Centurion Panchal puts Gujarat in commanding position

UP dominate in the match against TN

Bowlers dealt a couple of early blows against Mumbai after Madhya Pradesh batsmen put team in advantageous position. In their match against Railways, Gujarat built on the first innings lead after the Mehul Patel-led attack bowled the team to a first innings lead.

With a career best score of 187 runs in his second first-class match, Samarth Singh helped Uttar Pradesh to a massive total against Tamil Nadu.

Debutant Amit Kuila picked three Punjab wickets upfront to tip the balance in Bengal’s favour.

Group A, Round 3 – Day 2 Round-up:

Mumbai vs Madhya Pradesh in Raipur: MP 1st inn 445/10 in 160 overs (R Patidar 106, S Sharma 83*, V Gohil 3/87, T Deshpande 3/101); Mum 1st inn 38/2 in 18 overs (A Herwadkar 29*, C Sakure 1/8) Trail by 407 runs

Rajat Patidar posted a century after resuming his innings on 83 in the morning before returning to the pavilion as he worked to keep the balance tipped in MP”s favour. His overnight partner, Devendra Bundela made 60 while Shubham Sharma remained not out on 83 as he helped the team to a solid first innings total. Tushar Deshpande and Vijay Gohil finished with three wickets each for Mumbai.

Mumbai then lost two early wickets as MP’s Ishwar Pandey and Chandrakant Sakure accounted for Kaustubh Pawar and night-watchman Balwinder Sandhu respectively to leave Mumbai on 36 for two. Akhil Herwadkar (29*) then saw the team to stumps with Shreyas Iyer (1*).

Bengal vs Punjab in Bilaspur:
Bengal 1st inn 404/10 in 120.3 overs (P Shaw 55, S Sharma 4/96, V Choudhary 3/75); Punjab 168/4 in 51 overs (U Kaul 73*, T Kohli 26*, A Kuila 3/44) Trail by 236 runs.

Bengal lost their remaining five wickets for the addition of 72 runs to their overnight total of 332. The Sandeep Sharma (four wickets)-led lineup bowled Bengal out for 404 on the second day.

Debutant Amit Kuila then picked three for 44 while Ashok Dinda accounted for Yuvraj Singh to leave Punjab on 168 for four at stumps on the second day.

Railways vs Gujarat in Lahili: Gujarat 1st inn 187/10 in 56.4 overs (P Patel 61, D Bansal 6/46, A Singh 2/55); Railways 1st inn 124/10 in 43.5 overs (K Sharma 48, M Patel 5/35, R Kalaria 2/36); Gujarat 2nd inn 295/3 in 75 overs (P Panchal 101, B Merai 70, P Patel 39*, M Juneja 59*) Lead by 358 runs

After Railways resumed their innings on 63 for seven, Rush Kalaria claimed two wickets while Mehul Patel picked one to bowl Railways out for 124 and seize first innings lead. Captain Karn Sharma made 48 even as the rest of the lineup caved in to the opposition.

Putting up a better performance in their second outing, Gujarat were 295 for three at stumps on second day with a lead on 358. While Priyank Panchal had scored a century, B Merai made 70. At stumps captain Parthiv Patel was at the crease with Manprit Juneja.

Uttar Pradesh vs Tamil Nadu in Dharamsala:
UP 1st inn 524/10 in 158 overs (S Singh 187, E Dwivedi 60, S Kumar 51, T Natarjan 4/83); TN 1st inn 34/1 in 15 overs (A Mukund 18*, S Kumar 1/0) Trail by 490 runs

Propelled by opener S Singh, UP continued to pile on runs on the second day after resuming on 207 for one in the morning. While the opening batsman made 187 to post his career best score, sizeable contributions by batsmen down the order including Eklavya Dwivedi’s 60 helped the team post 524 on the board until being bowled out.

With Saurabh Kumar then claiming MS Washington Sundar, Tamil Nadu were 18 for one at stumps.

Prajakta Pawar
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S Nadeem claims 7 wickets to bowl Jharkhand to a first inn lead

Jaydev Shah slams maiden double ton, Jani posts maiden century

Saurashtra captain, Jaydev Shah who kicked off the season with 193 against Team Rajasthan, scored his maiden double-century in the ongoing round of Ranji Trophy against Maharashtra. While the skipper pushed the opposition on the backfoot, Chirag Jani too scored his maiden first-class century to propel the team to a mountainous total.

Highest wicket-taker of Ranji Trophy 2015-16, Shahbaz Nadeem claimed seven for 74 to bowl Jharkhand to a small first innings lead against Team Rajasthan. The Karnataka batsmen ensured the team a solid first innings lead by posting 414 after the bowlers had skittled Delhi out for a double-digit total on day 1.

Group B, Round 3 – Day 2 Round-up:

Maharashtra vs Saurashtra in Vizianagaram: Saurashtra 1st inn 657/8 decl (J Shah 217, C Jani 100*, M Sayyad 4/90); Maha 1st 18/0 in 6 overs. Trail by 639 runs

While Cheteshwar Pujara departed for 93 earlier in the day, captain Jaydev Shah slammed a career best 217 to power his team to a massive 657. While the captain milked the Maharashtra attack, Chirag Jani too scored his maiden century as they helped the team to a commanding position before declaring the innings late in the day.

In reply, Maharashtra were 18 without loss at the end of day’s play.

Delhi vs Karnataka in Kolkata: Delhi 1st inn 90/10 in 35.5 overs (R Pant 24, D Shorey 24, A Sreenath 4/12, Gowtham K 3/26, A Mithun 2/29); Karnataka 1st inn 414/10 in 141.3 overs (CM Gautam 63*, K Nair 53, V Sood 4/80, V Tokas 3/81) Lead by 324 runs

After their bowling attack bundled Delhi out for 90, the Karnataka batsmen helped the team to a comfortable 324-run lead before being bowled out for 414 on the second day. While CM Gautam remained not out on 63, Karun Nair and MK Abbas too posted half-centuries on the second day. These efforts were supplemented by valuable contributions from rest of the lineup to build on the advantage given by the bowlers and set-up the match for Karnataka.

Vidarbha vs Assam in Trivandrum:
Vidarbha 1st inn 254/3 in 90 overs (G Satish 93*, SR Ramaswamy 83, F Fazal 44, S Purkayastha 3/86)
No play on Day 2.

Jharkhand vs Team Rajasthan in Vadodara:
Jharkhand 1st inn 209/10 in 73.5 overs (K Singh 56, I Jaggi 49, Pankaj Singh 5/60); Team Rajasthan 1st inn 207/10 in 83.2 overs (M Singh 50, V Saxena 50, S Nadeem 7/74); Jharkhand 2nd inn 73/2 in 18 overs (V Singh 35, P Singh 33, A Choudhary 1/13, Pankaj Singh 1/24) Lead by 75 runs.

While the openers – M Singh and Vineet Saxena scored half-centuries the rest of the lineup succumbed to the Shahbaz Nadeem-led attack.

The spinner claimed seven for 74 as he bowled Jharkhand to a two-run first innings lead. Ashok Menaria was the only other Team Rajasthan batsman who made a valuable contribution of 42 even as the Jharkhand bowlers dealt crucial blows to bowl the side out for 207.

With A Choudhary and Pankaj Singh then picking up a wicket each, Jharkhand were 73 for two at the end of day’s play.

Prajakta Pawar
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