Defending champions Karnataka, already assured of topping Group A, ended the second day on 175 for two in reply to Mumbai’s tall first innings total of 436 in their Ranji Trophy game.
Karnataka first dismissed the home team, who added 94 runs to their overnight score of 342 for five, 37 minutes before lunch. The visitors then rode on some steady top order batting to finish the day just 261 runs behind the 40-time champions’ total on a slow Wankhede Stadium track, where the odd ball had started to turn.
At stumps, opener Ravikumar Samarth was unbeaten on 85 having hit eight fours in his 188-ball knock, along with No. 4 batsman Manish Pandey, who had faced 15 balls and was yet to score.
Earlier, Mumbai’s young batsmen Siddesh Lad and Nikhil Patil completed well-deserved individual hundreds before departing after scoring an identical 106, having commenced the day on 94 and 85, respectively.
Brief scores: Mumbai 1st inngs: 436 all out in 117.1 overs (Siddesh Lad 106, Nikhil Patil 106; R Vinay Kumar 4/88, Udit Patel 3/96). Karnataka 1st inngs: 175 for 2 in 60 overs (Robin Uthappa 49, Ravikumar Samarth 85*).
MP pile up mammoth total as Bengal in trouble at 108/3
Young left-hander Sudeep Chatterjee showed loads of composure as he hit his seventh half-century in first-class cricket but Bengal are in trouble at 108 for three at stumps after Madhya Pradesh piled up a mammoth 514 for six in a Ranji Trophy match.
Sudeep scored 58 off 109 balls with nine boundaries and added 52 for the opening stand with Abhishek Das (24) even though Abhimanyu Easwaran (0) and Manoj Tiwary (8) were dismissed cheaply.
Brief Scores: MP 1st Innings 514/6 decl (Aditya Srivastava 151, Jalaj Saxena 109, Devendra Bundela 81, Mohnish Mishra 56) Bengal 1st Innings: 108/3 (Sudeep Chatterjee 58 batting Wriddhiman Saha 11 batting).
Mangalorkar stars in Baroda fightback with 7/49
Pacer Sagar Mangalorkar ran through the Tamil Nadu batting line-up with a brilliant bowling show of 7/49 as Baroda shot the visiting side for 188 to give a strong fightback on the second day of their Ranji Trophy match.
Mangalorkar dismissed six Tamil Nadu batsmen on Saturday after taking a wicket on Friday as the visiting side folded at 188 from 90 overs in their first innings in reply to Baroda’s 149 all out at the Moti Bagh Stadium.
Debutant Saif, veteran Chawla keep UP in fight
Debutant left-hander Mohammed Saif batted with a lot of determination as his unbeaten 84 kept Uttar Pradesh in the hunt for three points against Railways ina Ranji Trophy match.
Saif along with veteran all-rounder Piyush Chawla (53 batting) added 101 runs for the unbroken eighth wicket stand as UP reached 266 for seven responding to Railways’ first innings total of 345.
Earlier, newly appointed skipper Praveen Kumar (6/74) knocked out the last Railways wicket early in the day to wrap up the innings at 345.
Brief Scores: Railways 345 (Mahesh Rawat 146, Arindam Ghosh 51, Praveen Kumar 6/74) UP 266/7 (Mohammed Saif 84 batting, Piyush Chawla 53 batting)
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