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    Ranji Trophy, Group B: Railways bounce back against Rajasthan

    Jaipur: Railways' tailenders came up with some valuable contributions to help the team make 283 in its first innings before its bowlers reduced Rajasthan to 142 for 6 on the second day of their Ranji Trophy Group B match on Friday.

    Overnight 223 for 7, Railways rode on wicketkeeper Mahesh Rawat's 88-ball 52 and Anureet Singh's 20 to go past the 250 mark before the innings folded in 99.1 overs.

    Rajasthan's response was off to a disastrous start and they lost their first wicket - opener Siddharth Saraf (2) - with merely two runs on the scoreboard.

    Vineet Saxena, unbeaten at 73 after facing 203 balls, was the lone batsman putting up some resistance against the Railways. At stumps, he had Deepak Chahar (1) for company.

    Anureet was the wrecker-in-chief for the visiting side, grabbing three for 48 in 26 overs, 11 of which were maidens. Saxena got little support at the other end with 19 by wicketkeeper Dishant Yagnik being the next best score after his.

    Medium pacer Ranjitkumar Mali fetched just one wicket but gave away a meagre 27 runs in 21 overs, 12 of them being maiden.

    Brief Scores: Railways 1st Innings: 283 all out in 99.1 overs (Mahesh Rawat 52, Pankaj Singh 4/96); Rajasthan 1st Innings: 142 for 6 in 69 overs (Vineet Saxena 73 batting, Anureet Singh 3/48)

    Bengal get 1st innings lead despite Pujara ton

    At Kolkata, Test specialist Cheteshwar Pujara started his preparations for the South Africa Test series in right earnest with a century but failed to take Saurashtra past Bengal's first innings score of 303 as the hosts gained a crucial 78-run first innings lead in a Ranji Trophy group league encounter at Eden Gardens.

    Pujara scored a well-made 102 but Saurashtra were all-out for 225 with India discard Ashoke Dinda claiming four for 65.

    Skipper Laxmi Ratan Shukla showed his all-round abilities chipping in with a couple of wickets for 36 runs.

    Seamer Sourav Sarkar (2 for 34), Shib Shankar Paul (1 for 43) and Sourashish Lahiri (1 for 24) were the other successful bowlers.

    At stumps, Bengal were five for no loss in their second innings with Lahiri coming out to open with Arindam Das as regular opener Rohan Banerjee didn't field for a considerable amount of time due to stomach pain. The overall lead is of 83 runs.

    Coming in to bat at No 3, Pujara showed why he is cut above rest as he smashed 15 fours and a six off a full-toss bowled by leg break bowler Anustup Majumdar.

    Saurashtra lost half of the side for 119 but till Pujara was there, the visitors harboured hopes of a first innings lead. He added 56 runs with Chirag Jani for the sixth wicket.

    With the first ball of the 74th over, Dinda dismissed Pujara, as the batsman was played on to a delivery that had a bit of extra pace.

    Once Pujara was gone at the score of 207, the next three wickets fell for an addition of only 18 runs.

    Brief Scores: Bengal 303 and 5 for 0 in 1 over (Saurasish Lahiri 4 batting, Arindam Das 1 batting; Sandip Maniar 1/5) Saurashtra: 225 all out in 79.3 overs (Cheteshwar Pujara 102; Ashok Dinda 4/65, Sourav Sarkar 2/34)

    Prashant keeps alive UP's hope against TN

    At Meerut, Opener Mukul Dagar and Prashant Gupta scored a fifty each to lift Uttar Pradesh to 171 for 5 in their first innings in reply to Tamil Nadu's 297 at the close of second day's play in a Ranji Trophy Group B match.

    Dagar made fine 69 off 138 deliveries before he was caught by Laxmipathy Balaji off left-arm orthodox bowler R Aushik Srinivas. He found the fence 11 times during his knock.

    Apart from Dagar, Gupta was the other UP batsmen who showed some teeth with an unbeaten 55 off 156 balls. He decorated his innings with five boundaries and one six.

    At stumps, wicket-keeper Eklavya Dwivedi was giving Gupta company at the crease on five with UP still needing 126 runs to overhaul Tamil Nadu's first innings score.

    Earlier resuming at the 258 for 7, overnight centurion Ramaswamy Prasanna (118) added just 14 runs to his score while Aswin Crist (58) managed just four becoming right-arm pacer Imtiaz Ahmed's victims.

    RP Singh (3 for 64) then clean bowled last man Sunil Sam to drew curtains to Tamil Nadu's innings.

    Brief Score: Tamil Nadu 1st innings: 297 all out in 107 overs (Ramaswamy Prasanna 118, Baba Aparajith 60, Aswin Crist 58; Imtiaz Ahmed 4/79, RP Singh (3/64); Uttar Pradesh 1st innings: 171 for five in 68 overs (Mukul Dagar 69, Prasanth Gupta 55 not out; R Aushik Srinivas (2/33)