bist (24) added 41 for the fourth wicket before the latter was dismissed by Vinay Kumar, who finished the day with three wickets.

Govinda Poddar hit a career-best 225 as Odisha finished the third day on 459 for 7 in Hyderabad, leading Assam by 158 runs.

Poddar’s overnight partner Subhranshu Senapati was dismissed in the day’s first over. Poddar was joined by Biplab Samantray, and they added 163 for the fifth wicket. Their partnership lasted 50 overs and saw Poddar cross his previous best score of 153. His innings lasted 364 balls, and contained 21 fours and two sixes.

Samantray completed his fifth first-class century before being dismissed for 103 (215b, 7×4) two overs before stumps. Arup Das took three wickets.

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