Here's a roundup of the Day 2 of the fifth round of the ongoing Ranji Trophy:
Delhi Smog: Two Ranji matches cancelled due to air pollution
New Delhi: The severity of air pollution and dense Smog cover in the capital led to the cancellation of the two Ranji Trophy encounters — Bengal and Gujarat at the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium and Hyderabad vs Tripura at the Karnail Singh Stadium.
While Gujarat team will be leaving Delhi on Monday for Ahmedabad, Bengal team will be staying back till Tuesday before flying off to Rajkot for the next game against Tamil Nadu.
The BCCI in a media release stated that both matches will be rescheduled.
"The Technical Committee of the BCCI recognised the extraordinary circumstances prevailing in Delhi and decided to re-schedule the Paytm Ranji Trophy 2016-17 fifth round matches between Hyderabad-Tripura and Gujarat-Bengal after the first two days of play were lost due to smog conditions in New Delhi.
"The revised venue and dates for the above matches which will be played after the league phase of Ranji trophy, will be announced shortly."
The situation was not expected to improve for a few more days which effectively ruled out any chance of play. Match referee P Ranganathan, in consultation with BCCI and the respective state associations, decided that there is no point in waiting for two more days.
"This is unavoidable and unforeseen circumstances. This cannot be considered as a match. So there is no question of sharing points," match referee P Ranganathan told reporters after the match was called off.
It's a first of its kind in Ranji Trophy where a match has been cancelled in its entirety due to prevailing pollution level in the national capital.
In fact, the uniqueness of the situation is the reason why BCCI is expected to reschedule the game. Normally teams get a point each when at least one innings of both teams are not completed.
"We are going back to Kolkata tomorrow morning. It's unfortunate but it is nobody's fault," Bengal manager Sameer Dasgupta told PTI.
Such has been the pollution level that match referee Ranganathan had instructed the players to remain inside the dressing room with many of them finding it difficult to spot anyone within 25 yards.
"Match referee advised players of both teams to remain within the confines of the dressing room. He told us that it will affect our health and we should take necessary precautions," a senior member of the Bengal support staff said.
Players had complained of burning sensation in their eyes and breathing problems after warm-up on Saturday.
The Bengal players were seen wearing anti-pollution masks as they left the venue.
Incidentally, Bengal are expected to come back to Delhi to play Madhya Pradesh at the Airforce ground in Palam in the second week of December. As of now, there is no threat to that match.
Bengal captain Manoj Tiwary spoke about the health hazards due to the condition in Delhi.
"This is something unbelievable in my 11 years of first-class cricket. The situation is so bad that one can't see anything as we go back from Kotla to our team hotel. You can't spot cars and buses from a distance. The government must step in and do something about it. The health of the common man is paramount and you simply can't breathe polluted air," Tiwary told PTI.
Asked about the next match in Delhi against Madhya Pradesh, Tiwary said: "I know it will be an important match in the group league phase. I don't know whether there will be a rescheduling of venue or not. I need to speak to our coach Sairaj Bahutule and take a call."
Bengal team will also be handicapped by the fact that they will not be able to practice in this toxic weather after it was decided late in the evening that the team will not be flying back to Kolkata and instead will be proceeding to Rajkot.
It has been learnt that booking 20 odd tickets (players and support staff) for Delhi-Kolkata flight and also cancellation of Delhi-Rajkot flights would have cost Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) an additional few lakhs which the association decided against.
It's not a great situation to be in at the moment as the general advisory has been to stay indoors in such a weather where the toxic air could adeversely affect the lungs.
Yadav hits ton to give Mumbai upper hand
Mysore: Mumbai held a slight advantage against Railways at stumps on day two after a gritty 110 from Suryakumar Yadav in the Ranji Trophy Group A match.
Mumbai, resuming at an overnight 244 for five, went on to score 345 courtesy Yadav, who started the day on 60.
Captain and leggie Karn Sharma led from the front for Railways, adding two wickets to his overnight tally to complete a five-wicket haul.
Railways felt the heat in their first innings. They lost their three top-order batsmen to end the day at 76 for three in 45 overs.
The star of the day was Yadav, who collected 11 fours and a six in his 270-ball effort.
On Saturday, Mumbai opener Akhil Herwadkar had missed out on a century by four runs.
Brief scores: Mumbai 345 in 133.2 overs (Yadav 110; Karn Sharma 5/81). Railways 76/3 in 45 overs (Bhille 15 batting, Ghosh batting 6; Gohil 2/25).
