Ranji Trophy 2012-13, Group B, Round 5, 2nd day December 2, 2012

Alam's battling hundred gives UP lead

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Uttar Pradesh 301 for 6 (Alam 100*, Kaif 83) lead Baroda 254 by 47 runs

A resolute century by Arish Alam on a difficult, green pitch in Kanpur, and his partnership with Mohammad Kaif carried Uttar Pradesh comfortably into the lead against Baroda. The Green Park pitch helped the seamers through the day with movement and bounce. Some deliveries kicked, while some stayed low. UP were in trouble after having lost four wickets, including that of their captain Suresh Raina, in the morning session. But Alam and Kaif battled against the conditions and the Baroda attack which had a host of medium-pacers. The duo put on 160 for the fifth wicket before Kaif fell to the second new ball for 83 off 205. Alam reached his hundred in the closing moments before play was halted minutes before stumps due to bad light. Left-armer Gagandeep Singh caused the most damage with three strikes, including one that straightened from round the stumps to bowl Parvinder Singh.

Delhi 165 for 6 (Chand 76*) trail Haryana 307 (Dewan 71, Awana 5-71) by 142 runs

Delhi were in trouble in Lahli, Rohtak, after losing six wickets for 165 in pursuit of Haryana's 307. India Under-19 captain Unmukt Chand was hit on the elbow in the first over by Mohit Sharma and had to retire hurt for a while. He returned to make an unbeaten 76, and will be Delhi's major hope if they are to get close to Haryana. Harshal Patel and Amit Mishra picked up two wickets each. After Chand took the blow, Mithun Manhas also had to return to the pavilion on 20 with a back spasm. Parvinder Awana had earlier picked up five wickets but not before Haryana's lower order led by Harshal's unbeaten 39 had stretched the innings to 307.

Odisha 237 for 3 (Natraj 60, Niranjan 59*) trail Maharashtra 315 by 78 runs

Fifties from the Beheras, Natraj and Niranjan, led Odisha's strong reply to Maharashtra's 315 in Sambalpur. Natraj, the captain, set the tone with a breezy 60 off 97 deliveries at the top of the order while Niranjan made a sedate unbeaten 59 from 174. Govind Podder contributed 40 before becoming Shrikant Mundhe's second victim. Mundhe had made an unbeaten 39 earlier, and along with Akshay Darekar, taken Maharashtra past 300. Basant Mohanty was the most successful Odisha bowler with 3 for 40.

Tamil Nadu 443 for 8 (Badrinath 192, Shankar 63*, Wagh 4-101) v Vidarbha

S Badrinath missed a double century by eight runs as Tamil Nadu plodded to 443 for 8 against Vidarbha in Nagpur. The visitors added just 208 runs today for the loss of five wickets. Shrikant Wagh claimed 4 for 101 but a partnership of 92 between Badrinath and R Prasanna (33) ensured Tamil Nadu weren't bothered too much. Badrinath was bowled by Sandeep Singh after having faced 381 balls and hit 21 fours and three sixes. Wagh struck twice after Badrinath had gone but No. 7 V Shankar made an unbeaten 63 to take Tamil Nadu close to 450.