A round-up of all the Ranji Trophy matches played on Sunday
Hyderabad: Kulwant Khejroliya and Vikas Mishra picked up three wickets apiece as Delhi took control of their Ranji Trophy Group A match against Hyderabad on the second day on Sunday.
At stumps, Hyderabad were reduced to 194 for 8, trailing by 221 runs with two first innings wickets remaining. Delhi are now in a strong position from which they could possibly enforce the follow-on.
Hyderabad suffered a collapse that saw them slip from 107 for 2 to 170 for 8. They finally finished on 194 for 8 at stumps in response to Delhi's 415, with only Tanmay Agarwal offering any sort of resistance in top scoring with 63 from 159 balls.
Earlier in the day, Delhi, who began at 336 for 5, added 79 for the loss of their last five wickets, with Vikas Tokas's unbeaten 28 helping them cross the 400-mark.
New ball bowler Ravi Kiran and left-arm spinner Mehedi Hasan picked up three wickets each for Hyderabad.
In other Group A matches:
In Pune, Assam were 101 for 3 from 35 overs in their second innings after bundling Maharashtra out for 253.
In New Delhi, Railways were 241 for 4 from 65 overs after bundling Karnataka out for 434 (Arindam Ghosh 70 batting, Mahesh Rawat 86 batting).
Saurashtra score 534 in first innings against Rajasthan
Jaipur: Three half-centuries in addition to Avi Barot's ton helped Saurashtra score 534 in their first innings against Rajasthan on day two of their Group B Ranji Trophy match.
After overnight centurion Avi Barot was out for 130 after adding just two runs to his score, another unbeaten batsman in Sheldon Jackson, starting on 54, made 94, followed by lower-order batters -- Jaydev Unadkat (88) and Dharmendrasinh Jadeja (79 not out) -- chipping with crucial runs.
Rajasthan's bowlers toiled for almost 144 overs before Saurashtra's innings folded for 534. Jadeja then returned to take two Rajasthan wickets, as the hosts finished the second day on 60 for two.
Earlier, Barot's dismissal in the opening hour triggered the fall of two more wickets -- Prerak Mankad and Chirag Jani -- in quick succession, leaving Saurashtra at 313 for six.
But then Jackson and Unadkat added 71 runs for the seventh wicket before the former was out six runs short of his century.
Unadkat though carried on and put on another 98 runs stand for the eighth wicket with Jadeja. The two lower-order batsmen together smashed 17 fours and two sixes.
Rajasthan started their innings well with openers Amitkumar Gautam (26) and Chetan Bist (30 not out) adding 60 for the first wicket, but Jadeja's double-wicket in the 28th over -- the day's last -- hampered the hosts' progress.
Rajasthan still trail Saurashtra by 474 runs.
Saurashtra 1st innings: 534 in 143.4 overs (Avi Barot 130, Sheldon Jackson 94, Jaydev Unadkat 88, Dharmendrasinh Jadeja 79 not out) vs Rajasthan 1st innings: 60/2 in 27.4 overs (Dharmendrasinh Jadeja 2/0).
Brief scores of other Group B matches:
At Ranchi: Gujarat vs Jharkhand: Gujarat 1st innings: 411 in 130.5 overs (Rujul Bhatt 145 not out, Manprit Juneja 67; Ashish Kumar 4/118) vs Jharkhand 1st innings: 98/3 in 34 overs (Nazim Siddiqui 52 batting; Chintan Gaja 2/19).
At Rohtak: Haryana vs Kerala Haryana 1st innings: 208 all out 81.3 overs (Rajat Paliwal 46; S Sandeep Warrier 4/50) vs Kerala 1st innings: 203/3 in 85 overs (Jalaj Saxena 91, Rohan Prem 79).
Bista, Lad score tons to put Mumbai on top
Mumbai: Opener Jay Bista and consistent lower order batsman Siddhesh Lad each notched up their second hundred of the season to put Mumbai on top against Tripura in the hosts' must-win Group C Ranji Trophy match.
Bista and Lad both hit identical scores of 123 and also featured in a fighting stand of 146 for the fifth wicket to pull Mumbai from a tricky 77 for four to 223.
