Mumbai, Oct 24 (UNI) Siddhesh Kinlekar (61) and Bhushan Shinde (55) dashed Vijay Merchant XI's hopes of making a strong come back with resolute sixth wicket partnership of 99 runs for Khandu Rangnekar XI on the third day of the 23rd Sportstar Trophy, Mumbai Cricket Association Under-19 selection trial tournament at the Elf-Vengsarkar CA ground, Oval here today.
Seamer Anuj Akil and off spinner Pratik Gawli had reduced Rangnekar XI to 45 for five in the second innings when Kinlekar was joined by Bhushan Shinde after the last ball of the 18 over.
Thereafter the sixth wicket pair raised 99 runs in 36 overs.
Kinlekar batted for 182 minutes, faced 129 balls and struck eight fours in his knock of 61, while Shinde batted for 161 minutes, faced 108 balls and hit six fours to make 55. After their departure, the last wicket pair of Virendra Morya and Digvijay Singh frustrated Merchant XI for almost two hours and added an unbeaten 71 runs for the last wicket.
Rangnekar XI now has an overall lead of 325 runs with a day remaining.
At Fort Vijay, Azad Maidan, seamer Sahil Madgaonkar's superb effort of six for 32 and fine left arm spin bowling Himanshu Santholia paved the way for a 146 run victory for Vijay Manjrekar XI against Dattu Phadkar XI. Asked to make 289, Phadkar XI folded up for 142. Santholia who took five wickets in the first innings finished with an eight wicket tally.
Brief Scores: Vijay Manjrekar XI 274 and 294 (Saurabh Randive 84, Sumit Gadigaonkar 84, Nadeem Mehndi 4 for 77, Pratik Manjrekar 3 for 73) bt Dattu Phadkar XI 280 and 142 (Kaustabh Pawar 59, Sahil Madgaonkar 6 for 32, Himanshu Santholia 3 for 20) by 146 runs.
Khandu Rangnekar XI 229 and 253 for 9 (Siddhesh Kinlekar 61, Bhushan Shinde 55, Virendra Morya 51 batting, Anuj Vakil 3 for 40, Pratik Gawli 4 for 65) vs Vijay Merchant XI 157.
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