With two days left, Delhi, Punjab and Mumbai posted huge first innings scores to put their opponents under pressure.
New Delhi: Seamer Sumit Narwal dismissed in-form Sridharan Sriram in the final hour of the second day as Assam scored 118 for two in reply to Delhi's challenging first innings score of 472 in a fifth round Ranji Trophy Super League Group-A match being played at the Roshnara ground.
With two days left, Delhi coach Manoj Prabhakar would fancy that his wards will stick to a disciplined line on a track that will definitely help the pace trio of Narwal, Pawan Suyal and Pradeep Sangwan as Assam still need 355 runs to gain first innings lead.
Assam's outstation pros Sriram (44) and opener Dheeraj Jadhav (42 batting) added 95 runs for the second wicket after left-arm pacer Suyal dismissed opener Shib Shankar Roy (10) as the ball jumped on him as he snicked it to wicketkeeper Puneet Bisht.
Jadhav and Sriram, especially the latter, scored some quick runs off the new ball with some good shots as well as a few streaky boundaries.
Just when it looked like that they would survive the new ball, Sriram shouldered arms to a Narwal delivery that moved in a shade late to clip the off stump bail.
Earlier, it was Pradeep Sangwan's (76) lusty hitting and his ninth-wicket partnership of 72 with Vikash Mishra (4) helped Delhi reach a commanding score of 472 after they had slumped to 400 for eight from 381 for five.
Skipper Mithun Manhas (124) and Mayank Tehlan (83) started the day at 332 for five and took the score to 381 before medium pacer Ranjit Mali (3/129) breached through the defences of Manhas.
Coach Prabhakar is hopeful that if they can get rid of Jadhav and Amol, Delhi will definitely have the upperhand on Friday.
Himachal Pradesh vs Karnataka
Left-arm pacer Sreenath Arvind and Stuart Binny wreaked havoc with the ball to bowl out Himachal Pradesh for 199 before the home team bounced back to reduce Karnataka to 73 for four in their second essay in the Super League Group-B match.
Arvind (4/50) and Binny (3/22) broke the backbone of Himachal innings, accounting for seven opposition batsmen after the hosts were off to a decent start in reply to Karnataka's modest first innings score of 254.
At stumps on day two of the four-day encounter, an outright result is very much on the cards with Karnataka losing four of their top-order batsmen in the second innings for just 73, thereby ensuring an overall lead of 128 runs with six wickets in hand and two full days' play still remaining.
Young Manish Pandey (26) and Amit Verma (20) were holding the fort for Karnataka in the second innings with an unbeaten 40-run stand after they were reduced to 33 for four at one stage.
Left-arm medium pacer Mohinderraj Sharma, who returned with a five-wicket haul in Karnataka's first innings, continued his fine showing with the ball, accounting for two rival batsmen giving away 18 runs, while Vikramjeet Malik and Rishi Dhawan scalped a wicket each.
Karnataka: First innings 254, second innings 73 for four (Manish Pandey 26, Amit Verma 20; Mohinderraj Sharma 2/18)
Himachal Pradesh: First innings 199 all out (Hemant Dogra 45, Manvinder Bisla 33; Arvind 4/50, Binny 3/22)
Uttar Pradesh vs Haryana
A brilliant six-wicket haul by Bhuvneshwar Kumar could not save the day for Uttar Pradesh as Haryana overhauled the home team's first innings total and scalped three wickets at stumps on the second day of their Super League Group-B match.
Resuming at overnight score of 84 for no loss, Haryana openers Nitin Saini (66) and Rahul Dewan (76) completed their respective half centuries but Kumar's fierce spell helped UP to restrict the visitors to 272.
Kumar broke the 109-run partnership between the openers, trapping Nitin in front of the wicket and then had Sunny Singh (30) caught behind by Amir Khan.
Kumar came back again to haunt Hayana, removing opener Dewan caught by Amir. The Kanpur lad also accounted for Manav Kumar (35), Sachin Rana (16) and Yuzvendra Chahal (0) in his 30.5 overs.
However, Haryana batsmen still managed to enjoy a healthy 105 runs first innings lead and then their bowlers responded well to reduce UP to 68 for three in 24 overs in their second essay.
