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Saurashtra register 9-wicket win

Rajkot: Saurashtra on Tuesday crushed a hapless Services by nine wickets on second day of their Ranji Trophy Group B final league match, but the win may not be enough for them to remain in contention for a berth in the knockout stage.

Saurashtra needed not just an outright victory but also a bonus point to keep their chances of making the quarter finals alive.

But the hosts missed out on gaining a bonus point as they lost opener Chirag Pathak (14) while chasing 31 run for victory.

In New Delhi, Stuart Binny celebrated his maiden call-up into the Indian team with a scintillating 88 as table toppers Karnataka asserted their supremacy with a solid performance reaching 226 for five at stumps on the second day of their final encounter against Delhi who are almost out of the race for a quarter spot.

Karnataka now have a lead of 24 runs and have ensured three points from the game. The Binny-Nair duo added 127 runs in quick time especially after Karnataka were reduced to 73 for four.

Summarised scores

Group A

In Bhubaneswar: Odisha 242. Haryana 294/2 (R. Dewan 136, S. Rana 83 batting)

In Dhanbad: Punjab 516. Jharkhand 210/9 (R. Nemat 81)

In New Delhi: Delhi 202. Karnataka 226/5 (K. Nair 92 batting, S. Binny 88)

In Valsad: Mumbai 154 & 76/4. Gujarat 253 (I. Abdulla 6/42)

Group B

In Jaipur: Baroda 236. Rajasthan 155/1 (S. Suwalka 70 batting)

In Rajkot: Services 72 & 135. Saurashtra 177 & 33/1. Saurashtra won by 9 wickets

Group C

In Agartala: Tripura 280 (S. Beigh 5/80). Jammu & Kashmir 117/3

In Guwahati: Maharashtra 361 & 16/0. Assam 152 (A. Darekar 6/53)

In Hyderabad: Hyderabad 201 & 46/1. Kerala 264 (P. Prasanth 106)

In Porvorim: Andhra 148 & 32/3. Goa 267

unless otherwise mentioned

       (Agencies)