Lahli (Haryana): Sachin Tenulkar will once again play a key role as the ongoing Ranji Trophy match between Haryana and Mumbai headed towards an exciting finish on Monday.
For Haryana, the laborious Joginder Sharma took the limelight with a five-for while Sunny Singh led a spirited batting effort as the hosts staged a remarkable fight-back against the defending champions.
Seeking to make a comeback into the Indian team, Mumbai captain Zaheer Khan picked up four wickets, including two at the fag end of second day's play, to leave Haryana at 224 for 9 when stumps were drawn. The hosts, thus, gained an invaluable overall lead of 222 runs, having bowled out Mumbai for 136 in their first innings. Haryana had scored 134 in their first essay.
Haryana rode on Joginder's inspiring spell of 5 for 16 and then 26-year-old Sunny led the way with a 63-run knock to frustrate the visitors before Zaheer got into the act. Left-arm spinner Vishal Dabholkar picked up three wickets for Mumbai but he would be disappointed at being hit for two sixes and a four by Harshal Patel in the day's penultimate over.
Resuming at overnight 100 for 4, Mumbai lasted less than two hours before being bowled out for 136 for a slender two-run lead in their first innings.
Given that 30 wickets tumbled in two days, it would not be easy for Mumbai to chase whatever Haryana set from here on on this sporting wicket. But the 40-time champions' have a good batting line-up to chase down the target.
Starting the day on 44, Ajinkya Rahane added seven runs before being trapped in front by Joginder barely five overs into the day's play. Rahane's 108-ball 51 included nine hit to the fence, and it was his wicket that opened the floodgates.
Punjab in command against Odisha in Ranji
Mohali: Taruwar Kohli and Mandeep Singh came up with centuries as Punjab reached 306 for 2 in their first innings, taking a crucial 101-run lead over Odisha on day two of a Group A Ranji Trophy match on Monday.
Taruwar (109) and Mandeep (116) shared an unfinished 220-run innings between them for the third wicket to not only overhaul Odisha's first innings total of 205 but also take a crucial lead of 101 with still eight wickets in hand.
Earlier, openers Jiwanjot Singh and R Inder Singh begun Punjab's innings from an overnight score of 11 for no loss but the duo could add only 43 before DR Behera dismissed Jiwanjot with Natraj Behera taking the catch.
Jiwanjot could add only 12 runs to his overnight score of six but other opener Inder Singh hit a 100-ball 50 with the help of nine boundaries. He was dismissed by Dhiraj Singh in the 36th over as Punjab slipped to 86 for two. But Taruwar and Mandeep then took the onus on themselves and slowly and steadily build the platform for a big partnership.
Taruwar had 15 boundaries and one six in his 256-ball unconquered innings, while Mandeep hit 14 fours and a six in his unbeaten innings which came off 152 balls at the Punjab Cricket Association Stadium.
Brief Score: Odisha 1st innings: 205
Punjab 1st innings: 306 for two in 94 overs (Taruwar Kohli 109, Mandeep Singh 116; Dhiraj Singh 2/44)
Vidarbha fight back against Gujarat
Nagpur: Making up for the poor show on day one, Vidarbha put up a much better fight in their Ranji Trophy match even as Gujarat were still placed comfortably in the Group A contest on Monday.
Vidarbha on Monday took seven wickets to bowl out Gujarat for 304 and then scored 87 for 1. They are still trailing by 132 runs but they showed a lot of stomach for fight after being bowled out for 85 on Sunday.
Opener Faiz Fazal (58) and Amol Ubarhande (6) were at the crease for the hosts, which lost Akshay Kolhar (28) . Fazal and Ubarhande shared a sedate 59-run stand for the first wicket in 26 overs. It ended when Ubarhande was scalped by off-spinner Jesal Karia.
Brief Scores: Vidarbha: 85 and 87 for 1 in 34 overs. (F Fazal 48 batting; J Karia 1/5).
Gujarat 1st innings: 304 all out in 106.5 overs. (P Patel 65, R Dhruv 22, R Kalalia 39; S Wagh 4/71).