Ranji Round 6 Day 2: Uthappa, Agarwal steer Karnataka ahead

Odisha bowling lacked penetration, with the absence of quality spin being evident. The visitor played just the one specialist tweaker in Dhiraj Singh, who bowled a flat trajectory and received purchase.

Robin Uthappa in action.   -  The Hindu

Steady knocks from Robin Uthappa and Mayank Agarwal took Karnataka to a comfortable position in its Ranji Trophy tie against Odisha in Mysuru on Sunday.

Uthappa (83 batting, 181b, 7x4, 1x6) and Mayank (78, 149b, 8x4) ensured that the home side finished the second day with a 23-run first-innings lead, at 255 for three.

Odisha bowling lacked penetration, with the absence of quality spin being evident. The visitor played just the one specialist tweaker in Dhiraj Singh, who bowled a flat trajectory and received purchase.

Resuming at 17 for no loss, Karnataka lost R. Samarth in the opening over. Fellow opener Mayank was circumspect, and in the company of Abhishek Reddy, the two put on 77 runs for the second wicket. Just before lunch, Abhishek fell leg-before to an incoming delivery from Basant Mohanty for a 102-ball 36.

Next-in, Uthappa, who had blazed his way to a whirlwind 160 in his previous knock (against Rajasthan), was in a calmer mood here. He raised his fifty in 111 deliveries, and apart from a thundering straight six off Dhiraj, the rest of the runs came in more traditional fashion.

A second straight fifty-plus score awaited Mayank as well, before he became Mohanty's second victim. The burly pacer bowled a disciplined off-stump line for the majority of his 23 overs, and was unlucky to not record better returns.

After Mayank edged a length ball to the wicketkeeper, it was the turn of Karun Nair to dig in. Another untroubled half-century — the third of the innings — deflated the Odisha side. An undefeated 127-run stand between Uthappa and Karun (52 batting) tightened Karnataka's grip on the match.

“The wicket was a bit two-paced, so we are quite happy with the way we batted. The partnerships kept coming - that was very important,” Mayank said.

Services 105 for no loss in reply to HP’s huge 531

Captain Soumik Chatterjee hit an unbeaten fifty while Aanshul Gupta made 46 to take Services to 105 for no loss in their first innings in reply to Himachal Pradesh’s mammoth 531 on the second day of their four-day Group C Ranji Trophy cricket match in Dharamshala on Sunday.

At stumps, Chatterjee was unbeaten on 57 off 115 deliveries while Gupta was batting on the threshold of a half-century.

Chatterjee struck eight boundaries while Gupta hit three fours and two sixes.

Services still trail Himachal Pradesh by 426 runs.

UP chase huge Mumbai first innings score

Uttar Pradesh were fighting with their backs to the wall in quest of the first innings lead after Mumbai ran up a mammoth, season—high score of 610 for nine declared on day two of the four-day Ranji Trophy Group B game today.

In reply, UP plodded their way to 51 for no loss in 27 overs, trailing the home team by 559 runs, with left-handed openers Tanmay Srivastava (30) and Himanshu Asnora (21) the unbeaten men at stumps at the Wankhede Stadium after batting for the entire final session of play.

Tripura 118 for 2 in reply to Kerala’s 347

Kerala rode on Rohan Prem’s 118 and Sachin Baby’s 70 to score 347 all out in their first innings against Tripura on the second day of their Group C Ranji Trophy cricket match.

In reply, Tripura were 118 for two in 42 overs at stumps with opener Udiyan Bose retiring hurt on 52.

Tripura still trail Kerala by 229 runs in their quest for the vital first innings lead.

Jharkhand take control of game against J&K

Ishank Jaggi (93) and Kaushal Singh (81) scored half—centuries as Jharkhand continued their splendid batting show to post a mammoth 551 for eight declared against Jammu and Kashmir in their Ranji Trophy Group C match.

The hosts resumed from overnight 304 for three and the batsmen carried forward the good work done on the opening day.

J&K skipper Parvez Rasool took three wickets (3 for 127) and paceman Ram Dyal two.

Jharkhand then removed J&K opener Shubham Khajuria (6) and with his wicket, stumps were drawn for the day.

Gujarat in command against Baroda

Gujarat rode on valuable contributions from the middle—order to post a mammoth 505 all out and then reduced Baroda to 82 for three to take an upperhand in their Group B Ranji Trophy cricket match.

