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Ranji Trophy, Group B: Gujarat strike late to gain edge over Railways

Gujarat struck late with three quick wickets as they gained a slight edge over Railways in the race for the first-innings point on the second day of their Ranji Trophy match on Friday.

October 23, 2015, 10:21 PM IST
Ranji Trophy, Group B: Gujarat strike late to gain edge over Railways

New Delhi: Gujarat struck late with three quick wickets as they gained a slight edge over Railways in the race for the first-innings point on the second day of their Ranji Trophy match on Friday.

Railways' reply to Gujarat's first innings total of 387, led by Saurabh Wakaskar's 93, seemed headed in the right direction though they lost the other opener Ashish Singh (36) early in the innings.

RP Singh then had Wakaskar lbw in the 50th over at Gujarat total of 168. From 168 for 1, the hosts slumped to 168 for four as they lost Faiz Ahmed (26) and nightwatchman Anureet Singh (0) in the space of two overs.

P Awasthi was the not out batsman -- without opening account -- when the stumps were drawn for the day.

Earlier, Gujarat lower-order rallied around Rush Kalaria's unbeaten fifty -- a 123-ball 80 -- to take the team total close to 400.

After Anureet had overnight batsman Manpreet Juneja lbw off the third ball of the day, and then bowled R P Singh five overs later, Gujarat were reduced to 296 for 8.

But, Kalaria, who came in at the fall of the sixth wicket, raised stands of 51 and 40 with Mehul Patel and Jasprit Bumrah for the ninth and tenth wickets respectively.

Gujarat innings came to an end when Anureet trapped Bumrah lbw to claim his fourth wicket.

Brief scores: Gujarat 1st Innings: 387 all out in 127.4 overs (Kirit Panchal 141, Rush Kalaria 80, Parthiv Patel 58; Anureet Singh 4 for 91). Railways 1st Innings: 168 for 4 in 51.2 overs (Saurabh Wakaskar 93; R P Singh 2 for 43).

Solid reply from Punjab against Madhya Pradesh

In Patiala, Punjab top-order batted superbly to end Day 2 at a comfortable 182 for two after bowling out Madhya Pradesh for 370.

The visitors resumed at 251 for five and overnight batsmen -- Aditya Shrivastava (131) and Rameez Khan (66) added some more runs in their partnership before Punjab wrapped them up Dhruve Pandove Stadium.

The host openers Manan Vohra (32) and Jiwanjot Singh (66) were yest again in excellent touch as they provided a decent start even as they could not capitalise in good starts they made.

After Vohra was bowled by Jalaj Saxena, Uday Kaul (55 batting) kept the one end tight and raised a 106-run stand with Jiwanjot.

The partnership ended when Ankit Sharma trapped Jiwanjot.

In came Mandeep Singh (22 batting) and he ensured that Punjab do not lose another wicket before stumps.

Brief scores: Madhya Pradesh 1st innings: 370 all out in 125.1 overs. (A Shrivastava 131, R Khna 66; S Ladda 5 for 110). Punjab 1st innings 182 for 2 in 56 overs.(Jiwanjot Singh 66, Uday Kaul 55 batting; A Sharma 1 for 61).

Iyer ton leads run-feast as Mumbai post 447

In Vadodra, Shreyas Iyer's strokeful century may have powered Mumbai to 447, but the run-feast continued as Baroda also responded with a strong 133 for one at stumps.

Starting on their overnight score of 317 for three at the Reliance Stadium, Mumbai lost Iyer (173) early as the top-order batsman was run out by Yusuf Pathan after adding just 6 runs to his Day 1 score.

Surakumar Yadav (68) could also add just 2 runs to his overnight score as the Mumbai innings started wobbling. But Abhishk Nayar struck a defiant 89 and stitched a 70-run tenth-wicket stand with Shardul Thakur (24) to give muscle to the Mumbai score.

Baroda medium-pacer Ajitesh Argal bagged four wickets while Hardik Pandya picked up two scalps.

In reply, the hosts lost their opener early after Monil Patel (10) was scalped by Dhawal Kulkarni for 10, but Kedar Devdhar (84 not out) and captain Aditya Waghmode (35 not out) stitched an unbeaten 113-run stand to give the home team hope.

They still trail by 314 runs in the first innings.

Brief scores: Mumbai 447 all out in 127.1 overs (Shreyas Iyer 173, Suryakumar Yadav 68, Abhishk Nayar 89; Ajitesh Argal 4 for 67, Hardik Pandya 2 for 50); Baroda 133 for 1 in 45 overs (Kedar Devdhar 84 not out, Aditya Waghmode 35 not out; Dhawal Kulkarni 1 for 31).

All-round show helps Andhra take Day 2 honours against UP

In Ongole, a superb all-round display by their players has taken Andhra Pradesh to a dominating position against Uttar Pradesh on Day 2.

Starting on their overnight score of 77 for no loss in response to UP's first innings score of 170, the Mohammed Kaif-led Andhra posted 297.

Getting behind the 127-run trail UP lost three wickets for 39 runs to stay in neck deep trouble at stumps. The visitors still trail by 88 runs.

The day though belonged to the Andhra openers, who managed an 85-run stand to give the hosts a solid start. If Prasanth Kumar top-scored with 67 runs then Srikar Bharat contributed with a fine 62. Kaif also made a 33-run contribution with Siva Kumar making a valuable 32, while coming at No.8.

Pace spearhead Praveen bagged four wickets, while Amit Mishra and Piyush Chawla picked up two wickets apiece.

Already lagging behind, UP then had the worst of starts to lose two of their top batsmen in no time.

Almas Shaukat (7) and Tanmay Srivastava (18) went back early as Kuldeep Yadav (4) as night-watchman also could stay for long. Umang Sharma (4 not out) and Amit (4 not out) are battling out in the middle.

Brief scores: Uttar Pradesh 170 and 39 for 3 in 20 overs (Umang Sharma 4 not out and Amit 4 not out; Paidikalva Vijaykumar 1 for 14, Cheepurapalli Stephen 1 for 17, Bandaru Ayyappa 1 for 2); Andhra Pradesh 297 all out in 97.3 overs (Prasanth Kumar 67, Srikar Bharat 62; Praveen Kumar 4 for 86, Amit Mishra 2 for 68).

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