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    Elite Div: Railways eye innings win over UP

    Ghaziabad: Railways skipper Sanjay Bangar and rookie seamer Krishna Kant Upadhyay's controlled swing bowling saw a much vaunted Uttar Pradesh being shot out for 79 on the second day of the Elite Group match of the Ranji Trophy.

    The Railways scored a decent 374 in their first innings and then skittled out their opponents in only 40.4 overs to ensure a huge 295-run first innings lead and enforcing the follow-on. Bangar (5/20) and Upadhyay (4/37) bowled a fantastic line and also swung the ball to make life difficult for the UP batsmen.

    The home team were 18 for one in their second innings requiring 277 runs to avoid an innings defeat. Starting the day on 282 for five, Railways courtesy Mahesh Rawat (34, 6x4) and No 10 Upadhyay (31, 5x4) reached a respectable 374 with RP Singh (3/78) and Bhuvaneshwar Kumar (3/76) being the most successful bowlers.

    The pitch didn't have any demons but what Railways bowlers did was to bowl a fuller length and made the opposition batsmen play their deliveries.

    Brief Score: Railways: 374 (Nitin Bille 123, Shivakant Shukla 98, KK Upadhyay 31, RP Singh 3/78, Bhuvaneshwar Kumar 3/76) UP: 79 (Sanjay Bangar 5/20, KK Upadhyay 4/37) & fo 18/1 (Upadhyay 1/4).

    Saurashtra in complete control against Mumbai

    Rajkot: Saurashtra piled up a huge 580 for nine declared in their first innings before reducing Mumbai to 19 for two to gain an upper hand on the second day of their Group A Ranji Trophy Elite division match. Riding on a solid batting effort, that includes opener Bhushan Chauhan's career-best 157, Saurashtra added another 336 runs to their overnight score of 244 for two to post a mammoth first innings total.

    In reply, Mumbai lost opener Sushant Marathe (0) and one down batsman Abhishek Nayar (6) early to find themselves in deep trouble at stumps. Kaustubh Pawar was unbeaten at the crease on eight. Left-arm pacer Jaydev Unadkat and Sandip Maniar shared two Mumbai wickets between them, giving away 13 and four runs, respectively.

    Brief Score: Saurashtra: 580 for nine decl in 170 overs (Bhushan Chauhan 157, Jaydev Shah 78, Shitanshu Kotak 59; Romesh Powar 4/176, Zaheer Khan 3/82). Mumbai: 19 for two in 5.4 overs (Kaustubh Pawar batting 8; Sandip Maniar 1/4).

    Punjab post 597 against Rajasthan

    Jaipur: Karan Goel made a career-best 167 while Mayank Sidhana and Amitoze Singh too struck fluent centuries to help Punjab declare their first innings on 597 for eight. In reply, Rajasthan were 50 for one at the close of play with Aakash Chopra (18) and skipper Hrishikesh Kanitkar (20) remaining unbeaten.

    Vineet Saxena (6) was the lone Rajasthan batsman to fall, caught behind by Uday Kaul off Manpreet Gony (1/22).

    Earlier, resuming at 283 for three, Goel and Sidhana (122) looked at ease against the Rajasthan bowlers before their 108-run fourth-wicket stand was broken by Vineet Saxena, who had Goel caught by Chopra. Goel struck 21 fours and a six in his 378-ball stay at the crease.

    Brief Score: Punjab: 597 for 8 decl (Karan Goel 167, Ravi Inder Singh 133, Mayank Sidhana 122, Amitoze Singh 103; Vivek Yadav 3/172, Sumit Mathur 2/114). Rajasthan: 50 for one in 16 overs (Hrishikesh Kanitkar 20 batting, Aakash Chopra 18 batting; Manpreet Gony 1/22).

    Vasudevadas ton helps TN score 391 against Bengal

    Kolkata: Taking full advantage of poor fielding by Bengal, Kuthethurshri Vasudevada hit a century to help Tamil Nadu post a challenging 391 in their first innings before reducing the hosts to 84 for two on the second day. Bengal still need 307 runs with Shreevats Goswami batting on 33 and Writam Porel on 4 at the stumps on day two.

    Earlier, resuming at an overnight score of 261 for 5 with Vasudevadas batting on 69 and Ramaswamy Prasanna on 53, Tamil Nadu went on to add more than hundred runs to the total as the wagging tail gave a listless Bengal attack a tough time.

