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Stars fumble, but Jiwanjot shines bright

New Delhi: A collective effort by Punjab saw them make an impressive comeback in the Ranji Trophy Group A match against Delhi with opener Jiwanjot Singh scoring a century on a lively track where his senior colleague Yuvraj Singh came a cropper again.

At stumps, Punjab were 177 for three with Jiwanjot batting on 105 and Mandeep Singh undefeated on 29 with the visitors stretching their overall lead to 101, having erased the first innings deficit of 76 runs.

This was after the Punjab bowlers did well to restrict Delhi to 150 after being bowled out for 74 in the first innings. For Delhi, Virender Sehwag (10) once again failed to get a big score after he was run out. Gautam Gambhir, too, was out on 10.

The star of the day was Jiwanjot, who impressed one and all with his temperament.

Earlier, Unmukt Chand (55) scored a half-century as Punjab bowlers put up a good show to dismiss Delhi for 150.

Sehwag was unlucky as he started with two boundaries but was out when Unmukt called for a quick single. Unmukt pushed a delivery towards short cover and ran but Mandeep's direct throw found Sehwag short of his crease as he ran towards striker's end.

Meanwhile, Venugopal Rao scored a century as Gujarat declared at 479 for eight before Odisha reached 111 for one at stumps on Day II of their Group A match in Ahmedabad.

Summarised scores

Group A

In Ahmedabad: Gujarat 479/8 decl. (P. Patel 109, V. Rao 177). Odisha 111/1 (N. Behera 64 batting).

In Bangalore: Karnataka 251 (KL Rahul 133). Mumbai 217/7 (S. Lad 59 batting, H. Sharath 3/32).

In Jamshedpur: Jharkhand 332 (A. Wakhare 5/82). Vidarbha 101/1.

In New Delhi: Punjab 74 and 177/3 (J. Singh 105 batting). Delhi 150 (U. Chand 55)

Group B

In Chennai: Tamil Nadu 318 (R. Prasanna 73, P. Singh 5/54). Rajasthan 89 for no loss

In Kanpur: UP 250. MP 4 for 0. No play on Day 2.

In New Delhi: Railways 107 (N. Singh 5/21). Services 151/8 (Y. Singh 67).

In Rajkot: Baroda 400 (Y. Pathan 68 ..). Saurashtra 215/6 (S. Jackson 74).

Group C

In Agartala: Tripura 179 and 20/3. Andhra 163

In Jammu: Hyderabad 341/4 (Ravi Teja 153 batting, H. Vihari 109) vs J&K

In Porvorim: Kerala 273 and 0 for no loss. Goa 242 (S. Kamat 96, N. Niyas 6/82)

In Pune: HP 228. Maharashtra 319/4 (H. Khadiwale 92)

All matches to continue