Hello and welcome to CricketCountry’s live coverage of Day 2 of the Group B game of the 2015-16 Ranji Trophy between Andhra and Uttar Pradesh, live from Ongole. Day One belonged to Andhra, who bowled out Uttar Pradesh before Prasanth Kumar and Srikar Bharat added 77 by stumps. Andhra trail by 93 as Day Two starts, and it will take a special effort from Uttar Pradesh to claw their way back into the match.
Mohammad Kaif went in with five right-arm seamers in the form of BSM Ayyappa, debutant KV Sasikanth, CV Stephen, Siva Kumar, and DP Vijaykumar. Things looked safe for the tourists after Tanmay Srivastava and Almas Shaukat added 33 once Kaif put Uttar Pradesh (his old team) in. READ: Ranji Trophy 2015-16, full coverage here

Live cricket scores Uttar Pradesh 39/3 | Overs 20 | Batting: Umang Sharma 4(15), Amit Mishra 4(16): At stumps of Day 2, UP lead Andhra by 166 runs with seven wickets in hand after bowling out the opponents for 297 in 95.3 overs. The wicket-takers for Andhra in tehs second innings were Stephan, Vijay Kumar and Ayyappa Bandaru.

OUT! Tanmay Srivastava c K V Sasikanth b Stephen 18(45)
OUT! Almas Shaukat c K S Bharat b P Vijay Kumar 4(29)
OUT! Kuldeep Yadav b Ayyappa Bandaru 4(16)

Live cricket scores Andhra 289/7 | Overs 90 | Batting: Siva Kumar 30(52), Ayyappa Bandaru 8(17): From here the hosts lead UP by 119 runs with three wickets in hand. While, Praveen Kumar bagged three wickets, the other wickets were shared between Amit Mishra, Piyush Chawla, Kuldeep Yadav and Ankit Rajpoot. Andhra openers Prashanth Kumar and K S Bharat who scored 62 and 67 respectively, gave a decent start but the other batsmen failed to carry the same momentum. The also batsman to get dismissed for 13 from 52 balls in the 86th over.

OUT! V Sasikanth c Umang Sharma b Ankit Rajpoot 13(52)
OUT! M U B Sriram c & b Kuldeep Yadav 21(42)
OUT! A G Pradeep LBW Amit Mishra 23(37)
OUT! Ricky Bhui c Tanmay Srivastava b Piyush Chawla 22(34)
OUT! Kaif LBW Praveen Kumar 33(64)
OUT! Prashanth Kumar c Kuldeep Yadav b Praveen Kumar 67(150)

Live cricket scores Andhra 109/1 | Overs 40 | Batting: Prashanth Kumar 37(111), Kaif 9(33): After bowling out Uttar Pradesh for a poor total of 170, Andhra is seen impressive with the bat as well. UP have managed just one breakthrough in 40 overs, and they have to pick early wickets to ensure the hosts do not take a big lead in the first innings. From here, Andhra trail UP by 61 runs.

A quick collapse, triggered by Siva Kumar and Vijaykumar, followed, reducing Uttar Pradesh to 52 for 4. Praveen Kumar (47 in 65 balls, 3 fours, 2 sixes) walked out himself and took the bull by the horns, helping Tanmay add 65. Unfortunately, Tanmay (42 in 147 balls, 6 fours) perished soon, giving Bharat his fourth catch behind the stumps before Stephen took 3 quick wickets to bowl out Uttar Pradesh for 170.
Praveen bowled unchanged for the rest of the day but could not break through. Prasanth (21 in 65 balls, 2 fours) and Bharat (56 in 79 balls, 10 fours) remained there till stumps.

Squads:

Andhra: Mohammad Kaif (c), Srikant Bharat (wk), Prasanth Kumar, CV Stephen, Siva Kumar, Ricky Bhui, BSM Ayyappa, DP Vijaykumar, MUB Sriram, AG Pradeep, KV Sasikanth.

Uttar Pradesh: Praveen Kumar (c), Eklavya Dwivedi (wk), Tanmay Srivastava, Almas Shaukat, Umang Sharma, Mohammad Saif, Akshdeep Nath, Piyush Chawla, Kuldeep Yadav, Amit Mishra, Ankit Rajpoot.