Ranji Trophy roundup: Washington Sundar's maiden ton puts Tamil Nadu on top; Bengal pacers dominate Chhattisgarh

Washington Sundar slammed his maiden first-class ton as Tamil Nadu posted a strong reply with the bat against Tripura, leading by 74 runs at the end of Day 2.

PTI, October 16, 2017

Following is a summary of the events that took place on Day 2 of the second round of the ongoing Ranji Trophy.

Samarth, Gowtham hit tons as Karnataka dominates

Centuries by opener Ravikumar Samarth and Krishnappa Gowtham helped Karnataka reach 427 for 6 and secure a 282-run lead at the end of Day 2 in the Ranji Trophy Group A match against Assam in Mysuru on Sunday.

At close of play, Gowtham was batting on 147 while Shreyas Gopal was on 38. Assam was bowled out for 145 in 59.1 overs on Day 1 on Saturday.

Gowtham, who bagged four wickets on Saturday, hammered 10 boundaries and six sixes in his 158-ball knock and was involved in century stands with Stuart Binny and Shreyas Gopal.

Samarth made a well-compiled 123 off 234 balls, studded with 10 boundaries.

Assam fought back in the truncated morning session with Arup Das taking two wickets in an over. Resuming at the overnight score of 77 for no loss, the total had reached 92 when Mayank Agarwal (31) was dismissed by Arup Das. Abhishek Reddy was out off the next delivery for a duck.

Samarth, who was batting on 75 at lunch, reached his century in the post-lunch session, steadied the ship in the company of Mir Kaunain Abbas.

However, the visitors checked Karnataka's progress with wickets of Samarath, Abbas (30) and Chidambaram Gautam (0) in quick time.

K Gowtham, in the company of Binny, stepped up to frustrate Assam. They added 103 runs for the sixth wicket before Binny was castled by Das soon after tea.

Purkayastha and Das picked three wickets each, but rest of the bowlers were off-colour, to add to Assam's woes.

Brief scores — Group A:

Assam 145 in 59.1 overs (Gokul Sharma 55, K Gowtham 4 for 20, Shreyas Gopal 3/43) vs Karnataka 427/6 in 115 overs (K Gowtham 147 batting, Ravikumar Samarth 123, Swarupam Purkayastha 3/80).

Saurashtra in complete control against J&K

India all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja struck a timely double century while slow left-arm spinner Dharmendra Jadeja picked up three wickets as Saurashtra reduced Jammu and Kashmir to 103/4 in their first innings in reply to 624/7 declared in a Ranji Trophy Group B match in Rajkot on Sunday.

Resuming at overnight score 428 for four, Saurashtra added another 196 runs with the loss of three more wickets before declaring their innings.

Ravindra and Snell Patel added 51 and 53 runs respectively to their overnight score.

Ravindra made 201 runs off 313 balls with the help of 23 fours and two sixes, while Patel faced 167 balls for his 94 that was studded with 14 hits to the fence.

Chirag Jani (21) and Jadeja (40) were two not out batsmen when skipper Cheteshwar Pujara declared the innings.

For Jammu and Kashmir, Ahmed Bandey (25) and Shubham Khajuria (41) started cautiously, putting on 50 runs for the opening wicket.

Hower Dharmendra struck thrice, removing Bandey, Pranav Gupta (0) and Ian Dev Singh (6) to reduce Jammu and Kshmir to to 67 for three.

Ravindra removed Khajuria in the last over of the day as the visitors are still trailing Saurashtra by 521 runs.

Skipper Parveez Rasool (23) was at the crease when stumps were drawn.

Dharmendra was the pick of the bowlers for Saurashtra, picking up three wickets for 36 runs, while Ravindra took one wicket giving away 20 runs.

Brief scores — Group B:

Saurashta 624/7 decl in 135 overs (Ravindra Jadeja 201, Sheldon Jackson 181, Snell Patel 94; Waseem Raza 3/164) vs Jammu and Kashmir 103/4 in 46.5 overs (Shubham Khajuria 41, Parveez Rasool 23 not out; Dharmendra Jadeja 3/36).

Kerala 208 in 66.5 overs vs Gujarat 307/9 in 106 overs (Chirag Gandhi 91 not out, Samit Gohel 69; MD Nidheesh 3/58).

Rajasthan 423 in 141.5 overs (Tajinder Singh 134 Amit Kumar Gautam 107; Sunny Gupta 3/76) vs Jharkhand 97/2 in 31 overs (Saurabh Tiwary 56 not out; Aniket Choudhary 1/16).

Washington Sundar's big hundred powers Tamil Nadu against Tripura

Washington Sundar's brilliant, unbeaten 156 and his big opening partnership with skipper Abhinav Mukund (76) helped Tamil Nadu seize the initiative on the second day of the Ranji Trophy Group C match against Tripura in Chennai on Sunday.

Tamil Nadu ended the day at 332 for 2, a lead of 74 runs in response to Tripura's 258 riding on Sundar's maiden first-class ton which included 14 fours and one six. He has batted for 223 balls so far.

