Surat: Akshar Patel's three-wicket haul gave Gujarat an upper hand as they reduced Delhi to 195 for four at stumps on day two, even as India discards - Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir - failed once again to make an impression in their Group A Ranji Trophy match on Friday.
Gujarat, in their first innings, were all out for 320 earlier in the day. Delhi still trail the hosts by 125 runs with six wickets remaining.
Delhi were reeling at 49 for four at one stage but the old warhorse Mithun Manhas and Manan Sharma put on an unbeaten 146-run stand for the fifth wicket to rescue the visitors. While Manhas was not out on 85, Manan was on 59 at the end of day two.
However, all eyes were on the two out-of-favour India batsmen -- Sehwag and Gambhir -- both of whom are eager to make a comeback into the national fold. But none of the two could make the opportunity count.
While Gambhir wasted a fine start to get dismissed for a 79-ball 31, which included four hits to the fence, Sehwag was out for just one after facing four balls.
A delivery from spinner Jesal Karia saw Sehwag hitting the ball high up in the air to give a simple catch to the fielder at the mid-on.
Gambhir, on the other hand, edged an Akshar delivery to short leg to leave Delhi reeling at 49 for four.
Manhas and Manan steadied the boat as both scored their half-centuries each. Manhas's unbeaten knock came off 195 balls, laced with 11 fours and two sixes and Manan's 124-ball innings was studded with nine boundaries and a six.
Left-arm orthodox bowler, Akshar finished with figures of three for 24.
Earlier, Gujarat, after resuming on 281 for seven, added another 39 runs to the total by losing three wickets. Overnight batsman Akshar, resuming on 22, went on to score 38 while Rush Kalaria (13) and Jasprit Bumrah (10 not out) helped Gujarat cross the 300-run mark.
Sumit Narwal was the pick of the Delhi wickets with 6 for 71.
Gujarat 1st innings: 320 all out in 104 overs (Venugopal Rao 107, Manpreet Juneja 50; Sumit Narwal 6 for 71). Delhi 1st innings: 195 for four in 76 overs (Mithun Manhas batting 85, Manan Sharma batting 59; Akshar Patel 3 for 24).
Karnataka come up with strong reply against Jharkhand
In Mysore, debutant Mayank Agarwal cracked an unbeaten half-century to lead Karnataka's fightback against Jharkhand as the hosts ended day two at a solid 123 for one.
Agarwal (63) and Kunal Kapoor (27) have added 62 runs in their second-wicket partnership so far as the hosts came up with a strong reply after Jharkhand scored 364.
Karnataka bowlers failed to polish off Jharkhand's lower middle-order and the visitors rode on superb half-centuries by Saurabh Tiwary (77) and Shahbaz Nadeem (85) to score a very competitive 364.
While Agarwal hammered eight fours and a six in his 93-ball knock, Kapoor was content playing second fiddle to the opener and has helped himself with two boundaries in his 52-ball innings.
Agarwal had a good partnership with Lokesh Rahul as well. They scored runs quickly before Rahul was caught by Ishank Jaggi off right-arm medium pacer Shankar Rao. The duo added 61 runs with Rahul scoring 33 off 47 balls with six boundaries.
Resuming the second day's play at 214 for five, Jharkhand soon were 231 for six as Stuart Binny had Sunny Gupta (8) caught behind.
However, Nadeem and Tiwary turned it around amazingly for the visitors with their 78-run seventh wicket stand. Sreenath Arvind broke the stand by trapping Tiwary, who tormented the bowlers with six fours and two sixes.
Then India discard Abhimanyu Mithun and left-arm spinner K P Apanna took the remaining three wickets - Varun Aaron (3), Rahul Shukla (2) and Nadeem.
Arvind, who was the second-highest wicket-taker for Karnataka with 26 scalps in 2010-2011 domestic season, finished with figures of four for 60 runs. Left-arm spinner KP Apanna also took four wicket the expense of 75 runs while Mithun and Binny bagged one wicket each.
