RANJI TROPHY, 2018-19
Cricbuzz Staff •
Mayank Dagar hit 71 and then picked up four wickets. © Getty
Daddy hundreds, double hundreds
– There’s no place to bat quite like Indore. Ajay Rohera’s 255 not out, in association with Yash Dubey’s 128, helped Madhya Pradesh pile on the runs against Hyderabad, who were bowled out for 124 in the first innings. With a 415-run lead, Hyderabad will know what awaits.
– Mayank Raghav, on an overnight score of 109, went on to compile a fabulous 228 in Dimapur, almost single-handedly taking on Tahmeed Rahman’s five-wicket haul to lift Manipur’s total to 336. The hosts, Nagaland, were bowled out for 126 in response, and are 150/4 in the follow-on innings.
– Bihar’s Indrajit Kumar smashed 222 at the top of the order, piling 536/5 in Patna against Arunachal Pradesh, who trail by a massive 354 runs.
… and the hundreds
– Ponnam Rahul’s 59 stood alone amidst the shambles in Chennai, where Kerala ended the day at 151/9, still trailing by 117 runs. Tamil Nadu, once reeling at 31/4 in the game, continue their domination, which started with Baba Indrajith’s 87 and Shahrukh Khan’s 92 not out and continued into the second day with six shared wickets between T Natarajan and Rahil Shah.
– Mahipal Lomror went on to score a sedate 133 off 222 balls for Rajasthan against Assam, braving past Ranjit Mali’s five-wicket haul to help the hosts take a first innings lead of 217 runs.
– Nitin Bhille made an unbeaten 109 in Valsad and, with the help of Pratham Singh’s 42 and Arindam Ghosh’s 69*, kept Railways in the match after Gujarat finished on 367; Piyush Chawla was the last man out on an individual score of 130.
– Darshan Misal’s 109 lower down the order saved the day for Goa, who were reduced to 85/7 by the combined fury of Diwesh Pathania and Sachidanand Pandey, the two sharing eight wickets between them.
– Parvez Rasool’s 4 for 47 allowed Jammu and Kashmir to take a 102-run lead against Uttar Pradesh, who retaliated back later in the day courtesy Saurabh Kumar’s five-wicket haul. The hosts, reduced to 98/7 in the second innings, still have a 200-run lead.
– Four wickets and a run-out by Akash Parkar stormed Mumbai back into the game against Maharashtra, who collapsed from their overnight score of 298/3 to 352 all out. Mumbai started strong with the bat, thanks to half-centuries by Aditya Tare and Siddhesh Lad, who batted at No.3 and is unbeaten on 70, but losing wickets late in the day meant that they lost half their side whilst still trailing by 156 runs.
– Dharmendrasinh Jadeja’s career-best figures of 7 for 103 wrapped Karnataka up for 217, eking out a 99-run lead for Saurashtra on a helpful pitch in Rajkot. It all looked different when Karun Nair was batting out in the middle, but his dismissal by Kamlesh Makvana exposed Karnataka to Jadeja’s left-arm spin.
– Ajoy Sarkar, who picked centurion Rahul Dagar’s wicket at the stroke of stumps on Day 1, added more en route to his five-wicket haul and helped restrict Haryana to 292 in the first innings. That, however, couldn’t stop Tripura from losing regular wickets, and the hosts now find themselves trailing by 57 runs and with only three wickets in hand.
– Mayank Dagar scored 71 to take Himachal Pradesh’s score to 390 and then picked four wickets to reduce Punjab to a precarious 75/9 in Mohali. Punjab’s top eight batsmen recorded single-digit scores, with Vinay Choudhary top-scoring with 24 at No. 8.
Please take note
– Gautam Gambhir, in his last first-class game, was unbeaten on 92 after the second day’s play. Ricky Bhui finished with 187, meaning Andhra’s first innings was zoomed to 390, which was a win in the backdrop of their overnight score 266/7. The last four wickets added 202 runs.
– Baroda added 231 for the last three wickets, taking their overnight score of 165/7 to 385 all out. Yusuf Pathan starred with 129 not out, combining with Bhargav Bhatt (67) and Rishi Arothe (63) to frustrate Chhattisgarh all through the day.