Rajkot: Shubham Sharma’s stroke-filled 111 combined with Akshat Raghuwanshi’s 100 put Madhya Pradesh firmly in command against Meghalaya on the second day of their Elite Group A Ranji Trophy match here on Friday.
After bundling Meghalaya for a paltry 61, MP posted a mammoth 499 for 6 declared in their first essay, courtesy of hundreds by informing Shubham Sharma, Raghuwanshi of the Saurashtra Cricket Association stadium on ground ‘C’.
Seasoned campaigners Rajat Patidar and Yash Dubey also gave their best, scoring 86 and undefeated 85 respectively.
MP resumed their overnight score of 141 to 2 and Sharma, who played a pivotal role in the team’s victory over Gujarat in the long opener, hammered a listless Meghalaya attack and hit 15 limits in his 169 ball knock.
Patidar played a perfect second fiddle even as he hit 12 boundaries and forged a 131-point lead for the third wicket.
But then Aryan sent Sharma off to pin MP back.
Patidar also missed a creditable hundred, as he was removed by Akash Kumar, leaving MP at 297 for 4.
Skipper Aditya Srivastava (42; 4×4) also played his part to perfection.
But Meghalaya was in even more pain when Raghuwanshi and Yash Dubey joined forces and took on the opposition’s attack with fervor.
While Raghuwanshi hit 12 fours and a maximum, Dubey hit 10 boundaries and two sixes in his unbeaten run. The duo conjured up a dizzying 160-run stand for the sixth wicket.
After Raghuwanshi’s departure, the MP skipper declared the innings, as the central team had a big lead in the first innings.
In the second essay, Meghalaya was 16 to 0 when stumps were drawn and the northeast side now has an uphill task to save the game or even settle for a draw.
Short scores: Meghalaya 61 all out (W Nongkhlaw 19, Kishan Lyngdoh 11; Gaurav Yadav 5/11, Kumar Kartikeya 2/6) and 16/0 vs Madhya Pradesh 499/6 declared (Shubham Sharma 111, Akshat Raghuwanshi 100, Rajat Patidar 86, Akash Kumar 2/77, Aryan Bora 2/124). Meghalaya path with 422 runs.
Gujarat 388 (Het Patel 185, Karan Patel 120; Nidheesh MD 5/54, Basil Thampi 4/118) vs Kerala 277/4 (Rohan Kunnummal 129, Sachin Baby 53; Siddharth Desai 2/86, Roosh Kalaria 1/42). Kerala trail with 111 runs.
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