The oldest domestic Test season in India, Ranji Trophy, began on October 6. A total of 26 teams are playing 13 matches in 3 Groups. Group A teams are Baroda, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Mumbai, Tamil Nadu, Punjab and Railways. Group B teams are Assam, Delhi, Jharkhand, Maharastra, Odisha, Vidarbha, Rajasthan and Saurashtra. Andhra Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Tripura, Haryana, Services, Kerala and Jammu Kashmir comprise the Group C teams. Intra-Group matches are being played in the first stage of the tournament. The final Test of the Trophy will start on January 7, 2017.
On the second day of the tournament a number of teams made their headway. In Lahli, where Mumbai is playing with Tamil Nadu, the former ran over the latter taking 14 wickets in a single day. Tamil Nadu lost all its wickets at 87. The highest score in the inning was an unbeaten 28 off 79 balls from B Indrajith. The debutant bowlers of Mumbai emerged as tough bets for Tamil Nadu batsmen. Tushar Deshpande had 4 wickets for 25 runs. Another debutant, K Vignesh dismissed 2 wickets for 5 runs. Dhawal Kulkarni spearheaded the attack scalping the top three wickets for Mumbai. Mumbai started the inning losing its openers early. However, mid-order batsmen, Kaustubh Pawar and Skipper Aditya Tare remained unbeaten taking the team home.
In another Group A match, Baroda put up a strong stance against Gujarat in Jaipur. Baroda batsmen Aditya Waghmode and Deepak Hooda has put up good campaign against Gujarat. Openers Waghmode and Kedar Devdhar partnered for 117 runs earlier in the inning to form a strong base for the score. Jasprit Bumrah, playing for Gujarat broke the partnership in the 35th over. However, the following batsmen regained the momentum in the inning. Waghmode scored 103 off 217 and Hooda had 76 off 98 balls in the day, both remaining unbeaten.
Meanwhile, in the match between Punjab and Railways, the latter scored 257 for 5. Opener Shivakant Shukla scored an unbeaten 117. Punjab seamers Manpreet Gony and Siddarth Kaul delivered the early attack at Railways. Yuvraj Singh also had a wicket. While the team lost the top wickets soon, Shukla partnered with Seventh batsman Ashish Yadav to put forward the partnership of 124 runs. They remained unbeaten, as none of the eight bowlers Punjab used could break the duo.
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