Welcome to Sportstar 's live coverage of the second day of the first round of the 2021-22 season of the Ranji Trophy.
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It was a glorious day for Sarfaraz Khan, who struck 275 to allow Mumbai to post a mammoth total against the defending champion. Ajinkya Rahane, after an excellent day yesterday, fell for 129.
It was also a magnificent day for Bihar, whose batter Sakibul Ghani created a world record, scoring 341 in his debut first-class match. Another debutant shone through - Het Patel of Gujarat, who scored a fine 72 against Madhya Pradesh.
In Cuttack, 2019-20 runner-up Bengal endured a capitulation. It was bowled out for 88 and Baroda now finds itself miles ahead in the contest, and in Chennai, Railways put up a solid resistance after Karnataka's 481.
The contest in Guwahati between Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh is nearly over, Chhattisgarh needing 67 more runs to win.
Join us, for all the action on day three, at 9am on Saturday. Until then, it's goodbye.
Gujarat v MP | It's stumps, in Rajkot, too. Gujarat has lost six wickets, but it's just 31 runs away from a first-innings lead in this see-saw battle. Karan Patel has hit a rapid 40 (unbeaten), while wicketkeeper Het Patel, on first-class debut, scored 72.
Karnataka v Railways | It's stumps, at the Guru Nanak College in Chennai. A good day for Railways; it finishes on 213 for 3. Arindam Ghosh is unbeaten on 78. It still trails Karnataka by 268 runs.
Gujarat v MP | Het Patel has hit a half-century on his first-class debut for Gujarat. He seems to have been struck by the ball on his neck, or perhaps bitten by an insect, as he squats on the ground clutching his neck. It's been a strokeful knock so far from him. Gujarat 237 for 5. Trails by 37 runs.
Karnataka v Railways | Railways' top order is providing good resistance to Karnataka. Mrunal Devdhar scored a half-century before being dismissed by off-spinner K. Gowtham, while Shivam Chaudhary was dismissed for 8. Vivek Singh is batting on 59, and giving him company is Arindam Ghosh (67 batting, 92b, 10x4, 1x6). The score: 194 for 2 in the 59th over.
Bengal v Baroda | Baroda's lead is now more than 200 as it puts up a fight in the second innings. Abhimanyu Singh was the last man to be dismissed, for 15. P. A. Kumar is batting on 38. Baroda 137 for 5 in the 51st over.
Mumbai v Saurashtra | Mumbai declares its first innings closed at 544 for 7. Tanush Kotian hit a fifty.
TN v Delhi | Fifty up for Tamil Nadu, in reply to Delhi's 452. But it's lost two wickets quickly: L. Suryapprakash was dismissed by Kuldip Yadav for 23, while No. 3 B. Aparajith was dismissed for a duck by Vikas Mishra.
Mumbai v Saurashtra | Sarfaraz Khan is out, after a marathon innings of 275. Mumbai 515 for 7. Here's Ayan Acharya : STOP THE PRESS! Sarfraz Khan is out! Misses a 300 he so richly deserved. Prerak Mankad gets a lbw decision in his favour. The Saurashtra players rush to congratulate Sarfraz. What an innings.
Mumbai v Saurashtra | Sarfaraz Khan reaches 250. Here's Ayan Acharya : 250 up for Sarfaraz Khan. Gets there with a six and a single off Dharmendrasinh Jadeja! Takes out his helmet and lets out an appreciative "waaahha wahhaa" towards the Mumbai dugout that responds in similar fashion (not sure if I got that expression right!)
Kerala v Meghalaya | Here's P. K. Ajith Kumar, with the latest from Rajkot : It’s tea here at Rajkot with Kerala on 371 for five, leading Meghalaya by 223 runs. Vathsal Govind is not out on 26 and Sijomon Joseph on 14. The two are involved in a bit of rebuilding process after Kerala lost three wickets in the session. They have so far added 34 for the unfinished sixth wicket.
Saurashtra v Mumbai | Here's Ayan Acharya, with the latest from Ahmedabad : First signs of tiredness. Sarfaraz plays a pull to deep fine. Turns towards the fielder and is almost stationary mid pitch even as the non-striker crossed him. After two seconds, he starts running again even as the bowler gathers the throw. Would've been an unfortunate dismissal.
Gujarat v MP | Juneja has been strangled down the leg side, and he is out by Gourav Yadav. He is out for 53. Gujarat 138 for 4 in the 44th over.
