New Delhi: Ashok Menaria scored a brilliant double century while Robin Bist hit a ton to help defending champions Rajasthan declare their first innings on 521 for eight on the second day of the Ranji Trophy Elite Division match against Railways on Friday.

Replying to Rajasthan's massive first innings total, Railways ended the day on 32 for one with Shivakant Shukla batting on 17 and Shreyas Khanolkar giving him company on six.

Earlier, resuming at an overnight total of 257 for two, Menaria, who was unbeaten on 142 and Bist batting on 85, went on to complete their double ton and century respectively.

Railways bowlers struggled hard to get the breakthrough, but the overnight pair stood their ground firmly to put up a 398-run stand for the third wicket.

Finally, Arlen Konwar managed to break the solid partnership by seeing off Menaria, who hit a 408-ball 230, studded with 21 fours and three sixes.

Shortly after his partner's departure, Bist also got out to Yere Goud's delivery caught by Vairamudi Cheluvaraj for 167 off 482 balls that included 14 fours and two sixes.

Thereafter, Rashmi Parida (30), Vaibhav Deshpande (27) and Pankaj Singh (24 not out) contributed to the team's total to take it past 500-run mark.

For Railways, Anureet Singh finished with the figures of five for 153.

Railways then got off to a poor start, losing their opening batsman Cheluvaraj (2) cheaply. Shukla and Khanolkar though made sure that Railways do not lose any more wicket before the draw of the stumps.

Brief Scores: Rajasthan 1st innings: 521 for 8 decl in 172 overs (Ashok Menaria 230, Robin Bist 167; Anureet Singh 5/153).

Railways 1st innings: 32 for one in 8 overs (Shivakant Shukla batting 17, Shreyas Khanolkar batting 6; Sumit Mathur 1/15).

Samantray, Mallick bat Orissa to a comfortable position

Biplab Samantray made a career-best 171 while Abhilash Mallick fell one short of his maiden ton as Orissa were bowled out for 482 in their first innings on the second day of Ranji Trophy Elite division match against Uttar Pradesh.

In reply, UP were 54 for one at the close of play with Tanmay Srivastava (35) and Mohammad Kaif (14) remaining unbeaten.

Wicketkeeper Amir Khan was the lone UP batsman to fall, caught behind by Subhrajit Sahoo off Alok Mangaraj (1/28).

Earlier, resuming at 293 for three, Samantray and Mallick started from where they left on Thursday and looked at ease against the UP bowlers before their 212-run fourth-wicket stand came to a halt.

Both Samantray and Mallick added identical 61 runs to their personal scores on Friday before they were dismissed by leg-spinner Piyush Chawla, that too in similar fashion, on LBW decisions.

Samantray and Mallick were the first two victims of Chawla, who returned with figures of five for 105.

Apart from Chawla, paceman Bhuvaneshwar Kumar (2/77) and left-arm orthodox bowler Praveen Kumar (2/85) scalped two wickets apiece for the tourists.

At stumps, UP still trail Orissa by 428 runs in the first innings with nine wickets still in hand.

Brief Scores: Orissa 1st innings: 482 all out in 160.3 overs (Biplab Samantray 171, Abhilash Mallick 99; Piyush Chawla 5/105).

UP 1st innings: 54 for one in 21 overs (Tanmay Srivastava batting 35, Mohammad Kaif batting 14; Alok Mangaraj 1/28).

Pandey hits maiden double ton to put Karnataka on top

Manish Pandey struck an unbeaten maiden double century after resuming his cramps-interrupted innings on 101 this morning, while Amit Verma scored 173 to put Karnataka on top against Mumbai in the Ranji Trophy Elite Group A match.

Pandey remained unconquered on exactly 200, after a stay of 321 minutes in which he struck 23 fours and a six, after which Karnataka declared their first innings closed at a mammoth 635 for nine, 25 minutes after tea on day two of the four-day match.

In reply, Mumbai were three for one after the dismissal of captain Wasim Jaffer for a duck in the first over before recovering to end the day at 37 for one in 12 overs.

Ajinkya Rahane, drafted into the home team after he was released from the Indian Test squad to play the match, was unbeaten on 23, while Abhishek Nayar - who had scored a double century in Mumbai's game against Rajasthan - was the other not out batsman on 14.

The 39-time champions needed 399 more runs to avoid following on and were 598 runs short of Karnataka's imposing first innings total on a wicket that still played true.

