Ranji Trophy round-up, Plate Group, 2nd day December 19, 2005

Fazal's 82 steers Vidarbha to vital lead

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Saurashtra 244 and 1 for 0 trail Vidarbha 266 (Fazal 80) by 21 runs

Vidarbha rode on a patient 82 from Faiz Fazal, the opener, and a fighting 38 from Pritam Gandhe in the tail to gain a vital 22-run lead over Saurashtra by the end of the second day at Rajkot. Having resumed at 22 for 0, Fazal lifted Vidarbha to 171 before becoming the fifth wicket to fall. Gandhe walked in at a critical 211 for 8, 33 runs still in arrears, and added 55 runs with Madhusudan Acharya to clinch the lead. Saurashtra were 1 for 0 at stumps and must now be looking at their batsmen to put up a big target and give a chance to their bowlers to go for an outright win.

Jammu & Kashmir 182 and 57 for 4 lead Rajasthan 108 (Nabi 4-24) by 131 runs

Thirteen wickets fell on a bowler's day as Jammu & Kashmir ended the second day with an edge over Rajasthan, 131 runs ahead, with six wickets still left in their second innings. J&K, bowled out for a paltry 182 yesterday, first fought back through Abid Nabi, the right-arm medium pacer, and Raman Dutta who shared seven wickets between them to bundle out Rajasthan for 108. Ajay Jadeja, the captain, offered the lone resistance, remaining unbeaten on 56 off 149 balls. Sanjay Gill's triple strike kept Rajasthan in the contest as J&K wobbled their way to 57 for 4 at stumps on an engrossing second day's play at Jhalwar.

Kerala 130 for 3 trail Madhya Pradesh 367( Tomar 130, Pandey 50*) by 237 runs

Powered by B Tomar's 130 and an unbeaten 50 from Sanjay Pandey, Madhya Pradesh reached a position of strength by the end of the second day's play against Kerala at Indore. Tomar, overnight on 86, went on to complete his century as he combined with Pandey to lift MP, resuming on 268, to 367. Sreekumar Nair and Sunil Oasis shared an unbroken 47-run stand to take Kerala to 130 for 3 at stumps.

Assam 268 lead Jharkhand 178 (Konwar 4-35) by 90 runs

Arnald Konwar and Anand Katti shared seven wickets between them to spin out Jharkhand, comfortably placed at 90 for 3, to 178 all out, 90 runs in arrears, to leave Assam in complete control over the match by the end of the second day at Jamshedpur. Ratan Kumar and Rajiv Kumar had shared a 51-run stand for the third wicket to prop up the Jharkhand reply but when Ratan fell at 105 for 5, the two Assam spinners combined to bundle out the rest.

Orissa 140 for 3 (Biswal 57*) trail Tripura 234 (Manoj Singh 59, Mohanty 5-40) by 94 runs

A breezy unbeaten half-century from Subit Biswal left Orissa comfortably placed at 140 for 3, 94 runs in arrears, after a plucky 48-run stand for the last wicket had earlier lifted Tripura to a fighting 234 in their first innings. Tripura, overnight on 186 for 9, were propped up by Jayanta Debnath and Sujit Roy, the last-wicket pair, who hung around for nearly 23 overs.