Mukund strikes another ton to put TN in command
Raipur: Abhinav Mukund struck his third century of the ongoing Ranji Trophy to put Tamil Nadu in a commanding position against Baroda.
After dismissing Baroda for a paltry 93 on Saturday, Tamil Nadu posted 337 thanks to Mukund (100 off 165 balls), Baba Indrajith (68) and Dinesh Karthik (65). Pacer Munaf Patel picked up four wickets for Baroda.
Baroda in their second innings were 44 for no loss at stumps, still trailing Tamil Nadu by 200 runs.
Openers Kedar Devdhar (33*) and Dhiren Mistry (9*) gave them a promising start, batting out 16 overs with little difficulty.
Brief scores: Baroda 93 and 44/0 in 16 overs.
Tamil Nadu 337 in 102.4 overs (Mukund 100; Munaf 4/91).
Rajasthan in command against Odisha
Patiala: S F Khan struck a hundred to guide Rajasthan to 323 before Aniket Choudhary's four-wicket haul put the team firmly in command by reducing Odisha to 143/8 on the second day of their Ranji Trophy Group B match.
Resuming at overnight 249/5, Khan's 203-ball 110 was instrumental in steering Rajasthan to the formidable total in 105.4 overs. Khan struck 15 fours in his knock.
For Odisha, Govind Poddar and Suryakant Pradhan picked up three wickets apiece.
In reply, Odisha endured a top-order collapse that left them at 64/5 at one stage. Deepak Behera's unbeaten 49 off 85 balls was the lone noteworthy contribution in Odisha's disastrous scorecard.
Choudhary was the bowler who did the most damage with four wickets from 10 overs, which cost 34 runs. Pankaj Singh also picked up a couple of wickets.
Rajasthan: 323 in 105.4 overs (S F Khan 110, Suryakant Pradhan 3/97).
Odisha: 143/8 in 45 overs (Deepak Behera 49 not out, Aniket Choudhary 4/34).
UP 335 allout, Punjab reach 244-3 in Ranji Trophy
Hyderabad: Sandeep Sharma returned with a five-wicket haul before Manan Vohra and Jiwanjot Singh hit twin half-centuries as Punjab dismissed Uttar Pradesh for 335 and then reached 244-3 at stumps on the second day of their Ranji Triphy Group A match.
Sandeep dismissed the late order batsmen -- Kuldeep Yadav (71), Imtiaz Ahmed (0) and Amit Mishra (7) early to return with figures of 29.5-4-85-5.
In reply, Punjab rode on openers Manan (59) and Jiwanjot (62) set them a platform for a good score at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium and Yuvraj Singh (72) then took Punjab across the 200-mark.
However, Saurabh Kumar dismissed Jiwanjot in the 37th over and then got rid of Vohra in the 41st over. In the 68th over, he removed Uday Kaul (34) as well.
At the draw of stumps, Mandeep Singh (10) and skipper Yuvraj were at the crease with Punjab still trailing by 91 runs in their first innings.
Resuming their first innings at an overnight score of 300-6, Uttar Pradesh could add just another 35 runs with overnight batsman Saurabh Kumar completing his half-century.
Overnight batsman Kuldeep Yadav (71) was the first to be dismissed at the 97th over and Imtiaz Ahmed (0) was then sent packing in the 101th over. Amit Mishra was the last to be dismissed in the 103rd over.
Uttar Pradesh 1st innings: 335 allout in 102.5 overs.
Punjab 1st innings: 243/3 in 75 overs (Yuvraj Singh 72 not out; Sourabh Kumar 3/58).
Goa bowl Chhattisgarh out for 198
Cuttack: Goa medium pacer Rituraj Singh bagged 6/60 as Chhattisgarh collapsed from 103 for 2 to 198 all out on the second day of their Ranji Trophy Group C fixture at Barabati Stadium.
In response, Pankaj Rao and Kant Singh shared five wickets between them as Chhattisgarh bounced back to leave Goa on 127 for 6, trailing by 71 runs at close.
Resuming on 103 for 2 with Amandeep Khare on 58, Chhattisgarh got the breakthrough in the second over of the day when Singh cleaned up the batsman for an addition of just two runs to his overnight total.
Continuing his fine spell, Singh castled Chauhan in the next over as Chhattisgarh lost two wickets on 105 before Ashutosh Singh showed some resistance and remained unbeaten on 55.
Ashutosh and Mohammad Kaif (14) looked to build a partnership before Singh trapped Chhattisgarh skipper LBW to end the partnership for 37 and their end was hastened after he had wickets of Pratik Sinha and Kant Singh off successive deliveries.
