Ranji Trophy 2013-14, Group A, 5th round, 2nd day November 29, 2013

Parthiv, Gohel fifties propel Gujarat

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Gujarat 168 for 2 (Parthiv 75*, Gohel 66*) trail Jharkhand 289 (Tiwary 91, Nemat 78, Bumrah 5-79) by 121 runs

Opener Samit Gohel and Parthiv Patel 's half-centuries stabilised Gujarat who were closing in on Jharkhand's first-innings total of 289 at the end of day two in Jamshedpur.

Gujarat lost Priyank Panchal in the sixth over, caught off Shahbaz Nadeem, before Bhargav Merai was run-out in the 10th, leaving them at a precarious 23 for 2. However, the visitors recovered as Goel and Parthiv batted out the remaining 47.1 overs, to finish strongly at 168 for 2, heading into the third day. Gohel, who struck an unbeaten 102 in the previous game against Punjab, hit 10 fours during his 66 while Parthiv's 75, which included eight fours, meant he has scored a fifty in all but one of his five Ranji games this season.

Jharkhand began the day at 194 for 5, but were dealt an early blow when Kumar Deobrat was dismissed for 5. They rallied with a 42-run seventh-wicket partnership between Saurabh Tiwary and Nadeem. Both were dismissed within five overs of each other and though the tail did wag slightly, Jasprit Bumrah picked up a five-wicket haul for the second match running, to bundle them out for 289.

Karnataka 288 for 4 (Pandey 108*, Rahul 67) lead Odisha 226 (Mallick 98, Mithun 6-52) by 62 runs

Manish Pandey's 11th first-class century helped Karnataka to a first-innings lead and take control of their match againt Odisha in Cuttack.

Pandey came in with Karnataka at 72 for 2 and nursing the loss of their openers. However, he batted out the remaining 70 overs of the day to ensure Karnataka finished strongly at 288 for 4, 62 runs more than Jharkhand's first-innings score of 226.

Pandey struck 13 fours and two sixes during his unbeaten 108, and added 114 for the third wicket with KL Rahul, who made 67. Rahul was caught behind by Subhrajit Sahoo off Biplab Samantray in the 57th over, but another solid partnership followed for the visitors- a fourth-wicket stand of 71 between Pandey and Kunal Kapoor- that took them beyond 250.

The Jharkhand bowlers endured a frustrating day on the field, with Samantray, Deepak Behera and Basant Mohanty managing one wicket each.

Mumbai 261 (Jaffer 139, Sandeep 4-35) and 179 for 1 (Tare 110*, Rahane 62*) lead Vidarbha 113 (Thakur 3-40) by 372 runs

Mumbai taught Vidarbha lesson or two at the Wankhede, taking firm control at the halfway stage of their Ranji Trophy Group A match. At stumps on day two, after bundling out Vidarbha for 113 for a first-innings lead of 148, Aditya Tare and Ajinkya Rahane's unbroken century stand for the second wicket helped Mumbai get to 179 for 1.

With Tare and Rahane at their sublime best, any of Vidarbha's hopes of stretching Mumbai in their first-ever Ranji clash evaporated. Ending the day trailing by 327 runs, Vidarbha seem to be headed for a huge defeat, and Mumbai, their third victory in four games this season.

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Haryana 163 and 117 for 5 (Sandeep Sharma 3-26) lead Punjab 184 (Gurkeerat 51, Budhwar 4-46, Harshal 4-60) by 96 runs

On a green track at Lahli, the match between hosts Haryana and Punjab seems set for a close finish. At the end of the second day, Haryana have a 96-run lead but are also five wickets down and the Punjab pacers, particularly, Sandeep Sharma and VRV Singh will be looking to knock the side over quickly on the third morning

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