    While Vasudevadas brought up his ton, Prasanna gave him a good support at the other end before falling for a well-made 67 off 209 balls, studded with 11 fours. The overnight pair put on a valuable 160-run stand for the sixth wicket.

    Brief score:

    TN: 391 all out in 129 overs (Kuthethurshri Vasudevadas 106, Ramaswamy Prasanna 67; Lakshmipathy Balaji not out 49; Ashok Dinda 4/87, Shami Ahmed 3/81). Bengal: 84 for two in 35 overs (Shreevats Goswami batting 33; R Aushik Srinivas 1/15).

    Orissa trail Karnataka by 67 runs on Day 2:

    Bhubaneswar: Stuart Binny led a disciplined Karnataka bowling attack to reduce Orissa to 211 for seven in reply to the visitors' 278 all out on the second day. Binny took three for 44 while his pace team-mates Santhebennur Akshay and Sreenath Aravind chipped in with two and one wicket respectively. Left-arm spinner K P Appanna also accounted for one Orissa batsmen.

    At stumps, Orissa still trail Karnataka by 67 runs in the first innings with three wickets in hand. Govind Podder was batting on 34 and giving him company was Basant Mohanty, who is yet to open his account.

    Orissa were in dire straits in the beginning of their reply as they were reduced to 63 for four before Biplab Samantray resurrected their innings with a well-made 65 which came from 127 balls with the help of 10 fours and a six.

    Brief Score: Karnataka: 278 all out in 101.1 overs (CM Gautam 63; Biplab Samantray 3/22, Basant Mohanty 3/54).
    Orissa: 211 for 7 in 76 overs (Basant Samantray 65; Stuart Binny 3/44).

    Manhas puts Delhi in driver's seat:

    Indore: Delhi captain Mithun Manhas led from the front with a knock of 97 on a dodgy track as Delhi took an overall lead of 240 against Madhya Pradesh, in an Elite Group B match of the Ranji Trophy.

    The encounter that is turning out to be a low-scoring affair saw the visitors take a slender two-run first innings lead as they bowled out Madhya Pradesh for 156 in only 37.1 overs. Ashish Nehra (3/72) and Parvinder Awana (3/51) got three of the four wickets that fell today while one batsman was run-out.

    With more than two days to go, Delhi batsmen had to show a lot of resolve and application. Skipper Manhas brought on all his experience of having wriggled Delhi out of the dumps on a numerous occasions during his 13 years at the first class level.

    With two days left and the strip still remaining a challenge for the batsmen, anything in excess of 275 may be difficult for the home team to chase considering the fact that Delhi has a very potent seam attack.

    Brief Score: Delhi: 158 & 238/7 (Mithun Manhas 97, Yogesh Nagar 35 batting, TP Sudhindra 3/35). MP: 156 (Naman Ojha 39, Jalaj Saxena 31, Ashish Nehra 3/72, Parvinder Awana 3/51).

    Vhora, Bhaja help strong comeback for Baroda:

    Vadodara: A brilliant spell of seam bowling by Sankalp Vohra and Firdaush Bhaja helped Baroda bundle out Gujarat for 169 before the hosts ended the second day of their Group B Ranji Trophy Elite division match with an overall lead of 43 runs.

    Gujarat, in their response to Baroda's 203 all out in the first innings, were put on the back-foot with Bhaja removing Avi Barot and skipper Neeraj Patel to leave the visitors at 29 for two. Vhora, who took four wickets for just 24 runs, claimed his first victim in the form of Bhavik Thakur, who was caught by Swapnil Singh on eight.

    With score reading 44 for three Gujarat looked to resurrect their innings through opener Priyank Panchal and Pratharesh Parmar. The duo stitched a partnership of 35 runs, the highest in the visitors' innings, before Abhimanyu Chauhan claimed Panchal's wicket.

    Earlier, resuming at their overnight 192 for seven, Baroda just managed to add another 11 runs to the total with Ishwar Chaudhary returning with a rich haul of five wickets. Baroda in their second essay were nine without loss when the stumps were drawn on the second day of the match.

    Brief scores: Baroda: 203 all out (Rakesh Solanki 69; Ishwar Chaudhary 5/69) and 9 for no loss in seven overs.
    Gujarat: 169 all out (Pratharesh Parmar not out 45; Sankalp Vohra 4/24, Firdaush Bhaja 3/72).