Jaipur: Riding on a gritty 91-run knock by Parvinder Singh and a quickfire 88 by Piyush Chawla, Uttar Pradesh posted 492 in their first innings before reducing the defending champions Rajasthan to 119 for 2 on the second day of the Ranji Trophy Group 'A' Elite division match on Wednesday. (Agencies)
Twin strike by Bhuvneshwar Kumar (2-30) put UP in the drivers seat at stumps on day two with Robin Bist (batting on 44) and Rashmi Parida (batting on 43) battling it out in the middle for the hosts at the Sawai Man Singh stadium.
Having lost both openers Akash Chopra (9) and Vineet Saxena (12) and with injured Hrishikesh Kanitkar not playing in this game, Rajasthan now face a daunting task as they still are 373 runs behind the visitors.
Earlier, UP resumed at an overnight total of 292 for four with Parvinder on 56 and Arish Alam on 60.
Though Alam could add just another nine runs to the team's total before becoming the first casualty of the day, he made crucial contribution by adding 126 runs for the fifth wicket with Parvinder.
Thereafter, Parvinder Singh (91, 156 b, 10X4, 2X6) and Piyush Chawla (88, 71b, 16X4, 1X6) thwarted Rajasthan bowlers by putting on 127-run sixth-wicket partnership together.
Even the tail chipped in with valuable runs with Bhuvneshwar Kumar scoring 27 and Praveen Gupta remaining not out on 34 to steer the team to 492.
For Rajasthan, right-arm googly bowler Vivek Yadav was the most successful, finishing with 5 for 121, while Deepak Chahar ended with the figures of 4 for 144 in his marathon 43-over spell.
Meanwhile, Pankaj Singh completed his 200 wickets in first-class cricket after getting rid of Chawla.
UP 1st innings: 492 all out (Parvinder Singh 91, Arish Alam 69, Piyush Chawla 88; Vivek Yadav 5-121, Deepak Chahar 4-144).
Rajasthan 1st innings: 119 for 2 (Rabin Bisht batting 44, Rashmi Parida batting 43; Bhuvneshwar Kumar 2-30).
Gujarat reduced to 133/5 after MP take first innings lead
Hosts Madhya Pradesh are firmly in sight of an outright victory against Gujarat after reducing the visitors to 133 for five in the second innings in a Ranji Trophy Group 'B' Elite division match on Wednesday.
Madhya Pradesh have already ensured three points having scored 205 in their first innings thereby getting a crucial 75-run first innings lead. Useful contributions from skipper Devendra Bundela (50) and lower-order batsman Taduri Sudhindra (51) helped MP get the first innings lead.
After shining with the bat, Sudhindra struck twice (2/27) to put MP in the driver's seat, as Gujarat now only have 58-run lead with five wickets in hand.
On Tuesday, medium pacer Ishwar Pandey (6/31) took a sensational six-wicket haul to bundle out Gujarat for a paltry 130 in their first innings.
Resuming at an overnight score of 51 for two, Madhya Pradesh could only manage 205 on Wednesday.
MP started on a poor note as overnight batsman Mohnish Mishra, unbeaten on 27, could add just six more runs to the team's total before falling to Ishwar Chaudhary's bowling.
Though another overnight batsman Bundela, resuming on 19, held his ground to score a patient 50 off 144 balls, including seven fours, Chaudhary (4/84) quickly added two more wickets to his kitty dismissing Abbas Ali (0) and Harpreet Singh (7).
Right-arm medium pacer Mehul Patel (5/54) playing only his second first-class match then wreaked havoc as he saw off Udit Birla (14), Ankit Sharma (0), Anand Rajan (0) and Bundela to left the hosts reeling at 117 for nine.
But just when it seemed that Gujarat would be able to manage a first innings lead, Sudhindra along with Pandey (not out 36) spoilt their party as the duo went on to add 88 runs for the final wicket.
Brief scores: Gujarat: 130 all out & 133 for five (Niraj Patel 39, Priyank Panchal 29; TP Sudhindra 2/27).
