Pacer Girinath Reddy’s six wickets helped Andhra skittle Group B leaders Madhya Pradesh for a paltry 91 in response to their 132 on day two of the Ranji Trophy 2018-19 Round 9 Elite B match on Tuesday. Andhra were 198/7 in their second dig, stretching the lead to 239. Only a win can guarantee MP qualification.

Resuming the day at 24/3, Madhya Pradesh lost the experienced Rajat Patidar for 19 after he was cleaned up by Reddy. Captain Naman Ojha top scored with 30 after he was dismissed by the 20-year-old pacer playing in just his sixth first-class match.

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None of the other MP batsmen could muster any effort to pose a threat to Reddy’s imperious pace bowling. Reddy returned with career-best figures of 6/29 in his 10.5 overs to improve on his previous best of 2/7.

In their second innings, Kerala were off to a good start with openers CR Gnaneshwar and DB Prashanth Kumar combining for a 73-run partnership. However, the dangerous stand was broken after Kumar fell to Kuldeep Sen for 44. Jyothi Sai Krishna (6) and captain Ricky Bhui (8) fell in quick succession to Gourav Yadav. At stumps, Karan Shinde, unbeaten on 45 and KV Sasikanth 8 not out were at the crease.

Brief scores: Andhra 132 & 198/7 (Karan Shinde 45*) lead Madhya Pradesh 91 (Girinath Reddy 6/29) by 239 runs