Uttar Pradesh, vying for a place in the quarters along with Jharkhand, called the shots for the second consecutive day and secured a first-innings lead against Assam in their Ranji Trophy 2018-19 Round 9 Elite C match on Tuesday. At stumps, UP were 377/5 in reply to Assam’s 175, ahead by 202 runs.

Resuming from the day at 64/1, behind by 111 runs, UP lost the other opener Umang Sharma early after he was trapped lbw to Mukhtar Hussain and departed for 38.

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Mohammad Saif and Akshdeep Nath then put on 59 runs for the third wicket. Saif, who brought up his seventh first-class fifty, was the first to depart after he was dismissed by Jitumoni Kalita. He scored 58 off 113 balls which included six hits to the fence.

Nath then found an able partner in Priyam Garg as the duo stitched 93 runs for the fourth wicket. Garg, who smashed six boundaries during his 87-ball stay at the crease, fell six runs short of his half-century. After bringing up his sixth first-class fifty, Nath’s fine innings was brought to an end in the 84th over after he was castled by Arup Das for 81, an innings decorated with 10 boundaries.

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Rinku Singh and Upendra Yadav then took control of the innings as the duo batted for an unbeaten 118-run partnership. Rinku, who’s four runs shy of his fourth first-class century, smashed eight boundaries and one six during his 143-ball knock, while Yadav offered good support and was batting on 38 off 83 when stumps were drawn on day two.

Brief scores: Uttar Pradesh 377/5 (Rinku Singh 96*, Akshdeep Nath 81) lead Assam 175 by 202 runs