Baroda in control against HP

Vadodara: Captain Pinal Shah scored a brilliant 132 to put Baroda in a commanding position against Himachal Pradesh at the end of second day`s play in their Ranji Trophy Super League Group B match here on Thursday.

At stumps, Himachal Pradesh were 108 runs for loss of four wickets in their second innings, still needing 123 more to wipe out the home team`s 231-run first inning lead.

Resuming at the overnight score of 173 for five, Baroda added 177 more runs to finish their first essay on 350 in reply to HP`s 119.

Skipper Shah anchored the Baroda innings with a 157-ball 132 during which he hit 15 boundaries.

Shah was also associated in two big patnerships for Baroda -- first a 74-run sixth-wicket stand with Kedar Devdhar (81) and then 77 runs with last wicket Murtuza Vahora (11).

Medium pacers Rishi Dhawan (4/105) and Vikramjeet Malik (3/73) were the star bowlers for HP.

Coming onto bat in their second essay, HP yet again struggled as they lost three quick wickets at the team`s total of 28.

But skipper Paras Dogra (53) and Varun Sharma (26 not out) steadied the ship with a 74-runs fourth wicket stand before the former was caught by Rakesh Solanki off Vahora.

Brief scores:

Himachal Pradesh 1st Innings: 119 and 108 for 4 in 48.0 overs (Paras Dogra 53, Varun Sharma 26 not out; Murtuja Vahora 2/16).

Baroda 1st innings: 350 runs all out in 81 overs (Pinal Shah 132, Kedar Devdhar 81; Rishi Dhawan 4/105, Vikramjeet Malik 3/73.


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