Ranji Roundup: Uttar Pradesh amass mammoth 524 as Karnataka tighten noose on Delhi
Here's a roundup of all the Ranji Trophy action from across India:
Here's a roundup of all the Ranji Trophy action from across India:
UP amass 524, TN 34-1 on day 2
Dharamsala: Uttar Pradesh's middle-order fired in unison as they amassed 524 in their first innings and then reduced Tamil Nadu to 34-1 at stumps on the second day of their Group A Ranji Trophy match in Dharamsala on Friday.
Starting the day at 115, opener Samarth Singh notched up 150 runs off 271 Balls before being dismissed at the score of 187 in the 114th over by T Natarajan at Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium.
Up started their proceedings at an overnight score of 207-1 and it was Umang Sharma (46) who was the first to be dismissed when he was caught by Karthik off Aswin Crist in the 99th over. Sarfaraz Khan then gave company to Samarth as the duo took Uttar Pradesh close to the 350-mark.
UP suffered a mini-collapse when in the space of seven balls, three batsmen -- Khan (40), Samarth (187) and Mohammad Saif (0) were sent back to the pavillion.
But Kuldeep Yadav (29) and skipper Eklavya Dwivedi (60) ensured UP crosses the 400-mark. Yadav was run out by Karthik in the 136th and Dwivedi too was trapped infront of wicket by Natarajan as UP slipped to 447-7.
Saurabh Kumar (51) and Imtiaz Ahmed (37) then stepped on the gas and helped UP cross the 500-mark.
Sourabh blasted nine boundaries in his 54-ball innings before being ran out by Aparajith. Imitiaz then was left stranded with AS Rajpoot (0) and DP Singh (0) falling without disturbing the scoreboard.
In reply, Tamil Nadu started positively before opener Washington Sundar (10) was dismissed by Saurabh in the 13th over.
At the draw of stumps, Abhinav Mukund (18) and Kaushik Gandhi (0) were at the crease.
Uttar Pradesh 1st innings: 524 all out in 158 overs (Samarth Singh 187; T Natarajan 4/83)
Tamil Nadu 1st innings: 34-1 in 15 overs (A Mukund 18; S Kumar 1/2).
Karnataka in driver's seat against Delhi after day 2
Kolkata: Karanataka put up a collective batting display to take a massive 324-run lead against Delhi, who face an arduous task to save the match with two days to go in their Ranji Trophy Group B match in Kolkata on Friday.
Overnight 131 for three in reply to Delhi's minuscule 90, Karnataka lost night watchman Abhimanyu Mithun in Ishant Sharma's third delivery of the day but from thereon they batted through the day folding for 414 in 141.3 overs.
The second day saw three half-centuries by three Karnataka batsmen -- stand in skipper Karun Nair (53), Mir Kaunan Abbas (52) and CM Gautam 63 not out adding to Mayank Agarwal and R Samarth's fifties yesterday as they stretched the lead past 300.
Left-arm spinner Varun Sood (4/80) was the leading wicket-taker for Delhi, followed by Vikas Tokas' 3-81 on a slow-looking two paced wicket at the Eden Gardens.
Ishant (1/63) looked much better today but could not add to his only wicket of Mithun, having bowled in three short spells of four, four and three overs.
Resuming on three, stand-in skipper Nair made his intention clear earlier in the day hitting Pawan Suyal for a six over third man.
He got to his fifty in 81 balls striking left-arm spinner Manan Sharma over long off but only to be caught by left-arm spinner Sood off his own bowling in the next over.
Nair's 89-run partnership with Abbas was crucial as it helped Karnataka see through the tricky morning session and take the team past 200.
Continuing his impressive form, Abbas struck a second successive half century in his maiden first class season as he ensured that there was no further slip-up in another handy 33 partnership with Stuart Binny (32).
Abbas was dismissed lbw by Sood in the last ball before lunch. With Karnataka 258-6, Gautam came into bat and showed fine composure to bat through the day.
"That was precisely our strategy. We wanted to bat full," the No 8 Karnataka batsman Gautam said after his 77-run partnership with Shreyas Gopal (46).
With Karnataka batsmen ensuring that they bat through the day, it was a hard toil for Gautam Gambhir's bowlers.
Ishant's spells today read: 4-1-10-1, 4-0-9-0, 3-1-10-0 that aptly illustrated the frustrating day for the lanky India frontline pacer.
