Ranji Trophy: Baroda well placed to take first-innings lead
Mysuru, Jan 22 (IANS) Baroda, after making 335 in their first innings, had defending champions Karnataka on the ropes reducing the hosts to 233 for six in reply at stumps on the second day of the Group A Ranji Trophy league match here on Thursday.
The Karnataka batting, which has been inconsistent through the current season, failed yet again with only Lokesh Rahul contributing something of substance with a gritty 89 (160b, 10x4, 1x6).
The early loss of opener Robin Uthappa (0) in the very second over of the innings and Samarth R (15) in the eighth, pushed the hosts on the defensive while some of the other batsmen had good starts but failed to convert them into big scores.
Rahul, back in the team after returning from the Test series in Australia, held the innings together with a typically solid knock as he put on 80 runs for the third wicket with Manish Pandey (34) and 58 for the fourth in the company of Karun Nair (38).
The exit of Rahul at 165, put Baroda firmly in control as the home team lost wickets at regular intervals thereafter to finish the day still 102 runs in arrears with Shreyas Gopal (26 not out), who has had a good run with the bat this season, at the crease.
For Baroda, seamer Sagar Mangalorkar and left-arm spinner Swapnil Singh took two wickets apiece while Irfan Pathan and fellow-left-arm pacer Gagandeep Singh came away with one each.
At Mysuru - Baroda (1st innings - overnight 320 for 8): 335 all out in 95.1 overs (Deepak Hooda 142, Irfan Pathan 34, Pinal Shah 30, Swapnil Singh 34, Abhimanyu Mithun 4 for 81, Ronit More 2 for 52) vs Karnataka (1st innings): 233 for 6 in 82 overs (Lokesh Rahul 89, Manish Pandey 34, Karun Nair 38, Shreyas Gopal 26 not out, Sagar Mangalorkar 2 for 51, Swapnil Singh 2 for 62).
At Chennai - Mumbai vs Tamil Nadu, Mumbai 141 all out (Shreyas Iyer 50; Rahil Shah 7/34) Tamil Nadu 1st innings 417 all out (Vijay Shankar 95, Baba Indrajith 101; Akshay Girap 4/87) Mumbai 2nd innings 12 for one.
At Porvorim - Goa vs Assam, Goa 1st innings 175 all out, Assam 1st inninings 243 for five (Gokul Sharma 53; Darshan Mishal 2/31).
At Surat - Vidarbha vs Gujarat, Vidarbha 1st innings 236 all out, Gujarat 1st innings 248 all out (Manpreet Juneja 75; Akshay Wakhare 6/92, Rakesh Dhruv 3/67) Vidarbha 2nd innings 39 for one.
At Dharamsala - Himachal Pradesh vs Andhra, Andhra 1st innings 123 for two (Srikar Bharat 47; Rishi Dhawan 2/40) Second day no play.
At Delhi - Railways vs Jammu and Kashmir, Railways 1st innings 50 for one (Rohan Bhosle 24) Second day no play.
At Ranchi - Jharkhand vs Hyderabad, Jharkhand 1st innings 556 for 9 declared (Ishank Jaggi 201 not out, Saurabh Tiwary 100, Akash Bhandari 4/136) Hyderabad 1st innings 55 for one.
At Pune - Maharastra vs Delhi, Maharastra 1st innings 330 all out (Swapnil Gugale 174, Chirag Khurana 55; Sumit Narwal 3/37) Delhi 1st innings 240 for four ( Gautam Gambhir 93 not out; Virender Sehwag 66).
At Balangir - Odisha vs Rajasthan, Rajasthan 1st innings 305 all out (Vineet Saxena 106, Chetan Bist 51; Basant Mohanty 4/68) Odisha 1st innings 144 for nine (AR Sarangi 47; Pankaj Singh 4/47, Deepak Chahar 3/30).
At Rajkot - Saurashtra vs Haryana, Saurashtra 1st innings 238 all out, Haryana 1st innings 226 (Jayant Yadav 97; Kamlesh Makvana 6/87, DA Jadeja 4/80) Saurashtra 2nd innings 162 for three (Sheldon Jackson 56 not out).
At Agartala - Tripura vs Kerala, Tripura 1st innings 179 all out, Kerala 1st innings 96 for one (Abhishek Hedge 52).
At Ghaziabad - Uttar Pradesh vs Bengal, Bengal 1st innings 141 for four (Sudip Chatterjee 60, Wriddhiman Saha 45; Kuldeep Yadav 2/58) Second day no play.