Ghaziabad: Railways skipper Sanjay Bangar and rookie seamer Krishna Kant Upadhyay's controlled swing bowling saw a much vaunted Uttar Pradesh being shot out for 79 on the second day of the Elite Group match of the Ranji Trophy at the Mohan Meakins ground. Railways 374 (Nitin Bille 123, Shivakant Shukla 98, KK Upadhyay 31, RP Singh 3/78, Bhuvaneshwar Kumar 3/76)
The Railways scored a decent 374 in their first innings and then skittled out their opponents in only 40.4 overs to ensure a huge 295-run first innings lead and enforcing the follow-on. Bangar (5/20) and Upadhyay (4/37) bowled a fantastic line and also swung the ball to make life difficult for the UP batsmen.
The home team were 18 for one in their second innings requiring 277 runs to avoid an innings defeat.
Starting the day on 282 for five, Railways courtesy Mahesh Rawat (34, 6x4) and No 10 Upadhyay (31, 5x4) reached a respectable 374 with RP Singh (3/78) and Bhuvaneshwar Kumar (3/76) being the most successful bowlers.
The pitch didn't have any demons but what Railways bowlers did was to bowl a fuller length and made the opposition batsmen play their deliveries.
In-form seamer Upadhyay, who got 10-wickets against Punjab in the last match, got one to swing away as Zahid Ali (1) nicked it to Rawat behind the stumps.
Tanmay Srivastava (2) failed to cover Upadhyay's swing and saw his stumps uprooted. Prashant Gupta (30) and India discard Mohammed Kaif (9) batted for 16 overs but never did the duo looked comfortable.
The Railwaymen kept a tight leash on the batsmen and Kaif was the third batsman to get out adjudged caught behind off JP Yadav when the ball looked to have brushed the thigh pads.
At tea, Railways were 46 for five with Arish Alam (1) and the dependable Parvinder Singh (0) were back in the hut. Parvinder especially slashed at an away-going delivery from Upadhyay as Shivakant Shukla took a stunning one handed catch at second slip.
If Upadhyay did the major work, Bangar complemented him well as he polished off the lower-order without much difficulty as most of the batsmen played irresponsible shots.
Srivastava's (0) nightmare continued as Upadhyay trapped the former India U-19 opener leg before with a ball that came in as he stayed rooted in his crease.
UP 79 (Sanjay Bangar 5/20, KK Upadhyay 4/37) & for 18/1 (Upadhyay 1/4).
Tamil Nadu score 391 against Bengal
Taking full advantage of poor fielding by Bengal, Kuthethurshri Vasudevada hit a century to help Tamil Nadu post a challenging 391 in their first innings before reducing the hosts to 84 for two on the second day of their Group B Ranji Trophy Elite Division match on Wednesday.
Bengal still need 307 runs with Shreevats Goswami batting on 33 and Writam Porel on 4 at the stumps on Day two.
Earlier, resuming at an overnight score of 261 for 5 with Vasudevadas batting on 69 and Ramaswamy Prasanna on 53, Tamil Nadu went on to add more than hundred runs to the total as the wagging tail gave a listless Bengal attack a tough time.
While Vasudevadas brought up his ton, Prasanna gave him a good support at the other end before falling for a well-made 67 off 209 balls, studded with 11 fours.
The overnight pair put on a valuable 160-run stand for the sixth wicket.
Ranadeb Bose (2/87) then claimed the prized wicket of Vasudevadas for 190-ball 106 that included 17 fours and a six, to give Bengal a chance of folding their opponents below 350 but skipper Lakshmipathy Balaji spoilt their plans.
Bengal, meanwhile, played perfect hosts by letting the visitors off the hook as Balaji went on to hit an unbeaten 49 from 88 balls, including six fours and a six, to put Tamil Nadu on top.
Bengal had a fine chance to dismiss Vasudevadas when he was on 74 with the team's total reading 272 for 5 but wicketkeeper Shreevats Goswami dropped an easy catch off Ganguly's bowling to give him a life.
Vasudevadas, who was dropped on Tuesday as well on 13, made full use of the opportunity to notch up his personal best score of 106, which is his second century.
Balaji too got a life on 28 with Tamil Nadu at 364 for 9 at that stage.
Iresh Saxena, who dropped Prasanna on Tuesday, repeated the same mistake to compound Bengal's misery.
With opener Rohan Banerjee still in hospital after being hit on lower abdomen while fielding at forward short leg yesterday, Arindam Das had a new partner in left-hander Goswami.
The duo added 56 runs before Das threw his wicket away when he gave Badrinath an easy catch while trying to step out against left-arm spinner R Aushik Srinivas.
But Goswami looked good in his approach during his steady innings of of unbeaten 33 from 108 balls (7x4) even as Bengal lost another wicket in Abhishek Jhunjhunwala (16) when he edged one at the second slip.
CAB joint-secretary Sujan Mukherjee said Banerjee would be fit to play on Thursday though the batsman might need a runner.
Lying at the bottom of the table with five points from three matches, two-time champions Bengal are desperate to come out of the relegation zone.
Tamil Nadu, on the other hand, are at fourth spot. Bengal were relegated to Plate in the 2007-08 season.
Brief scores: TN 1st innings: 391 all out in 129 overs (Kuthethurshri Vasudevadas 106, Ramaswamy Prasanna 67; Lakshmipathy Balaji not out 49; Ashok Dinda 4/87, Shami Ahmed 3/81).
Bengal 1st innings: 84 for two in 35 overs (Shreevats Goswami batting 33; R Aushik Srinivas 1/15).
Ghaziabad: Railways skipper Sanjay Bangar and rookie seamer Krishna Kant Upadhyay's controlled swing bowling saw a much vaunted Uttar Pradesh being shot out for 79 on the second day of the Elite Group match of the Ranji Trophy at the Mohan Meakins ground.
Railways 374 (Nitin Bille 123, Shivakant Shukla 98, KK Upadhyay 31, RP Singh 3/78, Bhuvaneshwar Kumar 3/76)