Lad, who had saved Mumbai from a defeat in the previous home game against Baroda with an unbeaten knock of 71, and his skipper Aditya Tare (67) stitched a partnership of 97 runs for the sixth wicket to put the home side in total command on day two of the four-day match at the Wankhede Stadium.
Thanks in large measure to these two partnerships Mumbai advanced their first innings score to 421 for 8 in reply to Tripura's meagre 195, an overall lead of 226.
At stumps, Dhawal Kulkarni (50) and Minad Manjrekar (8) we're at the crease.
With two days left in the match, Tripura look headed for a big defeat which is what is needed for 41-time champions Mumbai to book their berth in the quarter-finals.
The day belonged in the main to Bista, playing in only his third match of the season, and the diminutive Lad who has been very consistent and whose tally for the season has crossed the 600-run mark.
The duo, which came together at the fall of night watchman Harsh Kothari to the first ball of the day, first steadied the rocking boat and slowly pulled Mumbai out of the rut.
Bista, when on 75, was grassed by Yashpal Singh at first slip off left arm slow bowler Gurinder Singh with the score on 125 for four.
He finally departed after facing 136 balls and hitting 17 fours, ten minutes before lunch off medium pacer Mura Singh after completing his career’s third hundred in his 12th first class match.
Bista's earlier hundred of the season came in the first game against Madhya Pradesh after which he was dropped before he regained his spot in the previous game against Andhra at Ongole.
At lunch, Mumbai were 228 for 5 and then consolidated the position in the second session by adding 105 runs.
Lad got out when the tea break was approaching, caught at deep point after facing 197 balls and striking 16 fours and 2 sixes.
It was the batsman's 6th first class hundred. His earlier ton in the season was scored against Odisha and he has three other half centuries to his credit this season.
Tare then continued to pile on the agony for the visiting team before he was dismissed after scoring his second half century of the season.
Brief scores: Tripura 195. Mumbai 421 for 8.(Jay Bista 123, Siddhesh Lad 123, Aditya Tare 67; Dhawal Kulkarni not out 50, Minad Manjrekar not out 8; Mura Singh 5 for 71).
TN crawl to 226 for 5 after Baroda posts 309
Vadodara: Tamil Nadu were made to work hard in its response of Baroda's first innings score of 309 by reaching 226 for 5 in 79 overs at stumps on day two of the Ranji Trophy Group C match.
Half-centuries by Baba Aparajith (59 batting, 139 balls) and Baba Indrajith 58 (120 balls, five fours, one six) helped steady the ship for Tamil Nadu after it had slipped to 74 for 3.
Skipper Abhinav Mukund, from whom a lot was expected, failed in the crunch game, falling to Dhruv Patel for just six.
The other opener N Jagadeesan had been dismissed earlier, caught by Deepak Hooda off Lukman Meriwala's bowling for 7.
M Kaushik Gandhi,who was recalled to the playing XI after missing the games against Odisha and Madhya Pradesh, played with some positive intent and made 35 before falling to a catch by substitute A A Pathan.
Aparajith and Indrajith came together to put on 73 runs as the visitors attempted to rebuild after the top-order failed to get going.
Indrajith, who has been in good form this season, struck five boundaries and hoisted one over the ropes before Kakade dismissed him for 58.
Aparajith, who too has been among the runs for TN, lost the talented, young M S Washington Sundar (12), who edged Kakade to the wicket-keeper M G Patel.
He found an able partner in J Kousik (37) and the two added 59 runs, making sure that the team didn't suffer any more setbacks.
Tamil Nadu are still 83 runs behind in this must-win game.
Earlier, resuming at the overnight 254 for 8, the home side added a further 55 runs to the total. Swapnil needed eight balls to move from 94 to a well-deserved century.
He guided the No.10 and No.11 batsman to take the score past 300 and used the long handle to good effect. He hit five more sixes to take his tally to eight and also slammed 13 fours before being the last man out for 144 (226 balls).
Brief scores:Baroda 309 all out in 98.1 overs (Swapnil K Singh 144, K Vignesh 3 for 52) vs Tamil Nadu 226 for 5 in 79 overs (B Aparajith 59 batting, B Indrajith 58, Kaushik Gandhi 35, Kartik Kekade 2 for 63).
