obin Uthappa © IANS (File Photo)
obin Uthappa © IANS (File Photo)

At Surat: Defending champions Gujarat lead by 297 runs with 7 wickets remaining on Day 2 of Round 6, Ranji Trophy 2017-18. After bundling Rajasthan for a paltry 153 on the opening day, Priyank Panchal, Bhargav Merai, and Parthiv Patel scored centuries, taking Gujarat to 450 for 3.

Rajasthan used as many as 8 bowlers. However, Gujarat batters went all guns blazing, leaving nothing to chance.

On Friday, Chintan Gaja had wreaked havoc, taking 8 for 40. Rajesh Bishnoi’s 43* was the only ray of hope for Rajasthan.

Brief scores:

Rajasthan 153 (Rajesh Bishnoi 43*, Chintan Gaja 8 for 40) trail by Gujarat 450 for 3 (Priyank Panchal 152, Bhargav Merai 110, Parthiv Patel 119; Tajinder Singh 1 for 70) by 297 runs.

At Rohtak: Jammu & Kashmir trail by 9 runs with 3 wickets remaining. On a challenging track, Jammu & Kashmir’s batters too could not find their feet.

After losing the first two wickets for 56, Ahmed Bandy steadied the innings with his resolute 67. However, Haryana picked wickets at regular intervals, restricting the visitors for 175 for 7. Hardik Patel, Ajit Chahal, and Ashish Hooda took 2 wickets each.

Brief scores:

Haryana 184 (Amit Mishra 41; Ram Dayal 5 for 57) lead Jammu & Kashmir 175 for 7 (Ahmed Bandy 67; Ashish Hood 2 for 38) by 7 runs.

At Thiruvananthapuram: In a low-scoring encounter, Kerala lead Saurashtra by 82 runs.

After openers Robin Uthappa and Snell Patel added 107 runs together, Saurashtra spectacularly slumped to 232 all-out, courtesy Basil Thampi and Sijomon Joseph’s stunning bowling show.

Trailing by 7 runs, Kerala took crease again. However, they weathered the new ball and ended day’s play at 69 for 1.

Brief scores:

Kerala 225 (Sanju Samson 68; Dharmendrasinh Jadeja 6 for 112) & 69 for 1 (Jalaj Saxena 29*; Dharmendrasinh Jadeja 1 for 33) lead Saurashtra 232 (Robin Uthappa 86; Sijomon Joseph 4 for 43) by 82 runs.