The major part of the day was spent by Mumbai in chasing leather after Karnataka resumed their innings at the overnight 316 for five with left-handed batsman Verma (41) and captain Vinay Kumar (21) on strike.

Mumbai captured the wicket of the visiting team skipper in the 29th over of the morning when Ramesh Powar bowled him off a defensive shot for 57 after which Verma and Pandey, who had retired to the dressing room on Thursday before tea after scoring his first hundred runs, took centre stage.

The seventh wicket duo put on 167 runs in 178 balls to boost Karnataka's score close to the 550-run mark.

Verma, who had compiled his century in 210 balls after being let off early in the innings, was finally deceived in flight by a well-tossed up ball by Powar who had him stumped.

Verma faced 275 balls in his 372-minute knock and hit 18 fours and three sixes. He had put on a century stand with captain Vinay Kumar too for the sixth wicket.

Karnataka, 544 for seven at Verma's fall, continued to pile on Mumbai's agony with the hard-hitting Abhimanyu Mithun (45 in 37 balls) adding 69 runs in quick time with Pandey.

Mithun struck Powar for three huge leg-side sixes and also hit four fours before edging left-arm spinner Ankit Chavan to Jaffer at slip.

Chavan got rid off of S Aravind cheaply before Pandey reached his double ton by steering the left-arm spinner for a single to gully. Karnataka applied closure immediately.

Spinners Iqbal Abdulla (2 for 130), Powar (2 for 150) and Chavan (3 for 115) were expensive but took the majority of wickets for Mumbai.

The visitors, who were level at nine points with Mumbai going into the tie, struck a big blow to the hosts' hopes of matching them in the first innings by sending back Jaffer for no score. The India discard misread the swing from Vinay Kumar, offered no stroke to a ball that came in and rapped him on pads, and was leg before.

Rahane, who has been in the India reserves for the first two Tests against the West Indies, looked confident along with the left-handed Nayar and Mumbai's hopes rest largely on this duo and the in-form Rohit Sharma.

Brief Scores: Karnataka 635 for 9 decl (R Uthappa 49, G Satish 83, M Pandey 200 not out, A Verma 173, Vinay Kumar 57, A Mithun 45; I Abdulla 2 for 130, R Powar 2 for 150, A Chavan 3 for 115).

Mumbai 37 for 1 (A Rahane batting 23, A Nayar batting 14).

Tiwary hits double ton as Bengal score big

Skipper Manoj Tiwary slammed a career best 267 as he made up for the lower-order batsmen's failure to put Bengal in a firm position against Madhya Pradesh in their Elite division Ranji Trophy match.

Resuming on 318 for three, Bengal were bundled out for 496 with Tiwary's sublime double century being the limelight, his fourth in 51 first-class matches.

After Sourav Ganguly's dismissal who got out for 47 in the first session, adding 10 to his overnight score, Tiwary got little support from the lower order.

The last six batsmen added just 31 runs to the total, showing little application on a flat batting strip at the Jadavpur University ground at Salt Lake.

But the visitors replied strongly with 136 for one, needing 361 more to get the first-innings lead and three points.

Wicketkeeper batsman Naman Ojha was at the crease with a fluent 60 from 117 balls (7x4, 1x6) and giving him company was Mohnish Mishra on 20 (27b, 3x4, 1x6).

It was not a great start on day two for Bengal as former Indian skipper Ganguly was bowled by TP Sudhindra.

Wickets kept falling at the other end, as Tiwary battled lonely. He hit left-arm spinner Ankit Sharma for two sixes and another against off-spinner Jalaj Saxena.

Medium pacer Ishwar Pandey claimed four for 115 for Madhya Pradesh.

Bengal skipper Tiwary lamented that they should have scored a few more runs.

"We should have scored a few more runs. The batsmen came up with poor shot selection," Tiwary rued.

Tiwary however stayed positive and hoped to exploit the early morning moisture in the first session on Saturday.

"But at the end, we have runs under our belt. The first-half will be crucial. We need to take early wickets. It's a flat strip," Tiwary said.

On his knock, Tiwary preferred to rank his 210 against Mumbai higher.

"It's certainly one of my best knocks I have played so far. But my favourite remains the 210 v Mumbai," he said.

Bengal have three points while Madhya Pradesh are yet to open their account in the group B table.

(Agencies)