Starting their first innings at the overnight score of 281 for four, Indian ODI team all—rounder Axar Patel scored a brisk 81 off 90 balls while Rush Kalaria (68), Rujul Bhatt (61) and Manpreet Juneja (55) made half—centuries to guide Gujarat beyond the 500—run mark that came in 148.2 overs.

Haryana-Assam match headed for early finish

Haryana lost three wickets quickly in their second innings but still managed to stretch their overall lead to 63 runs in their Group A Ranji Trophy cricket match against against Assam in Lahli.

At stumps on the second day, Haryana were struggling at 15 for three, with Arup Das (2/5) doing the bulk of early damage. 16 wickets fell during the second day’s play.


Group A

Bengal 334 (Abhimanyu Easwaran 58, Sayan Shekhar Mandal 56, Sudip Chatterjee 116; Akshay Wakhare 4 for 85) vs Vidarbha 141 for seven (Faiz Faizal 63; Pragyan Ojha 5 for 30) in Kolkata

Odisha 232 (Govinda Poddar 153, Pratik Das 40; Shreyas Gopal 4 for 75) vs. Karnataka 255 for three (Mayank Agarwal 78, Robin Uthappa 83 not out, Karun Nair 52 not out; Basant Mohanty 2 for 41) in Mysuru

Maharashtra 80 & 176 (Sangram Atitkar 30; Manan Sharma 4 for 47) vs. Delhi 230 & 30 for one (Dhruv Shorey 11 not out; Akshay Darekar 1 for 9) in New Delhi

Haryana 168 & 15 for three (Nitin Saini 11 not out; Arup Das 2 for 5) vs Assam 120 (Gokul Sharma 43; Mohit Sharma 2 for 48, Harshal Patel 3 for 37, Ashish Hooda 4 for 27) in Lahli

Group B

Andhra Pradesh 203 (A.G. Pradeep 78, Bharat 56, D.T. Chandrasekar 4 for 41) vs. Tamil Nadu 0 for 0 in Chennai

Railways 256 & 42 for one (Saurabh 24 not out; Jalaj Saxena 1 for 11) vs. Madhya Pradesh 276 (Rajat Patidar 113, Devendra Bundela 47, Rameez Khan 53; Karn Sharma 5 for 102, Anureet Singh 3 for 40) in Gwalior

Mumbai 610 for 9 decl. (Shreyas Iyer 137, Rohit Sharma 113, Akhil Herwadkar 58, Suryakumar Yadav 58, Siddhesh Lad 89, Abhishek Nayar 42, Shardul Thakur 56; Bhuvneshwar Kumar 2 for 99, Ankit Rajpoot 2 for 112) vs. Uttar Pradesh 51 for none (Tanmay Srivastava 30 not out, Himanshu Asnora 21 not out) in Mumbai

Gujarat 505 (Priyank Kirit Panchal 128, Smit Patel 57, Manpreet Juneja 55, Rush Kalaria 68, Rujul Bhatt 61, Akshar Patel 81; Irfan Pathan 6 for 47) vs. Baroda 82 for three (Abhimanya Chauhan 31, Aditya Waghmode 38) in Valsad

Group C

Jharkhand 551 for eight decl. (Anand Singh 124, Ishan Kishan 109, Saurabh Tiwary 63, Ishank Jaggi 93, Kaushal Singh 81; Parvez Rasool 3 for 127) vs. Jammu and Kashmir 17 for one (Adil Reshi 7 not out) in Jamshedpur

Goa 239 (Darshan Misal 106 not out, R.R. Singh 45) vs. Saurashtra 224 for eight (Avi Barot 56; Rituraj Singh 4 for 57, Amit Yadav 3 for 58) in Rajkot

Kerala 347 (Rohan Prem 118, Sachin Baby 70, Akshay Chandran 41; Rana Dutta 5 for 50, Swapan Das 3 for 103) vs. Tripura 119 for two (Udiyan Bose 52 retired hurt; Sandeep Warrier 1 for 34) in Malappuram

Himachal Pradesh 531 (Paras Dogra 227, Gangta 98, Bipul Sharma 74; Diwesh Pathania 3 for 108) vs. Services 105 for none (Anshul Gupta 46 not out, Soumik Chatterjee 57 not out) in Dharamsala

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