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Hanuma Vihari Slams Triple Century for Andhra Pradesh
By Indian Cricket Fever
October 26 2017

India's Premier First Class Tournament is heating up... here is a round up of Round Three. 

Hanuma Vihari’s maiden first-class triple ton propelled Andhra to a mountainous total while Amandeep Khare’s maiden first-class double century helped Chhattisgarh post a stiff total against Vidarbha in Round 3 of Ranji Trophy 2017-18.

Baba Indrajith, Ishank Jaggi, Gurkeerat Mann and Ricky Bhui were others to post hundreds on Day 2 of the ongoing round of the tournament.

While Jalaj Saxena claimed six wickets to tip the match in Kerala’s favour; Saurabh Kumar finished with 7/110 for UP against Maharashtra. Shreyas Gopal picked a five-for to put Karnataka in an advantageous position.

Here are the highlights of the day:

Group A

Assam vs Railways: At 224 for two, Railways were trailing by 20 runs at Stumps on day 2. 


Saurabh Wakaskar and Shivkant Shukla got Railways off to a good start after the visitors bowled Assam out for 244 in the morning. After resuming on 216 for eight the hosts lost the last two wickets for 28 runs in the morning.

The Railways openers then built a 144-run stand until Wakaskar was bowled by Pritam Das for 80. After 35 runs, Shukla was trapped lbw for 86. Nitin Bhille (18*) and Arindam Gosh (31*) then took the team to stumps in an unbroken 45-run partnership.

Scorecard - http://www.bcci.tv/ranji-trophy-2017-18/match/34

Uttar Pradesh vs Maharashtra: With Eklavya Dwivedi (40*) and Imitiaz Ahmed (12*) at the crease, UP were 232 for seven at Stumps and trailing by 80 runs.

Coming together at 30 for one, Almas Shaukat and Shivam Choudhary built a 101-run stand to set the innings on course. Chirag Khurana (4/38), who ended the stand by trapping Shaukat lbw, also accounted for Suresh Raina (0) later in the over to leave UP on 131 for three. UP then continued to lose wickets and were left on 152 for six by the visitors. Saurabh Kumar then joined Dwivedi in steadying the innings and the pair added 62 runs until the former was sent back by A Sanklecha. Dwivedi then rallied on with I Ahmed and saw the hosts through to the end of day’s play.

Earlier, Maharashtra were bowled out for 312 after resuming the innings on 274 for four. Rohit Motwani was the first to return to the pavilion in the first session without a run added to the score-line. Ankeet Bawane was sent back for 119 after resuming his innings on 107 by Saurabh Kumar leaving the team on 292 for six.

Saurabh finished with 7/110 as UP wrapped up the Maharashtra innings earlier in the day.

Scorecard - http://www.bcci.tv/ranji-trophy-2017-18/match/35

Karnataka vs Hyderabad: Spinners Shreyas Gopal (5/17) and K Gowtham (3/56) bowled Karnataka to a 47-run first innings lead by bundling Hyderabad out for 136 earlier in the day.

Hyderabad had resumed their innings on 51 for three in the morning with Sumanth Kolla and B Sandeep in the middle. With 28 runs added to their overnight score, Sreenath Arvind struck to end the stand by claiming B Sandeep. The spinners then ran through the rest of the lineup to give the hosts an edge. 

Building on the narrow lead, Samarth R and KL Rahul put together 45 runs for the opening stand Mehdi Hasan disrupted the latter’s stumps. He followed it up with three quick wickets – Samarth, Mayank Agarwal and Gowtham to reduce the hosts to 57 for four.

However, Karun Nair found an ally in Stuart Binny and the pair took Karnataka to Stumps at 127 for four. The home team were leading by 174 runs when play ended for the day.

Scorecard - http://www.bcci.tv/ranji-trophy-2017-18/match/36

Group B 

Jharkhand vs Haryana: Ishank Jaggi (127*) had taken Jharkhand to a 103-run first innings lead at the end of Day 2.

