Shreevats Goswami finally came out of Wriddhiman Saha's shadow to hit a career best 225 which enabled Bengal post a commendable 475 for 9 on the second day of the Group A league encounter against Madhya Pradesh.
At stumps, MP were 19 for 1 with Ashok Dinda getting the wicket of Aditya Srivastava. The day belonged to Shreevats, who played 328 balls hitting 25 boundaries and three sixes en route his maiden double hundred in First Class cricket.
It was also a match where Bengal's lower order showed exemplary resilience as the last three wickets produced 268 runs after being reduced to 207 for seven.
More so Shreevats along with No 11 Sayan Ghosh (20 no) added 119 runs for the unbroken 10th wicket. They broke a 77 year old record which stood in the name of B Malcolm and TS Bhattacharjee, which was 115 against erstwhile Madras during the 1938-39 Ranji season. Apart from last wicket stand, there was a 92 run stand with Veer Pratap Singh (24) for the ninth wicket.
Brief Scores: Bengal 475/9 decl (Shreevats Goswami 225, Abhimanyu Easwaran 80) vs MP 19/1.
Mumbai in trouble against Punjab
Mumbai were in trouble at 8/2 after Punjab rode on Mayank Sidhana's century and skipper Gurkeerat Singh's 93 to notch up 468 in their Group A Ranji Trophy match on Thursday.
Sidhana struck 115 off 254 balls while Gurkeerat fell seven short of a century on day two at the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium.
The day had started with Punjab on 216 for 4, with Gitansh Khera on 4 and Sidhana on 11. Khera fell for 16 after which Sidhana and Gurkeerat came together for a sixth-wicket partnership of 178 that pushed the score past 400.
However, Punjab collapsed to lose their last five wickets for 34 runs.
The slide began with Gurkeerat's dismissal for 93, caught behind off Tushar Deshpande. Sidhana fell to the same bowler in his next over, and though Manpreet Gony scored 31, the lower order was dismissed quickly. Suryakumar Yadav took a career-best 4 for 47.
In reply, Mumbai's Shreyas Iyer was dismissed for a second-ball duck and Armaan Jaffer was trapped lbw by right-arm medium pacer Kamal Passi. Mumbai are behind by 460 runs with eight wickets in hand at stumps.
Delhi enjoy upperhand as Saurashtra lead by 89 in 2nd inns
Saurashtra opener Kishan Parmar's unbeaten 141 enabled them to give a better account of themselves reaching 234 for 5 in the second innings but Delhi still enjoyed the upperhand in a group B Ranji Trophy encounter on Thursday.
Effectively, Saurashtra are only 89 runs ahead with five wickets in hand and two days of play left. While chances of an outright victory for Delhi look bright but a chase of 150 plus would mean that bonus point can be difficult.
Earlier, Pradeep Sangwan's second rearguard action of the season ensured a healthy 145-run lead for Delhi as they finished their first innings at 237. Sangwan had earlier scored a 100 against Assam.
Sangwan scored 75 off 100 balls with six boundaries and four sixes to help Delhi get a lead of close to 150 runs. The stand of 47 for the with Pulkit Narang (7) also proved to be useful in the final context of the innings. Pacer Kushang Patel grabbed 5 for 72 in 17.3 overs.
When Saurashtra came into bat, Snell Patel (4) and Divyaraj Chauhan (0) were out quickly but a 94-run stand between Parmar and Sheldon Jackson (40) steadied the ship.
Soon Jackson, Jaydev Shah (1) and Prerak Mankad (6) were out in quick succession to reduce Saurashtra to 130 for 5.
But Parmar and Arpit Vasavada (25) added 104 runs for the sixth wicket to guide Saurashtra to a 89-run lead so far.
Brief scores: Saurashtra 92 and 234/5 (Kishan Parmar 141 batting, Navdeep Saini 2/52)
Delhi 1st innings 237 (Pradeep Sangwan 75, Rishabh Pant 40, Kushang Patel 5/72).
Three centuries scored on day 2 in UP vs Baroda game
Three centuries were scored alongside a 51 from Irfan Pathan on day two of the Group A between Baroda and Uttar Pradesh.
Uttar Pradesh, resuming their first innings at 360 for seven, ended up with 480 thanks to Kuldeep Yadav and Saurabh Kumar, who made 117 and 105 respectively.
In reply, Baroda were 242 for five at close of play with opener Kedar Devdhar staying unbeaten on 120 as well Pathan on 55. Baroda still trail UP by 239 runs.
It was a freewheeling knock from Pathan who smashed seven fours and a six in his 55 ball knock.
Devdhar on the other hand collected 13 fours.
Brief scores: UP 481 in 115 overs (Yadav 117, Saurabh 105) vs Baroda 242/5 in 63 overs (Devdhar batting 120, Irfan Pathan batting 55; Ahmed 3/58).
Haryana in driver's seat against listless Tripura
Nitin Saini hit a strokeful century after a five-wicket haul by Harshal Patel as Haryana took a firm grip against Tripura in their do-or-die Group C match at the Eden Gardens.
The wicketkeeper batsman struck 22 boundaries en route to his 13th first-class century in a 103-run opening partnership with Shubha Rohila (47) as Haryana stretched their overall lead to 239 runs on day two to brighten their quarterfinal hopes.
Brief Scores: Haryana 231 and 186/4; 43 overs (Nitin Saini 104, Shubham Rohila 47) vs Tripura 178; 58 overs (Smit Patel 102: Harshal Patel 5/27).
Other Group C matches:1) Andhra v Hyderabad at Lucknow Andhra 1st innings: 190 all out vs Hyderabad 1st innings: 81/5 in 45 overs
2) Chhattisgarh v Jammu & Kashmir at Gwalior:
Chhattisgarh 1st innings: 370 all out (Amandeep Khara 106; Samiullah Beigh 5/94) vs Jammu and Kashmir 1st innings: 33 for 2 in 13 overs
3) Kerala v Services at Delhi
Services 1st innings: 322 all out (Anshul Gupta 105; Athif Bin Ashraf 4/60) vs Kerala 1st innings: 31/1 in 11 overs.
4) Goa v Himachal Pradesh at Mumbai
Goa 1st innings: 380 all out (Sagun Kamat 104, Darshan Misal 106) vs Himachal 1st innings: 254/2 in 45 overs (Prashant Chopra 144 batting, Sumeet verma 70 batting).