Round up of Second round of Ranji Trophy matches for season 2014/15:

Group A:

Bengal vs Karnataka:

Defending champions Karnataka recorded second successive outright win in the ongoing 2014/15 Ranji Season.

Despite of been reduced to 65 for 5, Karnataka ended on 408 thanks to a superb innings of 145 from Shreyas Gopal in lower order along with some decent contributions from Gautam, Vinay Kumar and shared a stand of 148 for last wicket with Arvind.

Karnataka bowlers were able get Bengal batsmen through their defence in the first innings to gain the lead.

Karnataka managed to force follow-on to Bengal on the third day after gaining a 157-run lead.

In trail of an outright win the Defending Champions didn’t relaxed. They didn’t allow Begal batsmen to get into shell a let them gain even a point.

Chatterjee and Laxmi Shukla’s fifties couldn’t help Bengal and Vinay Kumar’s 6 for 34 on the final day paved the way for Karnataka’s win. Bengal bowled out for 227 in their second innings losing last 6 wickets for 29 runs, setting Karnataka a target of 71.

Karnataka took just 11 overs, with Robin Uthappa contributing a swift 36-ball 54, smacking 10 fours and a six, but fell when Karnataka needed two runs short of the target which denied a bonus point for them.

Karnataka 408 (Gopal 145, Gautam 63, Dinda 7-87) and 71 for 1 (Uthappa 54) beat Bengal 251 (Goswami 68, Chatterjee 57, Aravind 3-31, Vinay Kumar 3-56) and 227 (Chatterjee 59, Shukla 57, Vinay Kumar 6-34) by nine wickets


Madhya Pradesh vs Uttar Pradesh:

Uttar Pradesh grabbed six vital points against hosts Madhya Pradesh despite of conceding a huge first innings’ lead.

On a track that helping seamers, Praveen Kumar bowled a brilliant starting spell. Despite of it, Madhya Pradesh managed to put a decent score with help of contributions from Bundela, Datey & Rameez who scored half centuries.

Uttar Pradesh never looked behind the MP’s total however, late strikes from Chawla and Praveen helped them to post 180 but conceded a lead of 116.

Despite of that, Uttar Pradesh came out fearlessly reducing hosts to 4 wickets loss of just a run by 3rd over. Amit Mishra and Praveen Kumar tore down the Madhya Pradesh batting as they crumbled down to just 63 setting a target of 180 for UP.

Vital contributions from the lower middle order after the top order failing to convert the starts they got and score big, helped Uttar Pradesh overhaul the target with four wickets to spare against the hosts.

Uttar Pradesh 180 (Umang 58, Pandey 3-17, Mishra 3-36) and 183 for 6 (Parvinder 41, Avesh 4-84) beat Madhya Pradesh 296 (Bundela 80, Datey 63*, Rameez 52, Kuldeep 4-48) and 63 (Amit Mishra 6-26, Praveen 3-16) by four wickets


Railways vs Mumbai:

Mumbai Ranji team’s horror show continued as they conceded first innings lead to Railways in the rain affected second round game.

The Railways bowling seam trio Anureet, Krishnakant and Ranjitkumar collapsed Mumbai for just 101, giving Railways three points based on the first-innings lead in the game played at Delhi.

Railways managed to score mere 242 in their first innings as Thakur picked up six-fer after Rawat and Nandi scored fifties.

Mumbai began the final day of a rain-affected match at a shaky 24 for 3 and the lack of partnerships meant their innings ended after only 43 overs. Anureet finished with 4 for 35, while Mali took 3 for 27 and Upadhyay chipped in with 2 for 37.

After gaining a first-innings lead of 141, Railways ended the day at 136 for 4 in their second innings.

Railways 242 (Rawat 68, Nandi 60, Thakur 6-59) and 136 for 4 (Kaushik 41) drew with Mumbai 101 (Anureet 4-35, Mali 3-27)

Group B:

Odisha vs Gujarat:

Gujarat’s Left-arm seamer Rush Karlaria’s 12-wicket haul in the match as he picked up a six-wicket haul in both innings, helping his side Gujarat crush Odisha by eight wickets in Cuttack.

Odisha were reduced to 225 in first innings thanks to Karlaria’s 6-fer. Later, a century from Meria and a fifty from Axar helped Gujarat score 372 in their turn, gaining a first innings lead of 147.

Odisha began their innings with been reduced to 10 for 5 as Gujarat looked to get a bonus point. But Mallick didn’t allowed that to happen as he scored a brilliant century with help of Govinda Podder’s 50 leading Odisha past the 200-run mark, but lost their last four wickets for just 28 runs.

This meant that Gujarat needed just 102 for victory which took 30 overs for them for loss of two wickets.

Gujarat 372 (Merai 134, Akshar 50, Pradhan 3-59) and 105 for 2 (Merai 43*, Bhatt 33*) beat Odisha 225 (Behera 75, Kalaria 6-59) and 248 (Mallick 126, Kalaria 6-45) by eight wickets.


Haryana vs Maharashtra:

At Rohtak, Haryana vs Maharashtra turned out to be a low scorer as not even a batsman managed to score half century.

Haryana scored 136 in first innings against Fallah’s 4-fer with Sachin Rana top scoring with 41. Later Rahul Tripathi’s 39 helped Maharashtra in crossing 100 run mark against the lights of Ashish and Joginder.

With a first innings lead of 31, Harayana managed to score 176 in their second innings despite of proper contribution.

Chasing 208 to win, Maharahstra were crumbled to 154 are forced to concede a 53 run win to Haryana as Mohit Sharma struck with a five-fer and Ashish broke through the opposition’s top with a 4-fer.

Haryana 136 (Rana 41, Fallah 5-36) and 176 (Kuldeep 39, Mundhe 4-36) beat Maharashtra 105 (Ashish 5-27, Joginder 3-27) and 154 (Tripathi 39, Mohit 5-54, Ashish 4-40) by 53 runs

Brief scorers of other matches:

Rajasthan 437 for 5 declared (Saxena 118, Menaria 100, Bist 99) drew with Saurashtra 269 (Vasavada 85, Jogiyani 68, Pankaj 4-70) and 117 for 3 (Jackson 71)

Punjab 195 (Gurkeerat 75, Dhurv 4-56) and 255 (Khera 100, Jiwanjot 65, Wagh 3-71) drew with Vidarbha 158 (Badrinath 62, Kaul 5-49, Sandeep 5-51) and 143 for 3 (Badrinath 49*)

Group C:

Andhra 141 and 221 for 3 (Prasanth 75, Bharat 62) beat Kerala 229 (Gomez 81) and 129 (Vijaykumar 5-33) by 7 wickets

Goa 269 and 181 for 2 (f/o) (Desai 100*, Asnodkar 51*) drew with Hyderabad 568 for 7 decl

Jharkhand 217 (Kishan 60, Goswami 4-20) and 78 for 4 (Krishna 3-17) drew with Assam 191 and 235 for 9 decl (Pallavkumar 78, Sibsankar 60, Ajay 4-29)

Services 368 for 2 (Paliwal 139*, Yashpal 101*) drew with Tripura 430 (Banik 93, Takawale 89, Acharjee 83)

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