Rohtak: Medium pacer Shrikant Mundhe picked up four wickets to help Maharashtra bowl out hosts Haryana for 176 runs in their second innings, leaving the Group B Ranji Trophy cricket match evenly poised going into the fourth and final day's play here on Wednesday.
At stumps on the third day, Maharashtra were nine for no loss in their second essay in the pursuit of 208 runs for an outright win. The visitors still rquire 199 runs for victory with 10 wickets and a full days play remaining
But going by the trend of the match which saw wickets tumbling like pack of cards in the last two days, it will be a tall ask for Maharashtra to acieve the target.
On the second day of the match 18 wickets fell, while on Tuesday witnessed the fall of 10 wickets.
So there is reason why Haryana can't pick up 10 Maharashtra wickets tomorrow at the Chaudhary Bansi Lal Cricket Stadium.
Coming on to bat in the second innings after bowling out Maharashtra for meagre 105 runs in their first essay, Haryana batsmen flopped for the second time in the match as they were bundled out for 176 runs in 52.1 overs.
Kuldeep Hooda (39), Sachin Rana (32), skipper Sunny Singh (28) and wicketkeeper Nitin Saini (23) all got starts but failed to convert them into big scores.
Mundhe (4/36) had the best bowling figures for Maharashtra, while Anupam Sanklecha (3/63) and Samad Fallah (2/48) gave him good support from the other end.
Chasing 208 runs for a win, openers Harshad Khadiwala (4) and Chirag Khurana (5) were unbeaten at the crease.
Haryana: 136 and 176 all out in 52.1 overs (Kuldeep Hooda 39, Sachin Rana 32; Shrikant Mundhe 4/36).
Maharashtra: 105 and 9 for no loss.