Rajasthan book quarter-final spot

Nashik: Visitors Rajasthan booked themselves a place in the Ranji Trophy quarter-finals on the virtue of their massive first innings lead of 292 in the Plate division semi-final match against Maharashtra here on Saturday.

In reply to Rajathan’s mammoth score of 641/7 declared, Maharashtra were bowled out for 349.

The visitors chose not to impose the follow-on and were 203/2, when skippers of both the teams agreed for a draw.

Opener Aakash Chopra, who scored 301 not out in the first innings failed to add to his heroics and was dismissed for 3.

However, former India all-rounder Hrishikesh Kanitkar made full use of the opportunity as he completed his century and remained unbeaten on 100 (178b 4x13 6x2).

He was well-supported by Vineet Saxena, who made 79 (198b, 4x12).

Earlier, resuming the day at 280/7, Maharashtra were bowled out for the addition of another 69 runs, but not before Nikhil Paradkar, who was unbeaten on 50 overnight, scored his maiden first-class century.

Paradkar remained unbeaten on a quickfire 100 (120b 4x15 6x3), even as wickets tumbled around him.

Vivek Yadav was the most successful bowler for Rajasthan ending with figures of 4-63. Pacers Deepak Chahar and Pankaj Singh took three and two wickets respectively.

Rajasthan will take on Mumbai in the Ranji Trophy quarter-final match at Jaipur from December 24-27.