Ranji Trophy 2012: Gujarat bowlers run through the Punjab batting order

Punjab bowled out Gujarat for 266 before being reduced to 226 for seven © AFP

Valsad: Dec 23, 2012

 Left-arm spinner Rakesh Dhruv (3 for 51) and paceman Kushang Patel (2 for 74) shared five wickets between them as Gujarat fought back to reduce Punjab to 227 for seven on the second day of their Ranji Trophy Group A match at Valsad on Sunday.

Punjab are still trailing by 39 runs and either side can go on to take crucial first innings lead tomorrow.

For Punjab a lot would depend on wicket-keeper Uday Kaul, who is batting on 63. Giving him company is Siddarth Kaul (5).

Punjab bowled out Gujarat for 266 in the morning by taking the last wicket in form of Kushang, who became overall fourth victim of Sandeep Sharma.

However, Punjab could not make the most of the situation, losing both the openers, Jiwanjot Singh (5) and Ravi Inder Singh (0) at the score of five inside fifth over.

Punjab owed their recovery to Mayank Sidhana (50) and Mandeep Singh (66), who added 92 runs for the third wicket.

Dhruv broke the stand by dismissing Sidhana but Mandeep found another good partner in Uday. Together they added 70 runs for the fourth wicket

Patel trapped Mandeep and that dismissal caused the collapse. Gurkeerat Singh (4), Amitoze Singh (17) and Harbhajan Singh (12) could not last long and Gujarat were right back in the match.

Brief Scores: Gujarat 266 lead Punjab 227 for 7 by 39 runs