Jadeja's ton lifts Delhi to big total
Andhra 5 for 0 trail Delhi 491 for 9 dec (Jadeja 103*, Manhas 95, Chopra 78) by 486 runs
Ajay Jadeja produced an unbeaten 103 as Delhi piled on a massive total at the Roshanara Club Ground in Delhi. Resuming at 258 for 2, Delhi lost Aakash Chopra (78) and Mithun Manhas (95) early in the day. However, Jadeja found an able ally in NS Negi and the two added 81 in quick time. Jadeja, who was elevated to the Delhi captaincy in the beginning of the season, cracked 15 fours in his knock on his way to his 18th first-class hundred.
Karnataka 162 for 6 (Rowland 59) trail Gujarat 330 (Parmar 73, Timil Patel 59*, Niraj Patel 54, Kumar 5-83) by 168 runs
The Karnataka batting disappointed for the second successive game as they struggled on the second day at Bangalore. Barrington Rowland, the opener, managed a battling 59 but the rest hardly put up a fight. Earlier in the day, Timil Patel (59) helped Gujarat past the 300-mark and his 66-run partnership with Siddharth Trivedi took them to a competitive 330. Vinay Kumar, the medium pacer playing just his second first-class game, finished with impressive figures of 5 for 83. Gujarat's total, though, may end up being more than enough.
Assam 113 for 3 trail Punjab 422 (Ricky 133, Dharmani 85) by 309 runs
After Ravneet Ricky's century had put them in control yesterday, Punjab were pegged back a bit on the second day at Amritsar. Punjab were kept down to 422, after being 297 for 3 overnight, with only Chandan Madan making an impact with a lively 43. Pankaj Dharmani added 23 to his overnight score before he was lbw to Rajagopal Sathish, the part-time medium pacer. Gagandeep Singh, the opening bowler, then prised out the Assam openers before a 92-run third-wicket stand put the innings back on track. At stumps, though, Assam still had a lot of catching up to do.
Mumbai 171 for 5 (Kambli 68*) trail Madhya Pradesh 255 (Patwardhan 80*) by 84 runs
Nikhil Patwardhan's valuable 80 helped Madhya Pradesh fight back on the second day against Mumbai at the Wankhede Stadium. Patwardhan added 94 with the last three batsmen as MP inched past 250 in the face of some disciplined bowling. Mumbai then struggled against Sunil Dholpure, the offspinner making his debut, who snapped up the prize wickets of Wasim Jaffer and Amol Muzumdar and had them hobbling at 87 for 5. Vinod Kambli counterattacked with an 89-ball 68 and, along with Ajit Agarkar (37), helped Mumbai finish on level terms when stumps were drawn.
Bengal 153 for 4 trail Railways 348 (Bose 5-67) by 195 runs
Jai Prakash Yadav made a vital 93 and took Railways to 348 on the second day at the Karnail Singh Stadium at Delhi. Yadav added 43 with last man Santosh Saxena before falling to Ranadeb Bose, the medium pacer, who finished with 5 for 67, his fifth five-for in first-class cricket. Yadav then removed both the openers with his medium pace in an economical spell of 16 overs, conceding just 23 and Saxena picked up two more as Bengal were precariously placed at 153 for 4 at the close.
Maharashtra 72 for 0 trail Baroda 446 (Parab 120, Yusuf Pathan 92, Siddiqui 6-109) by 374 runs
Yusuf Pathan's breezy 92 helped Baroda tighten their stranglehold on the second day at the Nehru Stadium at Pune. Pathan, who creamed eight fours and a six, stitched together vital partnerships with the lower-order batsmen and Baroda reached 446 in their first innings. Iqbal Siddiqui, the medium pacer, finished with a six-wicket haul. Maharashtra began well in their chase and were 72 for no loss at the end of the day.
Uttar Pradesh 2 for 0 trail Tamil Nadu 353 (Sharath 132, RP Singh 5-96) by 351 runs
Sreedharan Sharath compiled his second successive century this season as he took Tamil Nadu to a competitive 353. Unlike his first hundred, which was made in a run-feast, this one was made when the rest struggled. He spent more than eight hours in the middle and put together some useful partnerships with the tail. Rudra Pratap Singh, the left-arm opening bowler, ended up as the most successful bowler with 5 for 96.