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Sarfaraz Khan scores tonnes as Valsad loses 19 wickets in the Ranji Trophy High-Level Matches.

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At the Brabourne Stadium, Mumbai’s game against Tamil Nadu, Sarfaraz Khan continued his impressive run of form by scoring 162 runs, which helped propel the team to a good position. At the close of the first day of the match, Mumbai were reduced to 183/6, but because to a brilliant knock from Sarfaraz and key contributions from Tanush Kotian (71) and Mohit Avasthi (69), their team was able to finish with 481 in response to Tamil Nadu’s 144. At Stumps, the visitors were down 62 for 1, and they needed another 275 runs to force Mumbai to bat again.

Manan Vohra produced a double century, while Kunal Mahajan reached his first hundred in a first-class match to put Chandigarh in the driver’s seat at the conclusion of Day 2 in Agartala, which was cut short due to bad weather. Chandigarh resumed their innings at 313/2, and by the conclusion of the day they had reached 455/3 despite having batted for just 27.4 overs. A partnership that was worth 317 was dissolved as a result of Vohra’s discharge for the sum of 200. Mahajan was undefeated on 162.

After Mohammad Saif scored his first ever double century in a first-class match, left-arm spinner Akash Pandey took a career-high six wickets, and Railways fancied their chances of winning the game against Jammu and Kashmir. Saif’s unbroken 233 helped Railways conclude the day with 427, after beginning the day at 322/8 in their innings. After that, Jammu and Kashmir were bowled out for a score of 161, and when they were asked to follow on, they finished the day with 5 for 0.

Kedar Jadhav and Siddhesh Veer’s unbroken partnership of 212 runs for the third wicket helped Maharashtra take a 33-run lead against Assam at the conclusion of Day 2 of their match. This placed Maharashtra in a position of strength for the remainder of the match. After bowling Assam out for 274, Maharashtra reached 307/2 at Stumps. Kedar Jadhav scored 142 not out off of just 126 deliveries, while Siddhesh remained unbeaten on 94 at the time of the score.

Mayank Agarwal

After Chhattisgarh had completed with 311, the captain of the Karnataka side, Mayank Agarwal, got his first hundred of the season in the first-class competition, and he led his team’s impressive comeback with the bat. Chhattisgarh began the day with a score of 267/5, but they were only able to add 44 runs to their overnight total. The most of the damage with the ball was done by Vidwath Kaverappa (5-67) and Vasuki Koushik (4-43), respectively. The opening pair of R Samarth (81) and Mayank then contributed 163 runs for the first wicket, with the skipper finishing the day on 102 not out as Karnataka went into Stumps with a score of 202/1.

In their match against Delhi, Saurashtra is in the driver’s seat because to Arpit Vasavada’s unbroken 127 and the helpful contributions of Samarth Vyas (54) and Prerak Mankad (64). On Day 1, Saurashtra had bowled out Delhi for 133 runs, and they started Day 2 with 184 runs in the lead. They suffered an early loss of overnight centurion Harvik Desai and were reduced to 235/4 at one point. Vasavada collaborated well with Vyas and Mankad to enable Saurashtra finish the day at 503/6, leading by 370 runs. Their individual partnerships were worth 99 and 128 runs for the fifth and sixth wickets, respectively.

Both Rahul Singh (137) and Rajat Paliwal (101) scored magnificent hundreds to help put Services ahead in their match against Puducherry. Puducherry’s score was 101. Services have scored 378/5 at Stumps, giving them a lead of 162 runs against Puducherry, whom they knocked out for 216 on the first day of the match.

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At the close of Day 2 at Valsad, Punjab took a commanding position over Gujarat, despite Chintan Gaja’s five-wicket haul being overshadowed by Baltej Singh’s seven-for. There were a total of 19 wickets taken on Day 2. After starting the day at 276/7, Punjab were eventually bowled out for a score of 286 thanks in large part to Gaja’s impressive performance with the ball. After that, Baltej’s strong bowling performance caused Gujarat to collapse, and he finished by bowling the hosts out for just 97 runs with a career-best 7 for 28. In their second innings, Punjab quickly lost wickets, but to to Naman Dhir’s unbeaten 71, they were able to reach 156/6 at the Stumps and extend their advantage to 345.

As Madhya Pradesh inched closer to establishing a commanding first-innings advantage, Avesh Khan was responsible for claiming five of the seven wickets that Vidarbha lost. Avesh provided batting assistance for Saransh Jain (61), which contributed to Madhya Pradesh reaching 309 runs. Then, during the Vidarbha team’s reply, he took the first five wickets, bringing their score down to 56/5. Vidarbha finished the day with 145/7, which is still 164 runs behind the target. Sanjay Raghunath (53*) and Aditya Sarwate (40) put up a battling partnership, but it wasn’t enough.

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