Ranji Wrap: Manish Pandey, Riyan Parag light up Day 2

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[File Photo]: Manish Pandey struck a double century against Goa
[File Photo]: Manish Pandey struck a double century against Goa © BCCI

Best batting performances

Manish Pandey hit a sparkling double century on the second day against Goa to put Karnataka on top of the contest. Pandey cashed in on the start given by the Karnataka top order on the opening day as he hammered 11 sixes to smash 208* off just 186 deliveries as Karnataka declared after going past 600. Ronit More then struck with the ball once before stumps.

Riyan Parag put on a stunning display with the bat in Hyderabad to give Assam a fighting lead. The youngster first starred with the ball to bowl Hyderabad out for 208 in their first innings. His four-wicket haul ensured the lead was restricted to just three runs in the first innings but Hyderabad took control in the second innings by reducing Assam to 29/2. The dasher then launched a stunning counterattack that saw him clear the ropes six times to score 78 off just 28 balls. His wicket triggered a mini collapse but Assam still have a lead of 179 with four more wickets left in the bag.

Abhimanyu Easwaran's breezy century has given Bengal total command of their contest against Nagaland. After bowling out Nagaland for just 166, Bengal took little time to get into the lead despite losing an early wicket. Easwaran struck a majestic 170 off just 218 balls and was involved in a double century stand with Sudip Kumar Gharami, who had also struck a century. While both the batters were dismissed before stumps, Bengal already have a lead of 170 with two days remaining.

Ruturaj Gaikwad and Hanuma Vihari stood tall in a game that has been dominated by the bowlers so far in Vizianagaram. Andhra skipper Vihari hit a patient 49 off 102 deliveries to revive his side when they were reeling at 71/4. Once he was dismissed, Karan Shinde (52) and KV Sasikanth (48*) helped Andhra fetch a slender 11-run lead which was soon wiped off by Gaikwad. After scoring only 28 in the first innings, Gaikwad struck an unbeaten fifty before stumps to take Maharashtra's lead to 78. They still have 9 wickets left to add to that tally on Day 3.

The in-form Suryakumar Yadav dazzled his way to a 107-ball 95 on the second day to give Mumbai early command in their encounter against Saurashtra. Suryakumar's terrific knock and Sarfaraz Khan's 75 appeared to take the game away from Saurashtra before Dharmendrasinh Jadeja and Yuvrajsinh Dodiya initiated a collapse that saw the batting side lose their final six wickets for just 24 runs. Shams Mulani then picked four wickets in the second essay to put Saurashtra in trouble. By stumps, the visitors finished with a lead of 179 and have four more wickets to add to it.

Top bowling efforts

Manav Suthar, who dazzled with the bat on the opening day, proved to be Puducherry's nemesis with the ball as well on the second day as Rajasthan scripted an innings win inside two days. After missing out on a century by four runs, Manav wrecked Puducherry's batting lineup with an eight-wicket haul that saw them collapse for 104. After being asked to follow on, Puducherry were in trouble again as Mahipal Lomror and Deepak Hooda shared six wickets between them and Manav added three more to his tally as the batting side embarrassingly lost all 20 wickets on a single day to succumb to a huge defeat.

Prabhsimran Singh scored a fifty and skipper Mandeep Singh contributed 41 to give Punjab a good start against Tripura but Manisankar Murasingh's five-wicket haul turned the tables as the day progressed. From 110/2, Punjab collapsed to get bowled out for just 203. In a game where only 71.2 overs have been bowled in two days, Tripura will fancy their chances of making an impression.

Jammu and Kashmir staged a strong comeback on the second day after Umar Nazir wrecked the Vidarbha batting lineup. Nazir struck regularly to leave Vidarbha reeling at 85/5 before Atharva Taide and Aditya Sarwate hit enterprising fifties to rescue their side. Nazir came back to add two more to his tally and finish with a five-fer but J&K lost three wickets in the second essay by stumps and are still trailing by 4 runs.

After Avesh Khan kept Railways to 274 on the opening day, Sagar Jadhav responded with a four-fer on the second day to hit back. Madhya Pradesh were coasting at one stage with Rajat Patidar stroking a half-century. However, from 188/3, things went south as Jadhav picked up four wickets to wreck the middle order and the lower order as MP went into stumps at 243/9, still trailing by 31 runs.