Jaipur: Deepak Hooda completed a strokeful century on the second day as Baroda produced a brilliant batting display to take firm control of their Ranji Trophy Group A match against Gujarat at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium on Friday.
Riding on Hooda's century and some useful contributions from Hardik Pandhya (47) and Swapnil Singh (66 not out), Baroda declared their first innings at 544-8 after starting the day at an overnight score of 285 for 2.
In reply, Gujarat were at 34-0 in 15 overs. At the draw of stumps, Gujarat openers SB Gohel (12) and PK Panchal (14) were at the crease.
Hooda and A Waghmode (142) continued their dominant run and added another 57 runs for the third wicket. Hooda completed his century before Mehul Patel dismissed him in the 96th over. His 160-ball innings was laced with 20 boundaries.
Waghmode then was removed by Axar Patel in the 111th over and two overs later Yusuf Pathan was also sent packing by Axar as Baroda lost half their side in 113 over.
Axar came back to get rid of Irfan Pathan (0) as well just after Baroda had crossed the 400-mark. Pandya and Swapnil then took the reins in their hands and added 65 runs together before the former was dismissed by Rujul Bhatt.
Swapnil and Pinal Shah (20) then guided Baroda to 511 when Bhatt returned to remove the latter. Swapnil and Gagandeep Singh (18) then scored some valuable runs before skipper Irfan decided to declare the innings after 155 over.
Brief Score: Baroda 1st innings: 544 for 8 in 155 overs declared (D Hooda 118, A Waghmode 142; Axar Patel 3 for 136).
Yuvraj fails before Punjab recovers to 154/4
In New Delhi, captain Yuvraj Singh fell cheaply in his Ranji Trophy season opener before Uday Kaul and Gurkeerat Singh led Punjab's recovery against Railways on day two.
Punjab were reduced to 44 for four with Yuvraj's dismissal before Uday (59*) and Gurkeerat (66*) steadied the ship with an unbeaten 110-run partnership.
Punjab, replying to Railways' 331 all out, were 177 runs behind at close of play.
Railways, starting the day from overnight 257 for five, could add only 74 runs to the total.
Punjab medium pacer Siddharth Kaul was the pick of the bowlers, ending with a five-wicket haul.
Later, Uday and Gurkeerat showed maturity to bail their team out of a tough situation. Gurkeerat was the aggressor in the partnership, hitting 10 fours and a six.
Yuvraj did not last long in the middle, scoring nine off 35 balls.
Punjab's reply came after opener Shivakant Shukla and Ashish Yadav took Railways to a competitive first innings total.
Brief Scores: Railways: 331 all out in 118 overs (Shukla 128, Yadav 81; Siddharth Kaul 5/68). Punjab: 154/4 in 57 overs (Uday Kaul 59 batting, Gurkeerat 66).