Ranji Trophy 2014-15, Group A, 2nd day December 29, 2014

Bengal reeling after Thakur's five

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Bengal 130 for 6 (Tiwary 63, Thakur 5-37) trail Mumbai 414 (Shreyas Iyer 153, Nayar 65, Lad 64, Shukla 3-58) by 284 runs
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A five-wicket haul from the medium-pacer Shardul Thakur helped Mumbai take firm control of their Ranji clash against Bengal in Kolkata. Mumbai began the day at a commanding at a commanding 306 for 4, thanks to a hundred from Shreyas Iyer, but they were able to add only 108 more runs to that total on day two, as three scalps apiece from Veer Pratap Singh and Laxmi Shukla saw the visitors bowled out for 414. Siddhesh Lad scored 62, but their last five batsmen together could only contribute 27, as Mumbai were dismissed inside 36 overs of the day. Bengal's reply, though, was blighted by wickets at regular intervals, as Thakur carved open the top and middle order on his way to collecting 5 for 37 - his third five-for in as many matches - and with 23 scalps so far, he is the leading wicket-taker this season. Manoj Tiwary top-scored for Bengal with 63, but he was hard-pressed for support at the other end, as the hosts were precariously placed at 130 for 6 at stumps, still trailing by 284 runs.

Madhya Pradesh 103 for 3 (Mangalorkar 3-46) trail Baroda 358 (Wakaskar 94, Hooda 85, Datey 5-101)
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Only 52 overs were played in Gwalior, with Baroda holding the edge against Madhya Pradesh thanks to a three-wicket burst from fast bowler Sagar Mangalorkar. Baroda, who began at 291 for 6, were dealt an early blow when their overnight batsman Deepak Hooda was dismissed for 85 four overs into the day. Baroda did not last much longer, as Puneet Datey (5 for 101) and Avesh Khan (3 for 49) ran through the lower order and bowled them out for 358. MP, however, lost three crucial wickets before the day ended as Mangalorkar struck at regular intervals. They ended the day 255 runs adrift.

Uttar Pradesh 267 for 5 (Srivastava 99, Verma 57, Raza 2-43) v Jammu & Kashmir
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Jammu & Kashmir's bowlers were rewarded for their toil with five wickets, but Uttar Pradesh still ended the day in Kanpur relatively comfortable at 267 for 5. UP lost their overnight half-centurion Akash Verma (57) early in the day, but his opening partner Tanmay Srivastava kept the score ticking, even though the batsmen at the other end failed to stay long enough to support him. Srivastava stroked 15 fours, but fell one short of a hundred, as he was trapped lbw by Waseem Raza (2 for 43) in the 68th over. Arish Alam (38) and Eklavya Dwivedi (23) were at the crease when stumps were called.

Tamil Nadu 144 for 4 (Abhinav 57, Yadav 2-49) v Railways
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Heavy rain in Chennai meant that no play was possible on day two between Tamil Nadu and Railways. Tamil Nadu had made 144 for 4 on the first day - also marred by rain- at the MA Chidambaram Stadium.

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