Madhya Pradesh 1st Innings: 205 all out (TP Sudhindra 51, Devendra Bundela 50; Mehul Patel (5/54, Ishwar Chaudhary 4/84).
Batsmen put Karnataka on top against Saurashtra
Riding on KB Pawan's 118 and half centuries by skipper Ganesh Satish and Bharat Chipli, Karnataka consolidated its position at stumps on Day two of their Ranji Trophy Elite Division match against Saurashtra on Wednesday.
Resuming at their overnight 107 for one, Karnataka ended the day on 369 for four with Pawan notching up his sixth first-class century.
Pawan struck 15 boundaries during his 222-ball vigil before he fell caught and bowled to Siddharth Trivedi.
Pawan was ably supported by Satish (54) and Chipli who remained unbeaten on 66 along with Stuart Binny (29 not out).
Earlier, Karnataka batted through the first session without much ado as Pawan and Satish ran the Saurashtra attack ragged with their pugnacious approach.
The homeside were sitting pretty at 249 for one when Trivedi produced the much-needed breakthrough for Saurashtra in the form of Satish, caught by wicketkeeper Sagar Jogiyani.
But by then Pawan, who had scored a double hundred against Rajasthan, had already notched up his second century of the season.
Even though Saurashtra bowlers managed to get rid of Satish, Pawan and Amit Verma (18) from the crease on Wednesday, they found stubborn resistence from Chipli, who struck eight boundaries, and Binny.
Trivedi (2/65) turned out to be the most successful bowler for Saurashtra.
Brief Scores: Karnataka 1st innings (Overnight 107 for one): 369 for four in 105 overs (K B Pawan 118, Bharat Chipli 66 not out, Ganesh Satish 54; Siddharth Trivedi 2/65).
Railways in a spot after Kaul's ton props up Punjab
Railways were staring down the barrel at 89 for five after Punjab rode on stand-in skipper Uday Kaul's sedate 131 to post 366 all out on Day 2 of their Ranji Trophy elite division match on Wednesday.
Leading the side in the absence of Harbhajan Singh, Kaul slammed 17 boundaries before Krishnakant Upadhayay, who finished with seven for 76, ended the batsman's 403-minute vigil at the crease.
Much of Upadhayay's good work was, however, wasted as Manpreet Gony played havoc with the visitors' batting line-up, picking up four wickets.
Coming on as first-change bowler, Gony bowled Shivakant Shukla to trigger the slide.
Shreyas Khanolkar had no answer as he edged Gony to wicketkeeper Kaul.
Top-scorer in the visiting side, V Cheluvaraj, who seemed to be fighting a lone battle, was dismissed by Harmeet Singh for 35, before Gony had the experienced Yere Goud and Mahesh Rawat trapped in front to leave Railways in a spot of bother.
At stumps, skipper Sanjay Bangar was unbeaten on 23, and giving him company was Jai Prakash Yadav, batting on eight.
Earlier, resuming on 212 for three, Kaul, overnight on 82, was sensible in his approach as he guided his team to a competitive total after opting to bat at the PCA stadium.
After Mandeep Singh fell for an addition of just 12 to his overnight 61, Kaul found an able ally in Amitoze Singh who crafted a valuable half-century.
Amitoze's 103-52 was laced with eight hits.
Punjab 1st Innings: 366 all out in 146.1 overs (Uday Kaul 131, Mandeep Singh 73, Amitoze Singh 52; Krishnakant Upadhayay 7/76).
Railways 1st Innings: 89 for 5 in 30 overs (V Cheluvaraj 35; Manpreet Goni 4/24).
Jaipur: Riding on a gritty 91-run knock by Parvinder Singh and a quickfire 88 by Piyush Chawla, Uttar Pradesh posted 492 in their first innings before reducing the defending champions Rajasthan to 119 for 2 on the second day of the Ranji Trophy Group 'A' Elite division match on Wednesday.