Jammu and Kashmir opener Shubham Khajuria compiled his maiden first-class century before former champions Mumbai bounced back to dismiss the visitors for 254 in the first innings on day two of their four-day Group A Ranji Trophy match.
J&K could take just 18-run first innings lead.
But before close of play, J&K hit back again to reduce the 40-time champions to a miserable 66 for four in the second
innings, ahead by only 48 runs with two days left.
Medium pacers Ram Dayal, who picked up three wickets in the first innings with his disciplined bowling, bagged two more in the second, while fellow-seam bowler Umar Nazir claimed the other two Mumbai wickets.
At stumps after an absorbing day’s play, Mumbai captain Suryakumar Yadav (17) and night watchman Dhawal Kulkarni (1) were at the crease with seasoned Wasim Jaffer, who suffered a hairline fracture while fielding, left to bat.
In the morning Khajuria, who began the day on 47 with teammate Bandeep Singh (34) in an overnight team score of 88 for one in reply to Mumbai’s paltry 236, saw his partner depart in the fourth over.
But Khajuria continued his good work to reach his century with a six over long on off Vishal Dabholkar.
He was run out for a well-made 107 off 215 balls after a six-hour vigil during which he struck four sixes and 12 fours.
His dismissal triggered a dramatic collapse as J&K lost eight wickets for the addition of just 51 runs, including the
last five for one run, to be dismissed for 254.
The visitors, sitting pretty at 203 for two soon after lunch when Khajuria was run out by a direct hit at the striker’s end stumps, folded up at the stroke of tea with their last five wickets polished off by Mumbai’s left arm spinners Dabholkar (3/30) and Iqbal Abdullah (2/47).
Dabholkar took three wickets for one run in nine balls. He also took the wicket of second-best scorer Ian Chauhan
(70), who along with Khajuria add 98 for the third wicket.
Mumbai could even have taken the lead if they had held on to their catches. Khajuria was let off on 69 by Dabholkar and on 104 by Jaffer, while Obaid Haroon was also reprieved.
Brief scores: Mumbai: 236 & 66 for 4 (Ram Dayal 2/31, Umar Nazir 2/8) J&K: 254 all out (Shubham Khajuria 107, Ian Chauhan 70; Vishal Dabholkar 3/30, Dhawal Kulkarni 2/47, Iqbal Abdullah 2/47).
Tamil Nadu close in on Karnataka total
India discard Abhinav Mukund and captain Ramaswamy Prasanna’s crucial half century knocks helped Tamil Nadu seize control on the second day of their Ranji Trophy Group A match against Karnataka at Chinnaswamy stadium.
In reply to Karnataka’s first innings total of 290 all out, Tamil Nadu ended the second day’s play at 240 for five, still trailing by 50 runs, with Prasanna batting on 51 in company of right-hand batsman Vijay Shankar on 18.
In the entire day, TN could add just 218 runs to their overnight 22 for no loss and in the process lost five wickets,
but they somehow managed to frustrate the Karnataka bowlers.
Another India discard Dinesh Karthik also made an useful contribution of 38 runs.
Karnataka bowlers had a very gruelling day on the field. They managed two wickets in first two sessions and one post-tea session. The pick of the bowlers was Sharath with figures of two for 22 from 17 overs, while Gopal, Kumar and Sreenath bagged wicket apiece.
Brief scores: Karnataka 1st innings: 290 TN 1st innings: 240 for 5 in 99 overs (Abhinav Mukund 84, Ramaswamy Prasanna 51 not out; HS Sharath 2/22).
Sudeep’s 192 takes Bengal to 455
Young Bengal left-hander Sudeep Chatterjee missed out on a well-deserved double hundred but his sublime 192 laid the foundation of Bengal’s formidable 455 in the first innings against Baroda on Day 2 of the Group A Ranji Trophy match.
At stumps, Baroda were reeling at 85 for three, still needing 220 runs to avoid the follow on.
Starting the day at 91, Sudeep duly completed his ton in the first hour and went onto add 156 for the fourth wicket
with Shreevats Goswami (86).
Left-arm spinner Swapnil Singh bagged a five-wicket haul but it was left-arm seamer Gagandeep Singh, who induced an edge off Sudeep’s bat to Pinal Shah behind stumps.
When Baroda batted, it was skipper Shukla whose double pushed the hosts on the backfoot.
Brief Scores: Bengal 455 (Sudeep Chatterjee 192, Shreevats Goswami 86, Laxmi Ratan Shukla 46; Swapnil Singh 5-99) Baroda 85/3 (Saurabh Wakaskar (24), Kedar Devdhar (32 not out); LR Shukla 2-4, Veer Pratap Singh 1-39).
Railways in control against Madhya Pradesh
Top-order batsman Arindam Ghosh struck a patient century to put Railways in command against Madhya Pradesh on Day 2 of the Group A Ranji Trophy cricket.
Responding to Madhya Pradesh’s 181 in the first innings, Railways rode on Arindam’s unbeaten 113 to end Monday on 253 for seven and manage a vital 72-run lead in the four-day encounter at the Karnail Singh Stadium.
Railways lost wickets at regular intervals but Arindam stitched a meaningful seventh-wicket 129-run partnership with Avinash Yadav (50) and take the Mahesh Rawat-led team well past MP’s first-innings score.
Brief Scores: Madhya Pradesh 1st Innings: 181 all out in 79 overs (Jalaj Saxena 41, Rameez Khan 41; Anureet Singh 5/43) Railways 1st Innings: 253/7 in 99 overs (Arindam Singh 113 not out, Avinash Yadav 50; Puneet Datey 3-69, Avesh Khan 2-41).