Khatri shines but Tripura dominant
A round-up of the second day's play of the second-round matches of the Ranji Trophy Plate League 2009-10
Rajasthan 97 for 5 (Khoda 51, Chowdhury 2-8) and 102 lead Tripura 179 (Saha 45, Mota 43, Khatri 6-49) by 20 runs
Tripura retained the advantage in a low-scoring encounter against Rajasthan in Agartala. Twelve wickets fell on the second day. The tone was set by offspinner Madhur Khatri's 6 for 49, which helped skittle out Tripura for 179. However, contributions of 43 from Wilkin Mota and 45 down the order from Tushar Saha gave Tripura a handy lead of 77. Rajasthan struggled in the second innings, with little support for Gagan Khoda's 51. Two late wickets by Subal Chowdhury, who bowls leg spin, left Rajasthan reeling at 97 for 5, a lead of just 20.
Jharkhand 246 for 6 (Vardhan 63, Rajiv 54, Jangid 2-17) against Vidarbha
Vidarbha held a slight edge at stumps on the second day against Jharkhand in Ranchi. After the first day was washed out, the teams played out a closely-fought second day, as Jharkhand reached 246 for 6. They could have done better, for each of the top five got starts, reaching double-digits. Manish Vardhan top-scored with 63, and at 188 for 3, the hosts were in an excellent position to reach a substantial total. But the next three wickets fell for eight runs before Rajiv Kumar (54 not out) and Varun Aaron (23 not out) forged an unbeaten half-century stand to revive the innings.
The second day of the contest between Goa and Assam in Margao, like the first, was washed out due to persistent rain.
Madhya Pradesh 172 for 1 (Ojha 87*, Kanitkar 63*) v Kerala
Indore, too, didn't escape the showers, allowing just 13.4 overs to be bowled on the second day. Madhya Pradesh, without any damage, added a further 38 runs to their overnight score.
Haryana 23 for 1 against Jammu & Kashmir
On another day marred by rain in Srinagar, only eight overs were possible. Haryana, who were asked to bat, reached 23 for 1 against hosts Jammu and Kashmir.