KSCA Trophy Day 2: Shreyas Iyer, Deepak Hooda score centuries; Yuzvendra Chahal, Shreyas Gopal claim fifers
The 2016/17 Indian domestic cricket season has been flagged off with the KSCA Dr (Capt) K Thimmappaiah memorial all-India invitational tournament in Karnataka, where top teams like Mumbai and Punjab are participating. Some players have got their seasons off to auspicious starts, in this tournament which is often an indication of how the Ranji Trophy season shall proceed immediately afterwards.
At the end of Day 2 of the first round of the four-day matches on Saturday, Mumbai are the only side with a distinct advantage over their opponents – Gujarat having lost four quick second innings wickets at the end of the day with a slender lead of 5 runs.
Mumbai’s score had been propelled by a ton by Shreyas Iyer, who predictably got to the mark at a strike rate in excess of 100. His 93-ball 103 had been littered with 12 fours and three sixes, the most attacking batting display in the tournament yet.
Shreyas Gopal has been in scintillating form in recent times, and Tripura collapsed in front of his bowling on Day 2, after having reached a comfortable position at the end of Day 1. Gopal scalped six Tripura wickets for 90 runs, before Abhishek Reddy, who recently scored a double ton, and CM Gautam took KSCA XI to within 137 runs of Tripura, with half the batting left to come.
Bengal rode on a partnership between Abhimanyu Easwaran and Sudip Chatterjee, who is unbeaten on 89, to reach an advantageous position against the KSCA Colts. Vidarbha’s Akshay Karnewar scored 126* to peg back KSCA President’s XI in the other match involving one of the home teams.
The Baroda vs Haryana match is interestingly poised, with Haryana just having begun their reply to a first innings score of 337. Deepak Hooda (127) and Yusuf Pathan (33) were among the runs for Baroda, while the wrecker-in-chief was Yuzvendra Chahal(5/124).
Brief scores at end of Day 2
(At Alur 1): Tripura 337 all out in 117.5 overs (Udiyan Bose 93, Abhijeet Dey 34, Yashpal Sharma 31; Shreyas Gopal 6-90, Abrar Kazi 2-36) vs KSCA XI 200/4 in 55 overs (Samarth R 28, Abhishek Reddy 65, CM Gautam 70 n.o.; Gurinder Singh 2-56).
At Alur (2): KSCA Colts: 317 all out in 107.5 overs (Chiranjeevi GS 41, Praveen Dubey 31; Aamir Gani 2-79, Writtick Chatterjee 2-34, Ishan Porel 5-79) vs Bengal: 230/4 in 72 overs (Abhimanyu Easwaran 50, Sudip Chatterjee 89 n.o., Pankaj Shaw 28; Mitrakant Singh Yadav 2-56).
At RSI: Dr. DY Patil Cricket Academy: 275 all out in 99.3 overs (Iqbal Abdullah 37, Swapnil Singh 73; U Manukrishnan 4-54, Fabid Farook Ahmed 2-61, Sandeep Warrier 3-54) vs Kerala Cricket Association: 129/4 in 49 overs (VA Jagadeesh 34, Rohan Prem 33; Pradeep Radhe 2-23).
At Alur (3): Himachal Pradesh: 398 all out in 110 overs (Rishi Dhawan 63, Akash Vashisht 58 n.o.; Basant Mohanty 3-81, Deepak Behera 3-67, Suryakant Pradhan 3-114) vs Orissa: 144/2 in 62.1 overs (Sandip Pattanaik 66 n.o., Govind Poddar 34, Subhranshu Senapati 30 n.o.).
At Green Sports Vilage: Vidarbha 352 all out in 123.2 overs (Aditya Shanware 87, Akshay Karnewar 126 n.o.; Sharath HS 3-65, KC Cariappa 4-61) vs KSCA President’s XI: 38/1 in 12 overs (Nischal D 25).
At BGS: Baroda: 337 all out in 89.4 overs (Deepak Hooda 127, Yusuf Pathan 33, Mitesh Patel 26, Gagandeep Singh Natt 30, Sagar Mangalorkar 37 n.o.; Yuzvender Chahal 5-124, Rahul Tiwatia 4-49) vs Haryana: 16/0 in 5 overs.
In Mysore (SDNRW ground): Gujarat 251 all out in 88.2 overs and 21/4 in 11 overs (Vijay Gohil 2-12, Tushar Deshpande 2-5) vs Mumbai Cricket Association: 267 all out in 80.5 overs (Shreyas Iyer 103, Siddhesh Lad 46; Hardik Patel 2-78, Karan Patel 3-66, Mehul Patel 2-23, Chintan Gaja 2-17).
At SJCE: Andhra Pradesh 215 all out in 71.2 overs vs Punjab 300/9 in 106 overs (Taruwar Kohli 95, Mayank Sidhana 89, Gitansh Khera 36; D Shiva Kumar 4-28, B Ayyappa 2-69, Bhargav Bhatt 2-62).