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Ranji Trophy, Group B: Saurashtra Amass 430 against Rajasthan; Rana, Pant Propel Delhi

Press Trust of India | Updated: October 7, 2016, 8:30 PM IST
Ranji Trophy, Group B: Saurashtra Amass 430 against Rajasthan; Rana, Pant Propel Delhi

A file photo of Delhi batsman Rishabh Pant. (Getty Images)

Vizianagaram: Skipper Jaydev Shah missed out on a double hundred but Saurashtra piled on the misery for Rajasthan by amassing 430 runs in their first innings on the second day of their Group B Ranji Trophy clash.

In reply, Rajasthan were 12 for no loss when stumps were drawn for the day.

Resuming at overnight 269 for 5, Saurashtra were helped to the huge target by Shah's fine knock which ended at 193 and some useful contributions down the order.

Shah smashed a 36 fours in his marathon knock which came off 228 deliveries. Samarth Vyas (27) and Chirag Jani (33) also chipped in to power Saurashtra to the big score.

For Rajasthan, four bowlers -- Nathu Singh, Aniket Choudhary, K Ajay Singh, Mahipal Lomror -- picked up two wickets apiece to make a concerted effort.

At close of play, Manender Singh (12) and Vineet Saxena (0) were at the crease for Rajasthan.

Brief Scores: Saurashtra: 430 in 97.3 overs (Jaydev Shah 193, Sheldon Jackson 76, Aniket Choudhary 2/67). Rajasthan: 12/0 in 1.4 overs.

Rana, Pant propel Delhi to 241/3

In Vadodara, Nitish Rana and Rishabh Pant forged an unbeaten 138-run stand to guide Delhi to 241 for three after the bowlers dismissed Assam for 193 on day two.

Rana (72* off 138 balls) and Pant (84* off 83) were on course to reach the three-figure mark with Delhi ending the day at 241 for three, leading Assam by 48 runs.

Assam, who resumed at 132 for six, lasted 14.3 overs adding 61 runs to the total, thanks to an unbeaten 61 from Tarjinder Singh.

Delhi pacer Pradeep Sangwan polished off the tail to end with figures of 3 for 47.

Later, the Delhi batsmen capitalised on the good work done by the bowlers.

Opener Unmukt Chand, who is captaining the side in the absence of Gautam Gambhir, made 55 off 91 balls before being caught behind off leggie Amit Verma.

After Dhruv Shorey was dismissed to make it 103 for three, Rana and Pant took control of the game with a dominating display of batting especially from the wicket-keeper batsman.

Pant punished the opposition bowlers and ended up smashing seven fours and five sixes. Rana at the other end recorded 10 fours.

Brief Scores: Assam 1st innings: 193 all out in 76.3 overs (Tarjinder Singh 61 not out; Sangwan 3/47). Delhi: 241/3 in 71.2 overs (Chand 55, Rana 72 batting, Pant 84 batting).

Kaushal's ton give Jharkhand 1st innings lead over Maharashtra

In New Delhi, young Kaushal Singh struck his maiden first-class century to guide Jharkhand to 293 for seven and ensure the vital first innings lead for his team against Maharashtra at the end of second day's play.

Resuming at the overnight score of 33 for two in reply to Maharashtra's 210 all out, Jharkhand were in trouble at 108 for five before Kaushal shared three crucial partnerships -- with Virat Singh (46), Shahbaz Nadeem (26) and skipper Varun Aaron (24 not out) -- to take 83 runs first innings lead over Maharashtra with three wickets still in hand.

Kaushal unbeaten 121-run knock came off 178 balls with the help of 15 boundaries and three hits over the fence.

For Maharashtra, Anupam Sanklecha (3/60) and Shrikant Mundhe (3/100) shared six wickets between them.

Brief Scores: Maharashtra: 210 all out in 71.1 overs (Ankit Bawne 78, Kedar Jadhav 59; Varun Aaron 4/47, Ashish Kumar 3/32). Jharkhand: 293 for seven in 99 overs overs (Kaushal Singh 121 not out; Anupam Sanklecha 3/60, Shrikant Mundhe 3/100).

Fazal leads Vidarbha to first innings lead

In Visakhapatnam, Vidarbha skipper Faiz Fazal led by example to help his team gain a crucial first innings lead against Odisha.

Fresh from India A's tour of Australia, the left-handed opener remained unbeaten on 76 (5x4, 1x6), even as Ganesh Satish departed in the fag end of the day for 74, ending their match-turning 158-run partnership. Vidarbha were 182 for two in reply to Odisha's 150, at close on day two.

Fazal remained unaffected and ensured that there's no further damage, even as his partner Aditya Shanware was yet to open his account from 19 balls.

Shanware had scored his only century (119) as an opener in his first class debut against the same team in Nagpur last season.

Resuming on 134 for six, Odisha lost their remaining four wickets in 49 balls as overnight batsman Biplab Samantray departed (53) in the first ball of the day.

Leftarm pacer Shrikant Wagh (3/13) triggered the collapse before offspinner Akshay Wakhare (3/19) cleaned the tail adding two more to his overnight's tally.

In reply, Vidarbha opening duo of Fazal and Sanjay Ramaswamy approached with caution but could not extend their partnership beyond 20 when Deepak Behera gave the breakthrough bowling out the latter for 13.

But the 31-year-old skipper Fazal, who made his ODI debut against Zimbabawe in June, was steady and ensured that there was no further damage in a match-building partnership with Satish.

Fazal brought up his 28th first-class half-century in 114 balls, while Satish was faster to reach to his 22nd fifty off 89 balls.

In the final session, Satish took an edge behind the stumps off Suryakant Pradhan as Odisha finally manage to break the partnership.

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First Published: October 7, 2016, 8:30 PM IST

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