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Abdulla's maiden Ranji ton hoists Mumbai

Last updated on: November 02, 2010 20:54 IST

Saurashtra, repling to Mumbai's mammoth first innings score of 580 for 9, were 94 for 2 at the end of Day 2 in the Ranji Trophy Super League Group A match at the MCA Ground, Bandra-Kurla Complex in Mumbai, on Tuesday.

At stumps, Bhushan Chauhan was unbeaten on 29, with Ravindra Jadeja on 16.

Opener Chirag Pathak fell to a rash shot (off Ramesh Powar) after scoring a quickfire 47.

The visitors are still 486 runs adrift of Mumbai's total.

Earlier the hosts, resuming at 340 for 7 rode on Iqbal Abdulla's maiden Ranji ton before declaring on 580 for 9.

Abdulla's 191-ball 150 not out was inclusive of 14 hits to the fence and three over it.

He  shared a vital 165-run eighth wicket stand with veteran Ajit Agarkar (80) and also put on an unbeaten 63 runs for the final wicket with Avishkar Salvi (13).

Hyderabad face huge defeat

Hyderabad face a massive defeat in the Ranji Trophy Plate division match against Rajasthan after yet another batting collapse in Jaipur on Tuesday.

The visitors, who registered the lowest total in Ranji history after being dismissed for 21 on Monday, trail by 318 runs with just four wickets in hand after being reduced to 63 for six in their second innings.

Only a miracle can save them from an innings defeat.

Rajasthan, who began the day at 220 for two, added 183 runs to their total before being all out for 403.

Skipper Hrishikesh Kanitkar, who was overnight 100, missed out on a double hundred by just seven runs as he ran short of partners.

His unbeaten 193 came off 377 balls, which was inclusive of 22 fours.

Paceman Alfred Absolem did well for Hyderabad, claiming five wickets, and played an important part in preventing Rajasthan from stretching their innings.

Absolem's good show was the only solace for Hyderabad as their second essay was equally disappointing.

Both the openers -- Akshat Reddy and skipper D Ravi Teja -- failed to open their account, as they were dismissed off successive deliveries.

Reddy was first to go, off the last ball of the first over, bowled by Pankaj Singh, while Teja followed him the next ball off Deepak Chahar, who put up an astonishing show on debut on Day 1 by claiming eight wickets.

Wickets continued to tumble with Hyderabad losing Anirudh Singh (13), Arvind Yadav (12) and Anoop Pai (5) quickly.

Stumper Ibrahim Khaleel, who made 16, was the top scorer for them.

Chahar now has taken his wickets to 11 in the match and has a chance to add more when play resumes on Day 3.

Delhi bowlers restrict Bengal

Delhi's bowlers, led by seamer Sumit Narwal, made a strong comeback with the second new-ball to restrict Bengal to 473 on the second day of a Group A Super League Ranji Trophy match at the Ferozshah Kotla in Delhi.

The Delhi bowlers, who put up a listless performance on the first day of the match, bowled in the right areas in the opening session as Bengal lost their last eight wickets for only 160 runs.

Delhi, in reply, were 89 for one with India's ODI star Virat Kohli (51 batting, 78 balls, 9x4) looking good for a big score in the company of opener Shikhar Dhawan (33 batting, 4x4).

An intriguing third day is on the cards, as Bengal require another nine wickets, and Delhi another 385 runs to get three points.

In the morning, Delhi reduced Bengal to 357 for six before off-spinner Sourashis Lahiri (68 not out, 122 balls, 10x4, 1x6) and wicketkeeper-batsman Wriddhiman Saha (36, 137 balls, 5x4) added 98 runs for the seventh wicket to take Bengal past 450.

The morning session belonged to Delhi's pacers. It was first day's hero Arindam Das, who was back in the hut after scoring 156 as he played across the line to an incoming delivery from Parwinder Awana (2/88).

After Awana bowled a tight spell, it was Narwal, who in a devastating spell of four overs, got three wickets.

Bengal captain Manoj Tiwary was not exactly at his free-flowing best although he hit some lovely boundaries in between.

After having square cut Narwal for a four, Tiwary fell victim to low bounce of the pitch as he failed to keep out a shooter from Narwal and was adjudged leg before. Tiwary, who looked good for a century, was out for 69.

Anustup Majumdar could not keep his bat out from a gentle away going delivery from Narwal and was snapped up by Puneet Bisht behind the stumps.

Much was expected from former captain Laxmi Ratan Shukla but he played inside the line of a Narwal delivery that moved a shade to uproot his off-stump.

Credit should go to Sourashis, who then launched a swift counter attack, punishing the loose deliveries as Wriddhiman frustrated the bowlers with his dogged resistance at the other end.

While Delhi bowlers showed a lot of discipline bowling in right areas as they got some seam movement, the application that was hallmark of Bengal's batting on Day 1 was essentially lacking. Even the tailenders did not show stomach for fight as Iresh Saxena, Ranadeb Bose and Ashok

Dinda all failed to trouble the scorers.

When Delhi batted, it was the ease with which Virat Kohli dealt with the Bengal bowlers. The free-flowing drives, a nice-pull shot showed that Kohli is eager to make full use of the opportunity he is getting.

Although he survived a caught and bowled chance off Dinda when he was on 31, he was hardly perturbed by any of the opposition bowlers. Only Sourashis kept him quiet during his three-over spell.

Pumped by his bowlers' good showing today, Delhi coach Manoj Prabhakar feels that the match is far from over yet.

Orissa take lead against Baroda

An unbeaten 70 by G B Poddar guided Orissa to 182 for 3 after the hosts restricted Baroda's first innings to 148 on the second day of the Ranji Trophy Elite-B match at the Barabati stadium.

