Opener Sumit Kushwah (111, 369b, 13x4) and middle-order batter Rishabh Chouhan (181 batting, 353b, 22x4, 3x6) continued from where they left off on the opening day and slammed brilliant centuries to power Madhya Pradesh to a commanding position against TNCA XI on day two of the semifinals of the All India Buchi Babu tournament at the NPR College ground here on Sunday. At stumps, MP finished on 456 for seven when rain stopped play.
The duo helped MP recover from 80 for three and added 213 runs for the fourth wicket as they kept the TNCA bowlers at bay with ease. After Kushwah got out, Chouhan retired hurt before coming back and adding 78 runs with Aman Bhadoria for the unbroken eighth wicket partnership.
In the other semifinal at Salem, Delhi, after posting 340 in the first innings, seized the advantage with a disciplined bowling performance as it reduced Chhattisgarh to 182 for eight at close of play.
Off-spinner Hrithik Shokeen led the way for Delhi with three wickets (3/45) while medium-pacer Pranshu Vijayran and left-arm spinner Yogesh Sharma scalped two wickets each.
The scores: Madhya Pradesh 456/7 in 156.3 overs (Sumit Kushwah 111, Rishabh Chouhan 181 batting, Aryan Deshmukh 40) vs TNCA XI.
Delhi 340 in 103 overs (Arpit Rana 51, Vaibhav Sharma 60, Vaibhav Kandpal 42, Sumit Mathur 52, Ajay Mandal 4/66) vs Chhattisgarh 182/8 in 65.4 overs (Shashank Chandrakar 42, Md. Shahbaz Hussain 40).