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Monday, 29 December 2014


Group A

After opting to bat, hosts Tamil Nadu were propped up by a half-century from opener Abhinav Mukund. He fell in the last over on a day where only 49 overs were possible. Baba Indrajith remained unbeaten on 39. The second day was washed out due to rain.
Brief scores: Tamil Nadu 144/4 (Abhinav Mukund 57, Ashish Yadav 2/49) v Railways

Madhya Pradesh v Baroda

Deepak Hooda fell early on the second day. Baroda's tail helped them past the 350-run mark and Madhya Pradesh were rattled early by Sagar Mangalorkar. However, Naman Ojha and the skipper Devendra Bundela steadied the ship and ensured that MP did not slip away too much.
Brief scores: Baroda 358 (S Wakaskar 94, D Hooda 85, Puneet Datey 5/101) v Madhya Pradesh 103/3 (SS Mangalorkar 3/46)

Bengal v Mumbai
Mumbai continued to dominate for the second day on the trot. Siddhesh Lad's 64 helped Mumbai past the 400-run mark early on day 2. Pacer Shardul Thakur ripped through the heart of Bengal's batting to leave them tottering. Only Manoj Tiwary offered some fight with 63 but Thakur won that battle as well to put Mumbai firmly on top. 
Brief Scores: Mumbai 414 (Shreyas Iyer 153, Abhishek Nayar 65) v Bengal 130/6 (Manoj Tiwary 63, Shardul Thakur 5/37)

Jammu & Kashmir v Uttar Pradesh

There was slow progress on day 2 as well but Uttar Pradesh continued to bat well. However, Tanmay Srivastava was unlucky to fall just one short of his ton. Jammu & Kashmir put in an improved show with the ball. 
Brief Scores: Uttar Pradesh 267/5 (Tanmay Srivastava 99, Akash Verma 57, Waseem Raza 2/43) v J&K

Group B: 

Continuing their good work from the previous day, Delhi's batsmen made hay on the second day. Virender Sehwag slammed a superb century to lift the homeside's score to 425/6 decl. The right-hander was in a typical punishing mood as he smashed 14 hits to the fence during his 148-ball knock. 

In reply, Gujurat made a dogged start to their innings, getting to 34/1 after 13 overs with Samit Gohel the wicket to fall.
Brief scores: Delhi 425/6 (Unmukt Chand 105, Virender Sehwag 105) lead Gujurat 34/1 by 391 runs.
Yuvraj Singh scored his third ton on the trot as Punjab posted a massive first innings total. Yuvraj leads the run-charts in this year's Ranji Trophy so far. He was helped by Gurkeerat Singh who helped himself to a ton as well in Rajkot. Mandeep Singh, who was on 154 overnight, also bagged a double ton in what was a thoroughly dominant batting show from Punjab.
Brief Scores: Punjab 659/7 decl (Mandeep Singh 235, Yuvraj Singh 182, Gurkeerat Singh 101) v Saurashtra 27/0
Rajasthan v Vidarbha
Vidarbha bagged the day's honours thanks to their pacers - Shrikant Wagh and Ravikumar Thakur. The duo shared 8 wickets between them and managed to skittle out a strong Rajasthan for just 188. With a handy lead of 108, Vidarbha might just pull off an upset and bag an outright win.
Brief Scores: Vidarbha 296 (S Shrivastava 130, Pankaj Singh 5/109) v Rajasthan 188 all out (Vineet Saxena 61, R Thakur 5/50, S Wagh 3/42)

Haryana v Odisha:
Led by Jayant Yadav's brilliant six-wicket haul, Haryana, who were on Day 1 bowled out for 127, ensured they did not let Odisha bat them out of the game. Yadav picked up six off the nine wickets to fall, while Mohit Sharma picked up the other three. 
Brief Scores: Haryana 127 (Deepak Behera 3/33, Suryakant Pradhan 3/35) trail Odisha 232/9 (Natraj Behera 39, Jayant Yadav 6/91) by 105 runs.

Group C: 

Paras Dogra continued the the batsmen's fine work on the opening day as he smashed a scintillating double hundred to push Himachal Pradesh's score to 549/4 decl. Ankush Bains, who had scored 156, was out early in the day without adding to his overnight score, but Dogra, along with Rashmi Parida (64), ensured HP did not let the advantage slip. 
Brief Scores: Himachal Pradesh (549 for 4 decl, Paras Dogra 230*, Ankush Bains 156, Parida 64) lead Assam (18 for 0) by 531 runs
Rohan Prem was the best bowler on view for Kerala as he picked up 3 for 45 to bowl out Jharkhand for 337. Kaushal Singh helped Jharkhan's cause with a fighting fifty. However, it was Rituraj Singh who turned out to be the star on Day 2 as his all-round efforts helped Jharkhand put up a solid total on the board before reducing Kerala to a precarious position at stumps on Day 2. Sanju Samson was the only batsman to offer some resistance against the Jharkhand attack.
Brief Scores: Jharkhand 337 (Virat 100, Kaushal 53, Prem 3-45) lead Kerala 179 for 5 (Samson 89, Rituraj 3-38) trail by 158 runs
In reply to Goa's 251, Tripura found themselves in a spot of bother as Amit Yadav ran amok, taking three quick wickets to leave them reeling at 139/5. 
Brief Scores: Goa 251 (Pinto 82, Desai 60, Dutta 6-64) lead Tripura 139 for 5 (Amit Yadav 3-27) by 112 runs

After scoring 59, 130, 136 and 13 previously, Yuvraj Singh slammed yet another ton in the Ranji game against Saurashtra to become the leading run-scorer this season, amassing a total of 520 runs in 5 innings.

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