PUNE: A long innings by in form middle-order batsman Ankit Bawne, well supported by the lower order batsmen helped Maharashtra to pile up a huge score against Jammu & Kashmir in their Ranji Trophy Plate Division opener on Wednesday. J & K ended Day Three at 132 for 2, still 198 runs short of saving a innings defeat.
Maharashtra, who have dominated this match right from start, made their position even stronger in Jammu on Wednesday, with Bawne, skipper Rohit Motwani, and all-rounder Ganesh Gaikwad taking State past the 600-run mark.
Bawne, known for his ability to play long innings, proved once again why he is one of the most talented junior cricketer in State, by coming up with his highest first-class score of 159. He resumed at 132 on Wednesday and added 127 runs for the fifth wicket with Motwani. Motwani played another responsible knock, something that he had made a habit of last season. His 66 came off 97 deliveries, and included seven fours.
Next in Ganesh Gaikwad scored a crucial half-century (51 runs from 70 balls) as State took a big first innings lead.
J & K had a decent start to their second innings, before left-arm pacer Samad Fallah, who had taken five wickets in the first innings, got rid of I Singh. Left-arm spinner Akshay Darekar then got his first wicket at this level, dismissing the other Javed Ahmed for 47. Arshad Bhatt remained unbeaten on 56 at stumps on Day Three. The hosts will now depend heavily on Bhatt to help them save this game. Maharashtra, on the other hand, will be gunning for a innings victory and a bonus point.
The miracle that Hyderabad were hoping for did not happen as they collapsed to a humiliating innings and 256 runs defeat against Rajasthan on the third day and penultimate day of their Ranji Trophy Plate League (Group A) match in Jaipur on Wednesday.
Trailing by 318 runs overnight at a precarious 63 for six, Hyderabad's second innings folded at 126 giving Rajasthan the massive win. Hyderabad had recorded the lowest total in the Ranji history after being bowled out for 21 in the first innings. Rajasthan had, however, made merry scoring 403 on the same track.
Debutant pacer Deepak Chahar, who had snapped 11 wickets in the match till Tuesday, added another one to his kitty on Wednesday by trapping tailender A Lalith Mohan (4) in front of the wicket.
For Hyderabad, it was a hasty end to what had been a nightmarish match for them. Syed Qadri (27) and Praneet Arjun (33) shared a 40-run stand to add give some respectability to Hyderabad's second innings scorecard but the late effort was just not enough to spare them the humiliation.
Once Quadri departed, caught by Vineet Saxena of Pankaj Singh's bowling, Hyderabad's innings folded in no time with the next three wickets falling for just 32 runs.
Rajasthan's bowling was all about the sensational pace duo of Chahar and Pankaj. Both of them picked up four wickets apiece in the second innings. The win gave Rajasthan six points -- five regulation and a bonus point for recording an innings win.
Jammu & Kashmir 1st innings 272
Maharashtra 1st innings
(457 for 4 overnight)
A Bawne lbw b Nabi 159 (259b 21x4)
R Motwani c Bhatt b Sameer Ali 66 (97b 7x4)
G Gaikwad c Bhatt b Beigh 51 (70b 5x4)
D Waghmare b Khajuria 31 (65b 3x4)
S Mundhe c Jeelani b Beigh 3 (4b)
A Darekar c Bhatt b Beigh 1 (3b)
S Fallah not out 0 (0b)
Extras (b 11, lb 4, w 9, nb 8) 32
Total (all out; 146 overs) 604
Fall of wickets: 5-494, 6-533, 7-589, 8-593, 9-604
Abid Nabi 30-2-147-2
Sameer Ali 25-6-81-2
Ahmed 1-0-7-0 I Singh 2-0-4-0
Jammu & Kashmir 2nd innings
I Singh b Fallah 18 (42b 2x4)
J Ahmed c Gaikwad b Darekar 47 (145b 7x4)
A Bhatt batting 56 (100b 9x4)
A Jeelani not out 2 (21b)
Extras (b 2, w 1, nb 8) 11
Total (2 wickets; 50 overs) 134
Fall of wickets: 1-38, 2-127
BAWNE: A LONG INNINGS PLAYER
Ankit Bawne has scored loads of runs in various age-group tournaments for Maharashtra. He scored three double-centuries for the national title winning Maharashtra U-15 team a couple of years ago, and even at the first-class level, has now proven that he can bat for long periods, as he did during his knock of 169.