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Ranji Trophy: New skipper Tare puts Mumbai in strong position

January 30, 2015 23:22 IST

Skipper Aditya Tare struck an unbeaten century before Mumbai shot out Baroda for 184 and took a big first innings lead on the second day of their Ranji Trophy match in Vadodara on Friday.

Tare, who just took over from Suryakumar Yadav, resumed the day at 67 and added another 60 runs to remain unconquered on 127 as Mumbai were all out in 287 in 124 overs.

Tare scored 60 of the 69 runs Mumbai added in 34 overs on Friday after resuming at 218 for 6. He stitched 50 runs for the last wicket with Akshay Girap (7).

Pacer Balwinder Sandhu (4/35) and left-arm spinner Harmeet Singh (4/52) then ran through the Baroda batting line-up to give Mumbai a 103-run lead at the Moti Bagh Stadium.

Hardik Pandya top-scored for Baroda with a 91-ball 53 before he was run-out while Deepak Hooda was the second highest scorer with 31.

India discards Yusuf and Irfan Pathan scored 9 and 11 respectively as the home side were bundled out for 184 in 54.3 overs.

Baroda failed to have any big partnership, their being 66 between Pandya and Hooda for the fifth wicket.

Pandya hit nine fours in his fine innings.

Brief scores:

Mumbai (1st innings): 287 in 124 overs (Aditya Tare 127 not out; Irfan Pathan 3/47, Yusuf Pathan 3/90).

Baroda (1st innings): 184 in 54.3 overs (Hardik Pandya 53; Balwinder Sandhu 4/35, Harmeet Singh 4/52).

Punjab face defeat against minnows Odisha

Heavyweights Punjab are staring at an outright defeat after yet another top-order collapse in their second innings against minnows Odisha, at Mohali.

While Odisha got a slender first innings lead of 16 runs, finishing with 183 thanks to a 36-run cameo by wicketkeeper-batsman Haladhar Das, the seam trio of Basant Mohanty (2/16), Deepak Behera (1/18) and Alok Mangaraj (1/3) reduced Punjab to 37 for four at stumps in their second innings.

Yuvraj Singh (batting 18) stands between victory and defeat.

Punjab now have an overall lead of 21 runs with six wickets in hand.

Starting the day at 54 for 1, Odisha lost wickets at regular intervals due to some fine swing bowling by Siddharth Kaul (5/34) and Sandeep Sharma (3/65), but did enough to post 183.

Anurag Sarangi (47), with five boundaries, and Haladhar, three fours and two sixes, were their top scorers.

Yuvraj had six scoring strokes in his 36-ball stay thus far, four of them being dispatched to the boundary. He has night-watchman Siddharth Kaul (1) for company.

Brief scores:

Punjab: 167 and 37/4 (Yuvraj Singh 18 batting, Basant Mohanty 2/18)

Odisha (1st innings): 183 (Anurag Sarangi 47, Haladhar Das 36, Siddharth Kaul 5/34).

Rajasthan staring at innings defeat against Haryana

After posting a massive first innings total of 373, Haryana rode on medium pacer Harshal Patel's brilliant bowling to bundle out Rajasthan for a mere 180 in their first essay before en-forcing the follow-on on the Visitors in Lahli.

At the close of play on Day 2, Rajasthan were struggling on 38 for five in their second innings while following-on. The visiting side still need another 155 runs with just five wickets in hand to avoid an innings defeat.

Puneet Yadav was unbeaten on 13 and Chetan Bist was on seven when the stumps were drawn.

Earlier, resuming on 339 for seven, Haryana added 34 runs to their overnight total before folding in 97.4 overs.

In reply, Rajasthan got off to a disastrous start, losing three wickets for 43 runs on the board.

Although Ashok Menaria (71) and Robin Bist (25) steadied the boat for a brief period, putting on a solid 73 runs for the fourth wicket, but after these two batsmen got out, there was a collapse.

Puneet Yadav (13) and Deepak Chahar (22) were the only other batsmen to reach the double digits, even as Patel (6/69) wreaked havoc.

Following-on, Rajasthan lost the top and middle order cheaply with the scorecard reading 17 for five with Patel (3/24) and Joginder Sharma (2/14) sharing five wickets between them.

Brief scores:

Haryana (1st innings): 373 in 97.4 overs.

Rajasthan (1st innings): 180 in 51.4 overs (Ashok Menaria 71; Harshal Patel 6/69, Joginder Sharma 2/46) & 38 for five in 18 overs (Harshal Patel 3/24, Joginder Sharma 2/14).

