Ranji Trophy: Akash Deep’s five-for rocks Haryana

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Skipper Himmat Singh (65*) and Vaibhav Rawal (68*) led the charge for Delhi as they took an innings lead against Mumbai

IMAGE: Skipper Himmat Singh (65*) and Vaibhav Rawal (68*) led the charge for Delhi as they took an innings lead against Mumbai. Photo: BCCI Domestic/Twitter

Pacer Akash Deep took an amazing five-wicket haul as Bengal bowled out Haryana for a paltry 163 to take a handsome 256-run lead in the first innings on day two of their Ranji Trophy Group A match at Rohtak on Wednesday.

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After posting a huge score in the first innings of 419 on a challenging Lahli pitch, Bangladeshi bowlers led by Akash Deep (5/61), Ishan Porel (2/29), Mukesh Kumar (1/41) and Pradipta Pramanik (1/19) put on an impressive showing to join the hosts in 63 overs.

Earlier, resuming the day with a score of 335 for 6, Anustup Majumdar and Pradipta added 19 runs in the morning session and 58 runs for the seventh wicket before their partnership ended.

Anustup managed to add eight runs to his overnight tally as his magnificent innings ended on 145 (245 balls; 14x4s).

After his dismissal, stragglers Akash Deep (22), Mukesh (17) and Ishan (14 not out) added crucial partnerships to keep the total above 400 points.

For Haryana, skipper Harshal Patel took 4/80.

In response, Chaitanya Bishnoi (28) and Yuvraj Singh (14) ensured that Haryana got off to a positive start.

But Akash Deep sacked Yuvraj in the 20th to open the floodgates for Bengal.

It was one way traffic from then on as Akash Deep, Mukesh and Ishan dominated the show in a fine display of tempo bowling.

From 69 for 5 in 32 overs, Haryana’s no. 7 Sumit Kumar didn’t play out a 70 fight turn to add some crucial points for against the turn of events.

Akash Deep completed his second five-wicket haul in first-class cricket by sacking Ajit Chahal.

Then Sumit played smart with no. 11 Aman Kumar to sew a 63-run partnership for the last wicket before the last ran out.

Short scores:

At Rohtak: Bengal 419 in 113.4 overs (Anustup Majumdar 145, Abhimanyu Easwaran 57, Abhishek Porel 49; Harshal Patel 4/80, Ajit Chahal 3/76, Sumit Kumar 2/85) vs Haryana 163 in 52 overs (Sumit Kumar 70 not off) off; Akash Deep 5/61, Ishan Porel 2/29). Haryana 256 run course.

At Meerut: Odisha 226 in 87 overs (Shantanu Mishra 109, Rajesh Dhuper 62, Abhishek Raut 43; Kunal Yadav 5/47, Karthikeya Jaiswal 2/26, Shivam Mavi 2/46) vs Uttar Pradesh 257/4 in 68 overs (Priyam Garg 122, Rinku Singh 73 at bat, Dhruv Jurel 44; Suryakant Pradhan 3/49). UP leads by 31 runs.

At Dehradun: Baroda 86 and 101/3 in 40 overs (Vishnu Solanki 21 at bat) vs Uttarakhand 199 in 77.4 overs (Swapnil Singh 63, Akhil Rawat 45; Ninad Rathva 4/19, Babashafi Pathan 2/44). Baroda course with 12 runs.

At Nadaun: Himachal Pradesh 346 in 104.5 overs (Ankit Kalsi 160, Mayank Dagar 58, Nikhil Gangta 41, Rishi Dhawan 40; Imliwati Lemtur 5/74, Nagaho Chishi 2/58) vs Nagaland 186/5 in 61 overs (Rongsen Jonathan 67 at bat, Hokaito Zhimomi 41; Vinay Galetiya 3/57). Nagaland trail with 160 descents.

Rawal, Singh gives Delhi first innings lead over Mumbai

New Delhi: Vaibhav Rawal hit a fine century, while skipper Himmat Singh returned to class with a fifty as Delhi took a crucial first innings lead over Mumbai in a Group B Ranji Trophy match here on Wednesday.

After bowling Mumbai for 293 in their first innings on Tuesday, Delhi rode off the fine strokes of Rawal and Singh to reach 316 for 7, a lead of 23 runs on the second day of the four-day match.

But the start was far from rosy for Delhi as they lost both openers – Vaibhav Sharma and Dhruv Shorey – early.

Hrithik Shokeen made a hit filled 45 off 60 balls.

But IPL specialist Nitish Rana and Shokeen fell in quick succession as Delhi fell to 88 for 4.

Then Rawal and skipper Singh joined hands and carried Delhi forward with a stand of 195 fifth wicket.

But just as Singh was looking dangerous, he was skipped from Shams Mulani’s bowling alley by Prasad Pawar in the 80th.

Rawal, who made 114 off 195 balls using 16 boundaries, soon followed, bowled by Mulani.

Delhi lost another wicket in the form of wicket-keeper Anuj Rawat (14).

At stumps on the second day, Pranshu Vijayran (4 not out) and Divij Mehra (8 not out) were in the fold.

Short scores:

In Delhi: Mumbai 293 vs Delhi 316 for 7 in 90 overs (Vaibhav Rawal 114, Himmat Singh 85; Mohit Avasthi 2/42).

In Rajkot: Andhra 415 all out in 141.3 overs (Ashwin Hebbar 109, Ricky Bhui 80; Dharmendrasinh Jadeja 3/137) vs Saurashtra 122 for 3 in 31 overs (Sheldon Jackson 63 not out; Nitish Kumar Reddy 2/26) .

In Chennai: Tamil Nadu 540 all out in 132.3 overs (Pradosh Ranjan Paul 153, Narayan Jagadeesan 125, Vijay Shankar 112; Riyan Parag 4/101) vs Assam 120 for 4 in 45 overs (Riyan Parag 48; Ajith Ram 2 /41) .

