Ranji round-up, Elite Group, 4th round, 2nd day December 5, 2004

Sodhi amasses a mammoth 251

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Punjab 566 for 4 (Sodhi 251*, Ricky 119, Yuvraj 66, Kakkar 55*, Dharmani 50) lead Maharashtra 123 by 443 runs

Reetinder Singh Sodhi amassed a mammoth 251 as Punjab trampled all over Maharashtra on the second day at Mohali. After being shot out for just 123, Maharashtra were flogged all day as five Punjab batsmen passed the 50-mark. Ravneet Ricky carried on his great form this season with a patient 119 while Yuvraj Singh, Ankur Kakkar and Pankaj Dharmani made quickfire half-centuries. But the hero of the day was Sodhi who smashed 28 fours and two sixes on the way to his highest first-class score.

Assam 123 for 2 trail Tamil Nadu 485 for 5 dec (Badani 146, Badrinath 73, Sharath 60*) by 362 runs

Hemang Badani led the run-feast as Tamil Nadu piled on 485 for 5 before declaring their innings at the Nehru Stadium in Guwahati. Resuming at 288 for 3 overnight, Tamil Nadu rode on Badani's fine 146 with the rest of the middle order chipping in with plucky knocks. Badani hammered 14 fours and two sixes to bring up his 12th first-class hundred while Subramanium Badrinath and Sreedharan Sharath managed half-centuries. Assam were 123 for 2 at the end of the day with Vasanth Saravanan and Zakaria Zuffri sharing an unbeaten 76-run stand.

Bengal 24 for 0 trail Mumbai 552 for 7 dec (Jaffer 162, Shetty 108, Powar 52*) by 528 runs

After Wasim Jaffer had given Mumbai a solid platform yesterday, Nishit Shetty capitalised with a fine hundred. Shetty, who has been in and out of the Mumbai side, got a chance because of Vinod Kambli's illness. But he took the opportunity and reached his third first-class hundred with the help of 15 fours and a six. Ajit Agarkar, Ramesh Powar and Vinayak Samat took Mumbai past the 500-mark and all but assured themselves of the first-innings lead.

Karnataka 276 for 6 (Naidu 120) lead Andhra Pradesh 237 by 39 runs

Thilak Naidu bailed Karnataka out of trouble with a dogged century as his side gained a slender 39-run lead at the end of the second day in Bangalore. At around the same time last year, Naidu was in the reckoning for the wicketkeeper slot in the national side. But a poor run with the bat lead his dropping from the Karnataka side and he hasn't been considered ever since. But today, he held things together as the Andhra Pradesh bowlers picked up wickets at regular intervals. Most of the other top-order batsmen managed to get past 20, but none kicked on to make it count. Naidu, though, creamed 20 fours in his innings and helped Karnataka take the lead.

Madhya Pradesh 207 for 4 (Bundela 63*, Khurasiya 61) trail Delhi 239 for 9 dec by 32 runs

Amay Khurasiya and Devendra Bundela thwarted the Delhi bowlers at the Jamia Millia Ground as Madhya Pradesh inched towards a first-innings lead on the second day. Sanjay Pandey and Sunil Dholpure snared four wickets apiece and helped restrict Delhi to just 239. Though MP have faltered against lesser opposition like Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka, they secured two points in Mumbai and were on their way to gaining the upper hand here as well.

Hyderabad 170 and 179 for 6 (Manohar 58) lead Baroda 93 (NP Singh, 7-58) by 256 runs

Narender Pal Singh's seven-wicket burst helped Hyderabad gun down Baroda for just 93 at the Gymkhana Ground in Hyderabad. After restricting Hyderabad for 170, Baroda found the going extremely tough with Singh accounting for seven out of the first eight wickets to fall. Shekhar Joshi and Nayan Mongia were the only two batsmen who crossed 20. Hyderabad replied with 179 for 6, with Daniel Manohar making a battling 58 and were strong favourites to wrap up the game tomorrow.

Railways 62 for 2 trail Gujarat 384 (Niraj Patel 121, Trivedi 51) by 322 runs

Jai Prakash Yadav and Kulamani Parida picked up three wickets apiece as Railways clawed back at the Motera in Ahmedabad. Resuming at a commanding 201 for 2, Gujarat were restricted to just 384. Siddharth Trivedi notched up a breezy half-century, which included six fours, while Kirat Dhamani made a solid 43. Railways were 62 for 2 at stumps.