Ranji round-up, Elite Group, 6th round, 2nd day December 23, 2004

Baroda struggle in low-scorer

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Baroda 64 (Jesuraj 6-12) and 13 for 2 trail Tamil Nadu 152 and 183 by 259 runs

At 13 for 2, Baroda were in deep trouble as the second day came to a close at Vadodara. They had been bowled out for 69 - their overnight score - in the morning, and then Tamil Nadu bettered their own first innings total by putting on 183. With a target of 272 facing them, and two days to get there, Baroda's batsmen attempted to stay at the crease for a long period. While Connor Williams survived to reach nine, two others played out 41 minutes between them and added only 3 runs before being dismissed. Tomorrow, they will require 259 more on a pitch where only one batsman out of 32 dismissed has managed to score a fifty.

Mumbai 292 (Joshi 6-101) and 2 for 1 lead Karnataka 166 (Kulkarni 5-39) by 128 runs

After Mumbai reached 292 at Wankhede, Nilesh Kulkarni went to work on Karnataka's batsmen, and prised out 5 for 39. Karnataka were dismissed for 166, losing all ten wickets for the addition 84 runs after Robin Uthappa (39) and Barrington Rowland (43) put on 82. Romesh Powar also had a hand in Karnataka's capitulation with 4 for 70. But before the day was out, Karnataka had their own back, dismissing Wasim Jaffer in the first over. Mumbai ended on 2 for 1, with an overall lead of 128.

Madhya Pradesh 72 for 3 trail Gujarat 353 (Damani 142, Dholpure 5-70) by 281 runs

Kirat Damani led Gujarat to 353 with his marathon innings of 142, before becoming the second of Sunil Dholpure's five victims. After Damani's departure, S Yadav shepherded the tail past 350. Madhya Pradesh then found the going hard, and were reduced to 62 for 3, with the top three gone. The sole performer for the team was Dholpure, who ended with figures of 5 for 70.

Delhi 184 for 3 (Manhas 79*, Dahiya 68*) trail Bengal 240 (Das 50, Bhandari 5-55) by 56 runs

Delhi were on the verge of overtaking Bengal's total of 240 at Kolkata by the end of the second day. At 184 for 3, they were only 56 runs behind, with the two batsmen, Mithun Manhas and Vijay Dahiya, well-set at the crease. Manhas was on 79 and Dahiya on 68. They came together after Delhi tottered at 51 for 3, and slowly turned the tide their way. In the morning, Amit Bhandari added three more wickets to his overnight tally of two to finish with 5 for 55.

Andhra 120 for 6 trail Railways 263 by 143 runs

At Anatapur, Andhra found themselves with a big task ahead. They were 120 for 6, still 143 runs behind Railways, who had made 263. While no batsman scored a fifty for Railways, small partnerships ensured they reached a total that would cause Andhra trouble. Venugopal Rao took four wickets for 34 - including three yesterday - to end Railways' innings.

Hyderabad 233 and 147 for 6 lead Punjab 105 by 275 runs

Hyderabad took what could very well be a decisive lead after bowling out Punjab for 105 on the second day at The Gymkhana Ground in Hyderabad. Hyderabad's bowlers shared the wickets, dismissing everyone but Ankur Kakkar (48) cheaply. Punjab's bowlers then struck back, reducing their opponents to 54 for 4. But VVS Laxman once again kept things together, and was still at the crease with 59 off only 78 balls.

Uttar Pradesh 229 for 8 (Raina 67, Shamshad 60, Khirid 5-45) trail Maharashtra 394 (Khirid 80) by 165

At Karad, the day was all Ranjit Khirid's. After scoring 80, he picked up 5 for 45 to have Uttar Pradesh in deep trouble. UP could only manage 229 for 8 in reply to Maharashtra's total of 394. Suresh Raina, who hit three half-centuries for India earlier this year in the under-19 World Cup, struck 67 off 101 balls and was involved in a 125-run stand with R Shamshad, who scored 60. But UP were on course to conceding the first-innings lead and the points that went with it.