Haryana smell victory against UP

Ghaziabad: A brilliant six-wicket haul by Bhuvneshwar Kumar could not save the day for Uttar Pradesh as Haryana overhauled the home team’s first innings total and scalped three wickets at stumps on the second day of their Ranji Trophy Super League Group B match here on Thursday.

Resuming at overnight score of 84 for no loss, Haryana openers Nitin Saini (66) and Rahul Dewan (76) completed their respective half centuries but Kumar’s fierce spell helped UP to restrict the visitors to 272.

Kumar broke the 109-run partnership between the openers, trapping Nitin in front of the wicket and then had Sunny Singh (30) caught behind by Amir Khan.

Kumar came back again to haunt Hayana, removing opener Dewan caught by Amir. The Kanpur lad, who will turn 20 this Sunday, also accounted for Manav Kumar (35), Sachin Rana (16) and Yuzvendra Chahal (0) in his 30.5 overs.

However, Haryana batsmen still managed to enjoy a healthy 105 runs first innings lead and then their bowlers responded well to reduce UP to 68 for three in 24 overs in their second essay.

Tanmay Srivastava (33) and skipper Mohammad Kaif (11) were at the crease at the draw of stumps at the Mohan Meakins Cricket Stadium here.

Joginder Sharma was the wrecker-in-chief as he scalped all the three UP wickets, giving away just 31 runs in his nine overs.

UP is still trailing by 37 runs with seven wickets remaining and would have to play out of their skin to save the match.

Brief Score:

Uttar Pradesh 1st innings: 167

Haryana 1st innings: 272 all out in 93.5 overs (Nitin Saini 66, Rahul Dewan 76; B Kumar 6/77)

Uttar Pradesh 2nd innings: 68/3 in 24 overs (Tanmay Srivastava 33; Joginder Sharma 3/31).