In reply, Goa failed to get a partnership going with Chhattisgarh bowlers getting regular breakthroughs.
At close, Samar Dubhashi (38 batting) and Shadab Jakati (29 batting) were at crease as Chhattisgarh still needed 71 to overcome the deficit.
Chhattisgarh: 198 all out in 71.3 overs (Amandeep Khare 60, Ashutosh Singh 55; Rituraj Singh 6/60).
Goa: 127 for 6 in 57 overs (Kant Singh 3/27).
Services reach 400-8 against Andra on day 2 in Ranji Trophy
Indore: Shamsher Yadav completed a superb century to guide Services to a mammoth 400-8 against Andra Pradesh at stumps on the second day of their Ranji Trophy Group C match at Holkar Cricket Stadium.
Resuming at an overnight score of 170-3, Services added another 230 runs, riding on a 431-ball 136 by Shamsher and a 151-ball 95-run unbeaten innings by G Rahul Singh.
Shamsher, who started the day at an overnight score of 60, blasted 15 boundaries and a six in his innings, while Rahul hit 13 fours.
At the draw of stumps, Rahul was at the crease along with DG Pathania (5). Vikas Yadav (16) was the first to be dismissed after he was runout by Ashwin Hebbar in the 96th over. Raushan Raj (27) too was run out in the 134th over as Services lost half their side at 250 in 133.3 overs. Overnight batsman Shamsher then was sent back to the hut by Bhargav Bhatt in the 166th. Nakul Sharma (2) and Azaruddin Bloch (1) then were removed by Bhatt and Ravi Teja.
Services 1st innings: 400-8 in 179 overs (SU Yadav 136; DB Ravi Teja 2/24).
Sizzling ton by Pant after Ishan's 273 in Jharkhand's 493
Thumba: Dashing wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant (109 batting) smashed his way to an 82-ball-century as Delhi reached 225 for 3 in reply to Jharkhand's first innings total of 493 largely based on a superlative 273 from Ishan Kishan.
The match could be billed as battle between two 'Gen-Next' stars who were captain and vice-captain during the last edition of ICC U-19 World Cup.
Ishan, who was the India U-19 captain started off from his overnight score of 162 not out adding 88 runs with Shahbaz Nadeem (39) for the seventh wicket and 85 runs with Vikash Singh for the ninth wicket in which the latter's contribution was only 2 runs.
Ishan's innings had 21 boundaries and 14 big sixes as Jharkhand innings ended in the 120th over.
For Delhi, it was Pant again, who became the standout performer as he joined his skipper Unmukt Chand (89 batting) with the team in a spot of bother at 74 for 3.
The moment stockily built Pant came at the crease with his skipper getting some form back, he took complete charge, so much so that the 50 came off only 29 balls. In all he hit seven boundaries and eight sixes especially hitting off-spinner Sunny Gupta (0/42 in 8 overs) for sixes.
He also smashed the new ball bowlers Vikash Singh (1/60) and Ashish Singh (1/56) with disdain. He plonked his frontfoot and started hitting horizontal bat shots.
With Pant, Unmukt added 151 runs for the unbroken fourth wicket stand.
Pant's sizzler ensured that Unmukt, who has not had a great season till date got a chance to play himself in. He faced 151 balls hitting 11 boundaries in the process.
Jharkhand are missing their regular skipper Varun Aaron, who has not played after the first two games.
Brief Scores: Jharkhand 1st Innings 493 (Ishan Kishan 273, Ishank Jaggi 55, Subodh Bhati 3/80)
Delhi 1st Innings 225/3 (Rishabh Pant 109 batting, Unmukt Chand 89 batting).
Himachal Pradesh take charge against Jammu and Kashmir
Ranchi: Half-centuries from Paras Dogra, Rishi Dhawan and Ankit Kalsi put Himachal Pradesh in driver's seat against Jammu and Kashmir in their group C Ranji Trophy cricket match at the JSCA International Stadium Complex.
Himachal Pradesh put up a solid batting performance with India discard Dhawan leading the show with an unbeaten 79 (12x4, 1x6) as they piled 370 to get a handsome 208 first innings lead.
Starting at 39 for no loss on second day, Jammu and Kashmir still need 169 runs to make Himachal Pradesh bat again.
Overnight 58 for 2 with Ankit Kalsi on 25 and Paras Dogra on three, Himachal Pradesh made steady progress as the duo notched their respective half-centuries.
