Ranji Trophy Super League, 7th round, 2nd day January 11, 2007

Tiwary guides Bengal to semi-final

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Bengal 465 for 4 (Tiwary 152*, Jhunjhunwala 115, Subhomoy Das 82, Ganguly 72*) lead Rajasthan 193 by 272 runs

Sourav Ganguly chipped in with a handy 72 © Getty Images

Manoj Tiwary led a Bengal run-glut at Kolkata as they assumed a vice-like grip in the match against Rajasthan. Tiwary's unbeaten 152, his second big hundred of the season and a knock that included 20 fours and three sixes, stood out but there were fine contributions from Abhishek Jhunjhunwala, Subhomoy Das and Sourav Ganguly as well. Jhunjhunwala also notched up his second century of the Ranji campaign while Das and Ganguly extended Rajasthan's misery with a half-century apiece. Having gained the first-innings lead, Bengal assured themselves a place in the semi-final.

Haryana 113 (Rana 54) and 105 for 6 (Nanda 4-51) trail Delhi 382 (Bhatia 90) by 164 runs

Legspinner Chetanya Nanda spun out seven wickets on the second day at Rohtak as Delhi were on the verge of a big win against Haryana. Having amassed 382 in their first innings - Rajat Bhatia ended on a handy 90 - Delhi's bowlers tightened the noose. Haryana collapsed for 113 in the first innings, with only Sachin Rana crossing 15, and didn't fare much better in the second. They were reduced to 105 for 6 and staring at relegation at the end of the day. Virender Sehwag, with his wily offspinners, supported Nanda and snared two wickets in each innings.

Maharashtra 99 for 4 trail Mumbai 515 for 8 dec (Shah 112, Nair 88) by 416 runs

Hiken Shah's maiden first-class hundred was buttressed by a fiery 88 from Abhishek Nair as Mumbai dominated the second day's play at Nasik. Shah, on 69 overnight, cruised to his century but it was Nair's assault, including four fours and five sixes, that launched the total. Nair shared some useful partnerships with the tail and batted Maharashtra out of the contest. Mumbai's bowlers consolidated their position later in the day, snaffling four wickets by the end of the day.

Tamil Nadu 267 for 6 (Vijay 121, Badrinath 89, Yousuf Pathan 3-64) lead Baroda 263 by four runs

Murali Vijay's impressive debut season continued as he scored his second first-class century and helped Tamil Nadu edge ahead of Baroda in Chennai. He was ably supported by his captain Subramaniam Badrinath, who fell 11 short of his ton. The pair fought back after the loss of two early wickets with a 174-run stand. Both gritted it out patiently as Baroda's bowlers toiled for nearly 62 overs before the first breakthrough. Yousuf Pathan, the offspinner, brought his side back into the match after sending back Badrinath, Hemang Badani and Vijay, before Tamil Nadu could reach Baroda's total of 263. Irfan Pathan, the Indian fast bowler, then dismissed R Satish as the home side ended the day four runs ahead with four wickets in hand.

Andhra111 and 65 for 6 (Venugopala Rao 25*) trail Uttar Pradesh 346 (Amir Khan 70, Raina 54) by 170 runs

Andhra turned in another disappointing batting performance and were staring at defeat against Uttar Pradesh at Kanpur. After conceding a lead of 135, Andhra were struggling at 65 for 6, still needing a further 170 to avoid an innings defeat. Resuming at 155 for 4, UP lost Suresh Raina early, but thereafter, the lower order took over and lifted the side to 346. Ravikant Shukla was the mainstay with a patient 54, and his presence allowed Praveen Kumar and Amir Khan score freely. Kumar's quickfire 41 came off just 27 balls while Khan scored 70 off 97. Offspinner Gnaneshwara Rao wrapped up the innings as soon as he was brought on, picking up three wickets in as many overs. Another wicket-burst followed when Andhra came out to bat, and any hopes of a fightback rested on Venugopala Rao and Syed Sahabuddin, who impressed with the bat in the previous match.

Punjab 142 and 145 for 5 (Dharmani 70*, Absolem 3-55) lead Hyderabad 251 (Laxman 76, Singh 4-79) by 36 runs

Pankaj Dharmani made a fighting unbeaten 70, helping Punjab gain a slender lead of 36 with five wickets in hand in their second innings against Hyderabad at Uppal. Earlier, VVS Laxman led the way for Hyderabad with 76, after surviving a close call for caught behind early in the day. After he was dismissed by seamer Luv Ablish, Hyderabad were ahead by 65, but Ibrahim Khaleel's unbeaten 39 lifted the lead to 109. VRV Singh, returning from national duty in South Africa, finished with 4 for 79. Punjab failed to make amends for their poor batting in the first innings, losing half their side for 74. Alfred Absolem, the seamer, added three more wickets to his tally, and rocked the batting yet again to pick up his first first-class ten-wicket haul.