Ranji Trophy 2014-15, Group B, 3rd round, 2nd day December 22, 2014

Chand, Sehwag lead Delhi with fifties

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Delhi 201 for 3 (Chand 87*, Sehwag 64) lead Rajasthan 141 (Bishnoi 57, Awana 4-15) by 60 runs
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Delhi took a comfortable lead of 60 runs in the 52 overs bowled on the second day at Feroz Shah Kotal by cruising to 210 for 3 with the help of fifties from Unmukt Chand and Virender Sehwag. Chand was unbeaten on 87 while Sehwag fell for 64.

Resuming on 10 for 1, Delhi lost No. 3 Varun Sood in the sixth over of the day, which brought Sehwag and Chand together. The pair stitched a partnership of 128 runs at 4.29 runs per over which took them to 150. Sehwag's fifty featured eight fours and a six before he was dismissed by Shailender Gehlot. Chand was then joined by Mithun Manhas and they scored 61 runs before it was stumps.

Haryana 60 for 2 (Sunny 30) trail Vidarbha 154 (Fazal 46, Joginder 5-46, Hooda 3-40) by 94 runs
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Haryana's medium-pacers forced a collapse in Vidarbha's innings by taking their last five wickets for 23 runs. The bowling effort was led by Joginder Sharma, who took four wickets on the second day and was complemented by Ashish Hooda. Haryana also lost two wickets for 60 runs and trailed by 94 runs at stumps.

Vidarbha started the day on 101 for 3 and Joginder removed the two overnight batsmen - Faiz Fazal and Shalabh Shrivastava - in consecutive overs. Ravi Jangid and Urvesh Patel survived for nearly five overs, but once Patel was run out for 11, Vidarbha collapsed for 154 by losing the last four wickets within 8.4 overs. Joginder finished with 5 for 46, his 18th five-for in first-class matches, and Hooda collected three wickets for 40.

Vidarbha didn't allow Haryana to end the day very comfortably, by dismissing two of their batsmen in 18 overs. Captain Sunny Singh was leading the innings with 30 but he was the second wicket to fall.

Gujarat 248 (Smit 105, Jadeja 5-74) lead Saurashtra 207 (Akshar 4-72) by 41 runs
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A hundred from Smit Patel gave Gujarat a handy first-innings lead of 41 runs, taking them to 248 on the second day in Rajkot. Gujarat were reeling at 136 for 7 at one point, before Smit's second first-class hundred rescued them, despite five wickets from Dharmendrasinh Jadeja.

Gujarat were fairly steady at 72 for 1, after being 3 for 0 overnight, before they lost three wickets - Bhargav Merai, Kirit Panchal and Parthiv Patel - within 18 deliveries. Rujul Bhatt was then bowled for 4, and Akshar Patel for 8, to leave them at 85 for 5. Smit and Rush Kalaria stalled the fall of wickets with a stand of 71 to take them past 200. That stand was also broken by Jadeja, with Kalaria's wicket for 31, but Smit marshalled them towards 250 with a knock of 105. The last two wickets fell within three deliveries but Gujarat had taken the lead by then. Jadeja finished with 5 for 74, his second five-for in first-class matches.

Punjab 370 for 8 (Yuvraj 136, Jiwanjot 68, Gurkeerat 57,Sanklecha 3-75) lead Maharashtra 210 by 160 runs
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Yuvraj Singh's scintillating knock of 136 runs, and his two century partnerships with Jiwanjot Singh and Gurkeerat Singh for the fourth and fifth wicket, respectively, put Punjab on course of for taking away maximum points against Maharashtra. Read the full report here.

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  • sam on December 23, 2014, 4:26 GMT

    Unmukt Chand and KL Rahul will open for India in tests in another 3-4 years time and both have "class" written all over their batting just like we see in Vijay's bating. Both need to keep their focus going especially Unmukt who often throws his wicket away after getting set in first class cricket.

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