Pacer Akash Deep grabbed a stupendous five-wicket haul as Bengal skittled out Haryana for a paltry 163 to take a handsome 256-run first innings lead on day two of their Ranji Trophy Group A match in Rohtak on Wednesday.
After posting a massive first innings score of 419 on a challenging Lahli pitch, Bengal bowlers led by Akash Deep (5/61), Ishan Porel (2/29), Mukesh Kumar (1/41) and Pradipta Pramanik (1/19) put up an impressive show to bundle out the hosts in 63 overs.
Earlier, resuming the day at the overnight score of 335 for 6, Anustup Majumdar and Pradipta added 19 runs in the morning session and 58-run for the seventh wicket before their partnership ended.
Anustup managed to add eight runs to his overnight score as his magnificent innings came to an end at 145 (245 balls; 14x4s).
Following his dismissal, tailenders Akash Deep (22), Mukesh (17) and Ishan (14 not out) added crucial partnerships to prop up the total past the 400-run mark.
For Haryana, skipper Harshal Patel bagged 4/80.
In reply, Chaitanya Bishnoi (28) and Yuvraj Singh (14) got Haryana off to a positive start.
But Akash Deep dismissed Yuvraj in the 20th over to open the floodgates for Bengal.
From there on it was a one-way traffic as Akash Deep, Mukesh and Ishan dominated the show in a fine display of pace bowling.
From being 69 for 5 inside 32 overs, Haryana's no. 7 Sumit Kumar played a fighting innings of 70 not out to add some crucial runs for against the run of play.
Akash Deep completed his second five-wicket haul in first-class cricket by dismissing Ajit Chahal.
Thereafter, Sumit played smartly with no. 11 Aman Kumar to stitch a 63-run partnership for the last wicket before the latter was run out.
At Rohtak: Bengal 419 in 113.4 overs (Anustup Majumdar 145, Abhimanyu Easwaran 57, Abhishek Porel 49; Harshal Patel 4/80, Ajit Chahal 3/76, Sumit Kumar 2/85) vs Haryana 163 in 52 overs (Sumit Kumar 70 not out; Akash Deep 5/61, Ishan Porel 2/29). Haryana trail by 256 runs.
At Meerut: Odisha 226 in 87 overs (Shantanu Mishra 109, Rajesh Dhuper 62, Abhishek Raut 43; Kunal Yadav 5/47, Karthikeya Jaiswal 2/26, Shivam Mavi 2/46) vs Uttar Pradesh 257/4 in 68 overs (Priyam Garg 122, Rinku Singh 73 batting, Dhruv Jurel 44; Suryakant Pradhan 3/49). UP lead by 31 runs.
At Dehradun: Baroda 86 and 101/3 in 40 overs (Vishnu Solanki 21 batting) vs Uttarakhand 199 in 77.4 overs (Swapnil Singh 63, Akhil Rawat 45; Ninad Rathva 4/19, Babashafi Pathan 2/44). Baroda trail by 12 runs.
At Nadaun: Himachal Pradesh 346 in 104.5 overs (Ankit Kalsi 160, Mayank Dagar 58, Nikhil Gangta 41, Rishi Dhawan 40; Imliwati Lemtur 5/74, Nagaho Chishi 2/58) vs Nagaland 186/5 in 61 overs (Rongsen Jonathan 67 batting, Hokaito Zhimomi 41; Vinay Galetiya 3/57). Nagaland trail by 160 runs.
Rawal, Singh hand Delhi first-innings lead over Mumbai
New Delhi: Vaibhav Rawal struck a fine century, while skipper Himmat Singh returned to his class with a fifty as Delhi took a vital first-innings lead over Mumbai in a Group B Ranji Trophy match here on Wednesday.
After bowling out Mumbai for 293 in their first innings on Tuesday, Delhi rode on Rawal and Singh's fine knocks to reach 316 for 7, a lead of 23 runs on the second day of the four-day match.
But the start was far from rosy for Delhi as they lost both their openers -- Vaibhav Sharma and Dhruv Shorey -- early.
Hrithik Shokeen made a stroke-filled 45 off 60 balls.
But IPL specialist Nitish Rana and Shokeen fell in quick succession as Delhi slumped to 88 for 4.
Then Rawal and skipper Singh joined hands and carried Delhi forward with a 195-fifth-wicket stand.
But just when Singh was looking dangerous, he was stumped by Prasad Pawar off the bowling of Shams Mulani in the 80th over.
Rawal, who made 114 off 195 balls with the help of 16 boundaries, followed suit soon, bowled by Mulani.
Delhi lost another wicket in the form of wicket-keeper Anuj Rawat (14).
At stumps on the second day, Pranshu Vijayran (4 not out) and Divij Mehra (8 not out) were at the crease.
At Delhi: Mumbai 293 vs Delhi 316 for 7 in 90 overs (Vaibhav Rawal 114, Himmat Singh 85; Mohit Avasthi 2/42).
At Rajkot: Andhra 415 all out in 141.3 overs (Ashwin Hebbar 109, Ricky Bhui 80; Dharmendrasinh Jadeja 3/137) vs Saurashtra 122 for 3 in 31 overs (Sheldon Jackson 63 not out; Nitish Kumar Reddy 2/26).
At Chennai: Tamil Nadu 540 all out in 132.3 overs (Pradosh Ranjan Paul 153, Narayan Jagadeesan 125, Vijay Shankar 112; Riyan Parag 4/101) vs Assam 120 for 4 in 45 overs (Riyan Parag 48; Ajith Ram 2/41).
