Ranji Trophy QFs: Maharashtra in semis after win over Andhra

Lahli: Maharashtra sailed into the semifinals of Ranji Trophy cricket after their bowlers delivered the goods to defeat Andhra by 75 runs in a quarterfinal match here today.

Chasing 176 on the third day of the match, Andhra were folded up for 101, with Anupam Sanklecha being the most successful bowler with figures of four for 19 at the Bansi Lal Stadium here.

Sanklecha was well-supported by Samad Fallah (2/33), Domnic Joseph (2/26) and Shrikant Mundhe (2/17).

Earlier, Kedar Jadhav, overnight on 81, was dismissed on the score today morning, but his innings paved the way for Maharashtra to have a total to defend.

For the record, Maharashtra had conceded a 47-run first-innings lead to the opposition, before riding on knocks played by Jadhav, Harshad Khadiwale (47) and Rahul Tripathi (43) to advance into the semifinals of the country's premier domestic tournament.

Sanklecha emerged as one of the most key players of the match, having taken eight wickets. He had figures of 4 for 45 in the first innings.

While none of the batsmen showed up in their second innings, D Siva Kumar was the best bowler for Andhra with figures of six for 79 that led to Maharashtra being bowled out for 223 in their essay.

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