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    Ranji, Group A, Round 7, Day 2: MP on course for outright win against Punjab

    Gwalior: Madhya Pradesh looked on course for an outright victory after pacers shared all wickets among themselves and enforce follow-on on table toppers Punjab in their Group A Ranji Trophy match here on Sunday.

    After being bowled out for 148 in their first innings that gave Madhya Pradesh a substantial lead, the visitors were 11 without loss at the close of play on the second day.

    Test discard Yuvraj Singh top scored for Punjab with 39 while skipper Mandeep Singh also chipped in with a useful 33 as none of the other recognised batsmen applied themselves.

    Ahead of a gruelling third day's play, Punjab trailed Madhya Pradesh by 164 runs with all their wickets intact.

    Sharma, who had picked up three wickets on Saturday, finished with an impressive figure of 5 for 92 while Amitoze (3 for 64) and Baltez Singh (2 for 59) shared the remaining spoils.

    In reply, Punjab lost wickets at regular intervals to lend Madhya Pradesh the upper hand. The start was disastrous as Punjab lost openers Karan Goel and Jiwanjot Singh for the addition of just 18 runs.

    For Madhya Pradesh, Anand Rajan was the pick of the bowlers with figures of 4 for 29 while Ishwar Pandey scalped 3 for 63. Amarjeet and Gaurav chipped in with two and one wicket each.

    Brief Score: MP 323 all out; Punjab 148 all out and 11 for 0 (Chouhan 2 not out, Goel 9 not out)

    Mumbai vs Saurashtra

    Rajkot: Mumbai amassed 606 runs for five wickets and then reduced host Saurashtra to 47 for two on the second day of four-day Ranji Trophy group `A' match at SCA stadium Khandheri on Sunday.

    Aditya Tare and Rohit Sharma continued to frustrate the hosts, adding 278 runs for the third wicket. Tare made 222 runs, facing 417 balls with 31 fours and a six, while Sharma's 166 came off 254 balls with 16 fours and five sixes.

    Abhishek Nayar on 69 (84 balls) and Ankit Chavan (21) were at the crease when Mumbai skipper Ajit Agarkar declared the innings at 606.

    For Saurashtra, Makwana took two wickets conceding 129 runs while Saurya Sanandiya, Nayan Doshi and Jaydev Shah had a wicket each.

    Skipper Jaydev Shah (batting 28) and Sitanshu Kotak (batting 6) avoided further damage as Saurashtra still need another 409 runs to avoid follow on.

    Brief Scores:

    Mumbai 606 for 5 declared (Aditya Tare 222, Rohit Sharma 166, Kamlesh Makwana 2 for 129) against Saurashtra 47 for 2 (Jaydev Shah batting 28, Sitanshu Kotak batting 6).

    Hyderabad vs Bengal

    Kolkata: Bengal opener Arindam Das scored a fighting 73 to give his team a slender one-run first innings lead against Hyderabad but the visiting team batsmen showed a lot of gumption to take an overall lead of 171 on a Eden Gardens green top here on Sunday.

    With two days left, the match is expected to be over by Monday and Hyderabad are favourites to win considering the spineless nature of Bengal batting which has even failed to score 200 on a lot of occasions this season.

    In the morning, it was veteran opener Arindam, who shifted gears as he scored 36 out of the 38 runs that were required to get the lead. Arindam lost Shami Ahmed when Bengal had just about managed to reach 80.

    In the Hyderabad second innings, Shami Ahmed got four for 68 while captain Laxmi Ratan Shukla (2 for 32) and Veer Pratap Singh (1 for 50) shared the spoils.

    Struggling to get partnership going, Hyderabad folded up the Bengal way before Reddy joined himself with Quadri in a partnership that may just have titled the match in the visitors favour.

    Brief Scores: Hyderabad: 115 and 172 for 7 (Akshat Reddy 49, Ashish Reddy 42; Shami Ahmed 4 for 68).

    Bengal: 116 (Arindam Das 73; Anwar Ahmed 5 for 44, Ashish Reddy 5 for 51).

    Railways vs Rajasthan

    Bhubaneswar: Railways wrested the initiative in the final session to leave Rajasthan struggling at 56 for three in reply to their first innings score of 405 on the second day of the four-day Ranji Trophy Group A match here on Sunday.

    Thanks to lively spell from medium pacer Anureet Singh who removed Robin Bist (13) and Puneet Yadav (0), Rajasthan were off to a dismal start.

    Earlier, resuming the day at 239 for four, Railways' Parag Madkaikar added just 16 runs to his individual overnight score before being scalped by pacer Manjeet Singh. Other overnight batsman, Ashish Yadav (25) was beaten by the pace of Sumit Mathur as the hosts slumped to 297 for six.

    The resilient lower middle-order of Railways showed a lot of character and zeal to stand in there and fight the odds as wicketkeeper Mahesh Rawat struck a fine half-century and, in the company of Avinash Yadav (26) and Anureet (23), took the team's total past 400-run mark.

    Rawat faced 69 balls and struck nine fours.

    For the home team, the last wicket pair of Anureet and Ranjitkumar Mali (14 not out) showed grit and character, adding 36 runs to help the hosts reach a respectable total.

    Brief Scores: Railways 405 all out in 145.2 overs (Shivakant Shukla 109, Parag Madkaikar 86, Mahesh Rawat 52; Aniket Choudhury 3 for 82, Sumit Mathur 3 for 55).

    Rajasthan: 56 for 3 in 32 overs (Vineet Saxena 20 batting; Anureet Singh 2 for 18).

    (With inputs from agencies)