Ishant Sharma showed some signs of returning to form with a five-wicket haul as Delhi gained the upper hand against Haryana at stumps on the second day of the Ranji Trophy group A encounter.
Ishant bowled with a lot of fire as he grabbed five for 29 in 17 overs as Haryana were bowled out for 138 in reply to Delhi's first innings score of 201.
Delhi scored 35 in the second innings as their lead swelled to 98 with Gautam Gambhir batting on 27.
Gambhir, however, looked scratchy but did hit a few boundaries in between.
Ishant dominated the proceedings during the Haryana innings as he hit the deck regularly causing problems for Haryana batsmen.
Rajat Bhatia, bowling his cutters, complemented him well with a four for 32 in 16 overs. Wicketkeeper Punit Bisht had a busy time behind the stumps having taken five catches.
Ishant bowled a good first spell, getting the outside edge of opener Nitin Saini (6) and one down batsman Sunny Singh. Then Bhatia joined picture removing left handed opener Abhimanyu Khod (15).
Abhi Barot (34) and Rahul Dalal (13) added 33 runs before Bhatia removed Dalal as he was adjudged leg before. Barot was out when Gambhir took a sharp catch at point while Jayant Yadav (0) was removed by Parvinder Awana.
At 82 for six, Joginder Sharma and Sachin Rana added 46 runs for the seventh wicket.
Joginder hit 35 off 38 balls with five boundaries before he edged an away going delivery to give Bhatia his fourth wicket.
Ishant then polished off the tail removing Rana and then last man Badhwar to ensure at least three points for Delhi.
Delhi 201 in 87.5 overs (Rajat Bhatia 39, Sanjay Badhwar 4/56)
Haryana 138 in 55 overs (Joginder Sharma 35, Ishant Sharma 5/29, Rajat Bhatia 4/32).
Shrivastava's 187 puts Vidarbha in command against Karnataka
Nagpur: Skipper Shalabh Shrivastava led from the front with an unbeaten 187 as Vidarbha reached 457 for six in their first innings against Karnataka at stumps on the second day of the Ranji Trophy Group A match.
Shrivastava blasted 21 boundaries in his unfinished 475-ball innings. He added 54 runs for the fifth wicket with Ranjit Paradkar and forged an unbeaten 88-run stand with SS Ruikar (48) for the seventh wicket.
Resuming Vidarbha's innings at 244 for two, Shrivastava and Thursday’s centurion Faiz Fazal could add just 22 more to their partnership as the opener was dismissed by H S Sharath in the 97th over.
Fazal added just eight runs to his overnight score of 139. He had 22 fours in his 283-ball innings.
Number 5 batsman RR Parida too could not stay longer as his innings was cut short after KP Appanna and CM Gautam combined to run him out in the 108th over as Vidarbha slipped to 289-4.
Shrivastava and Paradkar then took Vidarbha across the 300 mark before the latter was also run out by AA Kazi. SB Wagh was next to go when he was caught by MK Pandey off HS Sharath in the 144th over.
Shrivastava and Ruikar then ensured there were no more hiccups as they took Vidarbha across the 450-mark.
Vidarbha 1st innings: 457 for six in 179 overs (S Shrivastava 187 not out; H S Sharath 2/84).
Bengal get innings lead despite Pujara ton
Kolkata: Test specialist Cheteshwar Pujara started his preparations for the South Africa Test series in right earnest with a century but failed to take Saurashtra past Bengal's first innings score of 303 as the hosts gained a crucial 78-run first innings lead in a Ranji Trophy league encounter at Eden Gardens.
Pujara scored a well-made 102 but Saurashtra were all-out for 225 with India discard Ashoke Dinda claiming four for 65. Skipper Laxmi Ratan Shukla showed his all-round abilities chipping in with a couple of wickets for 36 runs.
Seamer Sourav Sarkar (2/34), Shib Shankar Paul (1/43) and Sourashish Lahiri (1/24) were the other successful bowlers.
At stumps, Bengal were five for no loss in their second innings with Lahiri coming out to open with Arindam Das as regular opener Rohan Banerjee didn't field for a considerable amount of time due to stomach pain.
The overall lead is of 83 runs.
Coming in to bat at No 3, Pujara showed why he is cut above rest as he smashed 15 fours and a six off a full-toss bowled by leg break bowler Anustup Majumdar.
Saurashtra lost half of the side for 119 but till Pujara was there, the visitors harboured hopes of a first innings lead. He added 56 runs with Chirag Jani for the sixth wicket.
With the first ball of the 74th over, Dinda dismissed Pujara, as the batsman was played on to a delivery that had a bit of extra pace.
