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It was Naman Ojha’s 180 and useful lower-order contributions that helped MP to 409 Getty Images (File Photo)

Madhya Pradesh vs Mumbai, Indore

When Mumbai were reduced to 352 for 7, Madhya Pradesh (MP) may had sniffed 3 points. They were over 50 short of MP’s 409. Would Indore hold another upset for Mumbai? Earlier this year, it was here where they lost the final to Gujarat. However, such is Mumbai cricket. Full of pleasant surprises. Wicketkeeper Sufiyan Shaikh bailed them out. They managed a 31-run lead and rest was immaterial. Full Cricket Updates, Ranji Trophy 2017-18, Round 2, Day 4

Mumbai then reduced MP to 145 for 6. They were staring down the barrel at 55 for 5 at one stage before Ankit Sharma saved them with his second fifty on the game. An extra day could have seen Mumbai bag 3 more points but letus not discuss ifs and buts.

It was Naman Ojha’s 180 and useful lower-order contributions that helped MP to 409. Mumbai opener Jay Bista’s brisk 135 led the visitors’ charge. Siddhesh Lad and skipper Suryakumar Yadav contributed with 82 and 91 respectively before Shaikh harboured them to safety. A point from this match helps MP retain the top slot in the points table.

Brief scores:

Madhya Pradesh 409 all out (Waseem Ahmed 40, Naman Ojha 180, Ankit Sharma 67; Akash Parkar 4 for 70) & 145 for 6 (Ankit Sharma 52*; Vijay Gohil 2 for 30) drew with Mumbai 440 (Jay Bista 135, Siddhesh Lad 82, Suryakumar Yadav 91, Sufiyan Shaikh 42; Shubham Sharma 2 for 8)

Man of the Match: Jay Bista

Madhya Pradesh: 1, Mumbai: 3

Tamil Nadu vs Tripura, Chennai

Washington Sundar is a future India player and that is the consensus. The 18-year-old has got off to a promising start. Already a household name post IPL 2017, Sundar has now extended his good form in First-Class cricket and Tamil Nadu are benefitting. Against Tripura, he followed up his two wickets with a 159 opening the batting as TN notched up 3 crucial points, in this Group C encounter at Chennai.

Riding on the 90s from Smith Patel and Yashpal Singh, the Northeast side put up 258 on the board. K Vignesh starred from the TN camp with four wickets. TN responded with 357 for 4 dec. Sundar was well supported by his fellow opener and skipper Abhinav Mukund, who crafted 76. Rains played spoilsport to TN’s party. At the time of declaration, Baba Indrajith was batting on 89.

Tripura were 91 for 3 in the second innings. Sundar managed to bag another wicket. Just over 218 overs were possible in the match. It was another off game for Ravichandran Ashwin, who bowled 36 overs for only a couple of wickets. TN now have moved to the third spot in the points table with 4 points. Tripura are at fifth spot with a point from each of their two games.

Brief scores

Tripura 258 all out (Smit Patel 99, Yashpal Singh 96; K Vignesh 4 for 41) & 91 for 3 (Smith Patel 35*; Rahil Shah 2 for 30) drew with Tamil Nadu 357 for 4 dec. (Washington Sundar 159, Abhinav Mukund 76, Baba Indrajith 89*).

Man of the Match: Washington Sundar

Tamil Nadu 3, Tripura 1

Baroda vs Andhra, Vadodara

Andhra have made a good start to their campaign by bagging 6 points from their two games so far. Baroda managed 373 in the first innings. Despite Atit Sheth’s five-for, the hosts could not prevent Andhra from putting up 554. Hanuma Vihari and Ricky Bhui slammed hundreds and knit a massive 308-run stand for the third wicket.

The visitors looked to enforce an innings defeat but Baroda batted out almost 72 overs and put up 195 for 6. In doing so, they managed a point in their tally from two games. It was 122-run stand on the final day by opener Aditya Waghmode and Vishnu Solanki that helped them save their face.

Yusuf Pathan, who scored twin tons at Indore, was a flop in this encounter. The Indian cricketer managed just a run from both the innings. Skipper and brother Irfan too managed only four runs in the game and took a solitary wicket.

Vihari won the Man of the Match despite Sheth’s valiant fifty and the five-for.

Brief scores

Baroda 373 all out (Kedar Devdhar 93, Vishnu Solanki 61, Swapnail Singh 88, Atit Sheth 70*; B Ayyappa 4 for 69) & 195 for 6 (Aditya Waghmode 56, Vishnu Solanki 68; K Ashwin Hebbar 2 for 16) drew with Andhra 554 (KS Bharat 40, Hanuma Vihari 150, Ricky Bhui 145, B Sumanth 86, I Karthik Raman 41; Atit Sheth 5 for 91).

Man of the Match: Hanuma Vihari

Baroda: 1, Andhra: 3