Ranji Trophy: Ravi Teja, Siraj put Hyderabad in charge

Hyderabad seamers T. Ravi Teja and Md. Siraj snapped up six wickets to help Hyderabad take a vital first innings lead of 14 runs.

M Siraj and R Teja made good use of the second new ball to scythe through Punjab's lower-middle order.   -  v.v. subrahmanyam

Punjab lost the script in the space of 11.5 overs and  35 runs on the third morning as pacers T. Ravi Teja and Md. Siraj snapped up six wickets to help Hyderabad take a vital first innings lead of 14 runs in a Ranji Trophy Group-B match at Rajiv Gandhi Stadium here on Monday.

Resuming on the overnight score of 202 for four, a fifth-wicket stand of 106 between captain Mandeep Singh and the free-stroking Gurkeerat Mann put Punjab on course of achieving the lead.

As it happened| Ranji Trophy Round 7, Day 3

But, Teja and Siraj were effective with the second new ball, pitching it up on a track that had good bounce and carry.

The duo made up for the absence of injured frontline pacer Ravi Kiran, who did not take the field at all on Monday.

Punjab's collapse was triggered by Mandeep's dismissal, who was caught smartly at slip by B. Sandeep off  Teja.

Teja’s spell with the second new ball read 6-0-21-4 while Siraj returned with figures of 5.5-1-14-2.

Gurkeerat paid the price for not farming the strike as it exposed both Manpreet and Kaul to the pacers.

In the second innings, Hyderabad was placed comfortably at 155 for two with Akshath Reddy and Sandeep looking set for big scores.

At Hyderabad: Hyderabad 317 & 155 for two in 55 overs (Tanmay Agarwal 54, Akshath Reddy 67 batting) v Punjab 303 in 93.5 overs (Amolpreet Singh 85, Mandeep Singh 63, Gurkeerat Mann 87 not out, T. Ravi Teja five for 57).

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