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    Ranji Trophy, Group A: Yuvraj's 177 Takes Punjab to a Strong Position

    Yuvraj Singh.
(Photo Credit: Getty Images)

    Yuvraj Singh. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)

    Lahli: Punjab suffered a batting collapse but still enjoyed an upper hand courtesy impressive knocks from captain Yuvraj Singh and Gurkeerat Singh and superb bowling from pacer Manpreet Gony on the second day of their Ranji Trophy match against Madhya Pradesh here on Friday.

    Punjab resumed the day at 347 for 3 but could add just 31 runs from 19.2 overs at the expense of seven wickets to be all out at 378 in the morning session. They are still in a strong position after restricting MP to 182 for 5 at stumps today.

    Yuvraj, who is out of favour as far as national team is concerned, could add just 13 runs to his overnight 164 while another centurion Gurkeerat, who resumed the day at 101, scored just two runs more before being the first man out today at the Bansi Lal Cricket Stadium.

    Pacer Ishwar Pandey (8/102) rocked the Punjab innings with six more wickets today in addition to the two he already had yesterday. He scalped the six of the last seven Punjab wickets, including that of Yuvraj who was the eighth batsmen out. Five Punjab batsmen were out in single digit scores today.

    Yuvraj ended his innings of 177 after facing 295 balls from which he hit 14 boundaries.

    In reply, MP were 182 for five in 62 overs with Punjab pacer Manpreet Gony grabbing four wickets for 25 runs. None of the MP batsmen could score substantial runs.

    Shubham Sharma was batting on 48 and he was being given company by Ankit Dane (14 batting) at stumps.

    Ton-up Tiwary takes Bengal to 466 against UP

    Manish Tiwary cracked a superb century as Bengal posted 466 in their first innings and then reduced Uttar Pradesh to 126-3 on day two of their Ranji Trophy Group A match here on Friday.

    Starting at an individual overnight score of 1, Tiwary produced 15 boundaries in his 150-ball innings and was the last man to be dismissed as he batted with the lower-order batsmen to take Bengal across the 450-mark.

    Abhimanyu Easwaran and Tiwary started the proceedings at Bengal's overnight first innings score of 288 for 3 and added another 50 runs before the opener was dismissed by Imtiaz Ahmed at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium.

    Easwaran's 285-ball 142-run innings was studded with 21 hits to the fence.

    Tiwary then took the onus on himself and kept the scoreboard ticking even as wickets kept tumbling at the other end with Pankaj Shaw (20) and Aamir Gani (12) being the only batsmen to reach double scores.

    For UP, Kuldeep Yadav (5/115) completed a five-wicket haul, while AS Rajpoot (4/119) scalped four.

    In reply, Uttar Pradesh found themselves tottering at 49-3 with Ashok Dinda removing Tanmay Srivastava (2) and Samarth Singh (13) cheaply after Sayan Ghosh drew the first blood dismissing Almas Shaukat (1).

    However, Umang Sharma (57) and Sarfaraz Khan (43) arrested the slide with a 77-run unbeaten partnership and remained at the crease when the stumps were drawn.

    Herwadkar's ton helps Mumbai take first innings lead

    Akhil Herwadkar struck a solid hundred to help Mumbai take the first innings lead against Baroda on day two of the Ranji Trophy Group A match here on Friday.

    Baroda were all out for 305 after resuming their first innings at 286 for nine.

    In reply, Mumbai were 313 for eight stumps thanks to Herwadkar's 106 off 216 balls.

    The other contributions came from Suryakumar Yadav (54) and Balwinder Sandhu, who remained unbeaten on 56.

    Sagar Mangalorkar was the stand out bowler for Baroda, taking three wickets for 74 runs.

    Captain Irfan Pathan, who made 19 with the bat yesterday, was economical in his 13 overs giving away only 21 runs and took the wicket of talented rookie Armaan Jaffer.

    Mumbai made a nervy start, losing Shreyas Iyer and Jai Bista cheaply to be 18 for two. Herwadkar held his end and struck an 81-run stand with Yadav, who 10 fours in his attacking knock.

    Herwadkar himself hit 14 fours in his 216 ball effort.

    Yadav's run out resulted in loss of three quick wickets for Mumbai before Sandhu and Abhishek Nayar (38) came to their team's rescue.