Kolkata: After Rajat Bhatia slammed an unbeaten 163 to help Delhi post 392 all out in their first innings, Bengal struggled to reach 84 for four at the end of day two of their Ranji Trophy Elite Division Group B match here on Wednesday.
The Delhi all-rounder in IPL, Bhatia, spent about seven hours at the crease, hitting 22 fours and a six during his unbeaten 304-ball knock. He also shared a match-turning 132 runs ninth-wicket partnership with rookie number 10 batsman Manoj Chauhan (28).
After resuming at an overnight total of 252 for eight, Bhatia and Chauhan put up 114 runs on day two even as Bengal bowlers struggled to get a breakthrough. Playing his fourth first-class match, 19-year-old Chauhan was at his defiant best as he faced 151 deliveries to score his 28 runs, giving the veteran Delhi player a fine support.
Thereafter left-arm pacer Pradeep Sangwan (2/16) rocked Bengal batting line-up with two wickets in three balls. Veteran batsman Sourav Ganguly (11) was at the crease, along with former skipper Manoj Tiwary (24).
Brief Scores: Delhi 392 in 138.1 overs (Rajat Bhatia 163 not out, Shikhar Dhawan 76; Ashok Dinda 4/89, Iresh Saxena 3/72).
Bengal 84 for 4 in 22.4 overs (Manoj Tiwary batting 24, Sourav Ganguly 11 batting; Pradeep Sangwan 2/16).
Mukund slams double hundred for Tamil Nadu against Gujarat
At Ahmedabad, Abhinav Mukund slammed a double hundred while Dinesh Karthik and K Vasudevadas scored a century each as Tamil Nadu piled up a mammoth 693 for eight on day two of their match against Gujarat.
Resuming on their overnight score of 288 for two, Tamil Nadu dominated the show all day as Mukund notched up a monumental 220 off 349 balls, an effort that came in 430 minutes and included 34 boundaries and two sixes. Karthik and Vasudevadas also feasted on Gujarat bowlers, scoring 135 (216 balls) and 105 (150) respectively, on what appeared to be a flat track at the Sardar Patel Stadium at Motera.
While Karthik's 217-minute knock was laced with 15 fours and two sixes, Vasudevadas hit 13 boundaries during the 222 minutes he was at the crease. S Badrinath, too, had scored 102 on Tuesday.
Ramaswamy Prasanna contributed 69 as the visitors scored more than 400 runs on the second day of this Group B match. For the second day running, Gujarat bowlers toiled on the field, and their figures reflect that. Barring Jasel Karia, who returned figures of three for 86, all others struggled.
Brief scores: Tamil Nadu 1st innings: 693/8 in 180 overs (Mukund 220, Karthik 135, Vasudevadas 105, Badrinath 102; Karia 3/86).
Punjab in control against Karnataka
At Bangalore, Riding on Mayank Sidhana's 92-run knock, Punjab posted 357 all out in their first innings before reducing Karnataka to 183 for five to take an upper hand on day two of their match at the M Chinnaswamy stadium here.
Karnataka now require another 177 runs to avoid conceding the first innings lead with Stuart Binny batting on 69 and CM Gautam on 40.
Replying to visitors' first innings total of 357, Karnataka lost in-form opener Robin Uthappa to the first ball of the innings. K B Pawan (32), who has been in good nick right through the season, along with skipper Ganesh Sathish (23) then raised 50 runs for the second wicket before the latter was caught by Mayank Sidhana off Bipul Sharma.
Thereafter Punjab struck three successive blows, removing Bharat Chipli (14), Amit Verma (4) and Pawan, to leave Karnataka reeling at 100 for five. Binny and Gautam steadied the ship and put up an unbeaten 83-run stand together for the sixth wicket till the stumps were drawn.
Earlier, Punjab, resuming at an overnight total of 278 for four, failed to consolidate the start provided by their top-order batsmen.
Brief scores: Punjab 1st innings: 357 all out in 114.3 overs (Mayank Sidhana 92; N Aiyappa 3/49).
Karnataka 1st innings: 183 for five in 64 overs (Stuart Binny batting 69, CM Gautam batting 40; Bipul Sharma 2/35).
Rajasthan in command against Saurashtra
At Jaipur, Impressive bowling by seamer Pankaj Singh (4 for 49) helped Rajasthan reduce Saurashtra to 215 for 7 in reply to their first innings score of 396 in their penultimate Ranji Tropy match at the Sawai Man Singh Stadium.
Debutant Rituraj Singh also contributed with two for 68, while veteran Sumit Mathur picked up one for 40.
It was Pankaj who got the first breakthrough, by having Chirag Pathak (15) caught in the slips by Aakash Chopra, and then medium-pacer Sumit Mathur came into act, getting one through defence of Sagar Jogiyani (8) as the visitors went to lunch at 55 for 2. Cheteshwar Pujara (78), coming back from injury, and Bhushan Chauhan (71) steadied Saurashtra's innings with a 126-run partnership for the third wicket and the visitors were placed at 145 for 2, at tea.
