Trivedi shines as Gujarat corner Railways

New Delhi: Fast bowler Siddharth Trivedi smashed a racy half-century and snapped two early wickets to give Gujarat an upper hand over Railways on the second day of the Ranji Trophy Super League Group A match here on Tuesday.

Trivedi blasted a scintillating 57-ball 65 down the order to rescue Gujarat to a competitive 379 all out in their first innings after they were 298 for eight at one stage.

The 28-year-old seamer then picked up two wickets -- opener Faiz Fazal (0) and Sanjay Bangar (2) -- to reduce Railways to 64/3 at stumps on the second day at the Karnail Singh Stadium.

TP Singh (26) and Yere Goud (9) were at the crease at the close of play.

Overnight at 234/4, Gujarat started off well on Tuesday as Bhavik Thaker and Pratharesh Parmar (42) added 30 runs before the latter was sent packing by Jai Prakash Yadav in the 116th over.

Three overs later, Krishnakant Upadhyay struck two more blows on consecutive deliveries to get rid of Thaker (67) and Ashraf Makda (0) as Gujarat slipped to 267 for seven.

Rajdeep Darbar (25) then took his team close to the 300-mark but Upadhyay came back to haunt Gujarat removing him in the 131st over.

Fast bowler Trivedi then joined Salil Yadav and cracked 11 boundaries in his cameo to forge a 78-run partnership and give a much-needed push to the Gujarat first innings total.

In reply, Railways started on a wrong foot and lost opener Fazal in the fifth ball of the innings when he was caught by Parmar off Trivedi.

Bangar tried to see off the new ball but he was too caught by Parmar off Trivedi in the 13th over as Railways slipped to 20 for two.

Ishwar Choudhary then trapped V Cheluvaraj in front of the wicket to add another blow to the Railways at the same score of 20 over as they finished the day at 64 for three in 29 over.

Brief Score:

Gujarat first innings: 379 all out in 150.2 overs (SK Trivedi 65; K Upadhayay 3/98)

Railways first innings: 64 for three in 29 overs (TP Singh 26; Trivedi 2/15).


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