© Joshua Veernathan

Prerak Mankad’s unbeaten 100 has put Saurashtra in the driver’s seat against Karnataka. © Joshua Veernathan

The second day of proceedings in the eighth round of Ranji Trophy 2016-17 Group B games were by and large dictated by bowlers on Wednesday (November 30).

Jharkhand gained the upper hand over Assam by skittling the latter for 126, Delhi were reduced to 250 for 8 but took a telling 67-run lead over Vidarbha, while Saurashtra played hard to gain a significant advantage over Karnataka.

Assam v Jharkhand in Vizianagaram
Rahul Shukla took 4 for 46 as Assam were shot out for 126 in response to Jharkhand’s 316 at Dr PVG Raju ACA Sports Complex.

On a day when 16 wickets tumbled, Jharkhand, overnight on 251 for 4, slumped at the start of the day. Ishank Jaggi, resuming on 80, was dismissed seven short of his century, even as Krishna Das added three wickets to his overnight tally to finish with 4 for 65.

In response, Assam were unable to cope with the conditions and failed to develop strong partnerships, the 38-run stand between Pallavkumar Das and Sibasankar Roy for the second wicket the highest; Pallavkumar top-scored with 30.

Apart from Shukla’s effort, Ajay Yadav, Ashish Kumar and Shahbaz Nadeem contributed to Assam’s downfall with two wickets apiece.

Karnataka v Saurashtra in Patiala
An unbeaten 100 from Prerak Mankad and a half-century by Snell Patel ferried Saurashtra to a strong 297 for 6 – an advantage of 97 – at Dhruve Pandove Stadium.

Resuming on a shaky 19 for 2, Saurashtra were jolted with another early wicket as R Vinay Kumar, the Karnataka captain who had taken the two wickets to fall on the first evening, had Sheldon Jackson’s number for 19, leaving Saurashtra reeling at 34 for 3.

However, Snell and Jaydev Shah, the captain, set course for Saurashtra’s revival with an 82-run partnership for the fourth wicket, which was finally broken by Vinay, who ended the day with 4 for 43 from 19 overs.

Karnataka’s hopes of keeping Saurashtra to a manageable total was revived when Abrar Kazi, the slow left-arm spinner, dismissed Arpit Vasavada for 13, but a 57-run stand between Snell and Mankad had Saurashtra back in command. When Kazi struck again to remove Snell for 87, Suarashtra were just four runs short of Karnataka’s first-innings total of 200.

Mankad scored briskly to bring up his century as Kamlesh Makvana served as the perfect foil with a gritty 119-ball 30 as the two brought up the hundred-run partnership when stumps were drawn.

Delhi v Vidarbha in Chennai
Manan Sharma scored a resilient unbeaten 82 as Delhi reached 250 for 8 at stumps to claim a 67-run lead over Vidarbha at Sri Sivasubramaniya Nadar College of Engineering Ground.

Resuming at 12 for 1, Delhi were jolted with strikes from Rajneesh Gurbani and Shrikant Wagh to be reduced to 46 for 4. The two 28 run-stands that followed, first between Rishabh Pant and Nitish Rana followed by one between Rana and Milind Kumar, didn’t do much to raise Delhi’s hopes either.

However, the 63-run stand for the seventh wicket between Milind and Manan lifted Delhi hopes of overhauling Vidarbha’s 183, which came about when Vikas Tokas (28) showing grit in an unbroken 72-run stand with Manan.

Maharashtra v Odisha in Wayanad
The Odisha seamers feasted shot Maharashtra out for 94 and 107 on the second day of their clash at Krishnagiri Stadium to script a commanding innings-and-118-run victory.