Ranji Trophy 2014-15, Group A, 5th round, 2nd day January 6, 2015

Irfan 98 powers Baroda to 498

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Uttar Pradesh 103 for 1 (Srivastava 69*) trail Baroda 498 (Devdhar 146, Irfan 98, Swapnil 73*, Murtaza 4-103) by 395 runs
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Irfan Pathan made his comeback to first-class cricket by scoring 98 runs which helped lead Baroda to a strong score of 498. Baroda spinner Swapnil Singh's also chipped in with a fifty on the second day in Lucknow. Uttar Pradesh's steady reply was led by an unbeaten fifty from opener Tanmay Srivastava as they finished the day trailing by 395 runs.

Baroda, 316 for 6 overnight, had Irfan on 15 and lost Penal Shah after he added only four runs to his overnight score. Swapnil joined Irfan with the score at 320 for 7 and they stitched a partnership of 139 runs to propel Baroda past 450. Playing a first-class match after more than a year, Irfan's 98 featured 12 fours before he was bowled by Ali Murtaza. Swapnil went on to bat with the tail, scoring an unbeaten 73 with eight fours and three sixes. Murtaza took the last two wickets and finished with 4 for 103.

UP's opening stand of 49 was broken when Yusuf Pathan had Akash Verma caught for 12. However, Srivastava's 69 not out, with Mukul Dagar, steered them to 103 for 1.

Bengal 183 for 2 (Tiwary 54*, Arindam 48) trail Tamil Nadu 246 (Karthik 92, Prasanna 50, Dinda 4-76) by 63 runs
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Manoj Tiwary's unbeaten fifty led Bengal's reply after Tamil Nadu lost their last four wickets for 38 runs on the second morning in Kolkata to be dismissed for 246. Bengal ended the day 63 runs behind TN after good starts from their top four batsmen who steered them to a solid 183 for 2.

TN were 208 for 5 overnight but Ashok Dinda struck in the first over the of day to remove R Sathish. Laxmipathy Balaji's 25-ball 2 kept the wickets at bay for nearly eight overs but medium-pacer Pritam Chakraborty's two quick wickets reduced them to 228 for 8. TN were dented further when their captain R Prasanna retired hurt just after reaching his fifty, at the score of 236 and a run-out ended their innings in the 89th over. Dinda finished with 4 for 76.

Bengal openers Rohan Banerjee and Arindam Das put on a solid opening stand of 74, which was broken by Balaji, when he trapped Arindam lbw for 48. Banerjee also fell seven overs later but Abhimanyu Easwaran (41*) and Tiwary (54*) put Bengal in a position of strength with an unbeaten stand of 81 runs.

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