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Ranji Trophy round-up: Siddesh Lad leads Mumbai’s fightback, TN reduces Kerala to 151/9

Siddesh Lad, who hit 9 fours and a six in his 151-ball knock, and experienced Aditya Tare (63), who opened the innings, compiled a crucial 109-run stand for the second wicket.

Siddesh Lad and Prithvi Shaw for Mumbai
Siddesh Lad has scored two hundreds in this Ranji season so far. (PTI Photo)

Bowlers and stand-in skipper Siddesh Lad who scored an unbeaten 70 led Mumbai’s fight-back against Maharashtra on day two of their Elite Group A Ranji Trophy match on Friday.

After bundling out Maharashtra for 352, Mumbai ended the second day at 196 for 5, still adrift by 156 runs, at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium at Gahunje near Pune on Friday.

In the morning Maharashtra, who resumed at their overnight first innings score of 298 for 3, were bowled out for 352 with medium-pacer Akash Parkar (4-56) being the pick of Mumbai bowlers.

The fight-back for Mumbai was continued by crisis man Lad who walked in at number 3 after the early fall of opener Jay Bista (23).

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Lad, who hit 9 fours and a six in his 151-ball knock, and experienced Aditya Tare (63), who opened the innings, compiled a crucial 109-run stand for the second wicket.

But Maharashtra hit back by taking three quick wickets.

After Tare departed, experienced Surya Kumar Yadav (12), Armaan Jaffer (6) and in-form Shivam Dubey (4) fell cheaply as Mumbai slumped to 5-181 from 2-143.

Shubham Ranjane (9 not out) was holding fort with Lad as the two teams will fight it out for a first innings lead Saturday.

Meanwhile, at Valsad,a close fight was on between Railways and Gujarat for first innings lead.

Railways are trailing by 101 runs with seven wickets in hand at stumps on day two.

At Vadodara, Yusuf Pathan proved his mettle and struck unbeaten 129 to help his side take the first innings lead against Chhattisgarh.

In Rajkot, hosts Saurashtra grabbed the first innings lead after bowling out Karnataka for 217.

RANJI-GROUP B: TN reduces Kerala to 151 for 9 after scoring 268

Chennai, Dec 7 (PTI) Tamil Nadu gained the upperhand Friday, reducing Kerala to 151 for 9 after making 268 in the first innings on the second day of the Ranji Trophy Elite Group ‘B’ match here.

The home team bowlers came to the fore, striking at regular intervals to leave Kerala 117 runs behind with one wicket standing.

Left-arm medium-pacer T Natarajan and left-arm spinner Rahil Shah with three wickets each did most of the damage while R Sai Kishore took two wickets.

Earlier, debutant M Shahrukh Khan (92 not out) missed out on a well-deserved ton as the hosts collapsed from 249 for 6 to 268 all out.

For Kerala, P Rahul was the only one to make a significant contribution with 59.

Late resistance from Sijimon Joseph (28 batting) meant that Tamil Nadu would have to wait till tomorrow to wrap up the innings.

Tamil Nadu, overnight 249 for 6, could only add 19 runs as Sandeep Warrier (5 for 52) and Basil Thampi (4 for 62) shared the four wickets to fall this morning.

Mohammed who added 69 runs with Shahrukh Khan fell to a catch by wicket-keeper Vishnu Vinod to give Warrier his fourth wicket. Warrier then sent back R Sai Kishore (5) to earn a five-wicket haul.

Thampi dismissed Rahil Shah (0) and T Natarajan (0) in the 98th over to end Tamil Nadu’s innings.

In response, Kerala suffered an early blow when the consistent Jalaj Saxena was bowled by Natarajan for 4.

Kerala then kept losing wickets.

Tamil Nadu’s fielders backed their bowlers and skipper B Indrajith took a brilliant catch at slip to send back Vishnu Vinod for a duck off Sai Kishore’s bowling.

RANJI GROUP C: Lomror’s ton puts Rajasthan in command

Rajasthan skipper Mahipal Lomror hit a stroke-filed 133 as the hosts took the honours on the second day of their Elite Group C Ranji Trophy game against Assam on Friday.

Lomror’s ton helped Rajasthan post 325 in their first essay in reply to Assam’s 108 to take a handy lead of 217 runs.

Assam, in their second innings, were 109 for 3 at close of play, still adrift of their rivals by 108 runs.

Rajasthan resumed the day at overnight score of 153/2.

Lormor, unbeaten on 77, soon completed his maiden first-class hundred at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium here. In his 222-ball knock, he struck 18 fours and a six.

For Rajasthan, Salman Khan, who walked in at number 7,too played a crucial 71-run knock in 139 balls as he frustrated the Assam bowlers.

For Assam, right-arm medium pacer Ranjit Mali (5-62) was the pick of bowlers.

Rajasthan, who have already won three games, are looking for their fourth outright victory.

Meanwhile, at Ranchi, Odisha managed to grab the first innings lead against Jharkhand with opener Anurag Sarangi top scoring with 58.

At Porvorim, Darshan Misal struck a hundred as Goa overhauled Services’ first innings score and took lead.

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At Agartala, a close fight was on for the first innings lead between Tripura and Haryana with the former trailing by 57 runs with three wickets in hand.