Amit Mishra    AFP
Amit Mishra AFP

At Guwahati: Railways bowled out Assam early on Day Two of Round Three of the 2017-18 Ranji Trophy match. On Wednesday, Railways cleared up the two remaining wickets to restrict Assam to 244. Railways, 224 for 2, finished 21 runs away from taking the lead at stumps.

A combined attack of Anureet Singh, Deepak Bansal and Amit Mishra had run through Assam s batting, getting rid of 8 of their batsmen on the opening day. Tarjinder Singh s 43 was the highest score for Assam while Dhiraj Goswami s 41 not out was a solid contribution.

In response, Saurabh Wakaskar and Shivakant Shukla provided Railways with a steady start. They added 144 for the opening stand. Though the Assam bowlers dismissed both batsmen later on, Railways were already on top before that.

Brief scores:

Assam 244 (Tarjinder Singh 43, Dhiraj Goswami 41*; Anureet Singh 3 for 81, Deepak Bansal 4 for 61, Amit Mishra 3 for 56) lead Railways 224 for 2 (Saurabh Wakaskar 80, Shivakant Shukla 86; Abu Nechim 1 for 34, Pritam Das 1 for 33) by 20 runs.

At Lucknow: Despite a good start, Maharashtra s lower order tumbled on Day Two. Uttar Pradesh restricted them at 312 before getting reduced to 232 for 7 themselves, which put Maharashtra back on top.

Rohit Motwani and Ankit Bawne, who were unbeaten at stumps of the opening day, departed early the next day. Saurabh Kumar bowled exceptionally well to pick up 7 for 110, while Ankit Rajpoot had 3 for 68.

However, Maharashtra disappointed with the bat. After losing Himanshu Asnora early, Almas Shaukat (63) and Shivam Chaudhary (54) added 101. Both scored half-centuries but none turned it into century. Then Uttar Pradesh lost wickets frequently: apart from Eklavya Dwivedi (40*), nobody got going. Chirag Khurana was the pick of the bowlers for Maharashtra with 4 for 38.

Brief scores:

Maharashtra 312 (Ruturaj Gaikwad 63, Ankit Bawne 119, Rohit Motwani 62; Ankit Rajpoot 3 for 68, Saurabh Kumar 7 for 110) lead Uttar Pradesh 232 for 7 (Almas Shaukat 63, Shivam Chaudhary 54, Eklavya Dwivedi 40*; Anupam Sanklecha 1 for 35, Chirag Khurana 4 for 38) by 80 runs.

At Shimoga: Batting in search of a big lead, Karnataka failed for the second time in the match against Hyderabad. Karnataka had bundled Hyderabad for 136 after being bowled out for 183. Batting again, they put up 127 for 4 at stumps of Day Two.

Kolla Sumanth (68*) stood firm for Hyderabad, scoring exactly half the team total. Only three others registered double-digit scores as Krishnappa Gowtham and Shreyas Gopal ran through the batting.

Karnataka, too, kept on losing back to back wickets batting again. Karun Nair (37*) and Stuart Binny (27*) kept the hopes alive at stumps. All 4 wickets went to Mehdi Hasan.

Brief scores

Karnataka 183 and 127 for 4 (Ravikumar Samarth 29, Karun Nair 37*; Mehdi Hasan 4 for 54) lead Hyderabad 136 (Kolla Sumanth 68*, Akash Bhandari 24; Krishnappa Gowtham 3 for 56, Shreyas Gopal 5 for 17) by 174 runs.