Indore: Young Satyam Choudhary remained unbeaten on 73 as Madhya Pradesh reached 191 for five in reply to Mumbai's first innings score of 304 in a Ranji Trophy group league encounter at the Holkar Stadium here on Sunday.
Satyam and former India colts player Harpreet Singh (26 batting, 5x4) added 37 runs for the unbroken sixth wicket stand when stumps were drawn. Satyam hit 11 boundaries in his undefeated knock and hosts now need 114 runs to surpass Mumbai's first innings total.
Discarded pace spearhead Zaheer Khan didn't look menacing enough as he bowled 17 overs to take the wicket of rival skipper Devendra Bundela who was bowled for eight. India A players Naman Ojha and Jalaj Saxena also didn't get many runs although the former looked in great touch as he smashed six fours in his 26-run knock.
Mumbai captain Ajit Agarkar was the most successful bowler taking two for 43. Iqbal Abdulla, Abhishek Nayar and Zaheer got the other wickets. Earlier, opener Kaustubh Pawar completed his third century in first-class cricket as Mumbai finished their first essay at 304 largely due to the 42-run final wicket partnership between Pawar and Javed Khan who smashed a quickfire 27 with three fours and a six.
Pawar carried his bat through the innings remaining unbeaten on 111 with 16 hits to the fence. He batted for six hours and 20 minutes facing 323 deliveries in the process. Medium pacer Ishwar Pandey was the most successfl bowler taking six for 54.
Brief scores: Mumbai 304 (Kautubh Pawar 111 no, Ankeet Chavan 44, Ishwar Pandey 6 for 54). Madhya Pradesh 191 for 5 (Satyam Choudhary 73 batting, Harpreet Singh batting 26, Naman Ojha 26).
Rajasthan vs Saurashtra:
In Jaipur, a fighting half century by Kamlesh Makvana (batting 54) kept Saurashtra in the hunt for the first innings lead against defending champions Rajasthan on the second day of their Ranji Trophy league match here on Sunday.
Saurashtra were 213 for seven with Sandip Maniar giving company to Makvana at the crease on 18 at close at the K L Saini Stadium at Mansarovar. Makvana has so far faced 104 balls for his unbeaten 54 which he made with the help of five boundaries.
India Test player Chteshwar Pujara could score just three runs from 15 balls as Saurashtra struggled initially. The visitors are still 86 run behind with three first innings wickets in hand.
Rituraj Singh (3 for 53) and Pankaj Singh (2 for 54) were the most successful bowlers for Rajasthan while Sumit Mathur and Saurabh Chouhan grabbed one wicket each. Earlier, Rajasthan resumed at overnight score of 268 for nine were all out for 299 as their first innings folded with the fall of Dishant Yagnik (46).
In reply, Saurashtra were in deep trouble as Pankaj and Rituraj produced a fine spell to share four wickets to have the visitors reeling at 18 for four. With Sagar Jogiyani (2), Shitanshu Kotak (1), Pujara (3) and skipper Jaidev Shah (12) back in pavilion, the hosts were right on top as Saurashtra went for lunch at 54 for four.
S P Jackon (54, 96 balls, 8X4) and A V Vasavdev (30, 75 balls, 5x4)) added 57 runs for the fifth wicket to steady the innings. But at the tea break, Saurashtra were struggling at 141 for 7. It was Makvana and Maniar who kept the hopes of the visitors alive with their 72-run unbroken partnership for the eighth wicket.
Brief scores: Rajasthan 1st innings 299 all out; Saurashtra 177 for 7 (Jackson 54, Makwana 30 batting, Rituraj Singh 3 for 53).
Gujarat vs Punjab:
In Valsad, Left-arm spinner Rakesh Dhruv (3 for 51) and paceman Kushang Patel (2 for 74) shared five wickets between them as Gujarat fought back to reduce Punjab to 227 for seven on the second day of their Ranji Trophy Group A match, here on Sunday.
Punjab are still trailing by 39 runs and either side can go on to take crucial first innings lead on Monday. For Punjab a lot would depend on wicket-keeper Uday Kaul, who is batting on 63. Giving him company is Siddarth Kaul (5).
Punjab bowled out Gujarat for 266 in the morning by taking the last wicket in form of Kushang, who became overall fourth victim of Sandeep Sharma. However, Punjab could not make the most of the situation, losing both the openers - Jiwanjot Singh (5) and Ravi Inder Singh (0) at the score of five inside fifth over.
Punjab owed their recovery to Mayank Sidhana (50) and Mandeep Singh (66), who added 92 runs for the third wicket. Dhruv broke the stand by dismissing Sidhana but Mandeep found another good partner in Uday. Together they added 70 runs for the fourth wicket
Patel trapped Mandeep and that dismissal caused the collapse. Gurkeerat Singh (4), Amitoze Singh (17) and Harbhajan Singh (12) could not last long and Gujarat were right back in the match.
Brief Scores: Gujarat 1st innings: 266 all out in 93.2 overs; Punjab 1st innings: 227 for 7 in 83 overs.(Mandeep Singh 66, Uday Kaul 63 batting; Rakesh Dhruv 3 for 51).
Hyderabad vs Railways:
In Hyderabad, India left-arm spinner Pragyan Ojha scalped two wickets as Hyderabad pressed for a first innings lead against Railways. Ojha removed Railways openers Shivakant Shukla (24) and Amit Paunikar (41) as the visiting side batted cautiously to end the day on 145 for two in reply to Hyderabad's 337 all out in the Group A match at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium at Uppal.
Railways captain Sanjay Bangar and Nitin Bhille were batting on 43 and 31 respectively at the draw of stumps. Bangar consumed 119 balls for his unbeaten 43 from which he hit six boundaries while Bhille faced 131 deliveries for his unbeaten 31 which he made with the help of three boundaries.
Earlier, Hyderabad resumed the day at 247 for six and added 90 runs in 29 overs today before being all out for 337. Overnight batsman Ashish Reddy added 22 more runs this morning before being out for 82 while tailender Akash Bhandari remained not out with a strokeful 56 which he made from 89 balls with the help nine boundaries.
Left-arm spinner Murali Kartik added two more wickets to his two on Saturday to take his innings scalp to four at the expense of 88 runs.
Brief Scores: Hyderabad 1st Innings: 337 all out in 122 overs (Ashish Reddy 82, Akash Bhandari 56 not out; Murali Kartik 4 for 88) Railways 1st Innings: 145 for 2 in 59 overs (Sanjay Bangar batting 43, Nitin Bhille batting 31; Pragyan Ojha 2 for 17).
(With inputs from agencies)