Ranji Trophy 2016-17, Group A, 8th round, 2nd day November 30, 2016

Panchal pummels Punjab with 314*

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File photo - Priyank Kirit Panchal hit 314 not out in Gujarat's 624 for 6 declared © ESPNcricinfo

Priyank Kirit Panchal hit 32 fours in his unbeaten 460-ball 314, propelling Gujarat to 624 for 6 declared against Punjab in Belagavi. The 26-year-old opener is in a rich vein of form, having scored 232 and 56* against Mumbai around a week earlier.

Resuming on 281 for 2 on the second morning, Gujarat lost Rujul Bhatt for 60 early. But Panchal received good support from captain Axar Patel and Rush Kalaria as Gujarat piled on the runs at a good pace before their declaration. RP Singh then dismissed Jiwanjot Singh early, before Punjab closed on 20 for 1.

Bengal clawed back to regain lost ground against Mumbai on day two in Nagpur, courtesy a good all-round showing. Having fought to restrict the first-innings deficit to 130, Bengal moved to 198 for 3 with Sudip Chatterjee (67*) and captain Manoj Tiwary (85*) sharing an unbroken 142-run fourth-wicket stand.

Earlier, Ashok Dinda had taken four of the last five Mumbai wickets to register his 22nd first-class five-wicket haul and bowl Mumbai out for 229, from an overnight score of 164 for 5.

Imtiaz Ahmed's 5 for 34 triggered Railways' collapse from 147 for 2 to 213 all out, giving Uttar Pradesh a 46-run first-innings lead in Rajkot.

Railways, who began the day on 18 for 1, benefitted from a 124-run third-wicket partnership between Saurabh Wakaskar (74) and Arindam Ghosh (58). But Ahmed bowled Ghosh to break that partnership and then rattled through Railways' lower order, with the help of Kuldeep Yadav and Ankit Rajpoot. Uttar Pradesh scored 64 for 2 by stumps.

In Dharamsala, Madhya Pradesh relied on early wickets to claim a 53-run first-innings lead over Baroda. New-ball bowlers Ishwar Pandey and Puneet Datey reduced Baroda to 45 for 5, before Deepak Hooda and Irfan Pathan put up some resistance. But Pandey took three lower-order wickets to finish with 5 for 29 and bowl out Baroda for 164.

Madhya Pradesh then scored 126 for 5 by the close of play, Naman Ojha top-scoring with 57.

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  • binojpeter on December 1, 2016, 23:35 GMT

    Congrats to Ishwar Pandey on another five wicket haul.

  • VRDBB on December 1, 2016, 11:40 GMT

    Panchal, Hooda, Pant and Sheth are the uncapped players who seem really promising and should be given a go at some time in the national side. Irfan also seems to be getting some of his mojo back with bat and ball.....

  •   ParthaAc on December 1, 2016, 6:58 GMT

    Bengal should play their young talents instead of same old teams...

  • bbnn on December 1, 2016, 6:34 GMT

    Panchal was in good form two seasons ago, i was keenly watching him because he was bowling medium pace also at that time.But last seasons he was out of form but in this season he is back !

  • tententen on December 1, 2016, 6:18 GMT

    Yuvi's wedding totally went over my head, thanks for pointing out hoping he'll be back soon scoring tons of runs. moving on, guys like ashok dinda and vinay kumar despite taking bucket loads of wkts in ranji are never going to cut it at international level. Manoj tiwary will always remain an unfulfilled potential, don't know what heights he would have achieved if he wasn't benched constantly when he was in peak form during 2011-13. Finally, in deepak hooda india have another middle order dasher who can bowl useful off-spin and can slot in at no.6 perhaps.

  • StarHawk on December 1, 2016, 2:55 GMT

    @TenTen, Yuvi missed the last 2 matches due to personal reasons. Today was his wedding.

  • bandya-lad on December 1, 2016, 1:46 GMT

    why mumbai select Ranjne insted of Lad,nikhil patil,herwadkar in match with Gujrat lad or nikhil might become usefull that time

  • chitrabhanu on December 1, 2016, 1:40 GMT

    Yuvraj is getting married, so not playing

  • ChiragPathak on November 30, 2016, 23:39 GMT

    There are lots of PRIYANK PANCHAL kind of talented players get wasted ! BCCI must think on this, for such a large country there must be 9 to 10 team available internationally !

  • sparkyvin on November 30, 2016, 22:01 GMT

    @TENTENTEN Yuvraj singh just got married. Watch some other page 3 news sites also :)

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