THANKS TO a brilliant century by Sachin Dholpure, Indore division was in a commanding position on the second day of the Maharaja Yeshwantrao senior division cricket tournament organised by the MPCA at Emerald Heights International grounds on Tuesday.
Resuming the overnight score of 275/6, Raipur division added 62 runs to its total. Not out batsman Rizvi could not stay long and was dismissed after making 80 runs. He was clean bowled by Anand Rajan. After the fall of Rizvi, other the batsmen could not do much and the team was bundled out for 337.
Wicket keeper Someshwar Rao scored 36 runs with six boundaries while Manoj Singh contributed a useful 20 with four boundaries.
Indore division suffered a jolt at the stroke of lunch as opener Naman Ojha was back in the pavilion for nine runs. Naman’s bad patch continued in this match also, as he failed to score big in the recent Ranji matches.
Amit Pal batted well and scored 32 runs. At the other end, Ranji discard Sachin Dholpure showed his patience and scored runs freely. He played a chanceless innings. He played some eye catching cover drives. The Raipur bowlers failed to trouble the well-set Sachin. Though Sachin was playing well, wickets were falling at the other end. Shadab Khan came to Indore rescue.
Skipper Rishi Yenge too failed to rise to the occasion and was back in the dressing room after scoring 23 runs. Gaurav Lashkari, who dropped a few catches on Monday, was batting on 12. Shadab and Sachin batted superbly and both the batsmen scored runs freely.
Ranji player T Sudhindra failed to impress the selectors. After scoring 100 runs, Sachin was back in the dressing room. Shadab and Sachin Dholpure added 152 runs for the fourth wicket.
At the end of the second day’s play, Indore division was sitting pretty at 280/4. Shadab was going on 84 and Gaurav Lashkari was batting on 12.
The first hour of Wednesday will be crucial as T Sudhindra will make use of the morning dew to move the ball well to trouble the overnight batsmen. Indore needs just 58 runs with six wickets in hand to take first innings lead.
The MPCA has deputed one selector for each senior division match. Amitabh Vijayavergiya is watching the performance of players in Indore.