Samson's double ton puts Kerala in command

Sanju Samson stroked his way to an aggressive double century as Kerala amassed 483 in their Group C match against Services in Kannur.

At close of play on the second day, Services were 85 for three in 32 overs at the Conor Vayal Stadium in Tellicherry.

Resuming the day at 273 for four, Kerala rode on Samson's 264-ball knock to put up a good total.

Samson hit 27 boundaries and four sixes during his 404-minute stay at the crease.

Suraj Yadav was the best bowler for Services, returning figures of 5 for 94.

When stumps were drawn, Services trailed Kerala by 398 runs with seven wickets remaining in their first innings.

Railways sight first innings lead against Bengal

Skipper Mahesh Rawat's fluent half-century kept Railways in with a bright chance of getting the first innings lead against hosts Bengal.

Replying to Bengal's first innings score of 268, Rawat's unbeaten 56 helped Raiwlays reach 219 for six in 70 overs after 90 minutes’ play was lost in the opening session due to bad light.

Rawat's 76-run fifth-wicket stand with another Bengal discard, Arindam Ghosh (49), kept Railways in the hunt after burly all-rounder Arnab Nandi's quickfire 53 off 62 balls laid the platform.

Veteran off-spinner Saurashish Lahiri finally came good, grabbing four out of the six wickets, but it was a disappointing show otherwise by the Bengal spin troika.

Despite best efforts from home team to produce a rank-turner, the Eden Gardens strip played true to its reputation of being low and slow in nature with occasional phases when it did something.

While Lahiri did bend his back and got some occasional purchase, portly club level left-arm spinner Amit Banerjee again disappointed as he was clobbered for 47 in eight overs.

A more experienced Iresh Saxena's 13 overs also turned out to be fruitless as he gave away 39 runs.

Rawat developed cramps towards the fag end of the day but saw through the day as Railways only require 50 runs more to get first innings lead and also offically knock Bengal out of the race for the quarter-finals.

Ignored by his state team, another Bengal discard Nandi, who has switched allegiance to Railways like his senior partner Ghosh, tried to prove a point as he counter attacked the Bengal attack.

Nandi also hit the Railways' innings first six when he stepped out to left-arm spinner Banerjee to tonk him over long-on. He, however, was done in trying to be a bit more expansive when he missed the line and got bowled while stepping out to Lahiri, who was the pick of Bengal bowlers.

Brief Scores:

Bengal (1st innings): 268 in 94.3 overs.

Railways (1st innings): (Mahesh Rawat 56 batting, Arnab Nandi 53, Arindam Ghosh 49; Saurasish Lahir 4/72).

Saurabh Tiwary puts Jharkhand in command

Riding on Saurabh Tiwary's superb 162, Jharkhand scored 385 all out in their first innings before reducing Goa to 106 for five on the second day of their Group C match in Porvorim, Goa.

Resuming on 229 for two, Jharkhand went on to add another 156 runs for the loss of eight wickets in their first essay.

Overnight batsman S P Gautam added just four runs to his score of 72 when he was leg before wicket by Sagan Naik for 76 (280b, 9X4). He shared 168 runs for the third wicket with Tiwary.

Tiwary, who started the day on 100 not out, then kept the scoreboard moving and along with Ishank Jaggi (35) added 69 runs for the fourth wicket.

Tiwary, whose knock included 14 fours and five sixes off 269 balls, did bulk of the scoring to take the visitors to a commanding position, and was the sixth wicket to fall.

Goa's V A Naik (4/67) then wiped off the tail, dismissing Kaushah Singh (19), Shahbaz Nadeem (1), R R Singh (12) and Samar Quadri (1) to emerge the pick of the bowlers.

Amulya Pandrekar and Darshan Misal took two wickets each.

Sagar Naik and Amogh Desai claimed wicket apiece.

In reply, Goa made a disastrous start to their first innings, losing three early wickets for just 61 on the board. But opener Amogh Desai (55) scored a half century to steady the boat and take the team past the 100-run mark.

Varun Aaron struck the first blow when he had Swapnil Asnodkar caught by Saurabh Tiwary for seven, then R R Singh took two quick wickets to dismiss Sagun Kamat (18) and Rohan Belekar (4).

At stumps, Keenan Vaz (4) and V A Naik (0) were at the crease.

Assam take first-innings lead against Andhra

Assam took a vital first innings lead in their Group C match against Andhra in Guwahati.

At stumps on the second day, Assam were 199 for six in their first innings, a lead of 62 runs with four wickets remaining in reply to the visiting side's 137 all out.

It was due to the efforts of Arun Karthik and Jamaluddin Syed Mohammad that hosts Assam managed to gain a handy lead at the Barsapara Cricket Stadium.

