Ranji Round 5 Day 2: Punjab take victory

Gurkeerat Singh's five wickets helped his team bowl Andhra out for 147 in the second innings, as Punjab gained their win inside two days in Patiala.

Gurkeerat Singh took five wickets to peg Andhra back on Day Two in Patiala.   -  Akhilesh Kumar

In an eventful contest at the Dhruve Pandove Stadium in Patiala, Punjab wrapped up a seven-wicket victory against Andhra on the second day. A nine-wicket match haul from off-spinner Gurkeerat Singh and a half-century from opener Jiwanjot Singh were the standout performances from the home team, who had their fair share of stutters in the course of the topsy-turvy match.

Punjab took a lead of 67 runs when they were bowled out for 147, 13 overs into the day. Andhra, then, collapsed a second time in two days, scoring 133, to set a target of 67, which was reached by Punjab for the loss of three wickets.

Gurkeerat, a member of the India squad in the recently concluded One-Day International (ODI) series against South Africa, demolished the middle and lower order of Andhra, claiming five for 38, his best figures in First-Class cricket. Only four of Andhra’s batsmen reached double figures: openers Srikar Bharat and Prasanth Kumar, who combined to put on 53 for the first wicket, and middle-order batsmen A.G. Pradeep and K.V. Sasikanth.

In Group A, Rajasthan’s crumbling innings was repaired by middle-order batsman Rajat Bhatia, who scored 99, as his team ended the second day against Karnataka seven down and trailing by 62 runs.

Karnataka, resuming their first innings at 270 for 8, were bowled out for 281 within four overs of the first session. Their seamers, then, combined to hurt Rajasthan’s top order. Struggling at 48 for 4, Bhatia struck useful stands with Puneet Yadav, Dishant Yagnik and No. 8 Deepak Chahar, but his wicket in the penultimate over of the day gave Karnataka the advantage.

Scores:

Group A

Rajasthan 219 for 7 (Rajat Bhatia 99) trail Karnataka 281 by 62 runs, in Jaipur

Haryana 186 for 8 (Rohit Sharma 52 not out, Kumar 4 for 49) trail Bengal 329 by 143 runs in Rohtak

Maharashtra 144 for 6 (Gugale 42) trail Vidarbha 332 by 188 runs in Nagpur

Delhi 245 for 7 (Kumar 59, Shorey 42, Gambhir 41, Pradhan 4 for 83) vs Odisha in Bhubaneswar

Group B

Punjab 147 and 67 for 3 beat Andhra 80 and 133 (Gurkeerat 5 for 38) by seven wickets in Patiala

Tamil Nadu 129 for 7 (Cheluvaraj 63 not out, Ghosh 48, Crist 4 for 42) trail Tamil Nadu 328 by 199 runs in New Delhi

Uttar Pradesh 273 and 163 for 7 (Sharma 66, Patel 4 for 54) lead Gujarat 100 (Praveen Kumar 5 for 16, Saurabh Kumar 5 for 37) by 336 runs in Valsad

Baroda 188 for 4 (Waghmode 64 not out, Hooda 51) trail Madhya Pradesh 269 by 81 runs in Vadodara

Group C

Saurashtra 264 (Barot 66, Jani 47, Dodia 42, Khalid 5 for 74, Pathania 4 for 72) lead Services 254 by 10 runs in New Delhi

Hyderabad 113 for 2 (Agarwal 57) trail Jammu and Kashmir 460 by 347 runs in Hyderabad

Himachal Pradesh 259 for 3 (Bains 114, Chopra 101) trail Tripura 285 by 26 runs in Dharamsala

Goa 141 for 2 (Asnodkar 67 not out) vs Jharkhand in Jamshedpur

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