A Chahal and A Hooda claimed two wickets each to leave Jharkhand on 60 for four after resuming their innings on 14 without loss. Jaggi and Ishan Kishan then joined hands to revive the innings. The pair added 190 runs for the fifth wicket before the latter was caught by A Sandhu off his own bowling. Mishra then followed up with the wicket of Kaushal Singh 19 runs later.

Jaggi then took the team to stumps with Shahbaz Nadeem at 311 for six.

Scorecard - http://www.bcci.tv/ranji-trophy-2017-18/match/32

J & K vs Gujarat: A determined batting performance by the Gujarat batsmen helped the team to 276 for four at stumps. Manprit Juneja (66* off 148) and Chirag Gandhi (31*) had taken the team to a 15-run lead until play ended for the day.

After resuming on 15 without loss, the Gujarat batsmen made valuable contribution with patient batting to shape the innings. Priyank Panchal made 61 off 132 while R Bhatt chipped in with 38 off 138 as Gujarat built the innings.

Manik Gupta claimed two wickets for J & K while Parvez Rasool and Aamir Aziz picked a wicket each. 

Scorecard - http://www.bcci.tv/ranji-trophy-2017-18/match/31

Kerala vs Team Rajasthan: Team Rajasthan were trailing by 201 runs with four wickets in hand when play ended for the day. Jalaj Saxena claimed six for 46 as the visitors were restricted to 134 for six at Stumps on Day 2.

Earlier, Kerala were bowled out for 335 after resuming on 232 for three. 34 runs into the day’s play, overnight batsman Sanju Samson was sent back by D Chahar for 42. Team Rajasthan then struck at regular intervals to keep the rest of the lineup in check even as Sachin Baby (78 off 142) worked to hold up one end. M Lomror, who accounted for the Kerala captain finished with 4/51 as they wrapped up the hosts innings.

Scorecard - http://www.bcci.tv/ranji-trophy-2017-18/match/33

Group C

Andhra vs Odisha: Hanuma Vihari posted his maiden first-class triple century as he powered Andhra to a mammoth 584 for five before declaring the innings. The Andhra skipper was unbeaten on 302 (off 456) when declared the innings.

After resuming his innings on 143, Vihari was ably supported by Ricky Bhui to help pile on runs. The batsman also scored a century as they raised a mountainous total.

In reply, Odisha were 32 for one at the end of second day’s play.

Scorecard - http://www.bcci.tv/ranji-trophy-2017-18/match/25

Mumbai vs Tamil Nadu: A solid 157-run stand between Baba Indrajith (105*) and MS Washington Sundar (69) after coming together at 69 for four, helped Tamil Nadu shape a reply to Mumbai’s 374 all out. 

While Akash Parker knocked back Abhinav Mukund’s stumps to leave TN on 14 for one, Vijay Gohil drew an edge from Murali Vijay through to the wicketkeeper 18 runs later. First over of the second session, Abhishek Nayar claimed Kaushik Gandhi to leave TN on 34 for three and a while later Vijay Shankar was sent back by Gohil leaving the visitors on the back-foot.

Indrajith and Sundar then rebuilt the innings at a steady pace. Speaking about their partnership, Sundar said, “There was pressure and 370 was a very good score on this wicket. When I went in, we needed a good partnership. I just wanted to spend a lot of time with Inder and we batted well.

“We just wanted to play to the merit of the ball. We kept getting runs, so the pressure was slowly easing out. I thought we communicated very well and we ran very well,” he added.

Speaking about the discussion with his senior partner, the batsman said, “Playing to the merit (of the ball) is really important and I think when the team is not in a good position, restricting few shots is very important. Me and Inder did that really well when I went in. I didn't really play a lofted shot and Inder was playing only to his strength. After a while, the boundaries were coming just by playing to the merit of the ball and the pressure was on them.”

Reflecting on the period of play where the TN batsmen seized the advantage from the hosts, Mumbai captain Aditya Tare said, “From 69 for 4 we should have controlled the game better. But in the middle, the game actually drifted away from us. Credit to Indrajith and Sundar for the way they batted. It was a good partnership from them, but we did not bowl well after lunch.”

