Ranji Trophy 2013-14, Group A, 8th round, 2nd day December 23, 2013

Venugopal puts Odisha under the cosh

ESPNcricinfo staff

Odisha 111 for 1 (Rout 39, Natraj Behera 64*) trail Gujarat 479 for 8 dec (Parthiv 109, Venugopal 177) by 368 runs

Venugopal Rao's dramatic resurgence continued as he made his third century of the season to put Gujarat in a strong position against Odisha in Ahmedabad. Resuming on 68, Rao powered on to a 277-ball 177, with 22 fours and two sixes, before his dismissal prompted Gujarat to declare at 479 for 8.

Odisha began well in pursuit, with Girjia Rout putting on 111 with Natraj Behera for the first wicket before falling lbw to Jasprit Bumrah off the last ball of the day. Natraj, batting on 64 at stumps, remained on course for a fourth century in as many innings.

Vidarbha 101 for 1 (Fazal 41*) trail Jharkhand 332 (Nemat 85, Deobrat 69, Jaggi 52, Wakhare 5-82) by 231 runs

With their highest run-getter, Faiz Fazal, batting on 41, Vidarbha remained in the hunt to take the lead against Jharkhand at Keenan Stadium. Vidarbha were 101 for 1 at stumps, still trailing by 231.

In the morning, offspinner Akshay Wakhare completed a five-wicket haul as Jharkhand took 51.2 overs to crawl from their overnight score of 233 for 5 to 332 all out. After Wakhare dismissed Shahbaz Nadeem early in the day for 45, the tail provided stodgy support to Kumar Deobrat. Between them, Jharkhand's last four scored 26 off 171 balls. Deobrat moved to a relatively breakneck 69 off 159, with seven fours and two sixes, before he was out to left-arm spinner Sumit Ruikar.

Read the full report of Karnataka v Mumbai here: Lad revives Mumbai with half-century.

Read the full report of the Delhi v Punjab here: Jiwanjot turns it around for Punjab.