Ranji Trophy: Andhra on top against Haryana

Andhra came back strongly to recover from its par first innings score as bowled Haryana out for 103 and reached a strong position by stumps on day two of the Ranji Trophy Group C match at the Wankhede Stadium here on Friday.

D. Siva Kumar took 5 for 25 for Andhra.

Andhra came back strongly to recover from its par first innings score as bowled Haryana out for 103 and reached a strong position by stumps on day two of the Ranji Trophy Group C match at the Wankhede Stadium here on Friday.

It has a lead of 247 with seven second-innings intact. So, two tough days lie ahead for Haryana, the group leader which came here after winning two out of its three games.

It truly was a dramatic Friday, which saw as many as 17 wickets tumble. It all began with Andhra resuming at the overnight 217 for six.

That innings didn’t last long, with leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal (five for 81) and seamer Sanjay Pahal (three for 31) mopping up the tail. Andhra would not have been too pleased with its first innings score of 253.

But, its seamers, led admirably by D. Siva Kumar, proved it could well be a winning total. On a greenish wicket that offered bounce, he took five for 25 from 14.5 overs, including a spell in which he bowled eight maidens on the trot and claimed three wickets.

He was well supported by the other two pacemen, P. Vijay Kumar and debutant I. Karthik Raman, and left-arm spinner Bhargav Bhatt. Haryana was bowled out for just 103, conceding a lead of 150.

Andhra came out to bat again, choosing to play safe. It obviously didn’t want to face Chahal in the last innings.

It finished the day at 95 for three, with Hanuma Vihari (47 batting) and K. Sreekanth (33) proving that the wicket was no graveyard for batsmen.