Brief scores: Jharkhand 364, Karnataka 123 for 1 (Mayank Agarwal 63 not out, Shankar Rao 42 for 1)
Mumbai gain upperhand as Punjab dismissed for paltry 155
In Mohali, defending champions Mumbai were firmly on course for their second successive outright victory as they dismissed Punjab for a meagre 155 runs after managing 282 in their first innings and then took their overall lead to 162 runs.
Left-arm spinner Vishal Dabholkar turned out to be an unlikely hero for Mumbai as he wreaked havoc taking career-best six for 38 in 22.5 overs as he polished the lower half of the Punjab batting with clinical precision.
At stumps on the second day, Mumbai reached 35 for no loss in their second innings and would certainly be eyeing for an outright win. Starting the day at 207 for five, veteran Wasim Jaffer (111) scored the 49th first-class hundred of his career as Mumbai managed 282 in 91.2 overs. Jaffer faced 208 balls hitting 13 fours and a six.
Zaheer Khan (33) scored some quick runs as senior off-spinner Harbhajan Singh again had a good outing taking four for 90 in 26 overs. Harbhajan now has 13 wickets from three innings in the Ranji Trophy with one sic-wicket and another four-wicket haul. He was well supported by left-arm spinner Rajwinder Singh Golu (2 for 74) and Yuvraj Singh (2 for 29).
However the home team put up an inept batting display as they were bowled out for 155 in 63.5 overs as frail looking Dabholkar running through the lower-order. Skipper Zaheer Khan bowled 11 overs to take one for 26.
Such was the plight of Punjab batting that none of the batsmen could even cross 40 with Test discard Yuvraj Singh top-scoring with 33 that included five boundaries. He was dismissed by part-time off-spinner Surya Kumar Yadav. The only other batsman to cross 30-run mark was Amitoze Singh (31), who was bowled by Dabholkar.
The Mumbai openers scored 35 runs in their second essay at a fairly decent pace with dogged opener Kaustubh Pawar striking 21 off those runs in 28 deliveries. The opener hit four boundaries and has wicketkeeper-batsman Aditya Tare (11 batting) for company.
Brief scores: Mumbai 282 in 91.2 overs (Wasim Jaffer 111, Harbhajan Singh 4 for 90) & 35 for 0 (Kaustubh Pawar 21 batting) Punjab 155 in 63.5 overs (Yuvraj Singh 33, Vishal Dabholkar 6 for 38, Zaheer Khan 1 for 26).
Jayant Yadav's three-wicket haul puts Haryana on top against Vidarbha
In Nagpur, offspinner Jayant Yadav's three-wicket burst put Haryana in a comfortable position as they reduced Vidarbha to 94 for three having scored a decent 329.
At stumps, Vidarbha's professional Hemang Badani (35 batting) was at the crease in company of Ranjit Paradkar (8 batting). Vidarbha still need 236 runs to get an all-important first innings lead. The home team batsmen, who were dismissed were openers Faiz Fazal (21) and Amol Urbhande (28) and No 3 batsman Shalabh Srivastava (0). In fact Fazal and Srivastava were dismissed in a space of three deliveries. Yadav had figures of 3 for 21 in eight overs to show for his efforts.
Earlier, started the day at 235 for four and added another 94 runs losing six wickets in the process. Overnight not out batsman Sunny Singh was finally out for 123 having hit 12 boundaries and a six in 265 deliveries.
Most successful bowler for Vidarbha was 28-year-old off-spinner Akshay Wakhare, who grabbed five for 68 in 38.1 overs.
Brief scores: Haryana 1st Innings 329 in 136.1 overs (Sunny Singh 123, Akshay Wakhare 5 for 68). Vidarbha 94 for 3 in 37 overs (Hemnag Badani 35 batting, Jayant Yadav 3 for 21).