Speaking about Gohil, who had given Mumbai an early breakthrough, Tare said, “He is our strike bowler when it comes to spinners. We decided to play Aditya Dhumal because the pitch looked a bit dry. I thought it would spin from the second or third day. It is a bit slow, but the odd ball does turn. So hopefully he will come in handy. He did not have a great day but he is a better bowler than that.

“It is quite challenging when you have a left-right combination, especially batsmen who are good against spin. So, it was quite challenging for the spinners. You could see they were a bit confused in the middle as to what to bowl, whether to attack or defend. They started off well. Both of them had good first spells. But the second and third spells weren’t all that good. Hopefully they can come back tomorrow morning,” he elaborated.

Towards the end of day’s play Mumbai tried to keep the batters in check by bowling short. “We were a bit late on that. We should have tried that strategy a bit earlier. We knew that Washington was a bit deceptive on short balls. We have seen a few videos of his. The thing is it is not quite easy to bowl on such pitches, especially in the second session. Third session it gets a bit cooler, there is a shadow on the pitch. There is some encouragement for fast bowlers in the first and the third sessions. That is why we tried bowling short in the end,” the skipper said while adding that Mumbai hope to put up a better performance when play resumes on the third day.

At the end of day’s play, Indrajith had anchored TN to 239 for five with R Ashwin (8*) at the other end.

Scorecard - http://www.bcci.tv/ranji-trophy-2017-18/match/26

Tripura vs Madhya Pradesh: At 200 for seven, MP were trailing by five runs at the end of Day 2. Rajat Patidar (79) and Harpreet Singh Bhatia (69) kept the visitors’ innings in the fray even as the Tripura attack kept striking at regular intervals.

At Stumps, Puneet Datey was batting on 20 with Mihir Hirwani, who was yet to open his innings. MB Mura Singh, Gurinder Singh and Rana Datta claimed two wickets each while JB Bhattacharjee picked one wicket.
Earlier after Tripura resumed on 88 for six, Gurinder Singh went on to make 57 and A Sarkar made 32 to lift the hosts to a decent score before being bowled out.

Scorecard - http://www.bcci.tv/ranji-trophy-2017-18/match/30

Group D
 
Goa vs Punjab: Goa were 94 for one and trailing by 541 runs at Stumps of Day 2 in reply to Punjab’s massive total of 635 runs.

Jiwanjot Singh and Anmolpreet Singh resumed Punjab’s innings on 396 for two and had taken the side to 420 when the latter was run out; ending the partnership for 260. A bit later the opener was sent back by Amogh Desai for 238. Gurkeerat Maan then continued to add on to the total with the lower half of the lineup until he was sent back for 114 by Shadab Jakati. The bowler finished with a five-for when the hosts eventually wrapped-up the Punjab innings.

Scorecard - http://www.bcci.tv/ranji-trophy-2017-18/match/27

Services vs Himachal: Himachal were in an advantageous position at the end of second day’s play against Services. AP Vashisht took 4/48 to leave Services wobbling on 153 for six after Himachal posted 364 in the first innings.

Himachal resumed their innings on 273 for five on Day 2 and bowled out for an addition of 91 runs to the overnight score. V Yadav finished with a five-for in the innings.

Scorecard - http://www.bcci.tv/ranji-trophy-2017-18/match/28

Vidarbha vs Chhattisgarh: Amandeep Khare’s maiden first-class double century helped Chhattisgarh to 489 runs.

After resuming on 246 for three, useful contributions by the middle-order complementing Khare’s efforts helped Chhattisgarh post a formidable total on the board. Karn Sharma and A Karnewar claimed three wickets each as Vidarbha looked to plug the flow of runs.

In reply, the hosts were 31 for one with Faiz Fazal (20*) and S Wagh (4*) in the middle.

Scorecard - http://www.bcci.tv/ranji-trophy-2017-18/match/29