At Indore: Odisha 147 all out in 52.2 overs (Shantanu Mishra 60, Chandrakant Sakure 4 for 42) 18 for no loss in 10 overs vs Madhya Pradesh 388 all out in 115 overs (Rajit Patidar 123, Devendra Bundela 62, Puneet Datey 56, Govinda Poddar 7 for 102).
At Mumbai: Tripura 195 all out in 60.4 overs (M B Mura Singh 43, Akash Parkar 5 for 32) vs Mumbai 421 for 8 in 111 overs (Jay Bista 123, Siddhesh Lad 123, Aditya Tare 67, Dhawal Kulkarni 50 batting, Mura Singh 5 for 71).
Dinda's triple blow ignites Bengal qualification hopes
Kolkata: Amogh Desai remained unbeaten on a defiant 53 to stage a recovery after Ashok Dinda claimed three wickets, as Goa reached 191 for five on day two of their Ranji Trophy Group D fixture against Bengal.
Desai and Keenan Vaz (40 batting; 6x4) stood in an unbroken 61-run sixth-wicket partnership to resist Bengal pacer Dinda's onslaught when bad light stopped play with Goa still trailing Bengal by 188 runs.
Dinda brilliantly led Bengal's bowling attack to finish with figures of 3 for 41 from his 15 overs after the young duo of B Amit and Kanishk Seth took the first two wickets.
Desai and Vaz will have an uphill task in hand, especially in the moisture-laden first session on the Eden Gardens track tomorrow, as the hosts would look to wrap Goa up in their bid for a first innings lead, which would ensure a last-eight berth for Bengal.
With leaders Vidarbha through, the fight is among Bengal, Punjab and Himachal Pradesh in Group D.
Bengal are the frontrunners and they will make the cut if they pocket a first innings lead.
They could, however, be knocked out if they concede a lead, and Punjab record an outright win over Services.
Himachal have a tough road ahead and can only progress if Bengal and Punjab lose their respective matches, and they beat Vidarbha with a bonus point.
Overnight 305 for five, Bengal's first innings folded for 379 in a little over an hour in the first session as Goa's debutant seamer Lakshay Garg returned with a fine figures of four for 89.
Garg gave the first breakthrough when he cleaned up Writtick Chatterjee (28) in the fifth over of the day and went on to end the dogged resistance of centurion Anustup Majumdar (119 from 208 balls; 15x4) as Bengal managed to add only 74 runs to their overnight total.
In reply, Goa stuttered as B Amit removed Sumiran Amonkar (12), while Seth dismissed Prathamesh Gawas (4) to leave the visitors struggling at 42/2 inside 17 overs.
Goa showed a brief resistance with opener Swapnil Asnodkar in the middle but Dinda trapped him LBW and also went on to dismiss Snehal Kauthankar and Darshan Misal.
Having being dropped twice on 41 and 43, Desai notched up his 13th half-century and along with Keenan, ensured they sign off the day without any further damage.
Bengal 1st innings: 379 in 99.3 overs (Shreevats Goswami 139, Anustup Majumdar 119; Lakshay Garg 4/89, Heramb Parab 2/58, Felix Alemao 2/86) vs Goa 1st innings: 191/5 in 62 overs (Amogh Desai 53 batting, Keenan Vaz 40 batting; Ashok Dinda 3/41).
Brief scores of other Group D matches:
In Amritsar: Punjab 1st innings: 645/6 declared in 138 overs (Anmolpreet Singh 252 not out, Shubham Gill 129, Gurkeerat Mann 70, Jiwanjot Singh 64, Abhishek Gupta 60) vs Services 1st innings: 130/4 in 33 overs (Rahul Singh 44 batting; MS Gony 2/25, Siddharth Kaul 2/54).
Himachal Pradesh 1st innings: 353 in 107.3 overs (Rishi Dhawan 71, Akash Vasisht 69, Sumeet Verma 66; Rajneesh Gurbani 6/113) vs Vidarbha 1st innings: 237 for no loss in 67 overs (Faiz Fazal 125 batting, Sanjay Ramaswamy 104 batting).