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Madhya Pradesh dominated day two of their Ranji Trophy 2018-19 Round 8 Elite B match against table-toppers Himachal Pradesh, who conceded a lead on Monday.

After bowling out Madhya Pradesh for a paltry 127 in their first innings courtesy left-arm spinner Kumar Kartikeya’s maiden five-wicket haul, MP were 47/2 in their second dig, with a healthy lead of 185 runs when stumps were drawn.

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Resuming their day at 235/5, MP suffered a batting collapse and lost their remaining five wickets for just 30 runs. Rishi Dhawan and Pankaj Jaiswal were responsible for MP’s downfall in the morning with Dhawan accounted for three wickets.

Jaiswal returned with four wickets in his 23 overs going for 56 runs, while Dhawan went for 54 runs in his 27.3 overs.

In reply, Himachal were off to a good start with Prashant Chopra and Raghav Dhawan conjuring 61 runs. But that was the only high for the visiting side at the Holkar Stadium, Indore. Kartikeya first had Chopra dismissed for 37 off 129 balls, and then returned 10 overs later to see the back of Ankush Bains for 12.  Himachal were skittled for 127 to give Madhya Pradesh a massive 138 runs lead.

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The 21-year-old Kartikeya picked up six wickets – his career best – to improve on his previous best of 2/56 playing in just his third match.

Batting in the second dig, MP lost openers Anand Singh Bais (2) and Aryaman Birla (12) early. However, Rajat Patidar and captain Naman Ojha, batting on 15 and 13 respectively, ensure no further casualty to the MP batting order.

Brief scores: Madhya Pradesh 265 & 47/2 lead Himachal Pradesh 127 all out (Kumar Kartikeya 6/28) by 185 runs