Hyderabad: Mehdi Hasan took a six wicket haul but Hyderabad were in poor shape at 102 for 5 in their second innings, still 38 short of Haryana’s first innings total of 331 in their Ranji Trophy Group ‘C’ match being played at Jamshedpur.
By close of play on Saturday, the third day, K. Sumanth was batting on 19 with the tail to follow on the morrow. Earlier, left-arm spinner Hasan scalped 6 for 93 as Haryana’s first innings folded at 331.
In Hyderabad, on a day when 13 wickets fell, Saurashtra were struggling at 96 for 5 at the end of the third day’s play while chasing 212 for victory against Odisha. Saurashtra need 116 more runs with five wickets in hand.
Resuming on 62 for 2, ahead by 104 runs due to their first innings lead, Odisha failed to tighten the noose as Saurashtra clawed their way back into the game with Deepak Punia’s 5 for 39.
Bowled out for 169 in their second innings with Subhranshu Senapati top-scoring with 57, Odisha took an over lead of 211 runs.
Chasing a 212-run target for their first win of the season, Saurashtra lost two wickets in three balls in the fifth over, reeling at six for two, before an 84-run third-wicket stand between Sagar Jogiyani (42) and Sheldon Jackson (43) brought the team back into the game.
However, in the fag end of the day, Odisha took three wickets in 31 balls for one run to leave the contest evenly poised.
In Visakhapatnam, Aniket Choudhary grabbed five wickets while his pace colleague Pankaj Singh took four as Rajasthan ripped through Assam second innings batting line-up in a sensational bowling display to register an innings win.
Assam, who had scored 195 in their first innings, lasted just 20.2 overs in their second essay as they were bowled out for 69 to hand Rajasthan a massive victory.