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Paras Dogra hits maiden double-century

A round-up of the action from the second day of the first round of the Ranji Trophy Plate League 2011-12

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Group A

Paras Dogra scored his maiden first-class double-century to carry Himachal Pradesh to 531 against Tripura in Agartala. Dogra, who had smacked 26 boundaries in his innings, was eventually picked up for 205 by Timir Chanda - one of the new-ball bowlers eight wickets. Chanda's 8 for 133, too, was his best effort in first-class cricket. Dogra apart, Sridharan Sriram and Rishi Dhawan scored half-centuries on day two, to bolster Himachal's total. Tripura openers, Rajib Saha and Subhrajit Roy, were steady. They put on 81, before Saha was snagged just prior to stumps.
Ranjit Paradkar and Shalabh Shrivastava produced their best first-class performances to carry Vidarbha to a massive 557 for 7 against Kerala, in Nagpur. Shrivastava added 20 runs to his overnight score of 84, to complete his maiden first-class century, while Paradkar finished unbeaten on 178. The only Kerala bowler to have much of an impact was left-arm spinner Padmanabhan Prasanth, who finished with his maiden five-for. Vidarbha declared with seven overs to spare in the day, which Kerala's openers Abhishek Hegde and VA Jagadeesh successfully batted out.
Andhra Pradesh finished day two with a 155-run lead over Services in Delhi. Services did well to knock over the three remaining Andhra wickets quickly in the morning, to keep them to 219. New-ball bowlers Suraj Yadav and Nishan Singh finished with four wickets apiece. However, a woeful collapse followed, to hand Andhra firm control over the match. The Andhra bowlers, led by Syed Sahabuddin who took a five-for, shot out Services for 95 as none of their batsmen managed more than Soumyaranjan Swain's 37. In their second innings Andhra lost Manoj Sai cheaply, but with their big first-innings' lead, they still held the edge at stumps.

Group B

Maharashtra's lower order contributed valuable runs to carry their team to 443 against Goa in Porvorim. Maharashtra resumed on 286 for 4, with Ankit Bawne and Rohit Motwani batting on 60 and 68 respectively. Bawne fell early and Motwani was bowled by Sher Yadav nine short of a century, but the lower order did not cave in. Kedar Jadhav and Shrikant Mundhe made scores in the 40s and Akshya Darekar made 29 not out to give Maharashtra an impressive total. New-ball bowler Robin D'Souza was the pick for Goa, taking 5 for 94 - his maiden first-class five-for. Goa's openers were very cautious in their approach. Maharashtra, however, managed a couple of breakthroughs to leave Goa 48 for 2 at stumps.
Hyderabad kicked on from 129 for 1 to 373 for 7 against Jharkhand in Uppal. The first half of the day's play was washed out, and on resumption Jharkhand struck two quick blows. However, an 88-run stand Bavanaka Sandeep and Arjun Yadav put them back on track. Then Syed Quadri took charge, batting with the lower order, to carry Hyderabad past 350. He went to stumps unbeaten on 77. Left-arm spinner Shahbaz Nadeem was the pick of the Jharkhand bowlers, taking 3 for 126 in a marathon 52-over spell.
No play was possible on the second day of the Jammu & Kashmir v Assam match in Srinagar.