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December 15, 2013
Saurashtra 49 for 0 (Pathak 24*, Chauhan 13*) trail Madhya Pradesh 619 for 8 dec (Jalaj 194, Mishra 158*, Ojha 154) by 570 runs
Jalaj Saxena, Mohnish Mishra and Naman Ojha hit big centuries to take Madhya Pradesh to an imposing 619 for 8 before declaring their innings, with Saurashtra making 49 for 0 before stumps were called at Visakhapatnam. MP resumed the second day on 342 for 2, with Jalaj unbeaten on 157, along with Mishra on 6. The pair added 55 more before Jalaj fell just six runs shy of what would have been his maiden first-class double century when he was caught by Bhushan Chauhan off the bowling of Jaydev Unadkat.
This brought the captain, Devendra Bundela, to the crease, and together with Mishra was able to put on 70 runs for the fourth wicket. With Bundela out on 25, Mishra enjoyed a 51-run stand with Anand Bias, who scored 39. Mishra finished not out on 158 when the innings was declared on 619 for 8. Saurashtra had 15 overs at the end of the day, and the openers did the needful, putting on 49, with Chirag Pathak and Chauhan not out on 24 and 13.
Services 191 (Swain 62, Munaf 4-38) and 2 for 1 (Munaf 1-2) trail Baroda 369 (Mistry 118, Vahora 46, Kanojia 3-76) by 176 runs
Munaf Patel struck in his second over after Dhiren Mistry struck his maiden first-class hundred to keep Baroda on top on the second day against Services in Vadodara.
Continuing from their overnight 62 for 0, Baroda took a lead of 178 even though their middle order didn't capitalise much on Mistry's hundred. Five of their top six fell in the 20s or 30s after Saurabh Wakaskar and Mistry put on 92 for the opening stand. Medium-pacer Shadab Nazar broke the stand and dismissed Kedar Devdhar for a brisk 33, breaking the 50-run stand. Two more wickets fell quickly as Mistry and Irfan Pathan, playing his first match of the season, fell within five deliveries.
After dismissing Pathan, Rahul Kanojia got rid of Pinal Shah and Gagandeep Singh in successive overs to leave the score at 263 for 7. No. 9 Murtuja Vahora stitched two useful partnerships - of 42 with Yusuf Pathan (31) and 55 with Bhargav Bhatt (22) - to stretch the lead. Vahora's was the last wicket to fall for 46, featuring four fours and a six, as their innings ended on 369.
Munaf handed Services an early blow in the 2.2 overs they faced when he bowled Pratik Desai for 2, with them still trailing by 176.
Railways 152 for 8 (Karn Sharma 50*, Kaushik 3-35) trail Tamil Nadu 246 (Prasanna 117, Anureet 5-67) by 94 runs
Anureet Singh took five wickets to help restrict Tamil Nadu to 246 but the Railways batsmen failed to cash in on the opportunity as they finished the second day on 152 for 8 at the Jamia Millia Cricket Ground in Delhi.
R Prasanna scored his second hundred of the season when he resumed on 88, and stretched the score from 200 for 8 to 246 with J Kaushik and Aushik Srinivas. Prasanna's was the last wicket to fall for 117, a knock which included 13 fours and a six.
Railways opener Rongsen Jonathan was caught behind on his first ball to L Balaji with the score on 2. Medium-pacer J Kaushik then dismissed No. 3 Nitin Bhille for a patient 13. Railways kept losing wickets at regular intervals as three of their top six batsmen scored in double figures. M Mohammed dismissed HD Rawle and opener Shivakant Shukla within six overs, and Kaushik got rid of Arindam Ghosh and Murali Kartik to leave them struggling at 88 for 7 which soon became 101 for 8.
However, a counterattacking and unbeaten fifty from Karn Sharma took Railways past 150 as he got support from No. 10 Krishnakant Upadhyay. Karn struck three fours and as many sixes as Railways were still trailing by 94.
Read the full report of Bengal v Uttar Pradesh here: Blazing Shukla ton puts Bengal ahead.
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