Wicketkeeper-batsman Dinesh Karthik hit a strokeful 167 to help Tamil Nadu post a mammoth 434 on Day 2 against Ranji giants Mumbai in the Group A league encounter on Friday.
Starting on their overnight score of 249 for six at the Bandra Kurla Complex, TN rode on Karthik’s 24th first-class century, which was laced with 19 fours and a six, to overshadow Mumbai left-arm spinner Vishal Dabholkar’s five-wicket haul.
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The Aditya Tare-led Mumbai were 45 for two at the end of day’s play to trail by 389 runs.
TN medium-pacers Mohammed and Jagatheesan Kousik picked up a wicket each to put the hosts on the backfoot early on.
For the Baba Indrajith-led side, opener Baba Aparajith (62) and Malolan Rangarajan (61) were the other contributers even as Karthik’s innings stood apart.
It was Karthik’s seventh wicket 182-run stand with Rangarahan that did the trick for the visitors as the Mumbai bowlers were made to toil hard.
Dabholkar, who had pocketed 4 wickets on Thursday, took one more to record his second first-class fifer as he was ably helped by Dhawal Kulkarni and Shardul Thakur, who bagged two wickets apiece.
Brief scores: Tamil Nadu 434 all out in 144.4 overs (Baba Aparajith 62, Dinesh Karthik 167, M Rangarajan 61; Vishal Dabholkar 5-122)
Mumbai 45/2 in 29 overs (Shrideep Mangela 20 not out, Dhawal Kulkarni 1 not out; Mohammed 1-13, Jagatheesan Kousik 1-4).
Punjab solid after Gujarat post 467
In-form Parthiv Patel (113) his second century in a row as Gujarat scored 467 before Punjab made a strong reply by ending the day two of their Ranji Trophy Group B match at 131 for one.
Resuming at 290 for three, skipper Patel and Y Venugopal Rao (95) kept the Punjab bowlers at bay, raising a 188-run stand for the fourth wicket.
Venugopal Rao missed out on his hundred when he was stumped off Jiwanjot Singh.
Once that stand was broken, Punjab bowlers took wickets in heap as Gujarat lost last six wickets for just 58 runs. Patel’s 113 came off 190 balls with 10 shots to the fence while Venugopal took 187 balls to score 95 which had 12 boundaries.
Leg-spinner Sarabjit Ladda was the most successful bowler for Punjab with figures of five for 133 while Brainder Sran took two for 96.
Punjab came out to bat and the openers — Manan Vohra (50 batting) and Jiwanjot (51) provided a great start by raising 83 runs for the first wicket.
Jiwanjot was dismissed by off-spinner Ruzul Bhatt and then Uday Kaul (24 batting) stayed at the crease till stumps with Vohra, ensuring that the hosts do not lose any more wicket on day 2.