While Arun Karthik got out after scoring 49, Jamaluddin was batting on the same score when the stumps were drawn for the day.

Assam resumed the day at their overnight score of 32 for one.

Paresh DograDogra's double ton, Bipul Sharma's century hoist HP

Paras Dogra smashed an unbeaten 204 while skipper Bipul Sharma struck an unconquered 119 as Himachal Pradesh piled a massive 535 for five declared

in their first innings on the second day of their Group C match in Agartala.

Coming in to bat at the overnight score of 106, Dogra found an able partner in Sharma, his captain. The duo shared a 218 runs off 165 just balls for the unconquered sixth wicket after Rishi Dhawan (65) added just one run to his overnight score.

In reply, Tripura were 143 for two in 42 overs in their first innings.

Opener Bishal Ghosh was batting on 81, while giving him company was Rakesh Solanki on 42.

Rishi Dhawan (2/40) claimed both the wickets for Himachal.

Brief scores:

Himachal Pradesh (1st innings): 535 for five decl in 136 overs (Paras Dogra 204 not out, Bipul Sharma 119 not out; Manisankar Murasingh 2/118).

Tripura (1st innings): 143 for two in 42 overs (Bishal Ghosh 81 not out, Rakesh Solanki 42 not out; Rishi Dhawan 2/40).

Vidarbha have Delhi on the mat

Table toppers Delhi were outplayed for the second day in succession as they finished the proceedings at 133 for eight in reply to hosts Vidarbha's

respectable first innings score of 370 in Nagpur.

Delhi, who still need 87 runs to avoid the follow-on will be banking on veteran Virender Sehwag, who came into bat at No 10 and is undefeated on 6 alongside Varun Sood, who has consumed 100 balls for his 21.

Sehwag, who was running high temperature couldn't bat at the top of the innings and came in after Delhi lost their eighth wicket, at 119.

"Viru was certainly not 100 percent fit but as we lost too many wickets, he had to come out to bat even though there hasn't been a complete remission of fever. He will bat tomorrow and hopefully with medication will get well by the night," Delhi chief coach Vijay Dahiya said.

It was a turning track where Delhi's batting couldn't withstand the pressure created by left-arm medium pacer Shrikant Wagh (4/33)and left-arm spinner Rakesh Dhruv (3/26).

Gautam Gambhir (6) and Unmukt Chand (21) struggled during initial overs before the veteran India discard tried to attack Dhurv and was duly stumped.

Chand and Mithun Manhas (27) added 39 for the third wicket before Wagh trapped both of them leg before with deliveries that held its line after pitching.

Milind Kumar was out to a ball that kept low while Manan Sharma didn't have any clue about the turning delivery from Dhruv.

Coach Dahiya however blamed the bowlers for their profligacy as they conceded 370 runs on a track that offered turn.

"Our spinners bowled poorly as it wasn't a pitch to concede 370 to the opposition. We are at the top of the table but we can't just lose the momentum," Dahiya said.

Brief score:

Vidarbha (1st innings): 370 in 118 overs (Ganesh Sathish 163, Shalabh Srivastav 50, Shivam Sharma 5/67).

Delhi (1st innings): 133-8 in 70 overs (Mithun Manhas 27, Shrikant Wagh 4/33, Rakesh Dhruv 3/26).

J&K trail MP by 196 runs

Jammu and Kashmir suffered a top-order batting collapse before posting 175 for 8, on the second day of their match against Madhya Pradesh in Indore.

Replying to MP's first innings total of 371 all out, J&K were reduced to 57 for 5 in the 14th over before a half century from Aditya Singh (64) and his 72-run stand with Bandeep Singh (33) saved them from disaster at the  Holkar Stadium.

Aditya hit nine fours and a six in his 102-ball innings.

J&K are still not out of trouble as they trail by 196 runs with just two first innings wickets remaining. They need another 47 runs more to avoid a follow-on.

Ram Dayal was unbeaten on 3 at draw of stumps.

For MP, Puneet Datey, Ankit Sharma and Mihir Hirwani grabbed two wickets each while Yogesh Rawat and Jalaj Saxena got a wicket apiece.

Earlier, MP resumed the day at 271 for 4 and added exactly 100 runs in 36.2 overs before being dismissed for 371.

Captain Devendra Bundela, who resumed at 62, was out for 79. Puneet Datey was unbeaten with a superb 103-ball 56.

Image: Himachal Pradesh player Paresh Dogra celebrates his double century against Tripura during their Ranji trophy match in Agartala.

Photo: PTI