New Delhi: Ishant Sharma showed some signs of returning to form with a five-wicket haul as Delhi gained the upperhand against Haryana at stumps on the second day of the Ranji Trophy Group A match here on Friday.
Ishant bowled with a lot of fire as he grabbed 5 for 29 in 17 overs as Haryana were bowled out for 138 in reply to Delhi's first innings score of 201.
Delhi scored 35 in the second innings as their lead swelled to 98 with Gautam Gambhir batting on 27. Gambhir, however, looked scratchy but did hit a few boundaries in between.
Ishant dominated the proceedings during the Haryana innings as he hit the deck regularly causing problems for Haryana batsmen.
Rajat Bhatia, bowling his cutters, complemented him well with a 4 for 32 in 16 overs. Wicketkeeper Punit Bisht had a busy time behind the stumps having taken five catches.
Ishant bowled a good first spell, getting the outside edge of opener Nitin Saini (6) and one down batsman Sunny Singh. Then Bhatia joined picture removing left-handed opener Abhimanyu Khod (15).
Abhi Barot (34) and Rahul Dalal (13) added 33 runs before Bhatia removed Dalal as he was adjudged leg before. Barot was out when Gambhir took a sharp catch at point while Jayant Yadav (0) was removed by Parvinder Awana.
At 82 for 6, Joginder Sharma and Sachin Rana added 46 runs for the seventh wicket. Joginder hit 35 off 38 balls with five boundaries before he edged an away going delivery to give Bhatia his fourth wicket.
Ishant then polished off the tail removing Rana and then last man Badhwar to ensure at least three points for Delhi.
Brief scores: Delhi 201 in 87.5 overs (Rajat Bhatia 39, Sanjay Badhwar 4/56). Haryana 138 in 55 overs (Joginder Sharma 35, Ishant Sharma 5/29, Rajat Bhatia 4/32).
Punjab take first innings lead
Mohali: Punjab produced an inspired bowling display to bowl out Gujarat for a paltry 127 and take the vital innings lead on the second day.
Pace trio of Sandeep Sharma (4/59), Siddarth Kaul (2/31) and Manpreet Gony (2/26) effectively used the pace and bounce of the Mohali wicket to take a crucial 45-run first innings lead.
Starting at the overnight score of 61 for 6, it was always expected to be a difficult task for Gujarat to overwhelm Punjab's 172-run first innings score as the visitors had already lost their entire top-order.
Even though Gujarat's tail showed some resistance, unlike their top-order, the asking was too tall.
Brief scores: Punjab: 172 & 127 for two in 59 overs (Jiwanjot Singh 51, Ravi Inder Singh 47; Akshar Patel 2/22).
Gujarat: 127 all out in 43.3 overs (Bhavesh Baria 43; Sandeep Sharma 4/59).
Pati's 94 helps Odisha take first inning lead
Cuttack:Opener Bikas Pati missed out on a century by just six runs as Odisha overhauled Jharkhand's first innings total by reaching 245 for 5 on the second day of their Group A match on Friday.
Pati struck a patient 94 and shared a crucial 132-run partnership with skipper Biplab Samantray (64 batting) for the fifth wicket at the DRIEMS Ground, Tangi.
Jharkhand had made 221 all out in their first innings from 67.4 overs. Odisha added 208 runs on Friday after resuming the day at 37 for 1 and they now have a first innings lead of 24 runs with five wickets remaining.
Brief scores: Jharkhand 221 all out in 67.4 overs (Saurabh Tiwary 67, Bhavin Thaker (61); Basant Mohanty 5/60, Alok Sahoo 3/34).
Odisha: 245 for 5 in 99 overs (Bikas Pati 94, Biplab Samantray 64 batting; Ajay Yadav 3/48).
Shrivastava's knock powers Vidarbha vs Karnataka
Nagpur: Skipper Shalabh Shrivastava led from the front with an unbeaten 187 as Vidarbha reached 457 for 6 in their first innings against Karnataka at stumps on the second day.
Shrivastava blasted 21 boundaries in his unfinished 475-ball innings. He added 54 runs for the fifth wicket with Ranjit Paradkar and forged an unbeaten 88-run stand with SS Ruikar (48) for the seventh wicket.
Resuming Vidarbha's innings at 244 for 2, Shrivastava and Thursday's centurion Faiz Fazal could add just 22 more to their partnership as the opener was dismissed by HS Sharath in the 97th over.
Fazal added just eight runs to his overnight score of 139. He had 22 fours in his 283-ball innings. Number 5 batsman RR Parida too could not stay longer as his innings was cut short after KP Appanna and CM Gautam combined to run him out in the 108th over as Vidarbha slipped to 289 for 4.
Shrivastava and Paradkar then took Vidarbha across the 300 mark before the latter was also run out by AA Kazi. SB Wagh was next to go when he was caught by MK Pandey off HS Sharath in the 144th over. Shrivastava and Ruikar then ensured there were no more hiccups as they took Vidarbha across the 450-mark.
Brief Scores: Vidarbha 1st innings: 457 for six in 179 overs (SU Shrivastava 187 not out; HS Sharath 2/84) vs Karnataka.