Ranji Trophy 2018-19, Elite Group A roundup: Shivam Dubey carries Mumbai, Vidarbha forced to follow-on

A round-up of the Elite Group A matches on day two of the 2018-19 Ranji Trophy

A maiden first-class century in his second game enhanced the allrounder Shivam Dubey’s reputation – as per Aditya Tare – as the man to replace Abhishek Nayar in the Mumbai  setup. While Siddhesh Lad was dismissed on 99, Dubey cracked his way to 114 off 139 balls, hitting 13 fours and four sixes, to get Mumbai to 411 against Railways at the Karnail Singh Stadium.

Mumbai added 133 to their overnight total for the loss of five wickets, and then by stumps had taken six wickets in 45 overs. At 115/6, Railways trail by 296 runs. Tushar Deshpande led the way with 3/29 while skipper Dhawan Kulkarni and Dubey took a wicket each.

Brief scores: Railways 1156 trail Mumbai 411 (Dubey 114, Lad 99) by 296 runs 

Defending champions Vidarbha have their work cut out against Maharashtra in Pune, behind by 177 runs after being forced to follow on. Maharashtra moved from an overnight 284/6 to 343 with Rahul Tripathi’s 73 off 71 a vital injection before the last three wickets fell in the span of ten runs.

What followed was potentially match-shifting, as the entire Maharashtra bowling lineup struck big blows to keep Vidarbha to 120 in 44.5 overs. Satyajeet Bachhav’s left-arm spin hurt the lower order after Anupam Sanklecha, Samad Fallah and Nikit Dumal took two each. Wasim Jaffer (27) and Aditya Sarvate (25) were the only batsmen to cross 13 in a sorry innings.

In 17 overs before stumps, Faiz Fazal (20*) and Sanjay Ramaswamy (25*) took Vidarbha to 46 without loss.

Brief scores: Vidarbha 120 & 46/0 trail Maharashtra 411 (Tripathi 73) by 177 runs  

Gujarat were 26 runs adrift of Baroda’s first innings total of 290 when stumps were drawn at the Motibagh Stadium on Friday. From 15 for no loss, the visiting team finished on 264/6 with Samit Gohil (63), Rujul Bhatt (70*) and Manprit Juneja (47) contributing solid innings. Atit Sheth (3/37) and Bhargav Bhatt (3/69) were the wicket-takers for Baroda.

Brief scores: Gujarat 264/6 (Rujul Bhatt 70*, Gohil 63) trail Baroda 290 by 26 runs

Chhattisgarh ended the day on 88 for no loss, with Sahil Gupta 51 and Rishabh Tiwari 35, but the visitors face an uphill battle to match Saurashtra’s 475. From an overnight 49, Sheldon Jackson moved to 147 before he was on of three wickets to fall in the span of 11 balls, having helped Saurashtra add 193 runs to their total. Arpit Vasadava made 63 while Cheteshwar Pujara, having left the field earlier with a stiff neck, returned to add 26 runs to his score. The lower order caved in, with three ducks, but still a big total was achieved.

Brief scores: Chhattisgarh 88/0 (Gupta 51*) trail Saurashtra 475 (Jackson 147, Vasavada 63, Pujara 56) by 387 runs