Tanmay Srivastava (33) and skipper Mohammad Kaif (11) were at the crease at the draw of stumps at the Mohan Meakins Cricket Stadium.
Uttar Pradesh: First innings 167, second innings 68/3 (Tanmay Srivastava 33; Joginder Sharma 3/31)
Haryana: First innings 272 all out (Nitin Saini 66, Rahul Dewan 76; B Kumar 6/77)
Tamil Nadu vs Bengal
The second day's play between Tamil Nadu and Bengal in the Elite Group A was called off after overnight rains made the pitch and outfield soggy.
The first day's play was also called off due to heavy rains on Wednesday without a ball being bowled.
With bright sunshine and clear sky prevailing since morning on Friday, the teams can hope that the match would commence on Friday.
Orissa vs Punjab
Skipper Pankaj Dharmani and Uday Kaul struck centuries as Punjab batted its way to a mammoth 550 for seven declared against Orissa on the second day of their Super League match.
Punjab batsmen continued the run glut and batted the side to a position of strength against the hosts at the East Coast Railway Sports Association ground.
The hosts were 25 for no loss at stumps with Natraj Behera (17) and Paresh Patel (8) at the crease.
Dharmani scored 103 runs before being retired hurt while left-handed Kaul came up with a knock of 118, the best effort from his side.
The two overnight batsmen shared a 187-run stand for the fourth wicket after resuming the day at 277 for three.
Basanth Mohanty was the most successful bowler for Orissa with his four-wicket haul.
Punjab: First innings 550/7 declared (S Kanwar 104, U Kaul 118, P Dharmani 103; B Mohanty 4/97)
Orissa: First innings 25/0 (N Behera 17 batting, P Patel 8 batting)
Gujarat vs Mumbai
Riding on centuries by skipper Wasim Jaffer (169 not out) and Ajinkya Rahane (126), Mumbai posted a mammoth 544 for three declared and then reduced Gujarat to 121 for two at end of the second's days play in their Super League Group-A match.
At stumps, Niraj Patel was unbeaten on 60 with Parthiv Patel (17) giving him company.
On day two, Rahane and Jaffer shared a 111-run stand to put Mumbai in a commanding position.
Rahane, resuming at personal score of 54 and Jaffer at 47, left the host bowlers grasping for breath as the duo held on to their wickets and launched an all-out attack.
Jaffer also shared another valuable partnership of 150 runs with Rohit Sharma before declaring the first innings at 544.
Replying to Mumbai's massive first innings total, Gujarat lost Priyank Panchal (7) early.
Rikin Chauhan (28) and Niraj Patel managed to rebuild the innings but soon Abhishek Nayyar sent the former packing to leave the hosts struggling at 86 for two.
However, Niraj along with Parthiv made sure that Gujarat do not lose any more wicket on the day.
Mumbai: First innings 544 for three declared (Wasim Jaffer 169 not out, Ajinkya Rahane 126, Onkar Gurav 89, Sahil Kukreja 81; Ishwar Choudhary 2/115)
Gujarat: First innings 121 for (Niraj Patel batting 60, Abhishek Nayar 1/13)
Saurashtra vs Railways
Saurashtra reached 107 for one in reply to Railways' first innings score of 415 at the end of second day's play of the Ranji Trophy Super League (Group A) match being played at Rajkot.
At stumps, opener Sagar Jogiyani (58 batting, 118 balls, 12x4) and veteran Sitanshu Kotak (34 batting) added 87 runs for the unbeaten second wicket partnership.
The only batsman to be dismissed was opener Chirag Pathak (12) caught by Sanjay Bangar off pacer Anureet Singh's bowling.
Earlier, 38-year old Bangar notched up his 14th first-class century in his 147th appearance as Railways reached 415 starting the day at 233 for four. Bangar hit 16 boundaries and a six in his 262 ball-knock.
Railways: 415 (F Fazal 107, S Bangar 104, J Unadkat 4/82, K Makvana 4/132).
Saurashtra 107/1 (S Jogiyani 58 batting, S Kotak 34 batting).