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In Pune: Maharashtra 385 all out in 96.2 overs (Naushad Shaikh 152, Kedar Jadhav 71; Kartikeya Kak 7/91) vs Hyderabad 176 for 5 in 75 overs (Rohit Rayudu 68, Rahul Radesh 55; Pradeep Dadhe 2/36 ).

Agarwal leads Karnataka’s reply after Kerala 342 post in the first innings

Thiruvananthapuram: Skipper Mayank Agarwal hit an unbeaten 87 to lead Karnataka, replying to Kerala’s 342 in the first innings on day two of their Ranji Trophy Elite Group C match here on Wednesday.

The home side resumed the night’s 224 for 6 and added 118 extra points to the tally, with veteran Jalaj Saxena scoring a crucial half-century (57).

Sachin Baby, hitting 113 at stumps on day 1, advanced to 141 before becoming leg spinner Shreyas Gopal’s second wicket.

Although Baby and Saxena were dismissed before Kerala reached 300, skipper Sijomon Joseph (24) with help from No.11 Nidheesh MD (22, 2x4s, 1×6) made the team reach 342.

It was a good recovery from Kerala after being reduced to six for three thanks to Baby’s third ton of the ongoing Ranji season and Saxena’s knock.

India Test bowled out Agarwal then overcame the early loss of fellow opener R Samarth (0) to forge an 89-run stand for the second wicket with Devdutt Padikkal (29) to lay a good foundation for the visiting team .

Agarwal hit four boundaries and three sixes in his unbeaten 87 as Karnataka finished the day 137 for 2, still trailing Kerela by 205 runs.

Short scores:

In Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala 342 all out in 130.1 overs (Sachin Baby 141, Jalaj Saxena 57, Vathsal Govind 46; V Koushik 6/54) vs Karnataka 137 for 2 in 49 overs (Mayank Agarwal 87 at bat, Devdutt Padikkal 29) .

In Pondicherry: Pondicherry 231 all out in 91.4 overs (KB Arun Karthick 68, Paras K Dogra 68, Aravind K 31; Ashish Kumar 3/34, Anukul Roy 3/78) vs Jharkhand 250 for 3 in 84 overs (Virat Singh 79 at bat, Saurabh Tiwary 58 at bat, Kumar Suraj 45; Sagar P Udeshi 3/93).

In New Delhi: Services 175 all out in 59.2 overs (Pulkit Nagar 52, LS Kumar 32; Vijesh Prabhudesai 3/39) vs Goa 281 for 5 in 18 overs (KD Eknath 85 at bat 180, Manthan Khutkar 82, Darshan Misal 58 at bat; Pulkit Narang 3/77).

In Jodhpur: Rajasthan 360 all out in 93 overs (Samarpit Joshi 123, Mahipal Lomror 47, MJ Suthar 64 not out, SS Dhiwan 41; Ravi Kiran 4/108, Vasudev Bareth 3/68) vs Chhattisgarh 198 for 9 in 77 overs (Ajay Mandal 48, Vasudev Bareth 42, Aniket Choudhary 4/25, MJ Suthar 3/45).

Siddharth Desai spins out Vidarbha and puts Gujarat in sight of profit

Nagpur: Left arm spinner Siddharth Desai shone with a six wicket haul to put Gujarat on the brink of victory against Vidarbha on the second day of their Ranji Trophy Group D match here on Wednesday.

In an action-packed day, Gujarat restarted on 188 for five before being bowled out for 256 to give the visiting side a 182-run lead.

Aarya Desai (88) and Bhargav Merai (40) were the main contributors to Gujarat’s total, while left arm spinner Aditya Sarwate (5/64) was the best bowler for Vidarbha.

In the second innings, Jitesh Sharma (69) top-scored for the home side with useful contributions from Atharva Taide (44), Nachiket Bhute (42) and Akshay Wadkar (34), but they were bowled out for 254 in 65.5 overs .

Siddharth, 22, did the star for Gujarat and took six wickets including Wadkar, Bhute and Sanjay Ramaswamy (18).

Needing 73 runs for victory, Gujarat stood at 6 for 1, losing Priyesh Patel for a duck. The visitors need 67 more runs for an outright victory.

Meanwhile, Punjab in Mohali had defending champions Madhya Pradesh in trouble, reducing them to 150 for 6 at stumps on day two after piling 443, thanks to an excellent double barrel from Nehal Wadhera (214).

Short scores:

At Nagpur: Vidarbha 74 all-out in 30.3 overs (Tejas Patel 5/19, Chintan Gaja 5/31) and 254 all-out in 65.5 overs (JM Sharma 69, Atharva Taide 44; SA Desai 6/74 ) vs Gujarat 256 all out in 70.1 overs (Aarya Desai 88, BH Merai 40; AA Sarvate 5/64) and 6 for 1.

At Mohali: Punjab 443 all out in 116.2 overs (Nehal Wadhera 214, Anmolpreet Singh 124; Puneet Dubey 3/91) vs Madhya Pradesh 150 for 6 in 54.4 overs (Yash Dubey 50, Shubham Sharma 50; Abhishek Sharma 2/26, Mayank Markande 2/37).

At Jammu: Jammu & Kashmir 241 for 3 over 103 overs (Abhinav Puri 121, Shubham Khajuria 53, Vivrant Sharma 55) vs Tripura.

In Chandigarh: Railways 386 all out in 108.1 overs (Vivek Singh 108, Upendra, Yadav 113, Karn Sharma 30; Sandeep Sharma 6/116) vs Chandigarh 212 for 2 in 67 overs (Manan Vohra 113 at bat, Kunal Mahajan 66 at bat).

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