Bengal v Baroda | It's tea, in Cuttack. Baroda 79 for 2 in 31 overs. Devdhar was dismissed by Shahbaz for 41. Baroda is going strong with an overall lead of 172 runs.
Gujarat v MP | Half-century for Manprit Juneja. He gets there with an attacking stroke to midwicket after a skip down the track. Gujarat 137 for 3.
Delhi v TN | Delhi has been bowled out for 452. What a remarkable recovery after losing its seventh wicket with only 253 on the board. Lalit Yadav was the last man to depart, out for 177.
Kerala v Meghalaya | Here's our correspondent P. K. Ajith Kumar, with the latest from Rajkot : Kerala is losing wickets at regular intervals after lunch here in Rajkot. Captain Sachin Baby was the first to go, caught behind off Mohammed Nafees when he was on 56 (113b, 6x4). His third-wicket stand with opener P. Rahul raised 96. Rahul joined Baby in the dressing before long; he was out for a career-best 147 (239b, 17x4, 1x6). Then Kerala lost Vishnu Vinod, who was bowled trying to sweep left-arm spinner Aryan Bora. Kerala is now 347 for five, that’s a lead of 199. Vathsal Govind is batting on eight and Sijomon Joseph on seven.
Andhra v Rajasthan | Andhra has been dismissed for 224. Rajasthan takes a 51-run lead. Sasikanth played a cameo (34 off 26 balls) before edging a catch to keeper off Aniket who claims his fourth wicket.
Bihar v Mizoram | Meanwhile, in Kolkata, Bihar's Sakibul Gani has got out for 341. It's the highest score on first-class debut , beating Ajay Rohera's 267 not out against Hyderabad in 2018. Bihar is 609 for 5. Gani is just 22, and has played 11 T20 matches and 14 List A matches. What a day for him.
Babul Kumar is batting on 214. Bipin Saurabh is the new batter.
Gujarat v MP | 100 up for Gujarat, in the first innings. Manprit Juneja has looked quite assured at the crease. He is 11 runs away from his half-century. Gujarat 112 for 3, trails by 161 runs.
Saurashtra v Mumbai | Double ton for Sarfaraz Khan.Here's Ayan Acharya : WHAT A KNOCK! 200 up for Sarfaraz Khan. Lets out a huge scream of come on! What an innings. Special knock. He had moved to 198 with what can be best described as a premeditated scoop, changed last-minute to reverse scoop for four.
Saurashtra v Mumbai | And Shams Mulani departs. The partnership is broken; left-arm spinner Jadeja has his second. 400 up for Mumbai.
Saurashtra v Mumbai | Sarfaraz Khan is now in the 190s. Here's Ayan Acharya, once again : Something special brewing in Ahmedabad. Sarfaraz Khan has just biffed Jani over mid wicket and wide long on for two huge sixes. Into the 190s..
Andhra v Rajasthan | One more wicket falls. Andhra struggling. Here's M. R. Praveen Chandran, reporting from Trivandrum: Shubham Sharma traps Sandeep in front. Andhra tottering at 172 for 7.
Saurashtra v Mumbai | Shams Mulani moves into double figures with a boundary. Ayan Acharya has more : Sakariya gets the line and length right and the batter plays a ramp shot for four. Only problem for Saurashtra, the batter is Shams Mulani and that third man fielder that was there for that very shot isn't there anymore! A shrug of the shoulder from Unadkat.
Bengal v Baroda | It's drinks, at the Barabati stadium in Cuttack. Runs haven't come in a torrent in the last 10 overs as they did in the first eight overs of the innings. Kedar Devdhar has moved to 37. P. A. Kumar is batting on 5, off 36 deliveries.
Andhra v Rajasthan | M. R. Praveen Chandran has the latest from the St Xavier's College ground in Trivandrum : Left arm spinner Shubham Sharma effects the breakthrough as removes the stubborn Girinath who is caught in the slips. Andhra slip further and the wicket is aiding spin. Andhra 151 for 6, trails by 124.
Punjab v HP | Punjab openers still going strong at the Arun Jaitley stadium. Prabhsimran (64, 85b) and Abhishek (70, 85b) have added 139 runs so far. Punjab trails by 215.
Gujarat v MP | Third wicket for MP, and Ishwar Pandey has his second. Priyank Panchal is caught behind for 52. Perhaps Pandey is getting the ball to reverse swing. Manprit Juneja and Het Patel are in the middle.
