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Suresh Raina struggles, Uttar Pradesh in trouble vs Maharashtra in Ranji Trophy

Suresh Raina was out for 0 as Uttar Pradesh were reeling at 232 for seven against Maharashtra’s 312 at stumps on Day 2 in a Ranji Trophy match

cricket Updated: Oct 25, 2017 21:13 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Lucknow
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Suresh Raina’s Uttar Pradesh are struggling against Maharashtra in Ranji Trophy.(PTI)

Yet another batting failure, including that of skipper Suresh Raina, left former champions and hosts Uttar Pradesh struggling against Maharashtra on the second day of their Group A Ranji Trophy match at the Ekana International cricket stadium here on Wednesday.

Already struggling with his form this season, Raina could play just two balls before being caught behind off Chirag Khurana and left UP struggling at 232/7 in their first innings while chasing Maharashtra’s first innings total of 312. At close, keeper-batsman Eklavya Dwivedi (40, 71b, 4x4s, 1x6s) and Imtiaz Ahmed (12) were at the crease.

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After playing the first ball with straight bat, Raina went on the back-foot for a defensive shot but the ball kissed his willow and stumper Rohit Motwani did the rest, snapping a sharp catch. Uttar Pradesh still need 81 runs with three wickets in hand to take first innings lead.

The day belonged to spinners. Left-arm orthodox bowler Saurabh Kumar took his career-best seven for 110 in an innings to deny Maharashtra post a big total after resuming at the overnight score of 274/4 on Wednesday morning. Later, it was offie Chirag Khurana, who had four for 38 to let UP batsmen dance to his tune on the red-clay surface.

A 130-run second wicket stand between opener Almas Shaukat and Shivam Chaudhary saved the day for UP to some extent, otherwise situation could have been worse for the home side, which is desperately looking for some points in the game. They have just one point from previous two outings.

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Asnora (6) was the first to go, edging a regulation catch to Rahul Tripathi in slips off Akshay Darekar. Almas (63, 105b, 9x4) and Shivam (54, 100b, 8x4) then tried to give strength to the innings, stitching together over century stand. But two wickets in the innings’ 37th over and two further on regular intervals left the side struggling at 149/5 at tea.

Thereafter, Eklavya and Saurabh Kumar managed 72-run together for the seventh wicket and things looked heading in the right direction but a brilliant catch by Rahul Tripathi at slips by jumping in the air off Anupam Sanklecha brought curtains down for Saurabh, who made 52-ball 27 with the help of two fours.

Earlier, overnight centurion and skipper Ankeet Bawne (119, 223b, 15x4, 1x6) could add 12 runs to his total before being stumped by Eklavya Dwivedi off Saurabh Kumar, whereas his partner Rohit Motwani (62, 121, 7x4) too gave a straight catch to Dwivedi off Ankit Rajpoot. Last six Maharashtra batsmen could add 38 runs to their last night score.

Brief scores: Maharashtra (1st innings): 312 all out in 106.1 overs; Uttar Pradesh (1st innings): 232 for 7 wkts in 68 overs)

Other matches:

Brief Scores: Karnataka: 183 & 127 for four in 49 overs (Karun Nair 37 not out, Stuart Binny 26 not out; Mehdi Hasan 4/54) vs Hyderabad: 136 all out in 64.4 overs (Kolla Sumanth 68; Shreyas Gopal 5/17).

In Guwahati: Assam: 244 all out in 93.2 overs (Tarjinder Singh 43, Deepak Bansal 4/61, Anureet Singh 3/81, Amit Mishra 3/56) vs Railways: 224 for two in 81 overs (Shivakant Shukla 86, Saurabh Wakaskar 80; Pritam Das 1/33).

At Vizianagaram: Andhra Pradesh 584 for 4 declared in 166 overs (G Hanuma Vihari 302 not out, D B Prashanth Kumar 127, Ricky Bhui 100) vs Odisha 32 for 1 in 12 overs.

At Agartala: Tripura 205 all out 64.2 overs (B B Ghosh 65, Gurinder Singh 57, Ishwar Pandey 3 for 40, Ankit Sharma 3 for 61) vs Madhya Pradesh 201 for 7 in 66 overs (Rajat Patidar 79, Harpreet Singh Bhatia 70, M B Mura Singh 2 for 14).

In Mumbai, Mumbai 374 all out in 103.1 overs (Prithvi Shaw 123, Vijay Shankar 4 for 52, R Ashwin 3 fo 78) vs Tamil Nadu 239 for 5 in 65 overs (B Indrajith 105 batting, MS Washington Sundar 69, Vijay Gohil 2 for 58).

Brief scores: Punjab 1st innings: 635 all out in 148.5 overs (Jiwanjot Singh 238, Gurkeerat Mann 114, Anmolpreet Singh 113, Shadab Jakati 5/165), Goa 1st innings: 94 for one.

Other Group D matches: Himachal Pradesh vs Services at Delhi: Himachal Pradesh 1st innings: 364 all out in 116.3 overs (Nikhil Gangta 130, Ankush Bains 68; Vikas Yadav 5/91). Services 1st innings: 153/6 in 61 overs (Navneet Singh 49; Akash Vasisht 4/48).

Chhattisgarh vs Vidarbha at Nagpur: Chhattisgarh 1st innings: 489 all out in 163.2 overs (Amandeep Khare 210, Ashutosh Singh 113; Umesh Yadav 3/87). Vidarbha 1st innings: 31 for one.

First Published: Oct 25, 2017 21:13 IST