Ranji Trophy 2012-13, Round IV, Day 2
5.00pm Bengal have lost the key wicket of Wriddhiman Saha for 87, caught behind and Bengal are 200 for 6, the first-innings points slipping away. Despite Shami Ahmed's hat-trick in the morning, Madhya Pradesh are ahead.
Hyderabad are 138 for 1 against Mumbai, with half-centuries for Akshath Reddy and Hanuma Vihari.
Punjab are closing in on another win, against Saurashtra, that could push them as high as 24 points. Railways are in charge against Gujarat, whose openers batted out 35 overs to make 54/0.
Tamil Nadu 31-1 in 9 overs. Baba Aparajith on 25 with five boundaries, Arun Karthik on 6. Vidarbha are 123 for 3, after Maharashtra made 282. Odisha are 30/2 after having conceded a slim first-innings lead to Karnataka.
Right, that wraps up another day of Ranji action. The full scores from all matches are being updated here as we speak.
4.40pm Legspinner Amit Mishra takes three quick wickets, all lbw. Three wickets in less than four overs has pushed Baroda from 189 for 0 to 197 for 3.
Himachal also slipping a bit after a big opening stand. They are now 201 for 4, and Paras Dogra has a rare failure: he has centuries in his three previous matches.
4.30pm Wriddhiman Saha is unbeaten 80, as Bengal reach 180 for 5. Still a long way behind MP's total of 342.
Sagar Jogiyani is unbeaten on 72, but he needs more support from his Saurashtra team-mates. They are 96 ahead of Punjab. India U-19 bowler Sandeep Sharma has just completed his ten-for.
4.20pm Sharda Ugra: "Tamil Nadu have lost their first wicket. Abhinav Mukund caught at slip by a diving catch off Awana. Dhawan took the catch on the second attempt in the first over by Awana. They are now 0-1." That's Mukund's second duck in two innings.
Services are 288 for 8 against Assam, Rajat Paliwal has moved on to an unbeaten 131. The lead is 106.
Andhra bowled out for 390 v J&K. First-innings lead is well over 200.
4.15pm Odisha are 16 for 2, after Karnataka finished on 213. Vinay Kumar has taken both the wickets to fall, both bowled.
Andhra are 390 for 9, AG Pradeep is gone for 136. The lead over J&K is 237 now.
4.10pm Saurashtra fighting hard. Sagar Jogiyani's half-century leads them to 194 for 5, ahead by 79 against Punjab.
Gujarat's openers, Smit Patel and Samit Gohel, are crawling along, 50 off 32 overs. Importantly, Gujarat haven't lost a wicket yet against Railways, who took a 190-run first-innings lead.
Baroda's openers are going along at a brisker pace: Saurabh Wakaskar, in only his second first-class match, has struck a century, while Aditya Waghmode is keeping him company on 76. Baroda 188/0 v Haryana.
Sharda Ugra:"And it is Vaibhav Rawal century - Delhi's team is standing along the boundary line and applauding warmly. Vaibhav Rawal: 100, 203b, 12x4, it came with a humble single off the legs. Delhi are 554-4 ." Not often you see a Delhi scorecard where Mithun Manhas has a duck, and everyone else in the top five as hit a hundred.
Delhi have declared (at last). 555-4, Bhatia not out 14 and Rawal 100 not out after 155 overs.
Hyderabad 74 for 1, Akshath Reddy 37, Hanuma Vihari 17* v Mumbai.
Wriddhiman Saha is unbeaten on 64 as Bengal progress to 153 for 5, chasing Madhya Pradesh's 342.
3.30pm Thrilling stuff at the Chinnaswamy Stadium
Karnataka lose their ninth, and are one run behind Odisha. KP Appanna is gone for a duck. SL Akshay and HS Sharath are the last pair.
Update: Karnataka have taken the lead! SL Akshay has rushed to 16 off 17, Karnataka are 205 for 9.
3.25pm Sharda Ugra from the Kotla: "Mohit Sharma has been bowled by Balaji in the third ball of his over, and the score now is 526-4. Massive cheers Sharma 175 (285b 28x4 1x6)."