At Pune: Maharashtra 385 all out in 96.2 overs (Naushad Shaikh 152, Kedar Jadhav 71; Kartikeya Kak 7/91) vs Hyderabad 176 for 5 in 75 overs (Rohit Rayudu 68, Rahul Radesh 55; Pradeep Dadhe 2/36).
Agarwal leads Karnataka's reply after Kerala post 342 in 1st innings
Thiruvananthapuram: Skipper Mayank Agarwal hit an unbeaten 87 to lead Karnataka, in reply to Kerala's 342 in the first innings on day two of their Ranji Trophy Elite Group C match here on Wednesday.
Resuming at the overnight 224 for 6, the home team added 118 more runs to the total with the experienced Jalaj Saxena scoring a crucial half-century (57).
Sachin Baby, who was batting on 113 at stumps on day 1, moved to 141 before becoming leg-spinner Shreyas Gopal's second wicket.
Though Baby and Saxena were dismissed before Kerala reached 300, skipper Sijomon Joseph (24) with help from No.11 Nidheesh MD (22, 2x4s, 1x6) made sure the team made 342.
It was a good recovery from Kerala after being reduced to six for three, thanks to Baby's third ton of the ongoing Ranji season and Saxena's knock.
India Test discard Agarwal then overcame the early loss of fellow opener R Samarth (0) to forge an 89-run stand for the second wicket with Devdutt Padikkal (29) to lay a good foundation for the visiting team.
Agarwal hit four boundaries and three sixes in his unbeaten 87 as Karnataka finished the day at 137 for 2, still trailing Kerela by 205 runs.
In Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala 342 all out in 130.1 overs (Sachin Baby 141, Jalaj Saxena 57, Vathsal Govind 46; V Koushik 6/54) vs Karnataka 137 for 2 in 49 overs (Mayank Agarwal 87 batting, Devdutt Padikkal 29).
In Puducherry: Pondicherry 231 all out in 91.4 overs (K B Arun Karthick 68, Paras K Dogra 68, Aravind K 31; Ashish Kumar 3/34, Anukul Roy 3/78) vs Jharkhand 250 for 3 in 84 overs (Virat Singh 79 batting, Saurabh Tiwary 58 batting, Kumar Suraj 45; Sagar P Udeshi 3/93).
In New Delhi: Services 175 all out in 59.2 overs (Pulkit Nagar 52, L S Kumar 32; Vijesh Prabhudesai 3/39) vs Goa 281 for 5 in 18 overs (KD Eknath 85 batting 180, Manthan Khutkar 82, Darshan Misal 58 batting; Pulkit Narang 3/77).
In Jodhpur: Rajasthan 360 all out in 93 overs (Samarpit Joshi 123, Mahipal Lomror 47, MJ Suthar 64 not out, SS Dhiwan 41; Ravi Kiran 4/108, Vasudev Bareth 3/68) vs Chhattisgarh 198 for 9 in 77 overs (Ajay Mandal 48, Vasudev Bareth 42; Aniket Choudhary 4/25, MJ Suthar 3/45).
Siddharth Desai spins out Vidarbha, puts Gujarat in sight of win
Nagpur: Left-arm spinner Siddharth Desai shone bright with a six-wicket haul to put Gujarat on the verge of victory against Vidarbha on the second day of their Ranji Trophy Group D match here on Wednesday.
On an action-filled day, Gujarat resumed at 188 for five before being bowled out for 256, giving the visiting side a 182-run lead.
Aarya Desai (88) and Bhargav Merai (40) were the main contributors in Gujarat's total, while left-arm spinner Aditya Sarwate (5/64) was the best bowler for Vidarbha.
In the second innings, Jitesh Sharma (69) top-scored for the home team and there were useful contributions from Atharva Taide (44), Nachiket Bhute (42) and Akshay Wadkar (34), but they were bowled out for 254 in 65.5 overs.
The 22-year old Siddharth did the star turn for Gujarat, picking up six wickets including that of Wadkar, Bhute and Sanjay Ramaswamy (18).
Requiring 73 runs for victory, Gujarat were on 6 for 1, losing Priyesh Patel for a duck. The visitors need 67 more runs for an outright win.
Meanwhile in Mohali, Punjab had defending champions Madhya Pradesh in trouble, reducing them to 150 for 6 at stumps on day two after piling up 443, thanks to a superb double ton by Nehal Wadhera (214).
At Nagpur: Vidarbha 74 all out in 30.3 overs (Tejas Patel 5/19, Chintan Gaja 5/31) and 254 all out in 65.5 overs (J M Sharma 69, Atharva Taide 44; S A Desai 6/74) vs Gujarat 256 all out in 70.1 overs (Aarya Desai 88, B H Merai 40; AA Sarvate 5/64) and 6 for 1.
At Mohali: Punjab 443 all out in 116.2 overs (Nehal Wadhera 214, Anmolpreet Singh 124; Puneet Dubey 3/91) vs Madhya Pradesh 150 for 6 in 54.4 overs (Yash Dubey 50, Shubham Sharma 50; Abhishek Sharma 2/26, Mayank Markande 2/37).
At Jammu: Jammu & Kashmir 241 for 3 in 103 overs (Abhinav Puri 121, Shubham Khajuria 53, Vivrant Sharma 55) vs Tripura.
At Chandigarh: Railways 386 all out in 108.1 overs (Vivek Singh 108, Upendra, Yadav 113, Karn Sharma 30; Sandeep Sharma 6/116) vs Chandigarh 212 for 2 in 67 overs (Manan Vohra 113 batting, Kunal Mahajan 66 batting).