Baroda v Uttar Pradesh, Ranji Trophy, Vadodara, 3rd day November 9, 2013

Raina, RP Singh put UP in command

ESPNcricinfo staff

Baroda 228 and 5 for 2 need another 364 runs to beat Uttar Pradesh 302 and 294 for 6 (Srivastava 125*, Raina 65)

India Test discards Suresh Raina and RP Singh struck telling blows with bat and ball respectively for the second time in the match as Uttar Pradesh took control against Baroda in Moti Bagh. On a deteriorating pitch, UP built on their first-innings lead of 74 to extend it to 368 before declaring. Raina scored 65 but the innings was built around the opener Tanmay Srivastava who finished unbeaten on 125.

Spin accounted for all ten wickets in UP's first innings and the hosts, having already conceded an innings lead, needed wickets to prevent Baroda from extending their advantage. The spinners bowled in tandem with several men around the bat in the first session and there were plenty of close bat-pad and lbw appeals that were turned down. Mukul Dagar and Srivastava added 111 before a double-strike gave Baroda hope.

Bhargav Bhatt, who took a five-for in the first innings, was on a hat-trick, having trapped Dagar padding up and getting Mohammad Kaif to edge to slip. Raina, who scored 123 in the first innings, batted positively hitting seven boundaries in his 65 off 86 balls. His 110-run stand with Srivastava took the game further away from Baroda and UP batted themselves into a position from which they could declare.

Raina aimed to push the scoring following his fifty by looking to cut the spinners. After several unsuccessful attempts, he managed to edge one from the offspinner Utkarsh Patel to the keeper. Srivastava reached his century shortly after tea and when the declaration came, UP had the final half hour to have a crack at Baroda.

RP, who took a four-wicket haul in the first innings, struck off the first ball of the chase when Saurabh Wakaskar poked his bat out at an away swinger and edged behind. Aditya Waghmode played and missed and lost his middle stump to RP. Baroda ended the day at a uneasy 5 for 2, having to face an in-form RP and a wearing surface on the final day to survive.

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  • James on November 10, 2013, 2:50 GMT

    No need to look at any bowler seriously unless they finish among the five top bowlers in a Ranji season, and are able to take wickets of top order batsmen. Over the past few years, I have seen Baroda's fortunes are linked to Irfan Pathan's fitness. Despite the decline in his bowling he is still among the few medium pacers to take wickets on Indian wickets, and that too top order wickets. If this year also bowlers like Pandey, Kaul, and Rishi Dhawan figure among the top wicket takers, it is them who should be given chances at the India A and international level, not occasional performers like RP. RP at his best is quite good, but right now his UP counterparts like Intiaz are comfortably bowling better than him.

  • Dummy4 on November 10, 2013, 2:35 GMT

    @naresh ayyagari:- raina scores century(123) in first inning and 65 in second inning and also got 2 wicket in 1st inning and rp singh takes 6* wicket that why./.. grow up..

  • Dummy4 on November 9, 2013, 23:09 GMT

    When we have a young Tanmay Srivastava scoring a Brilliant 125*, why is the headline pointing to Raina or RP? Cricinfo playing it to the crowd? Sad :(

  • Dummy4 on November 9, 2013, 22:41 GMT

    What crime has Pankaj Singh of Rajasthan committed to not even get a call up in the test squad ?, season after season he does very well yet is never mentioned by any selector and people are talking of RP who does ok this season and people want him back in the team. Seriously selectors and many India fans need a WAKE UP call!!

  • Dummy4 on November 9, 2013, 22:36 GMT

    God help India if RP Singh gets another chance in Team India

  • Saurabh on November 9, 2013, 16:02 GMT

    RP was inconsistent and terribly out of form for the last two-three seasons.On song,he is one of the best left-arm bowlers on view,having the capability to find prodigious swing,bowling from both over and round the wicket.If he can re-discover his rhythm and control,and get the fire that a pacer so badly needs,he should make the job of Indian selectors a lot easier.

  • Subramani on November 9, 2013, 15:47 GMT

    I was always very impressed with R P Singh. He had pace, a beautiful action and had all the variations that a left arm fast bowler needs. I remember he did very well in England and then Australia when he was 5 years younger. Then he went into injuries and that was sad because he looked to be the heir apparent to Zaheer Khan. If he is fit as he says he is, the selectors must keep him in mind for South Africa. If Zaheer is not fully match fit RP is the answer to a line up that could have yadav,Aaron,Shami and RP with Bhuvi as the fifth bowler. I am sure this line up will do well in South Africa.I wish he does excellently in all the domestic games from now on so that he regains his confidence.

  • Android on November 9, 2013, 15:15 GMT

    Rp could be one of reckoning for SA tour somebody gets injured! if not zaheer I would definitely go with RP for SA tour... zaheer, rp, shami, Umesh , bhuvi all fit and in form can challenge any team!

  • Dummy4 on November 9, 2013, 13:38 GMT

    india needs rp to come back and take wickets with his in swingers. he needs to be our main bowler.if he is in rythm no one can stop him he needs to be selected for sa tour i india wants to win.

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