Delhi v TN | Lalit Yadav's century has meant Delhi has kept going today. Vikas Mishra's was the last wicket to fall, after a partnership of 92. The last-wicket pair has added 15 runs so far.
Bengal v Baroda | Baroda has raced to 45 for 1 in the ninth over in the second innings, thanks to some rapid run-making by Kedar Devdhar, the captain, who has hit five boundaries in his short stay so far. The other opener J. K. Singh is dismissed bowled by Ishan Porel for 12.
Kerala v Meghalaya | It's lunch, in Rajkot, too. Here's P. K. Ajith Kumar : Kerala will take lunch in a happy frame of mind. It has extended its lead to 157 with eight wickets in hand. The progress has been slower than it was on the first day, though. After resuming at 205 for one (from 36 overs), Kerala has moved to 306 for two (71 overs). The only batter to get dismissed this morning was Jalaj Saxena, who was bowled by Dippu Sangma for 10. Opener P. Rahul is still there on 133 not out (213b, 16x4, 1x6), along with skipper Sachin Baby (52 not out, 102b, 6x4). The pair has added 87 for the unbroken third wicket.
Andhra v Rajasthan | It's lunch, in Trivandrum. Here's M. R. Praveen Chandran : It is lunch at St.Xavier's College ground. Andhra has progressed to 145 for 5. Girinath batting on 70 and Sandeep on 12. The two have so far added 28 runs in 20 overs for sixth wicket. Only 70 runs have been added in the morning session and Rajasthan would feel happy with the performance of its bowlers.
Saurashtra v Mumbai | Sarfaraz Khan reaches 150. Here's Ayan Acharya : Saurashtra bowlers have probed and probed but he has stood tall. Quality innings with a smattering of luck but well deserved.
Ajinkya Rahane, however, has been dismissed. Aditya Tare, too, was trapped in front by Dharmendrasinh Jadeja.
Punjab v HP | At the Arun Jaitley stadium in New Delhi, Punjab has started its innings sprightly after dismissing Himachal Pradesh for 354. Both openers - Prabhsimran Singh and Abhishek Sharma - have struck half-centuries. Score: 111 for 0 in the 22nd over.
Saurashtra v Mumbai | The battle is heating up, in Ahmedabad. Here's Ayan Acharya : FASCINATING PASSAGE. Sarfaraz Khan rubbing salts on Saurashtra's wounds. Another very very loud appeal for lbw. NOT GIVEN. Unadkat, silly point are on the floor. Next two balls, Khan scoops and slashes hard for two fours. Next ball, misses scoop, struck on pad and not given again!
Bengal v Baroda | It's lunch, on day two, at Cuttack. Baroda 8 for 0. Overall lead: 101.
Karnataka v Railways | At the Guru Nanak College Stadium in Chennai, Karnataka has been bowled out for 481. K. Gowtham struck a breezy 52.
Andhra v Rajasthan | At Trivandrum, Andhra lost three wickets in the morning. Here's M. R. Praveen Chandran, with a round-up of the first session so far : Rajasthan medium pacers Aniket Choudhary and Tanveer ul Haq have brought their side back into the match. Tanveer's twin strike in the 49th over has Andhra on the backfoot. Ricky Bhui and skipper K. S. Bharat were dismissed in quick succession.
Bengal v Baroda | Bengal has been bowled out for 88. It's a 93-run lead for Baroda. Here's Y. B. Sarangi, reporting from Cuttack : Bengal 88 all out in 34.3 overs before the lunch break. Atit Sheth completed his fourth five-wicket haul (5 for 44). Shahbaz who pulled Sheth and Bhargav Bhatt jumped to take a one handed catch to end Bengal's first innings and give Sheth his fifth wicket. Meriwala finished with 3 for 15. Four Bengal batsmen reached double figures.
Delhi v TN | Delhi's lower rallies. Lalit Yadav's century has brought Delhi closer to 400, a remarkable recovery after being reduced to 253 for 7 in the 77th over. The score now: 371 for 8. Lalit Yadav is batting on 110.
Bengal v Baroda | No respite for Bengal. Eight down now, for 78.
