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Ranji Trophy: Aparajith, Choudhary crack double tons on day two

Satyam Choudhary scored an unbeaten 239 to put Madhya Pradesh in command while Baba Aparajith's double ton powered Tamil Nadu against Services.

Press Trust of India |October 28, 2013, 6:32 PM IST
Ranji Trophy: Aparajith, Choudhary crack double tons on day two

Indore: Opener Satyam Choudhary scored an unbeaten 239 to put Madhya Pradesh in command as they posted a mammoth 510 for 6 declared in their first innings against Railways on day two of a Group B Ranji Trophy match here on Monday.

Madhya Pradesh then came back to take one wicket as Railways finished the day at 46 for 1. SS Shukla (17) and AG Paunikar (0) were at the crease when the stumps were drawn. Choudhary started from where he left on Sunday as he along with skipper Devendra Bundela forged an 155-run stand for the fourth wicket to put Madhya Pradesh in a dominating position.

Starting from an overnight score of 127, Choudhary went on to score his double ton and his unconquered 496-ball innings was studded with 30 boundaries and one six at the Holkar cricket stadium.

Bundela added another 55 runs to his overnight score of 11. His 170-ball innings was laced with 11 boundaries. Karn Sharma picked two wickets, while AG Paunikar, SG Gehlot, K Upadhyay and HR Rathod scalped one each for Railways.

In reply, Railways lost their first batsman in the 13th over when Ishwar Pandey cleaned up V Cheluvaraj (28) to reduce them to 42 for one.

Brief scores:

Madhya Pradesh, 1st innings: 510 for 6 (decl) (SD Choudhary 239; KV Sharma 2/114) vs Railways, 1st innings: 46 for 1 (SS Shukla 17; Ishwar Pandey 1/25).

Tamil Nadu in command against Services

New Delhi: Baba Aparajith smashed only his second first-class double hundred while Ramaswamy Prasanna scored an unbeaten half-century to guide Tamil Nadu to a formidable position against Services at the end of second day's play in a Group B match.

Riding on an impressive batting display, Tamil Nadu declared their first innings at a mammoth 456 for 7 in 167 overs. Resuming at their overnight score of 220 for 3, Tamil Nadu batsmen scored another 236 runs in 77 overs for the loss of four wickets.

Aparajith carried on from where he left on Sunday and added another 94 runs to his overnight score to finish his innings on 203. He was caught by Pratik Desai off the bowling of Nishan Singh at the team score of 395 for 5.

For Services, pace duo of Suraj Yadav (2 for 63) and Nishan Singh (2 for 84) picked up two wickets apiece. At stumps on day two, Services were 17 for no loss in 11 overs. Pratik Desai (6) and captain Soumik (3) were at the crease.

Brief scores:

Tamil Nadu: 456/7 (decl) (Baba Badrinath 203, S Badrinath 81, Ramaswamy Prasanna 74*; Suraj Yadav 2/63) vs Services: 17/0

Saurashtra 475 for 7 vs Rajasthan on Day 2

Rajkot: Riding on useful contributions from middle and lower-order batsmen, Saurashtra on Monday added 249 to their overnight score and finished day two at 475 for 7 against Rajasthan.

Kamlesh Makwana (42) and Vishal Joshi (13) were at the crease when stumps were drawn at the Saurashtra Cricket Association (SCA) Stadium in Khandheri. Resuming at 226 for 2, the hosts lost three wickets quickly as Rajasthan's veteran offspinner Ramesh Powar used the turning track nicely and sent back overnight pair of Sagar Jogiyani and Jaydev Shah.

Jogiyani, batting on 114 on Sunday, was clean bowled by Powar when he was at 133. He faced 340 balls and hit 17 fours in his composed innings. Shah made 45. Powar struck again, dismissing Sheldon Jackson (19) and reducing the hosts to 315 for five. However, Chirag Jani (64), Arpit Vasavada (49) and Kamlesh Makwana (42 n.o) did some repair job and stabilised Saurashtra's innings.

Brief scores: Saurashtra 1st innings: 475/7 (Sagar Jogiyani 133, Sitanshu Kotak 65, Chirag Jani 64, Ramesh Powar 4-177) vs Rajasthan

No play for second day between Bengal and Baroda

Kolkata: Saturday's unprecedented downpour cast its spell for the second consecutive day in a Group B match between Bengal and Baroda as the play was not possible because of wet pitch and outfield.

The conditions were bright and sunny on Monday and there was some hope for play but umpires K Srinath and P Jayapal ruled out play after three inspections because of a wet ground.

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