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Although UP lead by 91 runs, the lead is most likely to reduce and be toppled by Punjab Getty Images (Representational Image)

Former Champions Uttar Pradesh were shot out for a healthy total of 335, while Punjab too were in a healthy position as they scored 244 for the loss of three wickets at stumps on Day 2 of the Ranji Trophy 2016-17, at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad on Sunday. Although UP lead by 91 runs, the lead is most likely to reduce and be toppled by Punjab, who seem well settled with the bat, while the UP bowlers are having a hard time, and would get worse of they don;t manage to get early breakthrough on Day 3, especially in the early morning session. FULL Cricket Score Ranji Trophy 2016-17, Day 2, Round 5

Sandeep Sharma returned with a five-wicket haul before Manan Vohra and Jiwanjot Singh hit twin half-centuries as Punjab dismissed Uttar Pradesh for 335 and then reached 244-3 at stumps on the second day of their Ranji Triphy Group A match on Sunday. Sandeep dismissed the late order batsmen — Kuldeep Yadav (71), Imtiaz Ahmed (0) and Amit Mishra (7) early on Sunday to return with figures of 29.5-4-85-5. In reply, Punjab rode on openers Manan (59) and Jiwanjot (62) set them a platform for a good score at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium and Yuvraj Singh (72) then took Punjab across the 200-mark. However, Saurabh Kumar dismissed Jiwanjot in the 37th over and then got rid of Vohra in the 41st over. In the 68th over, he removed Uday Kaul (34) as well, reports PTI. Ranji Trophy 2016-17 Points Table & team standings

At the draw of stumps, Mandeep Singh (10) and skipper Yuvraj were at the crease with Punjab still trailing by 91 runs in their first innings. Resuming their first innings at an overnight score of 300-6, Uttar Pradesh could add just another 35 runs with overnight batsman Saurabh Kumar completing his half-century, added PTI.

Brief Score:

Uttar Pradesh 335 (Eklavya Dwivedi 60, Kuldeep Yadav 71; Shubek Gill 3 for 57) lead Punjab 243 for 3 (Yuvraj Singh 72*; Sourabh Kumar 3 for 58) by 91 runs.