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    Ranji Trophy, Group A: 40 Wickets Fall Inside 2 Days As Baroda Beat Bengal

    Image used for representation purpose only. (Getty Images)

    Image used for representation purpose only. (Getty Images)

    It was another Ranji Trophy match at Bansi Lal Stadium that turned out to be farcical contest as Baroda beat Bengal by 21 runs with 40 wickets falling well inside two days.

    Baroda went home happy defending a target of 155 as Bengal were all out for 133 in their second innings. This was after Baroda also scored an identical 133 in their second essay.

    Ironically, the difference of 21 runs in the first innings turned out to be the turning point for Baroda.

    In the end, Manoj Tiwary's words turned out to be prophetic as he had clearly stated that any target above 120 will not be practically chaseable on a track where the contest is heavily loaded in favour of bowlers.

    Young seamer Atit Seth (10/94) would remember this match for his performance but will certainly not be an indicator of his capabilities in conditions loaded in favour of bowlers.

    With six inch grass at three quarter length and damp patches made the life hell for the batsmen.

    The highest score in the entire match was Tiwary's 39 in the second innings. In fact, he hit six fours in 48 balls before an incutter from Sagar Manglorkar did him in.

    He had added 54 runs for 5th wicket with Pankaj Shaw (16) but once Tiwary was gone, hopes of victory evaporated as the pitch also proved that Bengal's batting is yet to get ready for challenges in adverse circumstances.

    The defeat dented Bengal's chances of qualification for knock outs as they are placed fifth now with 16 points.

    In Hubballi, opener Priyank Kirit Panchal notched up a double century before Gujarat were all out for 437 in their match against fancied Mumbai.
    At close of play on the second day, Mumbai were struggling at 58 for three with Shreyas Iyer batting on 27.

    Night-watchman Dhawal Kulkarni was yet to open his account when the stumps were drawn.

    Mumbai skipper Aditya Tare was dismissed for 26 after the openers, Akhil Herwadkar and Jay Bista, perished with just five runs on the board.

    Seamer Jasprit Bumrah was the wrecker in chief, sending back the Mumbai openers to return figures of 2/11 in five overs, while there was one wicket for Karan Patel.

    Resuming on 246/3, Mumbai rode on Panchal's knock to put up a strong total at the KSCA Rajnagar Stadium. Manpreet Juneja got out after scoring 48 but the other overnight batsman, Panchal, almost played through the innings and was the ninth man out.

    Overnight on 122, Panchal's innings consumed 434 deliveries. He struck 28 boundaries and two sixes, frustrating the Mumbai bowlers throughout.

    Mumbai trailed by 379 runs with seven wickets remaining in the first innings.

    Among Mumbai bowlers, left-arm spinner Vishal Dabholkar was the most successful, returning figures of 6/118 in 43.1 overs.

    In Nagpur, Tamil Nadu closed in on Punjab's first-innings total of 284 all out in their Group A match.

    At stumps on the second day, Tamil Nadu were 218/4 in 75 overs, trailing by 66 runs at Vidarbha Cricket Association Ground.

    Resuming on 241/6, Punjab added 43 runs for the loss of four wickets, with overnight batsman Gitansh Khera remaining unbeaten on 40.

    Medium pacers Krishnamoorthy Vignesh (4/104) and A Aswin Crist (3/73).

    In reply, Tamil Nadu lost skipper Abhinav Mukund and Laxmesha Suryaprakash with 44 runs on the board.

    But an 85-run partnership for the fourth wicket between Kaushik Gandhi (75 not out) and the experienced Dinesh Karthik (54) steadied the TN innings. After Karthik's departure made it 156/4, Gandhi put on 62 runs for the fifth wicket with Vijay Shankar, who was batting 32 at close of play.

    Gandhi struck nine boundaries in his 206-ball unbeaten knock.

    In another match, left-arm spinner Ankit Sharma returned with an impressive six-wicket haul to help Madhya Pradesh bowl out Railways for 371.

    In reply, Madhya Pradesh were 71 for three in 40 overs at stumps on the second day of the four-day encounter at the Feroze Shah Kotla ground.

    Naman Ojha was batting on 9 while giving him company was skipper Devendra Bundela on 13 with Madhya Pradesh still trailing Railways by 300 runs with seven wickets in hand and two full days play remaining.

    Earlier, Ankit picked up six wickets giving away 108 runs as Railways' remaining eight wickets could add just 122 runs after resuming at the overnight score of 249 for two.

    Overnight batsmen Nitin Bhille (102) and Arindam Ghosh (62) failed to make any impact today departing early on.

    While Bhille failed to add to his overnight score, Ghosh could muster just one run today.

    Skipper Karn Sharma (44) and tailender Anureet Singh (40 not out) made significant scores to prolong Railways innings.