Sundar opened for Tamil Nadu in place of Murali Vijay, who is sitting out the game due to a neck spasm.

Baba Indrajith, who has so far added 152 runs with Sundar for the third wicket, is batting on 73, collecting six boundaries along the way.

Earlier, the home team wrapped up the Tripura innings for the addition of just 14 runs to the overnight score of 244 for 7.

K Vignesh took two of the three wickets to fall to finish with four for 41. Ravichandran Ashwin got the other to finish with two wickets for 64.

It took all of 6.1 overs for Tamil Nadu to polish off the visitors' tail.

The hosts began their reply in a positive manner with Mukund and the young Sundar scoring briskly. The two left-handers took the attack to the Tripura bowlers and took advantage of some pedestrian stuff.

Mukund hit 10 fours in his knock of 76 and added 162 runs with Sundar.

While the Tamil Nadu captain played some beautiful shots on the off side, the lanky Sundar blossomed after a cautious start and hit strokes around the wicket.

The two openers went on the offensive in the post-lunch session and at one point hammered 32 runs in three overs. Sundar hammered Tripura skipper Mani Shankar Mura Singh for three boundaries in one over.

Just when it appeared that the two southpaws would carve out big individual scores, Mukund fell to a catch by Gurinder Singh in the point region off Joydeep Bhattacharjee, making his debut.

M Kaushik Gandhi, who had a great run in the previous season, didn't last too long, being trapped leg-before by Gurinder for 9.

Sundar and Indrajith continued to make light of the inconsistent Tripura attack and put on 152 runs off 216 balls to put the home team in the driving seat.

Indrajith batted efficiently and proved the perfect foil for Sundar, who was constantly on the lookout for runs.

Mura Singh told reporters at the end of the day that the bowlers were inconsistent and admitted that Tamil Nadu batted well.

Sundar said he was happy to get the ton and looked to carry on the good work on the third day.

Brief scores — Group C:

Tripura 258 (Smit Patel 99, K Vignesh 4/31) vs Tamil Nadu 332/2 in 81 overs (Washington Sundar 156 not out, Abhinav Mukund 76, Baba Indrjith 73 not out).

Baroda 373 in 128 overs (Swapnil Singh 88, A Sheth 70 not out, Vishnu Solanki 61, B Ayyappa 4/69) vs Andhra Pradesh 190/2 in 46 overs (G Hanuma Vihari 71 not out, Ricky Bhui 53 not out, KS Bharat 40).

Madhya Pradesh 409 in 144.3 overs (Naman Ojha 180, Ankit Sharma 67, Akash Parkar 4/70) vs Mumbai 130/1 in 33 overs (Jay Bista 89 not out).

Bengal in command after declaring on 529 vs Chhatisgarh

Pacers Mohammed Shami and Ashoke Dinda blew away the Chattisgarh top-order with incisive spells after Bengal scored a mammoth 529 for 7 on the second day of the Ranji Trophy group D encounter in Raipur on Sunday.

Riding on Sudeep Chatterjee's (118) second hundred in as many games as well as veteran Anushtup Majundar's quickfire 70, Bengal managed to surpass 500-run mark in their second successive game of the season.

With a cushion of runs under their belt, Chhattisgarh were reduced to 80 for 5 with Shami (2/33 from nine overs) and Dinda (2/6 from six overs) rattling the minnows with pace and swing.

Earlier, Chatterjee scored his 10th hundred and also completed 3,000 runs in first-class cricket in his 43rd game.

His 118 off 191 balls had 12 boundaries before he was trapped leg-before by Shubham Singh.

Skipper Manoj Tiwary (36) and Wriddhiman Saha (27) also did not score too many but Anushtup in company of B Amit (50, 66 balls) added 120 runs in 25.2 overs before Tiwary decided to have a go at the home team for 31 overs.

Brief Scores — Group D:

Bengal 529/7 (Koushik Ghosh 114, Sudeep Chatterjee 118, Abhishek Raman 94, Anushtup Majumdar 70) vs Chattisgarh 80/5 (Mohammed Shami 2/33, Ashoke Dinda 2/6)

Punjab 161 vs Vidarbha 419/5 (Sanjay Ramaswamy 161, Ganesh Sathish 126)

Goa 255 vs Himachal Pradesh 356/4 (Ankush Bains 143, Priyanshu Khanduri 117)

Updated Date: Oct 16, 2017


Pos. Team P W L D Pts.
14 9 5 0 18
13 8 5 0 16
14 8 6 0 16
14 7 7 0 14
13 6 7 0 12
14 6 8 0 12
13 6 7 0 12
13 4 9 0 8

Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3499 125
2 South Africa 3589 112
3 Australia 3499 106
4 New Zealand 2354 102
5 England 3511 98
6 Sri Lanka 2914 94
Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 5257 125
2 India 5492 122
3 South Africa 3842 113
4 New Zealand 4602 112
5 Australia 3327 104
6 Pakistan 3279 102
Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 2990 130
2 Australia 1894 126
3 India 3932 123
4 New Zealand 2542 116
5 England 1951 115
6 South Africa 2058 114