Ranji Trophy 2013-14, Group B, 1st round, 2nd day October 28, 2013

Aparajith, Choudhary hit double tons

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Services 17 for 0 trail Tamil Nadu 456 for 7 dec. (Aparajith 203, Badrinath 81)

B Aparajith hit his second double-century in four weeks as Tamil Nadu compiled 456 for 7 before they declared. Services weathered 11 overs, scoring 17 before stumps on the second day.

Aparajith endured a chastening introduction to first-class cricket - scoring single-figures in five out of six innings in 2011-12- but bucked the trend with his maiden first-class century and has never looked back. He has been prolific this year, and on his back - 212 in the quarter-final and 109 in semi-final - South Zone stormed into the Duleep Trophy final.

He was quite fluent as well, stroking 19 fours - more than twice the tally of any other batsman - and a six as he featured in three century partnerships, including the match's best 168 with S Badrinath. Services' bowling was as blunt as the first day, with seamer Nishan Singh finally accounting for Aparajith for 203. Dinesh Karthik missed a fifty by two runs, though R Prasanna remained unbeaten on 74.

Saurashtra 475 for 7 (Jogiyani 133, Powar 4-177) v Rajasthan

Sagar Jogiyani could not add much to his fifth first-class century, but the lower order added to the Rajasthan bowlers' troubles as Saurashtra ended the second day on 475 for 7.

Rajasthan settled for Pankaj Singh as their only seam bowling option on an unforgiving Rajkot pitch, as he went wicketless for 23 overs. Their spinners bowled 160 overs with Ramesh Powar shouldering the bulk of that burden. He picked up four wickets in 61 overs, his best figures in nearly two years. Last season, when he played for Mumbai, he claimed only eight wickets and his most successful outing was with 2 for 139.

Aarpit Vasavada and captain Jaydev Shah were dismissed short of their half-centuries, but No. 7 Chirag Jani reached his maiden first-class fifty, and participated in a 52-run stand for the seventh wicket with Kamlesh Makvana, who remained unbeaten.

Railways 46 for 1 (Cheluvaraj 28) trail Madhya Pradesh 510 for 6 dec. (Choudhary 239*, Mishra 97) by 464 runs

Satyam Choudhary's dream match gained momentum on the second day as he converted his maiden century into a big double. He remained undefeated on 239 - more runs than he made in the entire 2012 season.

Choudhary, 22, spent over 10 hours at the crease before the declaration as Madhya Pradesh reached their third-highest score of 510. Captain Devendra Bundela, their most experienced cricketer, played deputy today, as the fifth-wicket partnership extended to 155 runs after Madhya Pradesh resumed the day on 282 for 3.

Rameez Khan chipped in with a half-century and helped MP past 500. Railways' seamers Shailender Gehlot and Krishnakant Upadhyay toiled for 41 and 44 overs respectively for one wicket apiece, while legspinner Karn Sharma was expensive, though he did pick up two wickets.

Railways were hampered further before close of play as last season's highest wicket-taker, Ishwar Pandey, bowled V Cheluveraj for 28 in the 13th over. Rain struck next as play was halted 52 minutes before scheduled close and Railways reached 46 for 1.

Bengal and Baroda are still waiting for play to begin as continuous showers washed out the second day in a row

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  • Naresh on October 29, 2013, 9:54 GMT

    Aparajith looks more like a Dravid type player. Compact defense, penchant for big scores and a slip fielder. This guy is worth an investment for the future just like Sanju Samson. Right now we already have Pujara as heir apparent for Dravid. Some bright sparks appearing for team India.

  • Sridhar on October 29, 2013, 6:54 GMT

    Dont forget baba is one of the best youngster in slips. i saw him taking catches just like that in u19 world cup. MARK WAUGH STYLE

  • P Subramani on October 29, 2013, 4:08 GMT

    Aparajit is ready for a ODI slot as a batsman alone. He is a good off spinner as well. He could go very far in the game because of his even temperament and apparent humility.He should work with Prasanna in nearby Bangalore for some time and we could have a great allrounder for all formats of the game.He could also play for a county because he is definitely an asset and will only benefit in all his disciplines. Piyush Chawla has come on a lot after his stint with Somerset.I am sure Aparajit will evolve even if he is more or less ready.

  • Rajavel on October 28, 2013, 20:58 GMT

    yes after this season if aparajith is not picked for india, he should go to english county and gain different experience, otherwise he will be ignored like unlucky Badrinath. So choice is Aparajith's. Or he should change his surname as Sharma in order to get chance, Hitting two double tons in 3 weeks is not a joke that too for a 19 year old boy, BCCI should take a look at this guy for a higher level. All the Best

  • Raj on October 28, 2013, 17:37 GMT

    Go to Eng country and gain skills. No need to rush for Indian cap. Dhoni & Co will notice soon.

  • Venkat on October 28, 2013, 15:56 GMT

    Aparajith , if not given the opportunity to play for India, should think of playing for an English county next season to hone his skills in different conditions.

  • Dummy4 on October 28, 2013, 15:56 GMT

    He will be seen in Indian uniform soon

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