Mohali: Off-spinner Harbhajan Singh celebrated his return to Indian Test side by leading his Ranji team, Punjab to an innings win over Hyderabad on the fourth and final day of their opening group league match on Monday.
Harbhajan grabbed three wickets at the expense of 50 runs to give able support to Siddharth Kaul who had a five-wicket haul as Punjab crushed Hyderabad by an innings and 68 runs to collect seven points from the match.
The 32-year-old offie, who has been struggling of late, gave the crucial breakthrough as he broke the 108-run stand between former Test batsman V V S Laxman and Akshath Reddy, which had given Hyderabad a chance to fightback after conceding a huge 307 first innings lead.
Hyderabad, who had scored 258 in their first innings, finally ended their second essay at 239 all out in 80 overs. They faced 65 overs after resuming the day at 46 for three.
In the other match, Mumbai earned three points on the basis of 144-run first innings lead after bundling out Railways for 426 in their Group A match that ended in a draw on fourth and final day.
Having taken a massive lead over the visitors, Mumbai went on to pile up 230 for five in their second innings.
Mumbai had scored 570 all out in their first innings.
In Indore: Gujarat 355 and 301/6 decl. Madhya Pradesh 250 and 258/7 (N. Ojha 64, J. Saxena 52; M. Patel 3/86, R. Dhurv 4/45). Match drawn.
In Mohali: Hyderabad 258 and 239 (VVS Laxman 67, A. Reddy 59; S. Kaul 5/53, H. Singh 3/50). Punjab 565/6 decl. Punjab won by an innings and 68 runs.
In Mumbai: Mumbai 570 and 230/5 (K. Pawar 85, A. Rahane 84; A. Yadav 3/92). Railways 426 (K. Upadhyay 45). Match drawn
In Cuttack: Tamil Nadu 67/3 vs Odisha. Match drawn.
In Vadodara: Baroda 406 and 249 (A. Chauhan 52, K. Panchal 58). Karnataka 284 and 102/1 (R. Uthappa 43). Match drawn.
In Anantapur: Services 297 and 59/2. Andhra 251 (S. Sahabuddin 78 .., H. Watekar 45; S. Yadav 3/59, S. Nazar 3/49). Match drawn.
In Guwahati: Assam 450 and 62/0 (P.Das 52 not out). Tripura 145 and 366 (A. Ratra 124). Assam won by 10 wickets.
In Nadaun: Kerala 229 and 256/6 (R. Prem 104 ..; M. Sharma 3/45). HP 536/6 decl. Match drawn.