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    Ranji Trophy: Maharashtra, Andhra in control on Day 2

    Pune: Maharashtra opener Harshad Khadiwale struck an unbeaten half-century and shared a 93-run second wicket stand with Vijay Zol to lay a strong foundation for a first innings total against Tripura on the second day of their Group C Ranji Trophy match on Monday.

    Replying to Tripura's first innings total of 304 all out, Khadiwale (64 batting) and Zol (42 batting) put on a solid batting display to end the second day on a high note for the hosts.

    While Khadiwale struck 10 fours in his unconquered 147-ball knock, Zol was more content to play the role of a sheet anchor and had seven hits to the fence.

    After the early dismissal of opener Chirag Khurana (22), both the batsmen kept the momentum going and shared an unbroken near century-plus stand for the second wicket to take their team to a comfortable 133 for one at the end of day's play.

    Earlier, resuming at their overnight score of 255 for 7, Tripura's lower order was polished off by medium pacer Sachin Chaudhari, who picked up four wickets for 44 runs in his 24 overs. Shrikant Mundhe also impressed with his bowling figures of three for 77.

    Yogesh Takawale was the lone bright spot in Tripura's innings. He could add 20 more runs to his individual score on Monday before being cleaned up by Chaudhari for 125.

    In another Group C match in Guwahati, Niraj Patel struck a patient half-century and shared a vital century-plus partnership with J Syed Mohammad to guide Assam to 323 against Kerala on the second day of their Group C match on Monday.

    Resuming at their overnight score of 177 for 5, Patel played a fine knock of 82 runs off 188 balls, laced with 13 fours and, together in the company of Mohammad (40), put on a 102-run stand for the sixth wicket to put his team in a commanding position after being reduced to 140 for 5.

    Arlen Konwar too made a significant contribution towards the end with an unbeaten cameo of 31 runs. He shared a valuable 40-run partnership for the last wicket with Arup Das (21) to take the hosts past 300-run mark at the Barsapara Cricket Stadium.

    In reply, Kerala were 119 for 3, having lost both their openers, Nikhilesh Surendran (46) and VA Jagadeesh (16), and Rohan Prem for one. At stumps, Sanju Samson (46 batting) and PU Anthaf (1) were at the crease. Pacer Arup Das and spinners Mohammad and Konwar picked up a wicket apiece.

    At Uppal, Andhra took control of their Ranji Trophy match against Hyderabad after bowling out the hosts for 221 on the second day on Monday.

    When stumps were drawn, Andhra were 85 for 1 in 30 overs at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium. Prasanth Kumar was batting on 32 and Marripuri Suresh was unbeaten on 17.

    Hyderabad's innings revolved around Hanuma Vihari and Amol Shinde. While Vihari played a patient knock of 75 off 165 balls, which had 10 fours and one six, Shinde's 97-ball 52 was laced with six fours and two sixes.

    Medium pacer Syed Sahabuddin was the pick of the bowlers for Andhra with figures of four for 45 while Duvvarapu Shivkumar picked up three wickets for 27 runs.

    Earlier, resuming on 44 for two, barring Vihari and Shinde, none of the other batsmen could make a substantial contribution.

    At Dharamsala, Paras Dogra knocked the stuffing out of Goa bowlers en route his superb unbeaten 208, which powered Himachal Pradesh to a mammoth 543 for 5 in their Group C Ranji Trophy match on Monday.

    Dogra apart, skipper Rishi Dhawan, Abhinav Bali and Bipul Sharma scored half-centuries on day two, to bolster Himachal's total. At stumps, Bipul was giving company to Dogra at 86.

    Resuming on overnight 136 for 2, the 28-year-old Dogra smashed as many as 26 boundaries, 18 of them coming on Monday, and one six during his unconquered 344-ball stay at the crease.

    During his knock, he shared 142 runs for the third wicket with Bali (73), 160 runs for the fifth wicket with Dhawan (89), before adding another 132 for the sixth wicket with Bipul.