New Delhi: A collective effort by Punjab saw them make an impressive comeback in the Ranji Trophy group league encounter against Delhi with opener Jiwanjot Singh scoring a century on a lively track where his senior colleague Yuvraj Singh came a cropper for the second time.
At stumps, Punjab were 177 for three with Jiwanjot batting on 105 and Mandeep Singh undefeated on 29 with visitors stretching their overall lead to 101, having erased the first innings deficit of 76 runs.
This was after the Punjab bowlers did well to restrict Delhi to 150 after being bowled out for 74 in the first innings. For Delhi, Virender Sehwag (10) once again failed to get a big score after he was run out failing to beat direct throw from Mandeep.
This is Jiwanjot's second ton of the season after his double hundred against Vidarbha at Mohali. The opener was lucky once when Sehwag dropped him at the first slip off Rajat Bhatia's bowling when he was on 40. Earlier, Unmukt Chand (55) scored a half-century as Punjab bowlers put up a good show to dismiss Delhi for 150 in 45.1 overs. Unmukt looked solid, hitting 12 boundaries in his half-century but played a poor shot to be caught behind off Siddharth Kaul.
Kaul (3 for 49) and Manpreet Gony (3 for 42) shared bulk of the spoils, while Sandeep Sharma and Jaskaran Singh got wicket apiece. Sehwag was unlucky as he started with two boundaries but was out when Unmukt called for a quick single. Unmukt pushed a delivery towards short cover and ran but Mandeep's direct throw found Sehwag short of his crease as he ran towards striker's end.
Brief Scores: Punjab 74 and 177 for 3 in 52 overs (Jiwanjot Singh 105 batting, Mandeep Singh 29 batting).
Delhi 1st Innings 150 in 45.1 overs (Unmukt Chand 55, Rahul Yadav 15, Manpreet Gony 3/42, Siddharth Kaul 3/49).
In Motera, Venugopal Rao scored a century as Gujarat declared at 479 for eight before Odisha reached 111 for one at stumps on day two of their Ranji Trophy Group A' match . Resuming on 287 for three, overnight batsman Rao, starting on 68, went on to score a 277-ball 177 laced with 22 fours and two sixes to put the hosts in a strong position.
The other overnight batsman -- centurion Parthiv Patel -- however failed to add any run to his last night's score of 109.
Rao played a responsible innings and also put on a solid 93-run stand for the seventh wicket with Jesal Karia, who chipped in with crucial 39 runs. For Odisha, Jayanta Behera took three for 111.
Odisha still trail Gujarat by 368 runs with nine wickets in hand. At stumps, Natraj was batting on 64 and he remains on course for his fourth century in as many innings.
Brief scores: Gujarat 1st innings: 479 for 8 dec (Parthiv Patel 109, Venugopal Rao 177; Jayanta Behera 3/111). Odisha 1st innings: 111 for one in 41 overs (Natraj Behera batting 64).
In Jamshedpur, Vidarbha fought back to score 101 losing one wicket in reply to Jharkhand's first innings total of 332 on the second day of the four-day Group A Ranji Trophy match at the Keenan Stadium.
At close, Ravi Jangid was batting on 21 in the company of Faiz Fazal (41), who completed 700 runs for the season. Resuming at 233 for five, Jharkhand added 99 runs to end their first innings.
Unbeaten overnight batsmen Kumar Deobrat and skipper Shahbaz Nadeem held the forte for sometime stitching valuable 76-run for the sixth wicket partnership before Akshay Wakhare struck the first blow of the morning having Nadeem leg before.
Nadeem notched up 45 runs studded with six fours off 79-balls. In reply, Vidarbha got off to a fine start as openers Fazal and Akshay Kolhar (20) paired for 67 runs before Kolhar fell prey to left-arm spinner Nadeem.
Opener Fazal exhibited some decent drives on either side of the field making unbeaten 41 runs studded with six fours off 88-balls in the process while Jangid was batting at 21 with the help of four fours.
Brief Scores: Jharkhand 332 (Rameez Neemat 85, Kumar Deobrat 69, Akshay Wakhare 5/82). Vidarbha 101/1 (Faiz Fazal 41 batting, Ravi Jangid 21 batting).
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