Sanju Samson's ton took Kerala towards solidity © IANS
Sanju Samson’s ton took Kerala towards solidity © IANS

Hello and welcome to CricketCountry’s live blog for Day Two of Round 8 of the Ranji Trophy 2014-15. We will bring you updates from all 12 Ranji Trophy matches of this round. One of the major highlights form Day one of this round is the performance of 16-year old Haryana all-rounder Himanshu Rana.

The young cricketer continued his impressive show in his third First-Class game. After fighting a lone battle with bat against a strong Delhi attack on his debut, Rana scored his first ton at this level, against Rajasthan at the Chaudhry Bansi Lal Cricket Stadium, Lahli on Thursday. By doing that he now became the seventh-youngest Indian (16 years 120 days) to score a hundred at the First-Class level after Dhruv Pandove, Sachin Tendulkar, Abbas Ali Baig, Mohinder Pandove, Alind Naidu and Ramesh Saxena.

Rana along with Nitin Saini struck sparkling centuries as they rescued Haryana after a top-order collapse and put them in a strong position by reaching 339 for 7 on the opening day of their Ranji Trophy 2014-15 Round Eight match against Pankaj Singh-led Rajasthan. After being asked to bat, Haryana were reduced to 66 for four in the 19th over before Rana (149) and Saini (100) put on 205 runs for the fifth wicket in a brilliant partnership to take the home side out of trouble and then to a position of strength. Rana, who hit 18 boundaries and a six in his 240-ball innings, was the last man dismissed on the day, PTI reported.

Group A

Bengal vs Railways at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata: Railways 209 for 6 vs Bengal 268

Karnataka vs Uttar Pradesh at M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore: Karnataka 678 for 7

Baroda vs Mumbai at Motibag Cricket Ground in Baroda: Baroda 177 for 9 vs Mumbai 287

Madhya Pradesh vs Jammu and Kashmir at Holkar Stadium in Indore: Jammu and Kashmir 175 for 7 vs Madhya Pradesh 371

Group B

Vidarbha vs Delhi at the VCA Stadium in Nagpur: Delhi 133 for 8 vs Vidarbha 370

Haryana vs Rajasthan at Chaudhry Bansi Lal Cricket Stadium in Lahli: Rajasthan 180 & 31 for 5 vs Haryana 373

Gujarat vs Maharashtra at Sardar Patel Stadium in Valsad: Maharashtra 82 for 2 vs Gujarat 429

Punjab vs Odisha at Punjab Cricket Association Stadium in Mohali: Punjab 167 & 31 for 3 vs Odisha 183

Group C

Tripura versus Himachal Pradesh at MBB Stadium in Agartala: Tripura 143 for 2 vs Himachal 535 for 5 decl

Assam vs Andhra at Barsapara Cricket Stadium in Guwahati: Assam 199 for 6 vs Andhra 137

Goa vs Jharkhand at Goa Cricket Association Academy in Porvorim: Goa 101 for 4 vs Jharkhand 385

Kerala vs Services at Thalassery Cricket Stadium in Thalassery: Services 69 for 3 vs Kerala 483