Hyderabad: Junaid Ali took the honours on the second day of the Hyderabad Cricket Association’s Three-day League Championship when he scored a masterful 276 for Ensconse against India Cements, here on Thursday.
Apart from Junaid, Rajamani Prasad (6/50 for EMCC), Divesh Singh (5/114 for Sporting XI), Sai Vikas Reddy (100 batting for Deccan Chronicle), Aman U (6/58 for Deccan Chronicle), L Hemanth Singh (105 for SCRSA), Akash Bhandari (143 for SBI), Krishna Charit (5/75 for MP Colts) and Vinay Kumar (5/59 for Evergreen) hogged the limelight.
Double centurion Junaid’s knock came off 409 balls and was studded with 32 hits to the fence. His contribution helped Ensconse score a mammoth 548 in their first innings before they declared after losing seven wickets. In reply, India Cements were 109/5 in their first innings.
Rajamani Prasad’s figures of 17.2-5-50-6 helped EMCC bowl out Jai Hanuman for 222 in their first innings. In reply, EMCC were 184/4 in their first innings, with Md. Asaduddin, son of former India captain Mohd Azharuddin, missing the three-figure mark by two runs, when stumps were drawn for the day.
Divesh’s five-for (25.2-6-114-5) helped Sporting XI bowl Dayanand for 346 after they folded for 184 in their first innings. In the second essay, Sporting were 65/1 at stumps.
Sai Vikas (100 off 132 balls, 13 fours, 2 sixes) and Aman (17.3-3-58-6) sizzled for Deccan Chronicle. After just managing 184 in their first innings, Aman upped the ante to bowl SCRSA for 361 in their first innings with Hemant stroking his way to 105 (176 balls, 9 fours, 3 sixes). In their second innings, Deccan Chronicle, guided by Sai, ended the day on 181/1.
For SBI, Akash Bhandari hogged the limelight when he scored 143 (218 balls, 13 fours, 5 sixes) and helped his side finish their first innings on 367 versus Andhra Bank. However for Bhandari’s teamamte, KSK Chaitanya, it was agony as fell short of the three-figure mark by one run.
In the Pool ‘B’, Krishna Charit was the wrecker-in-chief for MP Colts when his five-wicket haul (24-8-75-5) helped his team bowl Gemini Friends for 339. However, MP Colts could just muster 201 in their second innings.
Vinay Kumar of Evergreen returned with figures of 22-6-59-5 as Cambridge were bowled out for 275 in their first innings. Evergreen, however, could only manage 230 in their first innings at the end of the second day’s play.
In the two-day league, Aravind Reddy was the only batsman to score a century (102 off 106 balls, 17 fours, 1 six for Nizamabad District) on a day dominated by bowlers.
E.S. Rahul of Cheerful Chums was the cynosure of all eyes when he picked a six-wicket haul (23-3-106-6) against Karimnagar District, for whom Ajay Reddy scored 94.
Neel Chakravarthy recorded figures of 23.1-6-76-6 for Zinda Tillismath while Vignesh picked five wickets for 92 runs (35.1-6-92-5) for Ours, against Balaji CC.
Concorde’s S Nikhil was another outstanding performer. He returned with figures of 20.5-5-72-7 to bowl his side to six-wicket win against Saleemnagar.
Oxford Blues’ Sachin Naidu picked five wickets for 49 runs against Mahmood while Atul Vyas stole the show with 5/51 for HUCC, against Manchester....