Harshal, Saini put Haryana in commanding position

A round up of the Group C matches from day 2 of the last round of Ranji Trophy matches

Nitin Saini drives en route to his 13th first-class hundred, Haryana v Tripura, Ranji Trophy 2016-17, 2nd day, Kolkata, December 8, 2016

File photo - Nitin Saini struck at 88.88 as he brought up his 13th first-class ton after Haryana bowled Tripura out cheaply  •  PTI

Harshal Patel's five-wicket haul helped Haryana bowl Tripura out for 178 at the Eden Gardens. In response, Haryana, who are neck-to-neck with Andhra in the hunt for knockout qualification, were 239 ahead after posting 186 for 4 at stumps. Opener Nitin Saini hit 104.
Tripura began the day on 70 for 4 and overnight batsman Smit Patel continued to lead the resistance in an innings where opener Bishal Ghosh (36) was the only other player to get into double figures. Smit batted with the lower order and scored 76 of Tripura's 108 runs on the day as he brought up his third century of the season - and as a Tripura player - before he was the last man out. Harshal, who had already taken two wickets overnight, added three more on the day, starting with Yashpal Singh's wicket in the ninth over.
In their second innings, Haryana openers Nitin Saini and Shubham Rohilla (47) put on a 103-run partnership that came at nearly five runs per over. Saini then added 47 for the second wicket with Chaitanya Bishnoi (21), and 31 for the third with Rajat Paliwal (10*) before falling in the penultimate over of the day. His 104 came at a strike-rate of 88.88.
Darshan Misal's second first-class ton took Goa to 380 before Himachal Pradesh's Prashant Chopra hit an unbeaten 144 to take them to 254 for 2 at stumps in Mumbai.
Goa began the day on 260 for 6, and Misal brought up his century as he put on 49 for the eighth wicket with Srinivas Fadte, after overnight batsman Shadab Jakati was out early. After Misal's dismissal - caught and bowled to Mayank Dagar - Fadte added 46 runs for the ninth wicket with Rituraj Singh before the team folded on 380. He remained unbeaten on 38.
In reply, HP looked to play aggressively and lost opener Ankush Bains in the third over with the score on 25. A 60-ball 66-run stand between Prashant and RI Thakur (26) followed, before Prashant brought up his century in 70 deliveries as he stitched together an unbroken 163-run partnership with Sumeet Verma (70*). HP's run rate was 5.64 at the end of the day.
Inclement conditions held play till after lunch in Lucknow, where Andhra's bowlers restricted table-toppers Hyderabad to 81 for 5 at stumps.
Hyderabad began the day on 10 for no loss, having bowled out Andhra for 190 on the first day. They lost Akshath Reddy in the second over of the day, and S Badrinath shortly after. Paidikalva Vijaykumar took both those wickets, before his opening partner D Siva Kumar took two quick wickets - Tanmay Agarwal and B Sandeep - to reduce Hyderabad to 36 for 4. B Anirudh (26*) then added 45 runs with Himalay Agarwal (22), before the latter was run out in the last over the day.
In Gwalior too, play started only after lunch as Chhatisgarh were bowled out for 370 against Jammu & Kashmir on the back of a 135-run partnership for the eighth wicket between Ajay Mandal and Sumit Ruikar. In response, J&K were 33 for 2 at stumps.
Chhatisgarh resumed on 217 for 6 and lost overnight batsman Ashutosh Singh (41) off the first ball of the day. This brought Mandal (74) together with Ruikar (62) and the two left-arm spinners put on 135. Samiullah Beigh - who went wicketless on the day - finished the innings with 5 for 94.
J&K lost opener Imran Haroon and No. 3 Pranav Gupta (22) in their response. Shubham Khajuria (9*) and Mohsin Mufti (0*) were at the crease.