Nitin Saini (61) and Shubham Rohilla (60) blasted twin half centuries to power Haryana to 236 for 4 against Hyderabad on the second day of their Ranji Trophy Group C match at Keenan Stadium here today. Riding on a superlative batting display by its top-order, Haryana grabbed a lead of 45 runs with six wickets still remaining in their first innings. At the draw of stumps, Chaitanya Bishnoi (47) and Rohit Sharma (7) were at the crease. In reply to Hyderabad's first innings total of 191, Haryana produced a superb 126-run opening partnership to lay the foundation for a big score. Saini hit six boundaries in his 158-ball innings, while Rohilla blasted 10 fours in his 130-ball stay. Mohammed Siraj broke the partnership in the 44th over when he trapped Rohilla for an LBW and then in the 55th over Hassan had cleaned up Saini as Haryana were reduced to 138-2. Himanshu Rana (22) and Bishnoi then added 35 runs before the former was dismissed by Hassan.
Rajat Paliwal (18) and Bishnoi then took Haryana across the 200-mark before the former was removed by Siraj. Brief Score: Hyderabad 1st innings: 191 Haryana 1st innings: 236-4 in 95 overs (N Saini 61; M Siraj 2/37).
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