With a first innings deficit of 324 runs, Delhi who have eight points from two matches are now in danger of facing a humiliating innings defeat with two more days to go.
Delhi 1st innings: 90
Karnataka 1st innings 414 in 141.3 overs (C M Gautam 63 not out, Mir Kaunan Abbas 52, Karun Nair 53; Varun Sood 4/80).
Kamat hits triple ton as Goa declare at 606/6
Cuttack: Skipper Sagun Kamat became the first cricketer from Goa to score a triple century as his unbeaten 304 on Friday propelled the team to 606 for six declared against a listless Services in a Ranji Trophy Group C match.
At stumps on day two, Services were 39 for one, trailing by 567 runs with nine wickets in hand with Ravi Chauhan (27) and skipper Soumik Chatterjee (8) at the crease.
Resuming on his overnight score of 177, the left-hander was at ease even as Snehal Kauthankar departed for 45 with an addition 18 to their last night's score at the DRIEMS Ground in Tangi on the outskirts.
The 33-year-old reached his double century in 301 balls and shared useful stands with Darshan Misal (45) and number eight Shadab Jakati (57 not out) to take the team past 600.
The left-hander had little difficulty in negotiating the Services bowling attack. They used as many as nine bowlers on a tough second day outing for them.
The Goan number three batsman hit 39 fours during his knock from 453 balls en-route to the third triple century of the ongoing Ranji season.
Maharashtra versus Delhi match saw two triple centuries by Swapnil Gugale (351 not out) and Rishabh Pant (308).
Kamat also became eighth Ranji captain to crack a triple, The elite list includes former greats like Vijay Merchant (359 not out) and Sunil Gavaskar (340) among others.
In a first, the ongoing season has already seen two captains -- Kamat and Gugale -- notching up triple centuries.
Goa 1st innings: 606/6 decl in 165 overs (Sagun Kamat 304 not out, Shadab Jakati 57 not out, Snehal Kauthankar 45, Darshan Misal 45).
Services 1st innings: 39 for one in 13 overs.
Abdulla steers Kerala to 506/9 against Hyderabad
Bhubaneswar: All-rounder Iqbal Abdulla cracked his second first-class century and first for Kerala to put them on top against Hyderabad in their Ranji Trophy group C match in Bhubaneshwar on Friday.
Resuming on 223/4, Kerala lost Jalaj Saxena (79) in the 11th over of the day while Mehdi Hasan (3/134) reduced them to 312/7 but the former Mumbai all-rounder spiced it up with an entertaining 141-run partnership with No.9 K Monish (40) to take them past 450.
Abdulla slammed six sixes and 14 boundaries in his knock from 214 balls to steal the show in front of an impressive turnout mainly the university students form KIIT.
Saxena was the first to go when seamer Mohammad Siraj gave the early breakthrough.
Sachin Baby (80), resuming on 51, failed to make it big becoming Hasan's second victim after being dismissed LBW leaving Kerala at 312/7 at lunch and in danger of folding up inside 350.
But Abdulla had other ideas and his counterattacking innings with Monish playing a perfect ally.
Kerala: 506/9 in 180 overs (Iqbal Abdulla 157 batting, Sachin Baby 80, K Monish 40).
Madhya Pradesh amass 445 against Mumbai on day 2
Raipur: Madhya Pradesh posted a massive 445 in their first innings and then returned to reduce defending champion Mumbai to 38-2 at stumps on the second day of their Group A Ranji Trophy in Raipur on Friday.
It was a superlative batting effort as Rajat Patidar completed a deserving hundred after starting the day at 83, while other overnight batsman Devendra Bundela hit a patient 160-ball 60 which was studded with eight fours and a six.
Shubham Sharma (83 not out) and Ankit Dane (47) also contributed with the bat to frustrate the Mumbai bowlers after MP started their day at an overnight score of 239 for 2.
Sharma hit nine boundaries in his 170-ball unbeaten innings, while Dane had seven fours in his 112-ball stay at the Shaheed Veer Narayan Singh International Stadium.
In reply, Mumbai scored 38-2 in 18 overs losing the wickets of Kaustubh Pawar (6) and Balwinder Sandhu (1). Opener Akhil Herwadkar (29) was at the crease and giving him company was Shreyas Iyer (1) at the draw of stumps.
Madhya Pradesh 1st innings: 445 all out in 160 overs (SS Sharma 83; VKD Gohil 3/87)
Mumbai 1st innings: 38-2 in 18 overs (AA Herwadkar 29 not out; C Sakure 1/8).
