Ranji Trophy, Elite Group, 3rd Round, 2nd day November 26, 2004

Karnataka ride on Rowland's mammoth 283

Wisden Cricinfo staff

Madhya Pradesh 120 for 1 trail Karnataka 619 for 5 dec (Rowland 283, Somasundar 104) by 499 runs

Barrington Rowland produced a massive 283 and led Karnataka to a mammoth 619 at the Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore. Rowland, unbeaten on 169 overnight, added 229 with his captain, Sujit Somasundar. Rowland, named after the former England batsmen Ken, smashed 29 fours and a six. Somasundar celebrated his elevation to the captaincy with a composed hundred as Karnataka were all but ensured of first-innings points. Madhya Pradesh replied with 120 for 1.

Andhra Pradesh 59 for 5 trail Mumbai 515 for 9 dec (Indulkar 131, Shetty 80, Agarkar 52*, Samant 50) by 456 runs

Andhra Pradesh were reeling at 59 for 5 at the end of the second day at the Wankhede Stadium after Mumbai declared after making an imposing 515 for 9. Ajit Agarkar followed up his lively 52 with two early wickets, including the important one of Venugopal Rao. Earlier, Nishit Shetty and Vinayak Samant had also helped themselves to half-centuries and taken Mumbai past 500.

Gujarat 269 for 3 (Christan 87, Niraj Patel 86) trail Bengal 298 (Sanyal 54, Dhamani 4-9) by 29 runs

Akash Christian and Niraj Patel shared a vital 154-run stand as Gujarat took the upper hand at Siliguri. Bengal added just 28 to their overnight total as Kirat Dhamani, the offspinner, polished off the tail to finish with impressive figures of 4 for 9 from his eight overs. Gujarat then put in a solid batting performance and trialed by just 29 at the end of the second day.

Railways 147 for 5 trail Delhi 216 (Jadeja 87) by 69 runs

Delhi fought back at the Jamia Millia Ground as their bowlers reduced Railways to 147 for 5 at the end of the second day's play. Amit Pagnis made a steady 49 but Railways lost wickets at regular intervals. Delhi had earlier been bowled out for 216 with Ajay Jadeja playing the lone hand with a defiant 87.

Punjab 175 and 15 for 1 lead Baroda 155 (Gagandeep 5-57) 40 runs

Gagandeep Singh, a medium-pacer, rocked the Baroda innings as Punjab hit back on the second day at Mohali. Gagandeep snapped up 5 for 57 while Vineet Sharma, his opening partner, finished with a four-wicket haul. Despite being bundled out for just 175 yesterday, Punjab managed a 20-run lead, a crucial figure in what may turn out to be a low-scoring battle.

Hyderabad 231 and 168 for 9 (Sanclecha 5-46) lead Maharashtra 83 by 316 runs

Maharashtra were shot out for just 83 and were in a deep hole at the Gymkhana Ground in Hyderabad. Having restricted Hyderabad to 231, the powerful Maharashtra batting line-up crumbled in just 32 overs with Narender Pal Singh and Mohammad Ghouse snaring seven wickets between them. Hyderabad extended their lead to 316 before stumps and hold all the aces going into the third day.

Uttar Pradesh 132 (Yadav 6-57) and 77 for 1 need another 83 runs to beat Assam 184 and 107 (RP Singh 5-35)

Rudra Prathap Singh's ten-wicket haul in the match put Uttar Pradesh on the brink of a win against Assam at Kanpur. In a low-scoring tussle, Assam gained a vital 52-run lead in their first innings and had their noses ahead halfway through the day. But they capitulated for just 107 the second time around and left UP a target of 160.