Madhya Pradesh bowlers, led by Ishwar Pandey’s four wickets put them in the driver’s seat against Bengal on the second day of their Ranji Trophy quarterfinal at the Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai on Thursday.
Punjab meanwhile were skittled for just 137 by Assam to concede 1 186 run deficit but hit back by reducing the opponents to 23 for 4 in an in interesting clash Valsad while spinners reduced Jharkhand to 150 for 8 in reply to Mumbai’s 416.
Meanwhile, the bowlers called the shots in the other While the bowlers called the shots in the other quarterfinal clashes, centuries from Sagar Jogiyani and Sheldon Jackson helped Saurashtra take control of their match against Vidarbha.
Vidarbha v Saurashtra in Vizianagaram
At the Dr PVG Raju ACA Sports Complex centuries from Sagar Jogiyani (130) and Sheldon Jackson (122) helped Saurashtra to pile up on the advantage after their bowlers had skittled Vidarbha for just 151 on the opening day.
Assam v Punjab in Valsad
Assam threatened to run away with the game for most part of the day but Barinder Sran inspired a late comeback to give Punjab hope in an interesting clash at the Sardar Patel Stadium.
Punjab seemed to have done well to reduce Assam to 223 for 8 on the first day but lost the advantage gradually. Syed Mohammad, who was 50 overnight, made his second first-class ton (121) to stretch Assam’s score to 323 before their pace trio of Krishna Das (3 for 54), Arup Das (3 for 41) and Pallavkumar Das (2 for 9) combined to bowl Punjab out for a paltry 137.
Assam had a great chance to build on the 186-run lead but Sran picked up three quick wickets to reduce them to 23 for 4, an overall lead of 209, by the end of the day with Rahul Hazarika and Amit Sinha in the middle.
Bengal v Madhya Pradesh in Mumbai
The pace trio of Ishwar Pandey (4 for 45), Puneet Datey (3 for 30) and Chandrakant Sakure (3 for 38) put Madhya Pradesh in a strong position as Bengal were shot out for 121 at the Cricket Club of India in Mumbai.
MP started the day on 254 for 4 with two set batsmen in the middle but seemed to lose their base a touch when Veer Pratap Singh (5 for 76) and Ashok Dinda (3 for 85) restricted them to a total of 348.
The momentum, however, shifted rapidly as soon as Bengal’s innings started. Their top order had no answers to MP’s pace attack, with even experienced batsmen like Manoj Tiwary (3) and Wriddhiman Saha (0) falling to Pandey. Young Abhimanyu Easwaran made a battling 48 but once he became the fifth man out, the floodgates opened. Shreevats Goswami (22) and Dinda (21) were the only other batsmen to score touch ten as Bengal were bowled out cheaply.
Aditya Shrivastava and Jalaj Saxena then batted out the remaining six overs as MP ended the day on 14 for no loss, a lead of 241.