Tripura amass 549 against HP on day 2
Kalyani: Half-centuries from skipper Manisankar Murasingh and Gurinder Singh in the lower order lifted Tripura to 549 against Himachal Pradesh in their Ranji Trophy group C match in Kalyani on Friday.
Murasingh hit three sixes and 10 fours en route to his 84 as he along with Gurinder Singh (79; 8x4) stitched 117 runs for the seventh wicket to take Tripura close to 500.
Tripura posted 549 all out in 162.2 overs and in reply Himachal Pradesh were 50/1 trailing by 499 runs at stumps on day two with Ankush Bains (28) and Nikhil Gangta (12) at crease at Bengal Cricket Academy ground.
Resuming on 305/2, Tripura lost four wickets in the first session including that of overnight centurion Smit Patel who got out without any addition to his yesterday's 111.
Centuries from Patel and Bishal Ghosh (145) had taken them past 300 but riding on left-arm spinner Mayank Dagar (5/138) Himachal Pradesh started the day on a positive note.
But Murasingh and Gurinder seized the momentum and hit respective half-centuries as Tripura posted a tall 549 in their first innings.
Tripura 1st innings: 549 allout in 162.2 overs (Smit Patel 111, Manisankar Murasingh 84, Gurinder Singh 79; Mayank Dagar 5/138).
J&K tail steers team to competitive score
Mumbai: The tail of Jammu and Kashmir helped the team post a competitive first innings score of 334 on the second day of the four-day Ranji Trophy Group C match against Andhra in Mumbai on Friday.
In reply, Andhra started off well with a brisk 41-run first wicket stand before they lost the wickets of openers K S Bharat for 31 and D B Prashanth Kumar for 24 to end the day at 72 for two, 262 runs behind their rivals' first innings total at the Brabourne Stadium.
Bharat hit six fours before losing his wicket to Umar Nazir, while Kumar batted a bit more patiently in making 24 only to depart at the fag end of the day, dismissed by Parvez Rasool.
The unconquered Andhra batsmen at stumps were captain G Hanuma Vihari (16) and night watchman Bhatt (0).
Earlier, J&K resumed at the overnight 205 for six and with useful contributions from the lower order took the total past the 300 mark.
Number 7 batsman Bandeep Singh, who was not out 14 last evening, made 63 which was the second highest of the innings, in a stubborn stay lasting 201 balls before he was the ninth batsman out at 323.
Wicketkeeper Punit Bisht (20), Ram Dayal (42 in 115 balls) and Samiullah Beigh (20 not out) resisted the Andhra bowlers to help the side cross the 300 mark.
In fact, the last four wickets of J&K added 148 runs after the fall of top-scorer and opener Shubham Khajuria for 90 at 186.
For Andhra, medium pacer Siva Kumar and left arm spinner Bhargav Bhatt claimed four wickets each, while opening bowler P Vijay Kumar bagged two.
J&K 1st innings: 334 (S Khajuria 90, P Rasool 45, Bandeep Singh 63, Ram Dayal 42; Siva Kumar 4/49, B Bhatt 4/122).
Andhra 1st innings: 72/2 (K S Bharat 31).
Gujarat in driver's seat after Panchal's ton
Lahli: Priyank Panchal (101) hit his seventh first class hundred as Guajrat took a firm grip over their Ranji Trophy Group A match against Railways, in Lahli on Friday.
Gujarat bowled out Railways for 124 to take a 63-run first innings lead and them ended the day two at a solid 295 for three to extend overall lead to 358.
Railways began the day at 63 for seven and thanks to fighting knock by captain Karn Sharma (48) and his 52-run stand with Anureet Singh (27), they managed to cross the three-figure mark.
Gujarat put up a much better show in their second essay with openers Panchal and Samit Gohel (23) providing the side a strong start with their 54-run stand.
After Gohel's dismissal, Panchal found an able ally in Bhargav Merai, who score 70 before being bowled by Ranjit Mali. They added 141 runs for the second wicket.
Panchal was dismissed soon after completing his century, which came off 138 balls with 15 shots to the fence.
After that, Gujarat captain Parthiv Patel (39) and Manpreet Juneja (59) added 98 runs for unbeaten fourth wicket to put their side in a position of strength.
