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Mumbai stunned by Karnataka

New Delhi: Gautam Gambhir (30) and Virender Sehwag (12) couldn’t stand up and be counted when it mattered the most as Punjab recorded one of the most inspiring victories in recent times, beating Delhi by 98 runs in a Ranji Trophy Group A match, here, on Wednesday. The win kept Punjab’s quarterfinal hopes alive.

Chasing a target of 327, Delhi were all out for 228 on the final day with Rajat Bhatia scoring a gutsy hundred.

Despite being shot out for 74 in the first innings, Punjab made a strong comeback to win the match.

In another match of the group, R. Vinay Kumar (3/32) and HS Sharath (3/12) shared six wickets between them on the fourth and final day as Karnataka registered a 160-run win over defending champions Mumbai. The win helped the hosts to book a quarter-final berth.

Having earned six points from this game, Karnataka have now moved to 32 points from seven matches, and are placed at the top of the group. Mumbai, with 23 points from seven matches, are at No.3 position.The other team to have qualified for the quarters is Railways from Group B.

Summarised Scores

Group A

In Ahmedabad: Gujarat 479/8 decl. & 137/7 decl. (A. Patel 54 ..). Odisha 367 (R. Dhurv 6/81) & 83 (A. Patel 5/23). Gujarat won by 166 runs

In Bangalore: Karnataka 251 & 299. Mumbai 269 & 121 (R. Vinay Kumar 3/32, HS Sharath 3/12). Karnataka won by 160 runs

In New Delhi: Punjab 74 & 402. Delhi 150 & 228 (R. Bhatia 100; M. Gony 3/51, J. Singh 3/45). Punjab won by 98 runs

In Jamshedpur: Jharkhand 332 & 161/9 decl. (S. Tiwary 44, S. Nadeem 40). Vidarbha 218 & 164/3 (F. Fazal 91). Match drawn

Group B

In Chennai: Tamil Nadu 318 and 76 for no loss. Rajasthan 438 (R. Bishnoi 68). Match drawn

In Kanpur: UP 250 and 178/5 decl. (S. Raina 82, M. Kaif 49). MP 115 and 140/7 (A. Mishra 3/17). Match drawn

In New Delhi: Railways 107 & 282/7 decl. (M. Rawat 92 ..). Services 153 and 200 (P. Desai 100, K. Sharma 5/50). Railways won by 36 runs

In Rajkot: Baroda 400 & 265/9 decl. (U. Patel 53; J. Unadkat 4/61). Saurashtra 311 & 115 (Y. Pathan 6/38). Baroda won by 238 runs

Group C

In Porvorim: Kerala 273 & 147. Goa 242 & 183/7 (H. Gadekar 57 ..). Goa won by 3 wickets

In Jammu: Hyderabad 514/8 decl. J&K 299 (R. Kiran 5/53) & 127/1 (f..). Match drawn

In Pune: HP 228 & 319 (P. Dogra 62, R. Dhawan 60). Maharashtra 488/6 decl. and 63 for no loss. Maharashtra won by 10 wickets (pti)