The last session saw Rajasthan striking back, capturing five wickets for 70 runs. The rookie Rituraj started the slide with a twin strike. He got one nip back to shatter the stumps of Chauhan (71) and then had skipper Jaidev Shah (6) caught by Bisht.
Pankaj came into act and got one through the defence of Pujara and then removed the stodgy Shitangshu Kotak (10) and Sandeep Maniar (7) to peg back the visitors, who ended the day at 215 for 7. The visitors are still trailing by 181 runs with Kamlesh Makvana and Jayesh Odedara at the crease.
Brief Scores: Rajasthan 396 (Vineet Saxena 127, Puneet Yadav 108, Jaidev Unadkat 5/71).
Saurashtra 215/7 (Cheteshwar Pujara 78, Bhushan Chauhan 71, Pankaj Singh 4/49).
Sudhindra's four wickets put MP on top against Haryana
At Rohtak, TP Sudhindra's four wickets spelt disaster for Haryana as they were struggling at 22 for five in reply to Madhya Pradesh's first innings total of 487 on second day of their Group B match here.
After Naman Ojha (160) and Devendra Bundela (112) helped MP post a solid total, Sudhindra wreaked havoc to push the hosts on the back foot.
With Haryana's top order back into the pavillion, they now face an uphill task of avoiding the follow-on, for which they still require 315 runs. At stumps on day two, Sachin Rana was batting on four, while Harshal Patel was yet to open his account.
Earlier, resuming at an overnight total of 278 for three, MP lost Udit Birla (36) early after he could only add seven more runs to his previous day's score.
However, Madhya Pradesh skipper Bundela, who resumed his innings on 25, went on to hit a century.
Bundela and Murtaza Ali stitched 157 runs together for the fifth wicket before the former fell for a well-made 112 off 279 balls, studded with 15 fours and a six. Ali also departed shortly after his partner's dismissal, having hit a valuable 198-ball 72, including 10 fours. For Haryana, Ashish Hooda (4/117) was the pick of the bowlers.
Brief scores: MP 1st innings: 487 all out in 163.3 overs (Naman Ojha 160, Devendra Bundela 112; Ashish Hooda 4/11).
Haryana 1st innings: 22 for five in 13 overs (Nitin Saini 13; TP Sudhindra 4/11).
Jaffer, Shah take Mumbai to 414-9 against UP on day 2
At Lucknow, Wasim Jaffer and Hiken Shah hit twin half-centuries to help Mumbai reach 414 for nine at stumps against Uttar Pradesh on the second day of their Group A match.
Jaffer scored 55 in 104 balls with the help of five fours, while Shah came up with a 114-ball 56 studded with six boundaries to take Mumbai close to the 400-mark at Dr Akhilesh Das Stadium here. Murtaza Hussain (11) and Aavishkar Salvi (2) were at the crease at the draw of stumps here.
Resuming at 203/3, night watchman Dhawal Kulkarni scored 38 and added 100 runs with Jaffer for the fourth wicket before being removed by Imtiyaz Ahmed. Wickets tumbled inbetween but Shah and Hussain ensured they don't spoil the hard work and stitched 53 runs for the ninth wicket to consolidate Mumbai's position here.
For UP, Ahmed was the peak of the bowlers with three wickets, while Bhuveneshwar Kumar, Piyush Chawla, Arish Alam took two scalps each.
Brief Score: Mumbai first innings: 414/9 in 134 overs (S Marathe 102, W Jaffer 55, H Shah 56; I Ahmed 3/50).
Steady reply by Orissa after Rawat ton takes Railways to 379
At New Delhi, Wicket-keeper batsman Mahesh Rawat scored second century of the season as Railways scored a respectable 379 in their first innings against minnows Orissa in their match at the Karnail Singh Stadium here.
In reply, Orissa openers Subhrajit Sahoo (60 not out) and Paresh Patel (41 not out) batted steadily to end the day at 108 for no loss. The ball is still keeping low and there is some turn on offer which makes home team favourites to get at least three points.
However, India discard Murali Kartik, who send down eight overs today, hardly troubled the batsmen as he bowled to a wrong line. Although he was allowed to bowl from his preferred end, he couldn't land the ball on the rough patch created at the pavilion end as both openers time and again dispatched him to the boundary. Left-handed Patel also hit him over mid-wicket for a huge six.
Sahoo who played a free-flowing knock was lucky when his mistimed pull-shot was dropped by Anureet Singh at mid-wicket off leggie Karan Sharma's very first delivery. It was a rank long hop but Anureet couldn't latch onto the chance.
Brief Scores: Railways 379 in 144.4 overs (Mahesh Rawat 103, Shiva Kant Shukla 97, Ashish Yadav 68, Bipalb Samantray 3/62). Orissa 108/0 (Subhrajit Sahoo 60 batting, Paresh Patel 41 batting).