Gujarat 187 and 295/3 in 75 overs (P Panchal 101, B Merai 70, M Juneja 59 batting; A Pandey 1/60)
Railways 1st innings: 124 all out for 43.5 26 overs (K Sharma 48; M Patel 5/35).
Bengal score 404; Punjab reach 168/4 at stumps on day two
Bilaspur: Bengal scored a first innings total of 404 before reducing Punjab to 168 for four at stumps on day two of their Group A Ranji Trophy encounter in Bilaspur on Friday.
Starting the day on 332 for five, overnight batsman Pankaj Shaw, who resumed on 11, went on to complete his half-century to take the team past 400-run mark.
Shaw single-handedly steered the team's to a competitive first innings total, even as wickets kept falling at the other end. His knock of 55 came of 138 balls that included five fours and a six.
For Punjab, Sandeep Sharma finished with figures of four for 96.
Punjab did not have an ideal start as they lost their opener Jiwanjot Singh for a duck with the scorecard reading none for one.
The other opener Manan Vohra also failed to put up the resistance for long and was dismissed for 23.
But Uday Kaul steadied the boat with an unbeaten 73 off 141 deliveries with eight hits to the fence.
Out-of-favour India batsman Yuvraj Singh also got a start but failed convert it to a big score, getting out on 22.
At stumps, Taruwar Kohli (26 not out) was at the crease, giving Kaul the company.
Amit Kulia was the top wicket-taker for Bengal today with figures of three for 44.
Bengal 1st innings: 404 all out (SS Mondal 135, Agniv Pan 70, Pankaj Shaw 55; Sandeep Sharma 4/96).
Punjab 1st innings: 168 for 4 in 51 overs (Uday Kaul 73 batting; Amit Kulia 3/44).
Rajasthan crumble before Nadeem's left-arm spin
Vadodara: Left-arm spinner Shahbaz Nadeem spun a web around Rajasthan batsmen to hand Jharkhand a narrow two-run first innings lead in a Group B Ranji Trophy cricket match, in Vadodara on Friday.
Nadeem returned with impressive figures of seven for 74 to help Jharkhand the snatch the two-run lead at the Reliance Stadium.
In reply to Jharkhand's 209, Nadeem single-handedly demolished Rajasthan batting department to bundle them out for 207 in 83.2 overs.
Rajasthan batting line up crumbled like a pack of cards in front of Nadeem after Manender Singh (50) and Vineet Saxena (50) put together 100 runs for the first.
Nadeem scythed through the middle-order with his left-arm spin as Rajasthan lost their last seven wickets for 61.
At stumps, Jharkhand were 73 for two in 18 overs with Pratyush Singh (33) and Sunny Gupta unbeaten at the crease.
Jharkhand lost opener Anand Singh early, but Virat Singh's 35 and Pratyush 33 not out helped extend the lead to 75, with eight wickets in hand when stumps were drawn.
Jharkhand: 209 & 73 for two in 18 overs (Virat Singh 35, Pratyush Singh 33 not out; Aniket Choudhary 1/13).
Rajasthan: 207 all out in 83.2 overs (Manender Singh 50, Vineet Saxena 50; Shahbaz Nadeem 7/74).
Jaydev & Co make mockery of Maharashtra attack
Vizianagaram: Jaydev Shah became the first Saurashtra captain to score a double century to power Saurashtra to a commanding 657 for eight declared in their first innings against Maharashtra in a Group B Ranji Trophy cricket match, Vizianagaram on Friday.
Jaydev (217), who has scores of 193, 64 and 0 so far this season, put on 174 for the sixth wicket with Chirag Jani (100 not out), before Saurashtra declared their first essay.
Chesteshwar Pujara also made a patient 93 off 246 deliveries.
It was struggle once again for the Maharashtra's bowlers, who nearly conceded a lead despite scoring 600-plus against Delhi last week.
Mohsin Sayyed (4/90) picked up four wickets for Maharashtra.
In reply, Maharashtra were 18 for no loss in six overs.
Openers Swapnil Gugale (10 batting) and Murtaza Trunkwala (7) were holding the fort for Maharashtra at stumps on the second day of the four-day match.
Saurashtra: 657 for eight decl in 170.5 overs (Jaydev Shah 217, Sheldon Jackson 105, Chirag Jani 100 not out, Cheteshwar Pujara 93; Mohsin Sayyed 4/90).
Maharashtra: 18 for no loss in six overs (Swapnil Gugale 10 not out, Murtuza Trunkwala 7 not out).
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