Dewan, Joginder give Haryana lead
A round-up of the seventh round of Ranji Trophy's Group B matches on December 16, 2012
Haryana 271 for 8 (Dewan 93, Joginder 65, Rajpoot 4-66) lead Uttar Pradesh 227 by 44 runs
A seventh-wicket partnership of 91 between opener Rahul Dewan and allrounder Joginder Sharma, playing his first game since having a serious accident last year, took Haryana past Uttar Pradesh's 227 in Lucknow. The UP quick bowlers Ankit Rajpoot and Imtiaz Ahmed had Haryana in trouble at 135 for 6 before Dewan and Joginder started the repair job. Joginder smashed ten boundaries in his 65 off 90 balls while Dewan was much more circumspect in his 93 off 266. Rajpoot ended with 4 for 66 while Imtiaz had 3 for 86, but by stumps Haryana had a decent lead of 44.
Tamil Nadu 166 for 6 (Aparajith 62, Prasanna 60*, Vahora 3-23) trail Baroda 208 (Rayudu 54, Vahora 47, Mahesh 5-26) by 42 runs
Tamil Nadu were battling for the first-innings lead against Baroda at the Moti Bagh ground in Vadodara. After the big guns in their line-up had failed, Baba Aparajith, the India Under-19 allrounder, and R Prasanna led a recovery from 52 for 4. The Baroda seam duo of Murtuja Vahora and Sankalp Vohra had jolted Tamil Nadu, accounting for the wickets of Abhinav Mukund, M Vijay, S Badrinath and Dinesh Karthik. Aparajith and Prasanna hit sixties but Baroda sneaked back in late in the day with two more strikes: Aparajith fell to Ketan Panchal two deliveries after the final drinks break and Vahora got rid of V Shankar to leave the hosts trailing by 42 runs at stumps. Vahora had earlier added 80 for the last wicket with Bhargav Bhatt to push Baroda past 200.
Vidarbha 48 for 0 trail Karnataka 619 for 8 dec (Gautam 257, Rahul 157, Binny 85, Pandey 53) by 571 runs
Karnataka piled on the runs in Mysore, with wicketkeeper CM Gautam making his maiden first-class double-century. After fellow centurion KL Rahul had fallen for 157 early in the morning, Gautam carried on to make 257 off 394 deliveries and hit 20 fours. Stuart Binny and Manish Pandey chipped in with brisk half-centuries as Karnataka scored at nearly four runs an over. The declaration came as soon as Gautam got out, the eighth man to be dismissed. Vidarbha reached 48 without loss in reply.
Maharashtra 3 for 0 and 196 (Bawne 58, Narwal 3-35) lead Delhi 193 (Rawal 65, Fallah 5-67, Dhumal 3-32) by six runs
At the Roshanara Club, Delhi were far from a dominant position to force the win against Maharashtra. An unheralded bowling attack on a pitch that is made for accuracy and length had Delhi all out for 193, three short of the first-innings lead, late into the second day. At stumps, Maharashtra were 3 for no loss.
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