New Delhi: Ravindra Jadeja scored his second fifty of the match as Saurashtra gained the upper hand against Bengal on day two of the Ranji Trophy Round 6 encounter at Rajkot on Sunday.
Jadeja, who earlier in the day was called up by the Indian selectors for the fourth and last Test against England, was unbeaten on 67 as Saurashtra, in their second innings, closed the day on 134 for 2 with their lead going up to 231 runs.
Earlier, Jadeja shone with the ball as well taking 4 for 48 as Bengal were bowled out for 112 in reply to the hosts’ first innings total of 209 in which Jadeja top-scored with a 70.
Brief Scores: Saurashtra 209 and 132 for 4 (Jadeja 67*) vs Bengal 112 (Manoj Tiwary 55 retire hurt; Jadeja 4/48)
Meanwhile at Mumbai, Punjab placed themselves in firm control. After scoring a mammoth 580 riding on Mandeep Singh’s 211, Punjab got rid of Aditya Tare for 18 as Mumbai closed the day on 69 for 1.
Amitoze Singh kept Mandeep company for a long time with a 91. Harbhajan Singh, who lost his place in India’ squad for the fourth Test, made a 22. Ajit Agarkar was the pick of the Mumbai bowlers with 3 for 95. AA Chavan also took three wickets but conceded 142 runs.
Brief Scores: Punjab 580 (Mandeep 211; Agarkar 3 for 95) vs Mumbai 69 for 1
Rameez Khan smashed 128 as Madhya Pradesh closed the rain-affected day on 342 for 7 against Railways at the Bhubneshwar Rly Ground. AV Rajan was unbeaten on 52 as they eyed 400 runs. For Railways, Sanjay Bangar, KR Upadhyay and Hardik Rathod took two wickets apiece.
Brief Scores: Railways 342 for 7 (Khan 128; Upadhyay 2 for 65) vs Madhya Pradesh
And, in the last Group A match, Gujarat started off well after bowling out Rajasthan for 294 at Ahmedabad. Gujarat were 104 for 1 at stumps with G Samit (43) and BH Merai (28) at the crease.
Hrishikesh Kanitkar scored yet another hundred to help Rajasthan reach a fighting total. He remained unbeaten on 100 and got very little support at the other end. RV Dhruve shone with the ball for the hosts with 6 for 65.
Brief Scores: Gujarat 104/1 (Samit 43) vs Rajasthan 294 (Kanitkar 100; Dhruve 6/65)