Once Pujara was gone at the score of 207, the next three wickets fell for an addition of only 18 runs.
It was an action packed day at the Eden Gardens as Saurashtra openers Bhushan Chauhan (19) and Sagar Jogiyani (21) saw the first hour of play without much hassles adding 44 runs.
Then it was Dinda and Paul, who provided breakthroughs in successive overs with both the batsmen edging to wicketkeeper Wridhiman Saha behind the stumps.
Sheldon Jackson (7) and skipper Jaydev Shah (11) were out edging to Arindam Das at first slip off Sarkar and Shukla respectively.
The top half of the Saurashtra batting was gone when Aarpit Vasavada edged one to Saha off Shukla's bowling.
Playing on Rajkot featherbeds, the Saurashtra players barring Pujara found it difficult to cope with seam movement.
However, with two days to go and Bengal having a fragile batting line-up in absence of Manoj Tiwary, Saurashtra could still fancy an outright win if they can keep Bengal's lead within 250 as they have Pujara in their ranks.
Bengal 303 and 5 for 0 in 1 over (Saurasish Lahiri 4 batting, Arindam Das 1 batting; Sandip Maniar 1/5).
Saurashtra: 225 all out in 79.3 overs (Cheteshwar Pujara 102; Ashok Dinda 4/65, Sourav Sarkar 2/34).
Punjab bundle out Gujarat for 127
Mohali: Punjab produced an inspired bowling display to bowl out Gujarat for a paltry 127 and take the vital innings lead on the second day of a Ranji Trophy Group A match.
Pace trio of Sandeep Sharma (4/59), Siddarth Kaul (2/31) and Manpreet Gony (2/26) effectively used the pace and bounce of the Mohali wicket to take a crucial 45-run first innings lead.
Starting at the overnight score of 61 for six, it was always expected to be a difficult task for Gujarat to overwhelm Punjab 172-run first innings score as the visitors had already lost their entire top-order.
Even though Gujarat's tail showed some resistance, unlike their top-order, the asking was too tall.
Gujarat's batsmen's struggle can be gauged from the fact that no. 10 batsman Bhavesh Baria (43) top-scored for the visitors.
At stumps, Punjab were 127 for the loss of two wickets in their second essay, thus taking an overall lead of 172 runs.
Openers Jiwanjot Singh (51) and Ravi Inder Singh (47) gave a solid start to Punjab's second innings with a century stand.
Taruwar Kohli (14 not out) and Mandeep Singh (8 not out) were at the crease at the close of play.
Left-arm spinner Akshar Patel picked up both the Punjab wickets to fall today.
Punjab: 172 & 127 for two in 59 overs (Jiwanjot Singh 51, Ravi Inder Singh 47; Akshar Patel 2/22).
Gujarat: 127 all out in 43.3 overs (Bhavesh Baria 43; Sandeep Sharma 4/59).
Pati's 94 helps Odisha take innings lead against Jharkhand
Cuttack: Opener Bikas Pati missed out on a century by just six runs as Odisha overhauled Jharkhand's first innings total by reaching 245 for five on the second day of their Group A Ranji Trophy match.
Pati struck a patient 94 and shared a crucial 132-run partnership with skipper Biplab Samantray (64 batting) for the fifth wicket at the DRIEMS Ground, Tangi.
Jharkhand had made 221 all out in their first innings from 67.4 overs.
Odisha added 208 runs today after resuming the day at 37 for one and they now have a first innings lead of 24 runs with five wickets remaining.
Pati, who was the last man out, hit 14 fours from the 251 balls he faced while Samantray has so far consumed 143 deliveries in his unbeaten knock of 64 which he made with the help of 10 fours and one six.
Pacer Varun Aaron broke the fifth-wicket partnership in the final session of the day when he had Pati caught by Shahbaz Nadeem.
Subhrajit Sahoo (3) was giving Samantray company on three at the draw of stumps.
For Jharkhand, Ajay Yadav was the pick of the bowlers with three for 48 while Aaron and Shankar Rao chipped in with a wicket each.
Jharkhand 221 all out in 67.4 overs (Saurabh Tiwary 67, Bhavin Thaker (61); Basant Mohanty 5/60, Alok Sahoo 3/34).
Odisha: 245 for 5 in 99 overs (Bikas Pati 94, Biplab Samantray 64 batting; Ajay Yadav 3/48).
Prasanth keeps alive UP's hope against TN
Meerut: Opener Mukul Dagar and Prashant Gupta scored a fifty each to lift Uttar Pradesh to 171 for five in their first innings in reply to Tamil Nadu's 297 at the close of second day's play in a Ranji Trophy Group B match.
