A fighting century from Abhishek Jhunjhunwala (107) could not prevent Madhya Pradesh from taking a first innings lead over Bengal on the third day of the Group ‘A’ Ranji Trophy duel in Indore on Monday.

Responding to the host’s 342, Bengal was dismissed for 299. Paceman I.C. Pandey scalped five.

Madhya Pradesh was 135 for three in its second innings at stumps.

A. Sharma (56 batting) and U.R. Birla (60 batting) were together.

The scores: Round Four: Day three:

Group ‘A’: At Hyderabad: Mumbai 443  vs Hyderabad 423 for three in 135 overs (P.A. Reddy 196, G.H. Vihari 191).

At Bhubaneswar: Gujarat 117 & 288 for six in 124 overs (S.K. Patel 55, G.B. Gohel 53, P.A. Patel 65, M.C. Juneja 57 batting) vs Railways 308.

At Indore: Madhya Pradesh 342 & 135 for three in 47 overs (A. Sharma 56 batting, U.A. Birla 60 batting)  vs Bengal 299 in 113.5 overs (W. Saha 87, A. Jhunjhunwala 107, I.C Pandey five for 87).

At Mohali: Sourashtra 90 & 233 in 62.4 overs (S.D. Jogiyani 76, S. Kaul six for 63) lost to Punjab 205 & 120 for two in 33.1 overs (K. Goel 75 not out). Points: Punjab 6, Saurashtra 0.

Group ‘B’: At Delhi: Delhi 555 for four decl.  vs Tamil Nadu 226 in 87.4 overs (K.D. Karthik 75, R. Prasanna 58, P. Awana four for 53) & two for no loss in two overs.

At Rohtak: Haryana 295 & 127 for two in 55 overs (Sunny Singh 56 batting)  vs Baroda 324 in 94.3 overs  (S.P. Wakaskar 100, A. Waghmode 77, A.T. Rayudu 54, M.M. Sharma four for 86).

At Nagpur: Maharashtra 282 & 95 for three in 30 overs (V.S. Awate 54 batting) vs Vidarbha 266 in 114.1 overs (F.Y. Fazal 61, H.K. Badani 47, G. Upadhyaya 77).

At Bangalore: Odisha 202 & 255 in 74 overs (B.B. Samantray 86, S.D. Sahoo 48, R. Vinay Kumar seven for 58) vs Karnataka 213 & 43 for one in 19 overs.

Group ‘C’: At Malappuram: Goa 512 for eight decl. vs Kerala 249 for six in 110 overs (A.M. Hegde 80, P.R. Prem 49 batting).

At Delhi: Assam 182  & 170 in 60 overs (Tarjinder Singh 54, S. Nazar six for 50) lost to Services 326 in 99.1 overs  (R.S. Paliwal 167) & 27 for no loss in 7.2 overs. Points: Services 7, Assam 0.

At Jammu: Jammu & Kashmir 153 &  222 in 77 overs (I.D. Singh 65, R. Dayal 47, S.S. Sharma 44 not out)  lost to  Andhra 390 in 112.1 overs. Points: Andhra 7, J & K 0.

At Ranchi: Jharkhand 236 & 27 for no loss in 12 overs  vs Himachal Pradesh 442 for seven decl. in 143 overs (A. Chopra 61, P. Chopra 101, A. Kumar 52, R. Dhawan 128, A. Bhalaik 50 not out).

Keywords: Ranji Trophy

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