Priyank Panchal (101) hit his seventh first class hundred as Guajrat took a firm grip over their Ranji Trophy Group A match against Railways on Friday.
Gujarat bowled out Railways for 124 to take a 63-run first innings lead and them ended the day two at a solid 295 for three to extend overall lead to 358. Railways began the day at 63 for seven and thanks to fighting knock by captain Karn Sharma (48) and his 52-run stand with Anureet Singh (27), they managed to cross the three-figure mark.
Gujarat put up a much better show in their second essay with openers Panchal and Samit Gohel (23) providing the side a strong start with their 54-run stand.
After Gohel’s dismissal, Panchal found an able ally in Bhargav Merai, who score 70 before being bowled by Ranjit Mali. They added 141 runs for the second wicket. Panchal was dismissed soon after completing his century, which came off 138 balls with 15 shots to the fence. After that, Gujarat captain Parthiv Patel (39) and Manpreet Juneja (59) added 98 runs for unbeaten fourth wicket to put their side in a position of strength.
Brief Scores: Gujarat 187 and 295/3 in 75 overs (P Panchal 101, B Merai 70, M Juneja 59 batting; A Pandey 1/60)
Railways 1st innings: 124 all out for 43.5 26 overs (K Sharma 48; M Patel 5/35).
UP amass 524, TN 34-1 on day 2
Uttar Pradesh’s middle-order fired in unison as they amassed 524 in their first innings and then reduced Tamil Nadu to 34-1 at stumps on the second day of their Group A Ranji Trophy match.
Starting the day at 115, opener Samarth Singh notched up 150 runs off 271 Balls before being dismissed at the score of 187 in the 114th over by T Natarajan at Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium.
UP started their proceedings at an overnight score of 207-1 and it was Umang Sharma (46) who was the first to be dismissed when he was caught by Karthik off Aswin Crist in the 99th over. Sarfaraz Khan then gave company to Samarth as the duo took Uttar Pradesh close to the 350-mark.
UP suffered a mini-collapse when in the space of seven balls, three batsmen — Khan (40), Samarth (187) and Mohammad Saif (0) were sent back to the pavillion. But Kuldeep Yadav (29) and skipper Eklavya Dwivedi (60) ensured UP crosses the 400-mark. Yadav was run out by Karthik in the 136th and Dwivedi too was trapped in front of wicket by Natarajan as UP slipped to 447-7.
Saurabh Kumar (51) and Imtiaz Ahmed (37) then stepped on the gas and helped UP cross the 500-mark. Sourabh blasted nine boundaries in his 54-ball innings before being ran out by Aparajith. Imitiaz then was left stranded with AS Rajpoot (0) and DP Singh (0) falling without disturbing the scoreboard.
In reply, Tamil Nadu started positively before opener Washington Sundar (10) was dismissed by Saurabh in the 13th over. At the draw of stumps, Abhinav Mukund (18) and Kaushik Gandhi (0) were at the crease.
Brief Score: Uttar Pradesh 1st innings: 524 all out in 158 overs (Samarth Singh 187; T Natarajan 4/83)
Tamil Nadu 1st innings: 34-1 in 15 overs (A Mukund 18; S Kumar 1/2).
Bengal score 404; Punjab reach 168/4 at stumps on day two
Bengal scored a first innings total of 404 before reducing Punjab to 168 for four at stumps on day two of their Group A Ranji Trophy encounter.
Starting the day on 332 for five, overnight batsman Pankaj Shaw, who resumed on 11, went on to complete his half century to take the team past 400-run mark. Shaw single-handedly steered the team’s to a competitive first innings total, even as wickets kept falling at the other end. His knock of 55 came of 138 balls that included five fours and a six.
For Punjab, Sandeep Sharma finished with figures of four for 96.
Punjab did not have an ideal start as they lost their opener Jiwanjot Singh for a duck with the scorecard reading none for one. The other opener Manan Vohra also failed to put up the resistance for long and was dismissed for 23. But Uday Kaul steadied the boat with an unbeaten 73 off 141 deliveries with eight hits to the fence. Out-of-favour India batsman Yuvraj Singh also got a start but failed convert it to a big score, getting out on 22.
At stumps, Taruwar Kohli (26 not out) was at the crease, giving Kaul the company. Amit Kulia was the top wicket taker for Bengal with figures of three for 44.
Brief scores: Bengal 1st innings: 404 all out (SS Mondal 135, Agniv Pan 70, Pankaj Shaw 55; Sandeep Sharma 4/96). Punjab 1st innings: 168 for 4 in 51 overs (Uday Kaul 73 batting; Amit Kulia 3/44).
Madhya Pradesh amass 445 against Mumbai on day 2
Madhya Pradesh posted a massive 445 in their first innings and then returned to reduce defending champion Mumbai to 38-2 at stumps on the second day of their Group A Ranji Trophy.
It was a superlative batting effort as Rajat Patidar completed a deserving hundred after starting the day at 83, while other overnight batsman Devendra Bundela hit a patient 160-ball 60 which was studded with eight fours and a six. Shubham Sharma (83 not out) and Ankit Dane (47) also contributed with the bat to frustrate the Mumbai bowlers after MP started their day at an overnight score of 239 for 2.
Sharma hit nine boundaries in his 170-ball unbeaten innings, while Dane had seven fours in his 112-ball stay at the Shaheed Veer Narayan Singh International Stadium.
In reply, Mumbai scored 38-2 in 18 overs losing the wickets of Kaustubh Pawar (6) and Balwinder Sandhu (1). Opener Akhil Herwadkar (29) was at the crease and giving him company was Shreyas Iyer (1) at the draw of stumps.
Brief Score: Madhya Pradesh 1st innings: 445 all out in 160 overs (SS Sharma 83; VKD Gohil 3/87)
Mumbai 1st innings: 38-2 in 18 overs (AA Herwadkar 29 not out; C Sakure 1/8).
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