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Ranji Trophy 2015-16: Praveen Kumar and Saurabh Kumar pick 5 each as Gujarat gets all out for 100

It was the Kumar and Kumar show for Uttar Pradesh as Praveen Kumar and Saurabh Kumar picked up 5 wickets a piece.

Praveen Kumar picked up 5/16 to bundle Gujarat for just 100 ©Getty Images
Praveen Kumar picked up 5/16 to bundle Gujarat for just 100 ©Getty Images

Valsad: Praveen Kumar (5/16) and Saurabh Kumar (5/37) shared 10 wickets between them to bundle out Gajarat for 100 and give Uttar Pradesh 173-run first innings lead on the second day of their Ranji Trophy Group B cricket match here today. At the close of play, UP were 163 for seven in their second innings, with an overall lead of 336 runs and three wickets remaining. Earlier, resuming at 272 for nine in their first innings, UP could add just one more run to their overnight score to finish at 273. FULL UPDATE: Live Cricket Score, Gujarat vs Uttar Pradesh, Ranji Trophy 2015-16, Group B match

In reply, Gujarat kept losing wickets at regular interval even as Praveen and Saurabh wrecked havoc. Only three home team batsmen could reach the double digit mark as they fell for a meagre 100 in 31.4 overs. The visitors also did not have an ideal start to their second innings as both the openers Tanmay Srivastava (1) and Almas Shaukat (8) got out cheaply. But one-down batsman Umang Sharma (66) hit a half-century to steady the boat. At stumps, Piyush Chawla was unbeaten on 17 and Praveen Kumar was batting on five. For Gujarat, Axar Patel was the pick of the wickets with figures of four for 54. Gujarat are currently placed at fifth in the table with 9 points while Uttar Pradesh are placed seventh with 7 points to their name.Parthiv Patel, Venugopal Rao and Co will have to bat exceedingly well to reach anywhere near the total which UP will be putting up.

Brief scores:
Uttar Pradesh: 273 & 163 for 7 (Umang Sharma 66, Axar Patel 4/54)  lead Gujarat: 100 all out (Parthiv Patel 39; Praveen Kumar 5/16, Saurabh Kumar 5/37) by 366 runs.

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