Injury scare for Sehwag, Zaheer; Vidarbha, Jharkhand post wins

Day 3: First round of the Ranji Trophy 2012-13

The injuries are reported to be minor.

Delhi’s Virender Sehwag and Mumbai’s Zaheer Khan suffered injuries today in the Ranji Trophy. The Indian Test squad for the England series is to be announced on Monday and the injuries, reported to not be of the serious kind, will come into consideration for Sandeep Patil’s newly-formed selection committee.

Sehwag suffered to a cut to his right index finger in the game against Uttar Pradesh, who’ve taken a big first-innings lead over Delhi at the Nehru Stadium in Ghaziabad. He underwent a scan, it is learnt. Sehwag batted at No. 6 today and was unbeaten on 21 at stumps.

Zaheer had a groin strain during the game against Railways at the Wankhede Stadium. He bowled 20.5 overs. Captain Ajit Agarkar said the strain was nothing to worry about. “He was just cramping badly,” Cricinfo reported him as saying. “It suddenly got a little humid, the last couple of days, probably dehydrated a little bit.”

Brief Reports:

UP IN CONTROL AGAINST DELHI

Delhi had conceded a big first-innings lead to UP and were fighting for survival. Sehwag came out to bat at No. 6 after his finger injury and finished the day unbeaten with Mithun Manhas (63*). Delhi were just 29 runs ahead. Earlier, Praveen Kumar scored a quick fifty batting at No. 10 to extend UP’s big lead to 168. Scores: Delhi 235 and 197-4 (M Manhas 63; V Kohli 43; G Gambhir 47; U Chand 0; V Sehwag 21*; Bhuvneshwar Kumar 2-56) lead Uttar Pradesh 403 (S Raina 55; Praveen 51; S Narwal 4-71; A Nehra 3-92; I Sharma 2-88) by 29 runs.

RAILWAYS FIGHT NOT ENOUGH

Mumbai were on the verge of grabbing a big first-innings lead at the Wankhede. Despite meaty contributions from the Railways batsmen, they were 190 runs behind on with just two wickets left. Agarkar led the team well taking the wickets of the top-three batsmen, all caught by Ramesh Powar. Scores: Mumbai 570 lead Railways 380-8 (NS Bhille 73; S Bangar 67; M Rawat 68; A Agarkar 3-43; Zaheer Khan 1-41) by 190 runs.

KARNATAKA CONCEDE LED TO BARODA

Karnataka’s Robin Uthappa couldn’t kick on from his good start of 67 on Day 2 at the Moti Bagh Stadium in Baroda. He fell on 82 and Karnataka caved in but for the exception of Stuart Binny. Baroda’s left-arm pacer Gagandeep Singh took 5-49 while his star team-mate Irfan Pathan took the wickets of Manish Pandey and CM Gautham. Baroda then began poorly losing both openers and Yusuf Pathan for zero. They were 65-4 before Abhimanyu Chauhan and Irfan took them to stumps for no further loss. Scores: Baroda 406 and 115-4 (A Chauhan 52*; I Pathan 33*) lead Karnataka 284 (R Uthappa 82; S Binny 52; Gagandeep S 5-49) by 237 runs.

HYDERABAD’S HORROR GAME CONTINUES

VVS Laxman’s Hyderabad continued to suffer against Punjab at Mohali’s PCA Stadium. Punjab, who were 243-0 on Day 2, continued their march to a massive 565-6 with openers debutant Jiwanjot Singh and Karan Goel, whose partnership amassed 288 in all. Hyderabad and India left-arm spinner Pragyan Ojha conceded 201 runs in his 50 overs. Skipper Harbhajan Singh smashed a 33-ball 48 while wicketkeeper Uday Kaul helped himself to 54. Uday then took three catches, all of his brother, seamer Siddharth’s bowling leaving Hyderabad in tatters. Laxman was yet to open his account at stumps. Scores: Hyderabad 258 and 46-3 (A Reddy 24*; VVS Laxman 0*; S Kaul 3-7) trail Punjab 565-6 (Jiwanjot S 213; K Goel 129; P Ojha 2-201) by 261 runs.

BENGAL ON TOP OF RAJASTHAN

The title holders had a poor day at the Eden Garden against West Bengal as they finished their first innings at 161, 97 runs behind. The game is interestingly poised with Rajasthan removing Bengal’s top-order cheaply. Pacer Pankaj Singh took 3-15 in 13 overs including the key wicket of Manoj Tiwary. Scores: Bengal 258 and 109-5 lead Rajasthan 161 (M Khatri 49; S Sarkar 4-62; LR Shukla 3-21) by 206 runs.

VIDARBHA THRASH HARYANA

Haryana never quite recovered after being bowled out for 55 by Sairaj Bahutule’s side. They collapsed again in the second innings, from 103-3 at the start of the day to 183. Pacer Sandeep Singh took 4-36 to go with 4-11 in the first. Umesh Yadav took 2-66 having taken 5-18 earlier. Scores: Haryana 55 and 183 (S Singh 4-36; U Yadav 2-66) lost to Vidarbha 205 and 37-2 (C Saini 2-11) by 8 wickets.

PATELS PUT GUJARAT IN CONTROL

The Gujarat top-order came good again with Parthiv Patel making a 77-ball 80 to go with his first innings 162. Gujarat have set Madhya Pradesh 407 to win at Indore’s Holkar Stadium. Gujarat seamer Mehul Patel wrapped up the MP innings at 250, giving the visitors a 105-run lead. Scores: Gujarat 355 and 301-6 dec. (P Patel 80; S Patil 60; N Patel 59) lead MP 250 (N Ojha 71; IC Pandey 39; M Patel 4-37) and 23-0 (N Ojha 23*) by 384 runs.

RAIN SPOILS T.N.-ODISHA GAME

Only 2.1 overs of play were added to Tamil Nadu’s first innings at Cuttack’s Barabati Stadium where rain has played spoilsport for three days. TN added one run to their first-day score of 66-3 in 13 balls. Scores:  TN 67-3 (A Mangaraj 2-21).

SHAHBAZ BOWLS OUT J&K

At Jammu’s Gandhi Memorial Science College Ground, Jharkhand’s left-arm spinner Shahbaz Nadeem (who plays for Delhi in the IPL) took 6-54 as Jammu and Kashmir were bowled out for 151 in their second innings. Scores: J&K 195 and 151 (S Nadeem 6-54; P Rassol 31) lost to Jharkhand 377.

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