Ranji Trophy 2018: Round 8, Vidarbha beats Mumbai by an innings and 145 runs

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Krunal Pandya with 104 runs scored his second ton of the match to help Baroda for a significant win over Railways. He was also aided by Bhargav Bhatt, whose bowling figures of 5 for 43 helped Baroda dismiss Railways for a paltry 106 runs. The 164-run have elevated Baroda’s (20 points) slim chances of making it to the quarter-final.

Gujarat are just 4 wickets away from their third win of the season over Maharashtra. Maharashtra still trail by 178 runs. As for Gujarat, a win will take them to 26 points.

Vidarbha trounced Mumbai by an innings and 146 runs to claim the top spot. They were helped by the left-arm spinner Aditya Sarwate who scalped 9 wickets in the match. That meant that the defending champions now have as many as 28 points and with it the top place among both the Elite Group A and B.

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Shubman Gill (69*) and Jiwanjot Singh (48*) added an unbeaten 131 runs in the opening stand to ensure Punjab thrashed Kerala by 10 wickets. In the process, they bagged a bonus-point as well. The Mandeep Singh-captained outfit has now collected 20 points and are in the thick of the race to make it to the quarterfinals.

Himmat Singh and Subodh Bhati both scored the fifties to help Delhi set a 322-run target for Bengal. Both openers Abhimanyu Easwaran and Abhishek Raman are still on the pitch with Bengal still needing 304 runs further for victory. The match is of high importance for both Delhi (13 points) and Bengal (16 points) since a win is needed for them to stay alive in the competition.

Elsewhere, Madhya Pradesh, with 24 points, thrashed Himachal Pradesh by 141 runs to push their chances for a quarterfinal place. In spite of the defeat, Himachal at 22 points can still qualify for the next phase of the competition if they manage to win their last match. Of course, they need a couple of results to go in their favour for that to happen.

Meanwhile, Uttar Pradesh top the Elite Group C with 38 points, but they are followed closely by Rajasthan (37 points) and Jharkhand (30 points).

Rajasthan can even go further as they are just five wickets away from registering a bonus point win, enough for them to ensure a place in the last eight. Goa still trail by 70 runs but Amit Verma is still at the crease having already scored 84 runs.

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