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    Ranji Trophy Group B, Round 3, Day 2: Baroda pile on runs against Delhi

    Ambati Rayudu scored a classy ton as Baroda posted a commendable 525 for 7 against hosts Delhi at stumps on the Day 2 of Group B encounter. Rayudu scored 131 and added 213 runs for the fourth wicket with young Abhimanyu Chauhan, who hit a patient 113 as Baroda made life miserable for the Delhi bowlers.

    Baroda's late-order also made a very useful contribution as left-handers Ketan Panchal and seamer Gagandeep Singh Natt also added 126 runs for the unbroken eighth-wicket stand with both hitting half centuries.

    For Delhi, Awana bowled 32 overs taking 2 for 97 while Rajat Bhatia had the best figures of 3 for 35 from 19 overs. Last match's hero Suyal gave away 119 runs in 33 overs without any success.

    Brief Scores:

    Baroda 1st innings: 525 for 7 (Ambati Rayudu 131, Abhimanyu Chauhan 113, Ketan Panchal 72 not out, Gagandeep Singh Natt 70 not out, Rajat Bhatia 3 for 35, Parvinder Awana 2 for 97).

    In Rohtak, Odisha closed in on an outright victory against Haryana after polishing off the top-order of the hosts in the second innings as well. Odisha took a 153-run first innings lead after scoring 219 and then reduced Haryana to 165 for 5 at the end of the second day's play. Basant Mohanty and Alom Mangaraj took two wickets apiece to rattle the hosts top-order.

    Haryana have a 12-run lead with five wickets remaining and Odisha have two full days to force a win. Abhimanyu Khod (56) and skipper Amit Mishra (12) will resume the Haryana innings on Monday.

    Brief Scores:

    Haryana: 66 and 165 for 5 in 68 overs (A Khod 56 batting, Sunny Singh 36; B Mohanty 2 for 21).

    Odisha: 209 all out in 74 overs. (N Begera 44, L Samal 43; M Sharma 5 for 49).

    In Meerut, Mohammad Kaif struck a patient hundred as Uttar Pradesh fought back to take control of the proceedings by dismissing Karnataka cheaply. Uttar Pradesh, who were struggling at 163 for 7 on Saturday, posted 283 in their first innings.

    Bhuvneshwar Kumar then grabbed five wickets as Karnataka were bundled for 181 in 54.4 overs to hand the initiative to UP. At stumps, UP were 55 for 3 that gave the team handy 157-run lead with seven wickets in hand.

    Bhuvneshwar five wickets cost just 36 runs in 17.4 overs, seven of which were maidens. Imtiaz Ahmed also chipped in with three scalps. Ahmed gave away 53 runs in 12 overs.

    At stumps, Kaif (18) and skipper Suresh Raina (8) were at the crease for UP.

    Brief Scores:

    Karnatka 1st Innings: 181 all out

    Uttar Pradesh: 283 and 55 for 3 in 22 overs (M Kaif 18 not out).

    In Chennai, skipper Lakshmipathy Balaji and Malolan Rangarajan shared eight wickets between them as Tamil Nadu gained a 43-run first-innings lead over Maharashtra. After overnight batsman Rangarajan was caught behind by Rohit Motwani off Shrikant Mundhe, the home team bowlers took charge and turned the tide in their favour. Mundhe returned figures of 4 for 38 in 17.2 overs.

    Balaji then succeeded in dismissing the Maharashtra openers Harshad Khadiwale and Chirag Khurana, and with Malolan chipping in with his nippy and good length deliveries, the Maharashtra top-order collapsed to 41 for 4. However, Sangram Atitkar and inform Kedar Jadhav rescued the slide.

    They were cautious in their approach and frustrated the rival bowlers.

    Brief Score:

    Tamil Nadu: 276 all out in 91.2 overs

    Maharashtra: 233 all out in 76.3 overs(Kedar Jadhav 45, Shrikant Mundhe 61; Laxmipathy Balaji 4 for 28, Malolan Rangarajan 4 for 55)