3.20pm CM Gautam dismissed
Karnataka are now 197 for 8, five behind Odisha after their last recognised batsman CM Gautam is run-out. KP Appanna heled his nerve in the last week to deny UP an outright victory, can he give Karnataka the first-innings lead.
Himachal opener Aakash Chopra has been dismissed for 61, but the other partner Prashant Chopra has reached his century. Himachal 173 for 1 v Jharkhand.
Goa have declared after Rohit Asnodkar reached his century. Goa 512 for 8 v Kerala.
3.15pm 500 up for Delhi. Sharda:"TN have now spread out the field, 6-3 again six guys on the fence and Sharma makes room for Rangarajan and hits him inside-out over cover for four. Now he tries the reverse-sweep and doesn't make contact next ball, then makes room again outside leg stump and carves Rangarajan over covers."
3.05pm Services move to 218 for 7, with Rajat Paliwal moving on to an unbeaten 85.
Things getting interesting at the Chinnaswamy Stadium. Karnataka 188 for 7 after Vinay Kumar is dismissed lbw to Deepak Behera for 4. Odisha need three wickets, Karnataka need 15 runs.
2.55pm Baroda are 125 for 0, against Haryana who made 295.
Karnataka are 183 for 6 (CM Gautam 26*, Vinay Kumar 4*). Still 20 runs from getting a first-innings lead against Odisha.
Andhra are 323 for 7, Pradeep 116*, Pawar 23*.
Himachal's openers doing the job: 142 for 0, Prashant Chopra 81*, Aakash Chopra 58* v Jharkhand.
Bengal lose their fifth wicket, with Anustup Majumdar falling for 10. Saha still batting on 37, Bengal are 113 for 5.
Saurashtra 126 for 5, Jaydev Shah is gone for a 37-ball 38. Saurashtra are 126for 5, nine ahead of Punjab.
Hilarious from Sharda Ugra at the Kotla: "This is heckling time and Balaji has just been asked if he has taken "sanyas" from bowling: Dinesh Kartik is engaging with them in a dialogue about when autographs are to be given."
More from Sharda: "Delhi 485-3. Mohit Sharma on 146 and Vaibhav Rawal on 74 the most activity to be seen on the wicket is the ground staff heading out to with buckets and broom to pay it their respects."
2.30pm Mumbai bowled out for 443
Abhishek Nayar hits 64 as Mumbai finish on 443. Suryakumar Yadav didn't bat due to an injury. In reply, Hyderabad are 36 for 1.
Sharda Ugra from the Kotla: "It is a battle of defensive bowling against aggressive will. With Sharma on 144 and Rawal on 71. Unmukt yesterday, Rawal today: Aushik Srinivas bowling round the wicket to a 6-3 leg-side field. With similar options against Malolan Rangarajan, Rawal pulled Rangarajan for four and two balls later, Mohit Sharma crossed over, stepped out and hit Rangarajan over mid on for six. There are three men on the boundar on the leg side at deep square leg, long leg and deep mid-on."
2.20pm Services take lead
There had been some doubt over whether Services would take the first-innings lead after slipping to 81 for 5 replying to Assam's 182. However, Rajat Paliwal, who has scores of 72, 52 and 104* this season, is now on an unbeaten 65 to guide Services past 200.
Both of Himachal's openers, Aakash Chopra and Prashant Chopra, have made half-centuries to take their side to 119 for 0. Jharkhand finished on 236.
Amit Verma and CM Gautam have been together for nearly an hour, taking Karnataka to 167 for 5. Odisha were bowled out for 202.
2.05pm Baroda openers make patient progress, 95 after 28 overs, Wakaskar is batting on 53.
Andhra's AG Pradeep (whose profile pic hasn't been updated on our site for at least a decade) has shrugged off his poor form this season - scores of 4,10, 7, 0 - with a century that has taken Andhra to 293 for 7. Andhra lead by 140 against J&K.
1.55pm Porel is dismissed at Indore, Bengal are 88 for 4.