Overcoming its batting debacle of the opening day, Baroda moved from 99 for 9 to 148 runs in the first innings as R K Solanki remained unbeaten

with a dazzling 87, which was aided by 12 hits to the fence.

Solanki drew immense support from a patient Bhargav Bhatt, who stuck around for 98 minutes and faced 55 balls to collect six runs before getting caught behind by S D Sahoo off B B Samantray.

Despite losing two quick wickets of captain S S Das (1) and N J Behera (13), Orissa established an impressive lead in the first innings as opener Natraj Behera mustered 55, which included eight shots to the boundary before he was caught behind by P R Shah off A K Argal.

The hosts consolidated their position as Poddar took command to gather 70 runs, inclusive of ten boundaries and one over the fence, and remain unbeaten at stumps.

Also at the crease was R K Mohanty, 30 not out, including five hits to the fence.

Of the three wickets that Orissa lost during the day, Argal captured two, giving away 56 runs from 16 overs, while M Y Vahora bowled S S Das. He conceded 24 runs from his 12 overs.

Trivedi shines as Gujarat corner Railways

Fast bowler Siddharth Trivedi smashed a racy half-century and snapped two early wickets to give Gujarat the upper hand over Railways on the second day of the Ranji Trophy Super League Group A match in Delhi.

Trivedi blasted a scintillating 57-ball 65 down the order to rescue Gujarat to a competitive 379 all out in their first innings after they were 298 for eight at one stage.

The 28-year-old seamer then picked two wickets -- opener Faiz Fazal (0) and Sanjay Bangar (2) -- to reduce Railways to 64 for 3 at stumps on the second day at the Karnail Singh Stadium.

T P Singh (26) and Yere Goud (9) were at the crease at close of play.

Overnight at 234 for 4, Gujarat started off well as Bhavik Thaker and Pratharesh Parmar (42) added 30 runs before the latter was sent packing by Jai Prakash Yadav in the 116th over.

Three overs later, Krishnakant Upadhyay struck two more blows off consecutive deliveries to get rid of Thaker (67) and Ashraf Makda (0) as Gujarat slipped to 267 for seven.

Rajdeep Darbar (25) then took his team close to the 300-mark but Upadhyay came back to haunt Gujarat, dismissing him in the 131st over.

Fast bowler Trivedi then joined Salil Yadav and hit 11 boundaries in his cameo, forging a 78-run partnership and giving the much-needed push to Gujarat's first innings total.

In reply, Railways started on a wrong foot and lost opener Fazal to the fifth ball of the innings, caught by Parmar off Trivedi.

Bangar tried to see off the new ball but he was too caught by Parmar off Trivedi in the 13th over as Railways slipped to 20 for 2.

Ishwar Choudhary then trapped V Cheluvaraj in front of the wicket to deal another blow to the Railways at the same score of 20 over.

They finished the day on 64 for 3 in 29 over.

TN well-placed against Assam

Srikkanth Anirudha, S Badrinath and R Satish hit half-centuries to propel Tamil Nadu to a commanding 300 for 4 in their first innings at the end of second day's play in the Ranji Trophy Super League Group A match in Chennai.

At draw of stumps, Tamil Nadu had taken a crucial first innings lead of 116 runs in reply to Assam's 184 all out.

Opener Anirudha was batting on 87 and giving him company was Satish (74).

Badrinath made a patient 83 before departing.

Srikkanth struck six boundaries and two sixes while Satish hit seven fours and a six during their unbeaten stay at the crease.

Resuming at the overnight score of 21 for no loss, Tamil Nadu lost opener Abhinav Mukund (22) in the ninth over when he went in for a big hit, only to be holed out to Assam captain Amol Mazumdar off off-spinner Arlen Konwar but not before adding 52 runs for the first wicket with Anirudha.

Konwar then clean bowled K B Arun for 15 to see the hosts go into lunch at 128 for two.

Anirudha and Badrinath then added 135-runs for the fourth wicket before the latter fell lbw to Tarjinder Singh.

Tamil Nadu captain Dinesh Karthik (4) did not last long as he edged one to wicketkeeper Khanin Saika off Ranjit Mali.

Kaif fifty props UP

Mohammad Kaif scored a patient half-century to lead Uttar Pradesh to 221 for five after the hosts restricted Punjab for 288 on the second day of their elite Group B Ranji Trophy encounter at the Bhamashah Stadium in Meerut.

Kaif, whose innings included six boundaries and a six, was ably supported by Shivakant Shukla (39, 7x4), Digvijay Singh (38, 6x4) and Tanmay Srivastava (35, 6x4), as Uttar Pradesh closed in on Punjab's first innings score after Praveen Kumar picked five for 72 for the hosts.

Like Punjab on the first day, Uttar Pradesh too got off to solid start, with the fairly experienced duo of Shukla and Srivastava sharing a 71-run stand for the opening wicket, before Srivastava fell to Rajwinder Singh in the 17th over.

Harmeet Singh dismissed Shukla with the one that had him trapped in front three overs later. Kaif then joined Digvijay and the two stitched together a valuable 70-run partnership for the third wicket.

Just when UP looked to take control of the proceedings, Digvijay offered a catch to Vishwas Bhalla off the bowling of Rajwinder. Parvinder Singh fought for a brief while before falling to Sarabjit Ladda.

The hosts were dealt their biggest blow, when Navdeep Sidhu bowled Kaif moments after the UP skipper had got to his half century.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar (11) and Piyush Chawla (1) were the two overnight batsmen at the crease.

Earlier, resuming at their overnight score of 279 for six, Punjab lost their remaining four wickets in the space of six overs for just nine runs.

Karan goel, who was unbeaten on 56 at stumps on day one, added just two runs before being dismissed by Praveen.

Harmeet, who was batting on 29, remained not out on the same score as Praveen wrapped up the tail in no time.