Ranji Trophy, Group A: Vohra's 187 take Punjab to 380/4; Gambhir scores fifty

Updated: December 30, 2013, 7:39 PM IST
Ranji Trophy, Group A: Vohra's 187 take Punjab to 380/4; Gambhir scores fifty

Dhanbad: Manan Vohra cracked a brilliant century, while India's out-of-favour batsman Yuvraj Singh chipped in with 39 runs as Punjab posted a massive 380 for four on day one of their Group A Ranji Trophy match against Jharkhand on Monday.

Manan hit a patient 187 off 273 balls with the help of 24 fours and three sixes, while Jiwanjot Singh scored run-a-ball 78, laced with 15 boundaries as the duo put on an important 138 runs together for the opening wicket to set a solid platform for the team.

Yuvraj took 59 balls for his 39, which he scored with the help of five fours and a six.

For Jharkhand, SS Quadri (2 for 130) took two wickets, while Varun Aaron (1 for 48) and Shahbaz Nadeem (1 for 127) claimed wicket apiece.

Opting to bat, Punjab got off to a great start before Jiwanjot was dismissed off Quadri's bowling. But Uday Kaul (25), followed by Yuvraj provided some good support to Manan.

While Manan and Uday shared a 54-run partnership for the second wicket, with Yuvraj, the opener put on another solid 89 runs for the third wicket to take Punjab past 280-run mark.

At stumps, skipper Mandeep Singh was unbeaten on 41 and Siddarth Kaul was yet to open his account.

Brief scores: Punjab 1st innings: 380 for 4 in 86 overs (Manan Vohra 187, Jiwanjot Singh, Yuvraj Singh 39; SS Quadri 2 for 130).

Gambhir scores 54, Viru 32 as Delhi shot out for 202

In New Delhi, batsmen gave a poor account of themselves as they were shot out for a paltry 202 in their first innings against table toppers Karnataka at the Feroze Shah Kotla stadium.

Despite a blazing opening partnership of 51 runs in which Virender Sehwag, opening for the first time this season contributed 32, Delhi batsmen didn't show the required patience to stay on a slow wicket.

Scoring wasn't easy on the track where the odd ball was keeping low but most of the Delhi batsmen played bad shots to throw away their wickets. Skipper Gautam Gambhir (54) got set playing 111 deliveries before a poor shot selection brought about his downfall.

If one had expected rank turner, it wasn't the case as Karnataka pacers led by their skipper R Vinay Kumar (4 for 40 in 13 overs) and his new ball partner HS Sharath (3 for 58 in 19.4 overs) shared bulk of the spoils.

Leggie Shreyash Gopal accounted for two wickets while Ronit More got the prize scalp of Sehwag. It was Sehwag, who started attacking from the onset as he took apart Vinay with some cracking strokes. There were a few square cuts, a flick towards deep mid-wicket boundary and an off drive.

Delhi reached 50 in nine overs as Gambhir played the role of second fiddle.

However, after hitting five boundaries en route his 32, Ronit, who replaced Vinay, got one onto his body and Sehwag defended awkwardly. The resultant lob was taken by the bowler himself. Once Sehwag departed, the momentum was lost.

Milind Kumar (2) playing his first match of the season played away from his body as he dragged a Vinay delivery back onto the stumps.

Mithun Manhas (12) started with a cover drive but was bowled by Vinay when he played forward to an incoming delivery which took the inside edge onto stumps.

At 84 for three, Manan Sharma joined Gambhir and the duo started batting freely. Left-hander Manan hit some impressive drives as he added 35 runs in the process. But disaster struck in post lunch session when leggie Gopal got one to straighten after pitching which hit Manan plumb in front.

Gambhir, meanwhile, crafted his way to a half century but his habit of playing the dab shot towards third man brought about his downfall as Mayank Agarwal caught the edge at first slip on second attempt off a Sharath delivery. Gambhir hit six boundaries.

With half of the team gone for 136, it became difficult for Delhi to think of a big score. Rajat Bhatia (13) was bowled by Vinay when he tried to cut a delivery that knocked his leg stump. It was Rahul Yadav (21) and Sumit Narwal (22) who chipped in with useful contributions to take Delhi past 200.

Narwal, in fact, hit back to back sixes off Gopal before he was trapped leg before trying to play fuller delivery from Vinay across the line.

Ashish Nehra again provided resistance for 26 balls before he became the fourth Delhi batsman to be played on as the innings ended in 67.4 overs.

Karnataka scored two for no loss in the one over that they played before bad light stopped the day's play in which 19 overs were lost.

Brief scores: Delhi 202 in 67.4 (Gautam Gambhir 54, Virender Sehwag 32, R Vinay Kumar 4 for 40). Karnataka 2 for 0 in 1 over.

Mishra, Yadav share seven wickets, Odisha 221 for 9

In Bhubaneshwar, Amit Mishra and Jayant Yadav shared seven wickets between them as Haryana restricted Odisha to 221 for nine.

Opener Girjia Rout waged a lone battle for Odisha and fell just six runs short of his well-deserved century.

Niranjan Behera (38) and Govind Podder (34) batted well in the middle-order but could not carry on with their good work. After the early dismissal of Natraj Behera (0), it took Haryana some time to take the second wicket as Rout and Niranjan put on an impressive 102-run stand for the second wicket.

Sachin Rana (1 for 12) provided the breakthrough when he had Niranjan caught by wicketkeeper Nitin Saini. Niranjan's 38 came of 118 balls with four shots to the fence.

Rout and Podder took the team close to 150-run mark but leg spinner Amit Mishra broke the stand by dismissing the former.

Mishra had him caught behind and from there on Odisha's innings fell apart. Rout's 227-ball innings was laced with 12 fours. The hosts lost wickets intermittently and their innings never got the impetus.

Mishra was the most successful bowler for the visitors with figures of four for 78 while Yadav picked up three for 47.

Brief scores: Odisha: 221 for 9 in 90 overs (Girjia Rout 94, Niranjan Behera 38; Amit Mishra 4 for 78, Jayant Yadav 3 for 47).

Gujarat take honours on day 1, bowl out Mumbai for 154

In Valsad, former champions Mumbai suffered an unexpected batting collapse to be all out for 154 against Gujarat.

After deciding to bat, Mumbai were 74 for six at one stage and had it not been for some gritty batting by Iqbal Abdulla (30) down the order, the visitors would have struggled to cross the 100-run mark.

Abdulla was the second-highest run scorer after opener Kaustubh Pawar, who managed 37 off 150 balls with six shots to the fence.

Left-arm spinner Akshar Patel was the most successful bowler for Gujarat with three scalps for 32 runs while Ishwar Chaudhary (2 for 54) and Jasprit Bumrah (2 for 36) took two wickets each.

In reply, the host were a strong 90 for two with opener Samit Gohel (36) batting solid from one end.

Gujarat lost opener Smit Patel (11) cheaply, bowled by Bhargav Thakur, and later on Bhargav Merai, who was well set on 37 before being caught by Shah off Abdulla.

Brief scores: Mumbai 1st innings: 154 all out in 52.5.(Kaustubh Pawar 37, Iqbal Abdulla 30; Akshar Patel 3 for 32). Gujarat 1st innings: 90 for 2 in 35 overs.(Bhargav Merai 37, Samit Gohel 36 batting; Iqbal Abdulla 1 for 25).

First Published: December 30, 2013, 7:39 PM IST

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