Thanks to Arish Alam's unbeaten century and Mohammad Kaif's 83-run knock, Uttar Pradesh took the first innings lead over Baroda on the second day of their Group B Ranji Trophy match at Kanpur on sunday.
Replying to Baroda's first innings total of 254 all out, the hosts resumed day two on 18 for no loss and eventually took an upper hand by the time stumps were drawn.
UP were 301 for six at the end of the second day's play, already having a lead of 47 runs, with Alam not out on 100 and Amir Khan on three here at the Green Park stadium.
Overnight batsmen -- openers Tanmay Srivastava and Mukul Dagar, after resuming the day on 10 and 4, respectively -- failed to provide a solid platform to the team as both of them got out cheaply.
Dagar was the first one to get out at an individual score of 13, while Srivastava (23) soon followed his partner.
Captain Suresh Raina (25) and Parvinder Singh (11) also could not get going, even as one-down batsman in Mohammad Kaif held on to his wicket at one end.
At 94 for four, the hosts were in trouble, still needing 1601 runs to overtake their opponents' first innings score. But Kaif found an able support in Alam and together they managed to steady the boat.
First Published: December 2, 2012, 8:33 pm