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Although the rain in Dharamsala kept Sarfaraz Khan waiting in his pursuit of the second successive triple ton, there was a lot of action on the second day of the seventh round of the Ranji Trophy 2019-20.
Here’s how the action unfolded on Tuesday:
Bengal, who were all out for 318, struck late in the day and pushed Delhi on the back foot at the Eden Gardens. Going into the final over of the day, Delhi were 192/4 but Shahbaz Ahmed struck, on what turned out to be the last two balls of the day, twice in as many balls to reduce Delhi to 192/6.
In Kolkata, hundreds from Taruwar Kohli (127) and KB Pawan (129*) helped Mizoram take a first-innings lead against Nagaland. The two joined forces when Mizoram were 61/2 and went on to add 227 runs together as their team ended the second day at 318/3, leading Nagaland by 75 runs.
In Ongole, D B Prashanth Kumar’s played a big role as Andhra managed to surpass Kerala’s first-innings total of 162 and secured a 93-run lead before being bowled out for 255.
Maharashtra too secured a first-innings lead of 87 runs over Tripura on the back of fifties from Ankit Bawane and Vishant More. Tripura, who were bowled out for 121 in the first innings, showed some fight in the second innings. Pallab Das scored an unbeaten 70 while skipper Milind Kumar chipped in with 46* as Tripura ended the second day at 166/3.
In Patna, skipper Ashutosh Aman, who had scored 72 to guide Bihar to 208, contributed with the ball on the second day. Aman picked up three wickets while Shivam Kumar scalped four wickets as Bihar bowled out Meghalaya for 179 to secure the first-innings lead. Bihar managed to extend their overall lead to 96 runs after ending the day at 67/2.
While Aditya Thakare picked up five wickets and Umesh Yadav scalped three wickets, Gujarat rode on captain and wicketkeeper Parthiv Patel’s 58 and Chirag Gandhi’s unbeaten 49 to secure a first-innings lead of 69 runs. The Gujarat bowlers then added to Vidarbha’s woes, reducing them to 25/4 before skipper Faiz Fazal and Akshay Wadkar added 64 runs together, taking Vidarbha to 89/4 at stumps.
Ravi Kiran picked up four wickets as Hyderabad, despite being bowled out for 171, took a first-innings lead of 36 runs against Rajasthan. However, Rajasthan struck back with the ball and left Hyderabad reeling at 101/6 before stumps.
In Indore, Uttar Pradesh were reduced to 46/7 against Madhya Pradesh before Saurabh Kumar, with his unbeaten 98, led his side’s stirring fightback. He was ably supported by Rinku Singh, who scored 53. However, Madhya Pradesh still managed to secure a 14-run lead after bowling out Uttar Pradesh for 216.
Ravi Yadav, who had picked up a hat-trick on the first day of the match, went on to complete a five-wicket haul. Madhya Pradesh then ended the day two at 105/3.
Railways continued their recovery against Karnataka on the back of fifties from Arindam Ghosh and Avinash Yadav as the play resumed after the rain hampered the proceedings during the first two sessions of the day. The two had joined forces when Railways were 45/6 and added 97 runs together before Ronit More dismissed Yadav for 62. At the close of play, Railways were 160/7.
In Vadodara, it was the bowlers who continued to make merry. Saurashtra, who resumed the day’s play at 114/6, were bowled out for 142 as Baroda secured a 12-run lead.
In response, Baroda’s Deepak Hooda and Yusuf Pathan scored 52 and 46 runs respectively, but Jaydev Unadkat picked up his second six-wicket haul of the match as Saurashtra restricted Baroda to 187. Saurahstra ended the second day at 23/2, needing 177 runs more to secure a win.
In Cuttack, meanwhile, Odisha gained an upper hand over Assam. While there were no centurions, five batsmen scored half-centuries as Odisha posted 436 runs on the board, batting first, before scalping three Assam wickets for 59 runs.
In the Group C clash in Palam, Raushan Raj’s 75-run cameo helped Services recover from 162/8 to score 279 against Jharkhand. Rahul Shukla picked up seven wickets for Jharkhand. Raj and Diwesh Pathania then got three wickets each as Services reduced Jharkhand to 145/9 before stumps.
In Porvorim, Goa took massive strides to secure a big win against Arunachal Pradesh. On Monday, Sumiran Amonkar and Vaibhav Govekar had scored hundreds and on the second day, Smit Patel and Amit Verma followed suit as Goa, who resumed the day’s play at the overnight score of 376/2, declared at 589/2.
Goa then bundled out Arunachal Pradesh for 83 as Darshan Misal and Verma picked up four and three wickets respectively. Verma then added three more wickets to his tally as Goa, after enforcing the follow-on, reduced Arunachal Pradesh to 19/3 before stumps.
In Bhubaneshwar, meanwhile, Sikkim scored 266 runs in the second innings following Iqbal Abdulla’s 71 and Palzor’s 50. Manipur, who had to negotiate five overs before stumps, scored 7 runs without losing a wicket. They need 338 runs more to beat Sikkim.
The entire day’s play was washed out in four matches - Chandigarh versus Pondicherry, Uttarakhand versus Haryana, Mumbai versus Himachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir versus Chhattisgarh.