Andhra still need 64 more runs with five wickets in hand to make MP bat again © Getty Images (Representational Image)
Andhra still need 64 more runs with five wickets in hand to make MP bat again © Getty Images (Representational Image)

Indore: Madhya Pradesh spinner Ankit Sharma took a 10-wicket haul in two innings as Andhra were bundled out for a mere 56 in the first innings and then finished day two on 159 for five while following on in a Group B Ranji Trophy cricket match on Wednesday. Andhra still need 64 more runs with five wickets in hand to make MP bat again. Resuming on 261 for nine, MP added 18 runs to their overnight score to be all out for 279 in their first innings. In reply, Andhra batsmen had a disastrous outing with Ankit (6/17) getting rid of the top and middle order. UPDATES: Madhya Pradesh vs Andhra, Ranji Trophy 2015-16, Group B match, Day 2 at Indore

None of the visiting team batsmen except K Ashwin Hebbar (13) could reach the double-digit mark. Following on, Andhra faltered yet again, losing five wickets in 48 overs with Ankit (4/65) doing the bulk of the damage this time around as well. However, skipper Mohammad Kaif played a responsible knock of 51, while DB Prasanth Kumar (49) and AG Pradeep (36 not out) also chipped in with crucial runs to keep Andhra afloat. At stumps, NJ Sai Krishna (13 not out) was at the crease along with Pradeep. Complete coverage of Ranji Trophy 2015-16

MP are currently placed sixth in the table as they have 17 points from seven games, courtesy of a couple of wins, loss and draws, while a game ended in no contest. Andhra, on the other hand. are placed at the bottom of the table as they have 10 points from the seven games, having not won a single game, and losing as well as drawing three, while a game ended in no contest. Andhra, who are definitely out of making it to the knock-outs, would look to finish the season on a high by earning their first win, while MP would look for another win here and rise above the table and make it to the quarter-finals.

Brief scores:

Madhya Pradesh 279 lead Andhra 56 (Ankit Sharma 6 for 17) & 159 for 5 (f/o) (Mohammad Kaif 51, DB Prasanth Kumar 49; Ankit Sharma 4 for 65) by 63 runs.