With Yuvraj Singh’s side and Unmukt Chand’s side not playing, this round of games saw the two leading run-scorers not taking part and Ishan Kishan took it upon himself to amp the entertainment quotient as he smashed his second consecutive Ranji century on a day of slender and massive leads around the country.
After an excellent start to the game which saw Jharkhand win toss, field and bowl out Saurashtra for 277 on day one, centuries from Ishank Jaggi and Ishan Kishan ensured that Jharkhand not only took a big first innings lead but also went a long way towards victory in the clash at Agartala.
Coming in at 218/4 after a century partnership for the fourth wicket between Saurabh Tiwary and Jaggi, Kishan continued on from his career-best 273 against Delhi by scoring a run-a-ball century against Saurashtra on day two. He was eventually dismissed for a 120-ball 136 by Jaydev Unadkat but not before adding 208 runs for the fifth wicket with Jaggi, who retired hurt on 165. Tiwary’s side ended the day on 458/7 with a lead of 181 runs.
Saurashtra 277 vs Jharkhand 458/7 (I Jaggi 165, I Kishan 136)
Karnataka may have been bowled out quickly on day two, unable to build on the solid platform from day one but their new ball pair of Sreenath Aravind and Vinay Kumar accounted for eight wickets to ensure Karnataka took a 226-run lead after bowling out Team Rajasthan for 148.
Captain Vinay Kumar cleaned out the top order and finished with figures of 4/28 while Aravind cleaned out the tail and finish with a four-wicket haul as Karnataka came back to bat just after tea. Openers R Samarth and KL Rahul batted out the rest of the day unbeaten as Karnataka finished the day with a lead of 304 runs and the match firmly within their grasp.
Karnataka 374 and 78/0 vs Team Rajasthan 148 (V Kumar 4/28)
Despite another gritty century from Sudip Chatterjee and fifties from Manoj Tiwary and Agniv Pan, it was Tamil Nadu who will be happier with how day two as they were able to bowl out Bengal for 337 before finishing the day on 60/1.
K Vignesh, who has been a revelation so far for Tamil Nadu in this year’s Ranji Trophy was once again the star with the ball as he picked four wickets and was ably supported by Aushik Srinivas and T Natarajan. Although Tamil Nadu lost Washington Sundar early, captain Abhinav Mukund and Kaushik Gandhi saw off till the close of play without any further loss of wickets and having reduced the deficit to 277.
Bengal 337 (S Chatterjee 100) vs Tamil Nadu 60/1
After being bowled out for 233 on day one with Suryakumar Yadav dismissed for 99 courtesy fo Kuldeep Yadav’s four-wicket haul, Mumbai bounced back on day two to dismiss Uttar Pradesh for 225 and take a slender first innings lead at Mysore.
For UP, Kuldeep Yadav was the star once again, this time with the bat as he scored a fifty and was one of only six batsmen to cross double digits as they were bowled out for 225. After taking a narrow lead, Mumbai ended the day on 51/2 with Kuldeep in the thick of the action once again as he picked up a wicket.
Uttar Pradesh 225 vs Mumbai 233 and 51/2
Scores after day 2
Railways 310 vs Baroda 183 and 27/0
Gujarat 302 vs Madhya Pradesh 162/5
Maharashtra 332 vs Vidarbha 59 and 141/1
Odisha 150/2 vs Assam 301
Jammu & Kashmir 84/1 vs Haryana 502
Hyderabad 580/9 dec vs Services 77/0
Kerala 342 vs Goa 169/6
Chhattisgarh 238 vs Himachal 210/6
Andhra 372/3 vs Tripura 171