Devdhar`s unbeaten ton put Baroda in command

Vadodara: Kedar Devdhar`s struck his maiden first class century to put Baroda in a commanding position against Railways at the end of second day`s play in the Ranji Trophy Super League quarterfinal match here on Saturday.

At stumps, Devdhar was unbeaten on 122 as Baroda ended the day`s proceedings at 303 for four -- a 55-run first innings lead in reply to Railways 248.

Apart from Devdhar, hard-hitter Yusuf Pathan scored a quickfire 68 while Ambatti Rayudu too made a breezy 41.

Rakesh Solanki (18) was giving Devdhar company at the crease when stumps were drawn at the Moti Bagh stadium here.

Sanjay Bangar (2/38) was the pick of the bowlers for Railways, while Anureet Singh and Karan Sharma picked up a wicket each.

Earlier resuming at 241 for eight, Railways could add only seven runs to their overnight score as Baroda bundled the visitors out for 248 in 5.5 overs in the morning session.

In reply, Baroda lost both the openers Connor Williams and Jaykishan Kolsawala within 70 runs before Devdhar and Pathan joined hands to bring the home team back on track with a 110-ball 115-run stand.

As usual Pathan was the aggressor as he faced just 51 deliveries en route his 68, which was studded with six boundaries and four sixes, before falling to Bangar.

To add to Railways` misery, Devdhar and Rayudu then joined forces to continue Baroda`s march with a 72-ball 79 partnership before the latter fell lbw to Sharma.

Rayudu decorated his 34-ball breezy innings with seven fours and a six while Devdhar remained unconquered with 16 boundaries and a lone hit over the fence.

Brief scores:
Railways 1st Innings (Overnight 241 for 8): 248 all out in 95.5 overs (Murali Kartik 57, Yere Goud?46; Munaf Patel?4/88 runs). Baroda 1st Innings: 303 for 4 in 83 overs (Kedar Devdhar?122 not out, Yusuf Pathan?68; Sanjay Bangar?2/38).


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