And in Mohali, with the wickets tumbling, Jaydev Shah has decided to take on the bowling. He's 31 off 24, and Saurashtra are now 109 for 4.
1.50pm Thanks to our reader Farhan for this update: "In malappuram, R asnodkar gets a well deserved 50." Goa are now 450 for 7.
And Sharda has this: "Vaibhav Rawal has reached 50; having been tied down by Kaushik for two overs, he finally faced Rangarajan and raced through for a single. Delhi are now 444-3. Rawal 50, 134b 6x4."
Sharda Ugra: "It is an hour before tea, Delhi are 432 for 3, Mohit is on 123 & Rawal on 48: for the better part of the second session, Tamil Nadu bowled spin at both ends for 15 overs, With Rawal inching towards 50, Kaushik has returned to the attack. The off side was packed and Rawal pegged back."
1.35pm Railways take 190-run lead
Kushang Patel runs through the Railways tail to bowl them out for 307, but the lead is already 190. Gujarat facing a huge challenge, that too with more than half the match remaining.
Maharashtra strike twice against Vidarbha, removing Shiv Sunder Das and wicketkeeper Urvesh Patel. Vidarbha 27 for 2.
1.30pm Saurashtra implode
Siddarth Kaul, one of the few people I know who spells his first name exactly like I do, is running through Saurashtra's batting. He has taken four now, including Ravindra Jadeja for a duck. Saurashtra 73 for 4, still need 42 to make Punjab bat again.
1.25pm Bengal 62/3, Porel and Saha have been together for 96 minutes now.
1.15pm Sharda Ugra: "Mohit Sharma lives dangerously, giving M Rangarajan a chance in what must be the best batting session of the day. On 113 nicks one from the off spinner that zips through the first slip for a four. Delhi have reached 420-3.Declarations are not likely any time soon."
Railways have lost their sixth wicket, they are 299 for 6 now, a good 182 runs ahead. Mahesh Rawat batting on 58* v Gujarat.
Baroda openers pushing along, now 48 for 0. Saurabh Wakaskar 23* and Aditya Waghmode 25*. Still trail Haryana by 247 runs.
Shiv Sundar Das, the former India opener, has been dismissed for 5 by Maharashtra's Samad Fallah. Vidarbha 12 for 1.
Another former India opener, Aakash Chopra, is unbeaten on 40 as Himachal have reached 73 for 0, replying to Jharkhand 236.
And Goa are now 417 for 7, Rohit Asodkar 47*. Shadab Jakati dismissed for 28.
Sharda: "Mohit Sharma completes his century with a lofted drive over mid-on off Aushik Srinivas. Delhi are 395-3. Mohit Sharma century 200balls 266mins, 16x4. This is his first first-class 100, in his third match for Delhi debutant this season and Delhi cross 400."
And in Indore, Bengal have moved to 57 for 3, Writam Porel 14*, Wriddhiman Saha 23* v Madhya Pradesh.
Saurashtra are 56/1, opener Bhushan Chauhan falls for 15. Chirag Pathak 26*, Shitanshu Kotak 9*.
12.50pm Odisha strike twice after lunch
Both G Satish and Manish Pandey dismissed. Ganesh b Deepak Behera 19, Pandey lbw Biplab Samantaray 8. Karnataka 105 for 4.
12.45pm More from Shrada: "Along with cheering, crackers going off at the football match next door at the Kotla… It is we have found out the North-East Tamchon Memorial tournament, prize money to the winner Rs 5 lakh."
12.35pm Virender Sehwag End?
Sharda Ugra: "The DDCA are planning to name one end at the Kotla after Virender Sehwag. They have a choice, which end is key - The Old Club House end which is the southern end of the ground or the Delhi Gate end which is the northern end of the ground. I prefer the Old Club House end because that is a really insignificant name. Delhi Gate is at least 400 years old so due respect must be shown. Though the words most Indian cricket fans do not want to read these days is: 'Virender Sehwag End'." What do you guys think?
12.15pm Baroda 37/0, trailing by 258 against Haryana.
Karnatka 95/2, Ganesh 14*, Manish Pandey 4* v Odisha 202.
