EliteA_Round2_Day2

After contributing with the bat with a fine 79, allrounder Swapnil Singh’s left-arm spin claimed four wickets to reduce Maharashtra to 253/8, still trailing Baroda by 69 runs on day two of an Elite A Round 2 match of the Ranji Trophy 2018-19 season on Tuesday.

Resuming their innings at 322/9, Baroda lost Lukman Meriwala for 14 off Samad Fallah. Maharashtra were steady in their first dig, but not for long as fast bowler Atit Sheth struck in the last ball of the 16th over to send Ruturaj Gaikwad back for 23. Chirag Khurana and Naushad Shaikh then stitched a 60-run partnership for the second wicket, before Khurana was undone by Bhargav Bhatt and departed for a 131-ball 56, an innings that was laced with six boundaries.

Maharashtra were 116/2 when Khurana departed and slumped to 199-7 in a span of 33 overs. Shaikh scored 65 off 126 and walked back to hand Swapnil his first wicket in the 62nd over.

India allrounder Kedar Jadhav added just seven to the total after he was caught by Deepak Hooda off Bhatt. Skipper Ankit Bawne was trapped lbw off Meriwala for 23. From thereon, Swapnil accounted for the next three wickets – Rahul Tripathi (10), Rohit Motwani (6) and Ashay Palkar (8) – to leave Maharashtra at a sombre 253/8 when stumps were drawn.

Brief scores: Maharashtra 253/8 (Naushad Shaikh 65, Chirag Khurana 56; Swapnil Singh 4/73) trail Baroda 322 by 69 runs