Dagar made fine 69 off 138 deliveries before he was caught by Laxmipathy Balaji off left-arm othodox bowler R Aushik Srinivas. He found the fence 11 times during his knock.
Apart from Dagar, Gupta was the other UP batsmen who showed some teeth with an unbeaten 55 off 156 balls. He decorated his innings with five boundaries and one six.
At stumps, wicket-keeper Eklavya Dwivedi was giving Gupta company at the crease on five with UP still needing 126 runs to overhaul Tamil Nadu's first innings score.
Earlier resuming at the 258 for seven, overnight centurion Ramaswamy Prasanna (118) added just 14 runs to his score while Aswin Crist (58) managed just four becoming right-arm pacer Imtiaz Ahmed's victims.
R P Singh (3/64) then clean bowled last man Sunil Sam to drew curtains to Tamil Nadu's innings.
Tamil Nadu 1st innings: 297 all out in 107 overs (Ramaswamy Prasanna 118, Baba Aparajith 60, Aswin Crist 58; Imtiaz Ahmed 4/79, RP Singh (3/64).
Uttar Pradesh 1st innings: 171 for five in 68 overs (Mukul Dagar 69, Prasanth Gupta 55 not out; R Aushik Srinivas (2/33).
Railways bounce back against Rajasthan
Jaipur: Railways' tailenders came up with some valuable contributions to help the team make 283 in its first innings before its bowlers reduced Rajasthan to 142 for six on the second day of their Ranji Trophy Group B match.
Overnight 223 for seven, Railways rode on wicketkeeper Mahesh Rawat's 88-ball 52 and Anureet Singh's 20 to go past the 250 mark before the innings folded in 99.1 overs.
Rajasthan's response was off to a disastrous start and they lost their first wicket -- opener Siddharth Saraf (2) -- with merely two runs on the scoreboard.
Vineet Saxena, unbeaten at 73 after facing 203 balls, was the lone batsman putting up some resistance against the Railways. At stumps, he had Deepak Chahar (1) for company.
Anureet was the wrecker-in-chief for the visiting side, grabbing three for 48 in 26 overs, 11 of which were maidens.
Saxena got little support at the other end with 19 by wicketkeeper Dishant Yagnik being the next best score after his.
Medium pacer Ranjitkumar Mali fetched just one wicket but gave away a meagre 27 runs in 21 overs, 12 of them being.
Railways 1st Innings: 283 all out in 99.1 overs (Mahesh Rawat 52, Pankaj Singh 4/96)
Rajasthan 1st Innings: 142 for 6 in 69 overs (Vineet Saxena 73 batting, Anureet Singh 3/48).
Paliwal, Yashpal help Services dominate vs MP
New Delhi: Rajat Paliwal (92) and Yashpal Singh (81) raised an unbeaten 150-run stand for the fourth wicket to set Services up for a big first innings total against Madhya Pradesh in their Group B Ranji Trophy match.
Services reached 256 for three when stumps were drawn and have already taken a 17-run lead. Off-spinner Jalaj Saxena took all three Services wickets.
Madhya Pradesh added three runs to their overnight total before being bundled out for 239. Suraj Yadav could not get a five-wicket haul as Irfan Khan had last-man Amarjeet Singh caught off his own bowling in the second over of the day.
When the hosts batted, Services opener Pratik Desai (58) held one end after the other opener and skipper Soumik Chatterjee (8) and Nakuk Verma (4) fell cheaply.
Desai was involved in a 52-run stand with Pailwal for the third wicket as it stabilised their innings. Saxena broke the stand by having Desai caught by Mishra.
Paliwal and Yashpal though stopped Saxena in his strides and closed in on their centuries.
Paliwal's 92 came off 165 balls with eight shots to the fence.
Yashpal's 81 featured seven fours and one six as he faced 178 balls in his knock.
Madhya Pradesh 1st innings: 239 all out in 91.5 overs (Naman Ojha 63, Rameez Khan 38; S Yadav 4/63).
Services 1st innings: 256 for 3 in 86 overs (R Paliwal 92 batting, Y Singh 81 batting; J Saxena 3/63).
Bipul Sharma helps HP take first innings lead
Dharamsala: Bipul Sharma hit a strokeful 91 to help Himachal Pradesh take a crucial 59-run first innings lead by scoring 296 against Hyderabad at stumps on the second day of the Group C Ranji Trophy match.
Sharma blasted 15 fours and a six in his 110-ball innings and added 65 runs with skipper Rahul Dhawan (47) for the sixth wicket. He also forged a 113-run partership with tail-ender V S Malik (45) to take Himachal close to the 250-mark.