Andhra 223 for 6, Pradeep 68*, Shahbuddin 31* v J&K. Andhra leading by 70.
Himachal 36/0 v Jharkhand 236.
Services 90 for 5 v Assam 182.
Goa 387 for 6 v Kerala.
Sharda Ugra with the Kotla update: "At lunch, Delhi are 383-3, having scored 96 in the first session, Tamil Nadu made the most of the new ball with the wickets of overnight centurion Unmukt Chand and Mithun Manhas for a duck. There is another century around the corner with Mohit Sharma batting on 90 and Vaibhav Raval on 32. Tamil Nadu were still trudging along with their less than express over-rates, sending down 33 overs in the morning's 150-minute opening session. Before lunch yesterday they had sent down 31 overs."
Bengal are 46 for 3 at lunch, chasing Madhya Pradesh's 342. Saurashtra are 35/0, still 80 behind after Punjab ended on 205. Railways are 225/5, 108 ahead of Gujarat.
11.50am Abhishek Nayar still not dismissed this season
Abhishek Nayar has just reached his half-century, to follow up the 107* against Railways and the 105* against Rajasthan. Kshemal Waingankar is 26* and Mumbai are 422/6.
11.45am Assam hit back
They may have been bowled out for 182, but Assam will be eyeing a first-innings lead after reducing Services to 83 for 5 after 30 overs. And the opener Pratik Desai has retired hurt.
Goa's Ravikant Shukla has missed out on a hundred, falling for 87 against Kerala. Goa still at a string 386 for 6.
Our reader Binu hopes Himachal's Rishi Dhawan is on the national selectors' minds: "3/99, 40, 5/77 3/80, 11, 2/78,3/77, 102*, 0/57 These are the figures of Rishi Dhawan of HP, and now 6/63! He is having some talent should consider for the big stage, so as Buwaneswar Kumar of UP."
Jharkhand are bowled out for 236; the backbone of the innings was Saurabh Tiwary's century. Rishi Dhawan ends on 6 for 63.
11.30am Kotla update
Here's Sharda Ugra: "Mohit Sharma who has carved his way to 78 dropped by a diving gully off Yo Mahesh's bowling - it stayed in the hand and then popped out savage shot that was very well stopped by Abhinav Mukund at gully. Unperturbed, Sharma waded into another cut again. Delhi 363 for 3."
Meanwhile, Maharashtra have slipped to 277 for 8, with Shrikant Wagh getting his fourth wicket for Vidarbha.
In Bangalore, Karnataka were 84 for 1, Uthappa 41*, Satish 11* v Odisha.
11.25am Haryana end on 295
Baroda's Utkarsh Patel, who had two wickets in his only two previous first-class matches, has taken a five-for to dismiss Haryana for 295. Big day for Haryana's Rahul Dalal as well, as he has made his maiden first-class century before falling lbw for 104.
11.20am Punjab bowled out for 205
Uday Kaul unbeaten on 41, the first-innings lead is 115. Saurashtra's most successful bowler was Siddharth Trivedi, who ended with 5 for 64.
Meanwhile, Bengal have slipped to 23 for 3, replying to MP's 342.
11.10am Gujarat fight
Railways have lost three wickets in a hurry, including that of Sanjay Bangar for 61, to slip to 221 for 5. Still very comfortably placed, after bowling out Gujarat for 117.
11.05am Punjab cross 200
Uday Kaul has been in prime form this season, and the No. 5 is unbeaten on 38 as Punjab reach 201 for 9, the lead is 101. Will we have a result on day two itself in Mohali?
Our reader Bharath asks: "What Kind of pitch they are playing in Kotla... I hope It will be changed for a turning track 4th test between india vs english." Quite a flat one, as it was in the previous match against Baroda. And the fourth India v England Test is at Nagpur, not Delhi. In Mumbai, England haave reached 281 for 3, Cook dismissed for 122. Pietersen 130*.
