PUNE: A Superb 190-run partnership between skipper Rohit Motwani and Ankit Bawne put Maharashtra in a very strong position in their Ranji Trophy Plate Division game against Jammu and Kashmir at Ratnagiri on Thursday.
According to information received here, Maharashtra finished Day Three of this four-day game at 479 for 5, an first innings lead of 91 runs.
Resuming at 204 for 2 in response to J&K’s 388 all out, the hosts lost overnight batsmen Sangram Atitkar (70) and Nikhil paradkar (11) for just 26 runs in the first hour. But State’s two most dependable batsmen, 19-year-old Bawne and left-handed Motwani made sure that not only did the hosts got past the J&K total, but they also got into a very commanding position.
Motwani was unlucky to have missed a well deserved century, by just two runs, while Bawne remained unbeaten on 104 at stumps. Motwani’s 98 included 17 hits to the fence, while Bawne has hit 12 fours in his 273-ball knock so far.
After Motwani’s dismissal, Kedar Jadhav played in his usual aggressive fashion, reaching 45 not out with the help of seven fours. Jadhav and Bawne have so far added 59 runs for an unbroken sixth wicket stand.
Dada’s ton in vain
Sourav Ganguly brought on all his years of experience but his colleagues didn’t show enough stomach for a fight as Bengal conceded a slender 19-run first innings lead against Haryana in an Elite Group match of the Ranji Trophy at Bansi Lal Stadium in Rohtak on Thursday.
Bengal who were 327 for six at tea lost four wickets for only 12 runs in the post-tea session to get all-out for 339 in reply to Haryana's first innings score of 358. Only few months shy of his 40th birthday, Ganguly, who is now one of the oldest cricketers in India's domestic circuit, batted for more than four and half hours to score 135 (his 33rd ton in first-class) but got little support from the other end. Ganguly had lifted Chahal for a straight six over long on apart from hitting 20 boundaries.
Elite Group scores
At Delhi, Bardoa 318 and 81 for 4 vs Delhi 415 (Punit Bisht 223 not out, Mithun manhas 49, Irfan Pathan 7-114)
At Rohtak, Haryana 358 and 42 for 1 vs Bengal 339 (Sourav Ganguly 135, Arindam Das 74, Amit Mishra 4-58)
At Bangalore, Karnataka 503/7 declared (R uthappa 70, K Pawan 118, B Chipli 159 S Maniar 4-125) vs Saurashtra 179 for 5 (C Pathak 95, S Raju 3-33)
At Indore, Gujarat 130 all out and 272 all out (P Parmar 65, T Sudhindra 6-60) vs Madhya Pradesh 205 all out and 107 for 4
At Cuttak, Mumbai 529/8 declared vs Orissa 93 all out (Dhaval Kulkarni 4-37, Zaheer Khan 3-31) and 163 for 7 (following on) (N Behera 30, Ramesh Powar 4-41)
At Mohali, Punjab 366 all out and 51 for 4 vs Railways 273 all out (Ashish Yadav 86, Sanjay Bangar 82, Manpreet Gony 5-91, Harmeet Singh 4-54)
At Jaipur, Uttar Pradesh 492 all out vs Rajasthan 274 all out (R Bisht 76, Piyush Chawla 4-59, Bhuvnesh Kumar 3-75) and 91 for no loss.
Jammu and Kashmir first innings 388
Maharashtra 1st innings
H Khadiwale lbw b Rassol 43 (115b 6x4)
C Khurana c Dogra b Nabi 81 (145b 13x4)
S Atitkar c Nabi b Rassol 70 (106b 8x4 1x6)
N Paradkar c Dogra b Dayal 11 (27b 1x4)
A Bawne batting 104 (273b 12x4)
R Motwani c Hardeep Singh b Dayal 98 (170b 17x4)
K Jadhav batting 45 (70b 7x4);
Extras (b 9, lb 5, w 1, nb 12) 27;
Total (5 wickets; 149 overs) 479;
Fall of wickets: 1-111, 2-164, 3-210, 4-230, 5-420;
S Beigh 23-6-69-0
Abid Nabi 17-2-52-1
Hardeep Singh 1-1-0-0
I Singh 12-1-29-0.
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