Bengal v Baroda | Bengal has lost its sixth. Here's our correspondent Y. B. Sarangi, summing up the day's play so far : Bengal had a disastrous start to day two as it lost five wickets for 39 in a little over one hour. Some fine bowling by the experienced Baroda seamers Lukman Meriwala and Atit Sheth spoiled Bengal's plans. Sudeep Chatterjee was the first to fall, nicking Meriwala to slips.Sheth, who was a wrecker in chief with four wickets, dealt a double blow as Anustup Majumdar was caught behind and Manoj Tiwary was bowled with two balls. Opener Sudip Gharami, who stood for a while, became Sheth's third victim. Debutant wicketkeeper-batter Abhishek Porel, who showed some promise by cutting and pulling nicely, was surprised by a Sheth delivery that kept low and disturbed his defence. Shahbaz Ahmed and Writtick Chatterjee are trying to steady the ship.
Gujarat v MP | The last pair decided to throw caution to the wind, and collected a few boundaries off the seamers. The change in bowling pays dividend for Gujarat, however, as left-arm spinner Sidharth Desai gets Kumar Karthikeya Singh. Karthikeya tried to create room for a stroke but played on. MP bowled out for 274.
Kerala v Meghalaya | Jalaj Saxena has been dismissed. Here's P. K. Ajith Kumar, our correspondent, from Rajkot : Good morning from Rajkot's Saurashtra Cricket Association Ground, where a cool gentle breeze is complementing the bright sun. It's been an eventful 45 minutes, during which Kerala lost the wicket of Jalaj Saxena, who was bowled by a moving ball from Dippu Sangma. But Kerala must be glad that P. Rahul is still there, having completed his hundred. He is on 106 not out. Captain Sachin Baby is on five. Kerala 231 for two, a lead of 83.
Gujarat v MP | Nagwaswalla has his fifth now. Again, the short delivery comes to his aid; it unsettles Kuldeep Sen, who attempted a wild pull and got struck on the helmet. The ball spooned up to the fielder at cover-point. Did it touch the bat, though? The verdict is out. MP 250 for 9.
Bengal v Baroda | Bengal continues to stumble. Sudip Gharami is out for 21, dismissed by Atit Sheth. Abhishek Porel, the wicketkeeper, and Shahbaz Ahmed are batting. Bengal 47 for 5 in the 23rd over.
Saurashtra v Mumbai | Ajinkya Rahane hasn't found the going easy this morning. Here's Ayan Acharya, our correspondent, reporting from Ahmedabad : A lot more movement in the air today compared to yesterday. Chetan Sakariya and Jaydev Unadkat have also looked to pitch the ball a little further up. Rahane has been beaten a few times already. First boundary off Rahane's bat, leg glance for four.
Gujarat v MP | Another wicket, for left-arm seamer Arzan Nagwaswalla, his fourth. He tests Ishwar Pandey with short deliveries, and Pandey can't help but fend one away from his body to short leg. The third umpire checks for the no-ball, it's mighty close! Maybe just a particle of his boot was behind the crease when it landed - out. Madhya Pradesh 245 for 8.
Delhi v TN | Simarjeet has been dismissed lbw for 19 by M. Mohammed. Lalit Yadav reaches half-century. His partnership with Simarjeet was worth 48. Delhi eight wickets down now.
Bengal v Baroda | And a fourth now, for Baroda. Tiwary is also out for 0, bowled by Atit Sheth. Bengal 29 for 4 in the 18th over, runs 152 away from Baroda's total.
Bengal v Baroda | Two wickets for Baroda. Sudip Chatterjee is out for 11, dismissed by Lukman Meriwala, and No. 4 Anustup Majumdar was dismissed for a duck. Manoj Tiwary, the West Bengal sports minister, is the new batter. Opener Sudip Gharami is batting on 12.
Delhi v TN | The second day's play has begun, at the ACA Stadium in Barsapara, Guwahati. Lalit Yadav needs four more runs to get to his half-century. Simarjeet Singh is batting on 16. Delhi 292 for 7 in 91 overs.
Ajinkya Rahane's century on day one was an important one for him, but it was also important for his team. Rahane and Sarfaraz Khan frustrated Saurashtra to get Mumbai to a good position, and fans will be keen for more milestones on day two. Rahane's innings bodes well for the Indian team after his string of low scores in Test matches, and he will hope there are many more runs with the red ball this season.
But who knows, if the new ball yields numerous wickets today, Cheteshwar Pujara may come out to bat, too. So there's plenty to look forward to.
Ranji Trophy 2019-20 runner-up Bengal, at 24 for 1 against Baroda, will want to gallop past Baroda's first-innings score of 181. How many will veteran Manoj Tiwary score?
A reminder: All 38 teams are in action for a total of 19 matches being played across the country. There are eight Elite groups and one Plate group. All Plate group matches are being played in Kolkata.