Sharda Ugra sums up the play so far at the Kotla: "Mahesh and Bala made the best use of the new ball and it was Balaji's wicket off Manhas that brought up a dream sight for the morning, when he had his stumps knocked over. Mohit Sharma has looked assured reaching his 50; and Vaibhav Raval, the new junior run machine from Delhi has settled in. Delhi 339 for 3."
10.55am Madhya Pradesh bowled out for 342
From 322 for 5, MP slide to 342 all out. The destroyer for Bengal was Shami Ahmed, who finished with 7 for 79, among the best figures of the season. And the wickets continue to fall even when Bengal start to bat. They are already 10 for 2 in the fourth over. And they are without their regular captain Manoj Tiwary, who is sidelined with a finger injury.
10.50am Both of Mumbai's centurions dismissed
Rohit Sharma falls for 112.
10.45am Our reader Vijay Kalyana says: "From Chinnaswamy, Karnataka 55 / 0 after 22. Pawan 25 & Uthappa 24." Thanks Vijay.
Services have lost two early wickets in the morning, but can Assam dislodge Yashpal Singh? He made an unbeaten 250 in the previous match, against Tripura.
Goa are 327 for 5 against Kerala, with Ravikant Shukla unbeaten on 80.
Sharda Ugra clearly wants more spice in the Delhi track: "Delhi have crossed 300 a while back but excuse us for not noticing what is a routine happening at the Kotla in Ranji matches. Mohit Sharma has crossed fifty, flicked Balaji with a shot that deserved some embroidery over it (113b 9X4) and followed it up with a straight drive in the same over."
10.35am Hundred for Saurabh Tiwary
He may have made his name in the IPL, but Saurabh Tiwary has shown he can shelve the big shots and grind it out. He was unbeaten on a six-hour 65 yesterday. With the wickets tumbling at the other end today, he has hit six fours this morning to reach his century, off 304 deliveries. Himachal fast bowler Rishi Dhawan follows up his eight-for in the previous match against Andhra with 6 for 63 now.
10.30am No wickets at the Chinnaswamy Stadium, where Karnataka's openers KB Pawan and Robin Uthappa have pushed the score to 47 for 0.
Andhra are 163 for 5 after the in-form Amol Muzumdar was dismissed without adding to his overnight score of 60.
10.20am Wickets at Lahli and Nagpur
Haryana have lost two early on the second day. Baroda's Utkarsh Patel now has four wickets. Haryana now 251 for 7.
And Maharashtra have lost three. From an overnight 227 for 3, they had slid to 254 for 6. Debutant opener Virag Awate's innings ends on 126. The damage has been done by Shrikant Wagh, who had figures of 17-10-16-0 yesterday. He's got the wickets today to make those look even better. Now he has 22-13-19-3.
10.15am Punjab wobble
Siddharth Trivedi, who has made a career out of bowling slower ones for Rajasthan Royals, has taken two wickets in two balls, which leaves Punjab at 160 for 7. Can Saurashtra still get something from this game after having been bowled out for 90? Also, Ravindra Jadeja hasn't yet bowled in the innings.
10.10am Bengal hit back
Shami Ahmed has struck twice early on the second morning against Madhya Pradesh, with both overnight batsmen Rameez Khan and allrounder Jalaj Saxena dismissed. MP 337 for 7.
10.00am Sharda Ugra has fortified herself with coffee at the Kotla. "Unmukt Chand has fallen early on the second morning, caught behind off Yo Mahesh. Chand made 138. And soon after Mithun Manhas departs, bowled middle stump for a duck. In six overs Tamil Nadu have taken more wickets than they did all day."
Some joy for Hyderabad, finally. Mumbai's Hiken Shah has been dismissed for 156. Rohit Sharma still there on 112, can he make it a double? Mumbai 339 for 3.
9.30am Greetings Ranji fans. Nice to have you on the blog though they are four Tests going on today. Group A games had dramatic first days, with Punjab, Railways, Mumbai and Madhya Pradesh all dominating. Group B was a less action-packed, though Delhi's batsmen have put on plenty, and Karnataka bowled out Odisha early. In Group C, Andhra have taken charge against J&K, and Services bowled out Assam for 182.
Siddarth Ravindran is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo