Uttar Pradesh bowlers, led by Rudra Pratap Singh and Rohit Prakash, left Andhra Pradesh reeling at 65 for six in their second innings in Kanpur on Thursday.
Skipper Venugopal Rao (25) along with KS Shahabuddin (5) were at the crease when the second day’s play was called off 3.1 overs before scheduled due to bad light. Andhra still need 171 runs to make UP bat again.
After Ravikant Shukla and Mohd Amir Khan helped UP manage a healthy 235 runs first innings lead, the bowlers went for the kill.
Ratnesh trapped Manoj Sai (4) in the fourth over, before Rudra Pratap castled LNP Reddy for a duck in the next over. He then trapped Ganneswara Rao (0) lbw to reduce the visitors to eight for three.
Part-time seamer Rohit Prakash sent back the duo of ASK Verma and MSK Prasad in quick succession to put Andhra in further trouble.
Venugopal Rao, along with S Arjun Kumar, then stemmed the rot. Minutes before close, however, spinner Ali Murtuza snared Arjun to leave the home team sensing an outright win.
Brief scores: Andhra 111 and 65 for 6 (RP Singh 2 for 14, RP Srivastava 2 for 12, A Murtaza 1 for 8) vs Uttar Pradesh 1st innings 346 (SK Raina 54, Ravikant Shukla 54, P Kumar 41, Amir Khan 70; K Sahabuddin 3 for 81, Y Gnaneswara Rao 3 for 8).