Indore: Subramaniam Badrinath (248) slammed a double hundred as Tamil Nadu piled on the woes of Madhya Pradesh as the visitors reached a massive 532 for eight on the second day of their Ranji Trophy Group B match on Friday.
Badrinath added 122 more runs on Friday to his overnight 126 and was the last man out at the Holkar Cricket Stadium. His 248 came from 448 balls and was studded with 28 boundaries. Badrinath was the second TN batsman who hit a triple digit score. On Day 1, Baba Aparajith had hit 118.
Tamil Nadu though batted a slower pace than Thursday as they added 238 runs for five wickets from 90 overs on second day to the overnight 294 for three. Aswin Crist was batting on 44 while Aushik Srinivas was giving him company on 11 at the draw of stumps.
With two days remaining in the match, Tamil Nadu hold the upper hand and the home side will have a huge task at hand to even force a draw and get one point.
For Madhya Pradesh, Rameez Khan grabbed two wickets on Friday, including that of Badrinath. Anand Rajan, Amarjeet Singh and Salman Baig took a wicket apiece.
Tamil Nadu: 532 for 8 in 180 overs (Subramaniam Badrinath 248; Rameez Khan 2 for 78).
RP Singh takes four as Uttar Pradesh get first innings lead over Baroda
In Baroda, senior pacer Rudra Pratap Singh grabbed four wickets as Uttar Pradesh managed a sizeable first innings lead of 74 runs against hosts Baroda.
After finishing their first innings at 302, UP bowlers came back well to dismiss Baroda for 228 in 92.4 overs thereby ensuring a healthy first innings lead.
Despite half-centuries from opener Saurabh Wakaskar (70), senior pros Ambati Rayudu (65) and Rakesh Solanki (51), Baroda lost seven wickets for only 44 runs as RP (4 for 50 in 18,4 overs) ran through the middle and lower-order after skipper Suresh Raina (2 for 19 in 13 overs) provided couple of initial breakthroughs.
Raina removed opener Aditya Waghmode (13) and No 3 batsman Abhimanyu Chauhan (0) in one over as he maneged to extract turn and bounce from the track.
At 32 for two, left-handed opener Wakaskar shared a 68-run third wicket partnership with another left-hander Rakesh Solanki. Wakaskar hit 10 fours and a six in his 139-ball knock as he was finally out caught by Tanmay Srivastava off left-arm spinner Praveen Gupta's bowling.
Wakaskar's departure brought Rayudu to the crease and along with Solanki added 84 runs for the fourth wicket.
At 184 for three, Solanki's patient 165-ball effort came to an end as he was caught by close-in fielder Srivastava off Gupta's bowling. Skipper Yusuf Pathan didn't last long as he gave a simple catch to Arish Alam of leggie Piyush Chawla's bowling.
Once the second new ball was taken, RP and Imitiaz shared the spoils. RP bowled two while trapping the other two leg before as he got the new ball to dart back into right handers.
Rayudu, who looked fluent during his 134-ball knock that had nine fours nicked one to Aamir Khan behind the stumps off Imtiaz's bowling.
Brief scores: UP 1st Innings 302 in 91.2 overs (Suresh Raina 123, Mohammed Kaif 39, Utkarsh Patel 5 for 78). Baroda 1st Innings 228 in 92.4 overs (Saurabh Wakaskar 70, Ambati Rayudu 65, RP Singh 4 for 50, Suresh Raina 2 for 19).
Bengal 172 for 3 after dismissing Rajasthan for 244
In Jaipur, left-handed opener Rohan Banerjee struck a patient 77 as Bengal reached 172 for three at stumps on the second day after bowling out Rajasthan of 244 in the first innings.
Starting the day at 222 for six, hosts lost their last four wickets for addition of only 22 runs on the day.
At close of play, Wriddhiman Saha (34 batting) and Subhomoy Das (0 batting) were at the crease as Banerjee was adjudged leg before in the second last over of the day off left-arm seamer Aniket Chaudhary's (2 for 39) bowling. Banerjee faced 221 balls and hit nine boundaries. The visitors faced 66 overs on the day.
Bengal need another 73 runs to take the all important first innings lead. Bengal speedster Ashoke Dinda returned with figures of four for 58 in 28 overs taking three out of the four wickets that fell on the day. Veteran opener Vineet Saxena (119 not out) carried his bat through the innings as he faced 299 balls hitting 15 boundaries in the process.
Bengal openers Banerjee and right-hander Arindam Das (32) started on a cautious note as they added 92 runs in 37 overs without taking too many risks. As has been the case for the past decade, Das again threw his wicket away having got set playing 104 deliveries as seasoned Pankaj Singh cleaned him up.
Anustup Majumdar (11) hit a couple of boundaries but was then trapped in-front of the wicket by a delivery from Chaudhary that held its line. At 108 for two, Banerjee and Saha got together adding 64 runs for the third wicket. Saha's unbeaten 63-ball knock had four boundaries. Banerjee on the otherhand waited patiently for the loose balls and avoided playing risky shots.
As he was playing for stumps, Chaudhary got one to cut back sharply as he was rapped on the pads. Only one over of play was possible after Banerjee was dismissed.
Brief scores: Rajasthan 1st Innings 244 in 98.3 overs (Vineet Saxena 119 no, Ashoke Dinda 4 for 58, Shib Shankar Paul 2 for 41). Bengal 1st Innings 172 for 3 in 66 overs (Rohan Banerjee 77, Wriddhiman Saha 34 batting, Arindam Das 32, Aniket Chaudhary 2 for 39).
Railways struggle after good start against Saurashtra
In New Delhi, Railways bundled out Saurashtra for a paltry 165 but let go the advantage by losing four wickets in reply. Pacers Anureet Singh (5 for 52) and Hardik Rathod (3 for 34) shared eight wickets between them to close the first innings of visitors, who started the day at 88 for four.
Anureet added two scalps to his three on Day 1 for a five-wicket haul while left-arm paceman Rathod polished off the tail. Railways though could not make the most of the situation as they were struggling at 61 for four at the end of second day's play.
Nitin Bhille (16) and Mahesh Rawat (20) were at the crease for the visitors. Aarpit Vasavada could not add a single run to his overnight score of 44 as he was first batsman to depart in the second over of the day off medium fast bowler Krishnakant Upadhyay (2 for 52).
Skipper Jaydev Shah, overnight 25, and Chirag Jani helped the team cross 150-run mark by scoring 45 and 32 runs respectively. Anureet got his team second wicket when he had Shah caught by wicket-keeper Amit Paunikar. Rathod then removed Kamlesh Makwana (9), Dharmendrasinh Jadeja (4) and Jani.
When Railways came to bat, young left-arm paceman Jaydev Unadkat, who has played six ODIs for India, gave Saurashtra a good start by removing rival skipper Shivakant Shukla (1) in his second over. Abhishek Bhat sent back Paunikar (11)
Later Unadkat added Abhishek Yadav (9) to his wicket tally while Jani saw the back of Arindham Gosh (3) to bring Saurashtra back in the match.
Brief scores: Saurashtra 1st innings: 165 all out in 75.4 overs. (Jaydev Shah 45, Aarpit Vasavada 44; Anureet Singh 5 for 52). Railways 1st innings: 61 for 4 in 33 overs.(Mahesh Rawat 20 batting; Jaydev Unadkat 2 for 9).