In reply, Hyderabad reached 40 for no loss in 14 overs in their second innings. TL Suman (21) and PA Reddy (13) were at the crease when the stumps were drawn.
Earlier, Prashant Chopra (41) and Sangram Singh (43) gave HP a decent start reaching 79 but Alfred Absolem broke the partnership when he cleaned up the former in the 27th over.
The wicket triggered a collapse as Pagadala Naidu then dismissed new batsman Paras Dogra (1) cheaply in the next over and Absolem came back to get rid off Abhinav Bali (0) in the 29th over as the hosts all of a sudden slipped to 81 for three.
Maneik Mohil (9) also didn't last long as he was dismissed by Hanuma Vihari in 34th over and when opener Sangram was sent back to the hut by Ravi Kiran in the next over, Himachal were looking down the barrel at 100 for five.
Skipper Dhawan and Sharma then took the onus on themselves and pushed HP to 165 when the former lost his wicket to Naidu.
Sharma, however, continued the fightback and helped HP cross the visitors' first innings total of 237.
Hyderabad's innings: 237 & 40-1 in 14 overs (TL Suman 21; VS Malik 7/0)
Himachal Pradesh 1st innings: 296 all out in 73.1 overs (Bipul Sharma 91; A Absolem 4/88).
Khadiwale's 262 powers Maharashtra to 635 against Goa
Pune: Maharashtra rode on opener Harshad Khadiwale's double ton and his twin century partnerships with Ankit Bawne and Shrikant Mundhe to find themselves in a commanding position at the end of second day's play in their Ranji Trophy Group C match against Goa.
Khadiwale notched up his highest score in first-class cricket as he converted his overnight century into a monumental 262 to power Maharashtra to 635 all out in their first innings at the Subrata Roy Sahara Stadium.
Khadiwale faced 396 balls during his stay at the crease and hit an astonishing 32 fours and two sixes.
The hosts added 274 runs to their overnight total of 361 for three before being bowled out at the stroke of tea.
Khadiwale had a 138-run association with Ankit Bawne (71) for the fourth wicket and added another 105 runs for the sixth wicket Srikanth Mundhe (75).
The day also belonged to Goa's off-spinner Amit Yadav, who picked up seven wickets for 155 runs from his 45.4 overs.
Goa finished the day at 73 for one, losing opener Amogh Desai to Mundhe for 28.
Swapnil Asnodkar (25 batting) and Hanumant Gadekar (11) were at the crease.
Maharashtra 635 all out in 153.4 overs (Harshad Khadiwale 262, Kedhar Jadhav 106, Srikanth Mundhe 75; Amit Yadav 7/155).
Goa: 73 for 1 in 26 overs (Swapnil Asnodkar 25 batting; Srikanth Mundhe 1/23).
Dheeraj Yadav fires Assam to a massive score
Agartala: Dheeraj Jadhav's epic 194-run knock put Assam in command against Tripura as the visitors reached 420 for four on the second day of their Ranji Trophy Group C match.
Resuming at overnight 85/1 in response to Tripura's 136 all out, Assam amassed the huge total riding on Jadhav's 301-ball knock and Tarjinder Singh's 99.
At stumps, Niraj Patel (44) and Gokul Sharma (20) were holding fort for Assam.
For Tripura, Manisankar Murasingh and Rana Dutta picked up two wickets apiece in what was largely a frustrating day for the home side.
Tripura 1st Innings: 136 all out
Assam 1st innings: 420/4 in 122 overs (Dheeraj Jadhav 194, Tarjinder Singh 99, Rana Dutta 2/86).
J&K sniff first innings lead
Anantpur: A collective good bowling effort gave Jammu and Kashmir team a good chance to gain first innings lead against Andhra Pradesh on day two of their Group C Ranji Trophy match.
J&K reduced Andhra Pradesh to 191 for eight after ending their first innings at 225.
JK resumed at 173 for six and added 52 runs before being bowled out. Number 10 batsman Waseem Raza played a crucial role with his unbeaten 27-run knock.
Ram Dayal, Mohammed Mudhasir, Owais Shah and Pervez Rasool took two wickets each to help J&K reach a position from where they can take a first innings lead.
Andhra opener Srikar Bharat top scored for the side with his 39 before being caught behind off Shah. Their hopes to overhaul J&K score rest on Kakani Harish, who was unbeaten on 21 and giving him company was Marripuri Suresh (17).
Jammu & Kashmir 1st innings: 225 all out in 108.3 overs (Bandeep Singh 69, M Dar 35; DP Vijaykumar 3/63).
Andhra 1st innings: 191 for 8 in 69 overs (K Bharath 39; Kakani Harish 21; P Rasool 2/22).
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