Gautam Gambhir kept himself in the hunt for a place in the Indian team’s first XI against England in the first Test starting November 9 by hitting patient 147 helping Delhi take a substantial first innings lead in the Ranji Trophy group B encounter.
After bowling out Odisha for 237 in the first innings, Delhi rode on skipper Gambhir’s 39th first-class ton to reach 351 for seven at stumps on the second day thereby taking a 114-run lead.
Gambhir faced 232 balls hitting 18 fours in the process. He showed a lot of patience, waiting for the loose deliveries. He played some attractive shots square of the wicket as well as in-front.
He used his feet to good effect against spin duo of left-arm slow bowler Dhiraj Singh and off-spinner Gobind Poddar.
The other significant contributor was Rishabh Pant, who smashed his way to a quickfire 60 off 56 balls comprising six boundaries and two sixes.
Starting the day at 43 for no loss, Unmukt Chand’s wretched run continued as he was caught by Subhranshu Senapati off pacer Suryakant Pradhan’s bowling.
Young Dhruv Shorey (29) showed patience as he put up a 71-run stand with skipper Gambhir.
Shorey did all the hardwork to be trapped leg before by Poddar’s off-break.
Nitish Rana (5) was dismissed cheaply after which young Pant walked in.
Courtesy Pant-Gambhir duo, Delhi stacked up 114 runs in 19.3 overs. Pant was severe on all the bowlers as the title contenders pushed up the rate.
Once Pant was dismissed by Dhiraj caught by Senapati and Gambhir was caught by Anurag sarangi off Poddar, three short of his 150, Delhi were in a spot at 274 for 5 with only 37 run lead.
But Milind Kumar (39 batting) and Sumit Narwal (35) added 56 runs to help Delhi stretch their lead by 100 runs.
Narwal’s addition to the team has had its desired effect as his quickfire knock had five boundaries and a six.
Brief Scores: Odisha 1st Innings 237. Delhi 1st Innings 351/7 (Gautam Gambhir 147, Rishabh Pant 60, Dhiraj Singh 3/61, Dhiraj Singh 2/65).
Uthappa, Nair slam unbeaten tons to help Karnataka recover
Seasoned batsman Robin Uthappa slammed a strokeful unbeaten century along with younger teammate Karun Nair as rallied Karnataka from a poor start against Assam on day two of the Group B Ranji Trophy tie in Mumbai.
The third wicket duo, who joined forces at the fall of openers Mayank Agarwal and R Samarth with only 4 on the board, compiled a 219-run stand to remain unbeaten at stumps in a team total of 223 for 2, still 102 runs adrift of Assam’s first innings tally of 325 at the Bandra Kurla Complex ground.
Uthappa, who struck two sixes and 12 fours in his 206-ball innings remained unconquered on 108, his first 20-plus score of the season and his 21st first-class hundred in his 126th game.
Nair, who came into the game with three half centuries in his last three innings in the tournament against Jharkhand and Delhi, converted yet another 50-plus score into his career’s eighth hundred in his 37th first class match — to be not out also on 108.
Dropped on 0 and 85, the 24-year-old batsman remained unconquered after facing 198 balls and with the help of 13 hits to the fence.
The duo put to sword the Assam attack which had its tails up after packing off Agarwal and Samarth for ducks in the second and third over respectively, Krishna Das and Arup Das being the respective wicket takers.
The duo took the team to 46 for 2 at lunch, opened out in the second session with aggressive play and then continued to dominate in the final session too.
Earlier, resuming at last evening’s 268 for 6, Assam were dismissed for the addition of 57 runs. Stuart Binny gave an early break for Karnataka by sending back overnight unbeaten batsman Sarupam Purkayastha in the third over for 59 before leggie Shreyas Gopal mopped up the last three wickets.
Amit Verma was stranded on 166 off 316 balls and inclusive of three sixes and 23 fours as he ran out of partners. He was 125 last evening.
Brief scores: Assam 325 (Amit Verma 166 not out, K B Arun Karthick 35, S Purkayastha 59; S Aravind 5 for 70, S Gopal 3 for 74). Karnataka 223 for 2 (R Uthappa not out 108, K Nair not out 108).
Jharkhand in command against Vidarbha
Jharkhand put them themselves in a commanding position as they declared their first innings at 362/8 for a big first-innings, leaving Vidarbha with the Herculean task of saving their Group B Ranji Trophy match.
At stumps on the second day at Krishnagiri Stadium, Vidarbha were 48 for no loss in their second innings, still trailing 209 runs to make Jharkhand bat again. Vidarbha were all out for 105 in their first innings yesterday.
Overnight 146/1, Jharkhand rode on an unbeaten century from Ishank Jaggi (112), Pratyush Songh’s 86 and opener Anand Singh’s 76 to take a big first-innings lead.
Jaggi hit 13 boundaries and two sixes in his 213-ball knock, while Pratyush too found the fence 13 times and faced 134 balls.
Pratyush put on 153 runs for the second wicket with Anand, and 83 runs for the fourth wicket with Jaggi to help Jharkhand take control of the game.
Maharashtra score 461 in 1st innings against Rajasthan
Rahul Tripathi fell short of a century by five runs but his knock helped Maharashtra score a big total of 461 all out in their first innings on the second day of their Ranji Trophy Group B match against Rajasthan in Hyderabad.
Opening day’s centurion Naushad Shaikh (143) and Tripathi (95) took Maharashtra to 339 after resuming the innings on 280 for three today before the former was caught by Ashok Menaria off his own bowling. Shaikh could add just 25 runs to his overnight 118.
Maharashtra 1st Innings: 461 all out in 147.4 overs (Naushad Shaikh 143, Rahul Tripathi 95, Vishant More 62; Pankaj Singh 4/62).
Rajasthan 1st Innings: 76 for 2 in 30 overs (Manender Singh 31 batting).