Kalsi scored 54 (9x4) in an 88-run third wicket partnership with Dogra who topscored with a patient 89 from 170 balls (10x4).
Later Dhawan took charge and engaged himself in a crucial 74-run seventh wicket stand with Bipul Sharma (28) to give Himachal Pradesh a massive lead.
Brief Scores: Jammu and Kashmir 162 and 39 for no loss; 11 overs. Himachal Pradesh 370 in 98.5 overs (Paras Dogra 89, Rishi Dhawan 79 not out, Ankit Kalsi 54; Aamir Aziz 4/56).
Karnataka in driver's seat against Vidarbha
Vadodara: Karnataka put itself in a strong position against Vidarbha by bundling them out for a mere 176 and then reaching 108 for three in their second innings at Moti Bagh stadium.
Vidarbha started the day at 10 for no loss but except Jitesh Sharma (61), Ravi Jangid (38) and skipper Faiz Fazal (31) no other batsmen could resist the Karnataka bowlers in the Group B match.
Sreenath Aravind (3/27) and Shreyas Gopal (3/22) scalped three batsmen each while R Vinay Kumar (2/57) accounted for two batsmen.
The 94-run stand for the fifth wicket between Jangid and Jitesh stabilised their innings a bit but lower order capitulated.
With this effort, Karanataka took a 91-run crucial lead and stretched it to 199 by ending the second day at 108 for three with opener R Samrath (45) and Stuart Binny (11) at the crease.
Lalit Yadav removed Mayank Agarwal (4) and Manish Pandey (35) while Shrikant Wagh dismissed Robin Uthappa (11).
Karnataka 267 and 108 for 3 in 24 overs. (R Samrath 45, M Pandey 35; L Yadav 2/60).
Vidarbha 1st innings: 176 all out in 66.4 overs. (Jitesh Sharma 61 Ravi Jangid 38; S Aravind (3/27), S Gopal 3/22).
Arup's 7-for leaves Saurashtra reeling against Assam
Kolkata: Assam medium pacer Arup Das wreaked havoc with a magnificent seven-wicket haul before some late order resurgence saw Saurashtra reach 121 for 9 at close on second day of their Ranji Trophy group B cricket fixture at Eden Gardens.
After the first day's proceedings was abandoned due to rain, second day began at 12.40 pm because of wet outfield and Assam, opting to bowl, straightway got into action with Arup (7/39) putting up a fine display of seam bowling in his captivating spell of 9-4-23-6.
Tottering at 39 for 6, Saurashtra put up a brave front lower down the order with No 9 Jaydev Unadkat leading the charge in his unbeaten on 31 from 47 balls (2x4, 1x6) as they saw through the curtailed day where 43 overs could be possible.
Unadkat was on crease with last man Shaurya Sanandia (8 batting) when bad light stopped play as Assam would be fancying to bundle them out for their lowest ever with the match set for a tantalising finish.
Saurashtra's lowest total against Assam is 140 in 2010-11. For Arup, who has a careerbest 8/83, this was his second best performance as he's now behind Ishwar Pandey in the list of best bowling figures of the season.
It was a good toss to win for Assam skipper KB Arun Karthik as their seam duo of Arup and Krishna Das (2/31) shared nine wickets between them, all coming from the club house end.
"There was some assistance from the end. I just focused on my basics and tried to land the ball in right areas," Arup said.
Giving Assam a rollicking start, Arup dismissed Avi Barot in the very first ball when the opener edged one outswinger behind the stumps, while in the third ball he trapped Amitoze Singh leg before to make them zero for two.
Aided by the breeze, Arup moved the ball both ways and cleaned up Sheldon Jackson with a beautiful inswinger.
In the 11th over, Arup dismissed Saurashtra skipper and their leading rungetter this season, Jaydev Shah (4) who played a rising delivery and was caught by Dhiraj Goswamy at second slip.
In the next ball Arup castled Arpit Vasavada as he nearly got a hat-trick with a loud leg before appeal against Chirag Jani but umpire ruled it out as Saurashtra slowly built their innings from 39 for 6 to 69 for 8.
Making his intention clear, Unadkat slammed a six over long off against Krishna. Unadkat had a fruitful 38-run partnership from 49 balls with Dharmendrasinh Jadeja (22; 35b, 3x4) as the duo took the team past 100 in 35.1 overs before the latter became Arup's seventh victim.
Brief Scores: Saurashtra 121/9; 43 overs (Arup Das 7/39) vs Assam.