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Ranji Trophy, Group A: Bhatia's ton puts Delhi on top; Tiwary smashes double century for Jharkhand

Bhatia not only recorded his 13th first class century but ensured that Delhi reach a commanding position against Odisha.

Press Trust of India |December 7, 2013, 5:18 PM IST
Ranji Trophy, Group A: Bhatia's ton puts Delhi on top; Tiwary smashes double century for Jharkhand

Sambalpur: Experienced campaigner Rajat Bhatia hit an unbeaten 158 and combined with lower-order batsmen to propel Delhi to a huge 442 all out against Odisha, who were trailing by 321 runs at the end of second day in their Ranji Trophy Group A match on Saturday.

Bhatia, who resumed at 71, not only recorded his 13th first class century but ensured that Delhi reach a commanding position by building partnerships with lower-order batsmen.

After early departure of his overnight partner Varun Sood (16), Bhatia joined hands with Sumit Narwal (40), raising a 65-run stand for the eighth wicket, and then rattled the opposition with his 92-run partnership with Ashish Nehra (40) for the ninth wicket.

Bhatia tormented the Odisha bowlers with 18 fours and two sixes in his 258-ball knock. In reply, the hosts were 121 for 3 in with opener Natraj Behera (53) and skipper Biplab Samantray (27) at the crease.

The duo has already put on 51-run stand for the unfinished fourth-wicket stand after losing Bikas Pati (0), Niranjan Behera (5) cheaply.

Goving Poddar batted well for his 70-ball 34 before being caught behind off paceman Parvinder Awana.

Brief Scores: Delhi 1st innings: 442 all out in 134.3 overs (Rajat Bhatia 158 not out; Mithun Manhas 92; Deepak Behera 3 for 107); Odisha 1st innings: 121 for 3 in 42 overs (Natraj Behera 53 batting; Parvinder Awana 1 for 28)

Tiwary hits double ton as Jharkhand dominate Mumbai

At Mumbai, Jharkhand batsman Saurabh Tiwary compiled his maiden double ton, a swashbuckling 238, before the team's bowlers stifled Mumbai's batsmen only to loosen the grip on a roller-coaster second day two of their Group A Ranji Trophy match.

In reply to the visitors' first innings total of 351, Mumbai were pushed firmly on the back foot by the pace of Varun Aaron before Hiken Shah (46 batting) and Suryakumar Yadav (49 batting) came to their side's rescue with an unbroken 96-run stand for the sixth wicket.

The duo, who came together when the 40-time champions were tottering at 114 for 5 before tea, batted through the last session to guide Mumbai to 210 for 5, still 141 runs behind the visitors' score.

Aaron, in his seven-over first spell, used his extra pace to breach the defence of opener Sushant Marathe off the second ball and then struck an even bigger blow by dismissing in-form batsman Wasim Jaffer (1) to leave Mumbai gasping at 30 for 2.

Opener Aditya Tare made a breezy 67 off 120 balls before getting out while Siddesh Lad (16) and skipper Abhishek Nayar (19) could not convert their starts into bigger things. It was then left to Shah and Yadav to stem the rot.

In the morning, Tiwary, resuming at a career-high 175 in a team total of 262 for 8, continued his assault on the hapless Mumbai bowling attack by carting them for four more sixes and nine additional fours before being dismissed while going for another big hit off left arm spinner Vishal Dabholkar.

Tiwary added 63 runs on Saturday, 60 coming off sixes and fours, in just 81 balls before he got out at 334. He struck Akbar Khan for 22 runs in the opening over with a six and four fours.

Shiv Shankar Rao remained not out on 23 after guiding the eastern India side past the 350 mark. For Mumbai, Javed Khan and Dabholkar shared eight wickets equally.

Brief scores: Jharkhand 351 (Saurabh Tiwary 238; J Khan 4 for 79, V Dabholkar 4 for 81); Mumbai 210 for 5 (A Tare 67, H Shah batting 46, S Yadav batting 49; V Aaron 2 for 28, S Nadeem 2 for 64)

Harayan come back strongly against Karnataka

At Rohtak, Pacer Harshal Patel snapped up a five-wicket haul as Haryana came back strongly to reduce Karnataka to 253 for 9 on the second day of their Group A Ranji Trophy match here today.

Dismissed for 247 in the first innings on Friday, Haryana got back in contention with a fine bowling performance spearhead by Patel.

Overnight 18 for no loss, Karnataka made a solid start on Saturday with Mayank Aggarwal (42) and Lokesh Rahul (98) putting together 96 runs for the opening wicket.

Aggarwal was the first to depart after facing 100 balls and striking six boundaries. Rahul, on the other hand, hit nine fours in his 239-ball stay before being bowled by Patel.

Skipper and wicketkeeper Chidhambram Gautam was the only other Karnataka batsman to make a noteworthy contribution with a 109-ball 54, including six fours.

The rest of the batsmen failed to complement the trio as Haryana managed to come back strongly in the match after their own batting failure.

Patel was not just among the wickets, he was also economical, conceding merely 55 runs in his 28 overs, 10 of them being maiden.

Brief Scores: Haryana 1st Innings: 247; Karnataka 1st Innings: 253/9 in 92 overs (Lokesh Rahul 98, Chidhambram Gautam 54, Harshal Patel 5/55)

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