Bihar struggling against J

Published: Tuesday, November 12, 2002, 2:48 [IST]
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Jamshedpur: Bihar was struggling at 142 for two in reply to Jammu and Kashmir's mammoth first innings total of 532 for eight declared on the penultimate day of the four-day Ranji Trophy match at Keenan Stadium on Monday.Resuming at 512 for eight, the overnight batsmen Ashwini Gupta, who was batting on 188 at stumps, along with Surender Singh, faced six overs in the morning when Gupta struck his second double century in the first class cricket in the process. In another Ranji encounter at Delhi, opener Gautam Gambhir cracked an unbeaten double century and put on 336 runs with centurion Mithun Manhas as Delhi took a mammoth 302-run first innings lead against defending champions Railways in an elite Group 'A' league match of the Ranji Trophy cricket tournament on Monday. Delhi's two overnight batsmen Gambhir and Manhas continued their brilliant form on Monday and sent the opposition bowlers on a leather-hunt. Manhas was out for 158 when he was clean bowled by Kulamani Parida but Gambhir remained unconquered on 233, which included 32 boundaries. At Kolkata a fine knock of an unbeaten 77 by Nikhil Doru and bad weather conditions virtually wiped out Bengal's chances of a clear victory on the third day of the four- day Ranji Trophy match against Rajasthan at the Eden Gardens on Monday. Doru, well assisted by skipper P Krishna Kumar (57 not out), added 125 runs in an unbeaten fourth wicket partnership to lead the visitors to a comfortable score of 200 for three in the post-lunch session when the day's play was called off due to bad light.

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