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    Ranji Trophy Group B, Round 3, Day 1: Mohanty takes five-for, Haryana 66 all out

    Lahli: Basant Mohanty's aggressive spell at a seamer friendly conditions here helped Odisha to bundle out Haryana for a paltry 66. Mohanty claimed a five-wicket haul and Biplab Samantray claimed three wickets, while Alok Mangaraj and Deepak Behera claimed one wicket each.

    Odisha made the right decision of electing to bowl, as their bowlers just ran through Haryana. The visiting team batsmen were no match to the pace and seam of Mohanty, who was well supported by Samantray. At stumps Odisha were 177 for 6 and a lead of 111 runs with Lagnajit Samal and Haladhar Das at the crease. For Haryana, Rahul Dalal was the top scorer with 21 runs.

    Brief scores: Haryana 66 all out (Rahul Dalal 21, Basant Mohanty 5 for 24) vs Odisha 177 for 6 (Natraj Behera 44, B Samantray 42, Mohit Sharma 4 for 37).

    In Chennai, Tamil Nadu after opting to bat were 273 for 9 at the end of day one with Malolan Rangarajan (50) and R Aushik Srinivas (4) at the crease. Tamil Nadu's star studded line-up struggled against a mediocre Maharashtra as they failed to get off to a good start and kept losing wickets.

    After Tamil Nadu's top-order flopped, R Prasanna (56) and Yo Mahesh (81) stitched together a partnership to consolidate their team. For Maharashtra Shrikant Mundhe claimed three wickets while Samad Fallah and Akshay Darekar took two wickets each.

    Brief scores: 273 for 9 (R Prasanna 56, Yo Mahesh 81, Shrikant Mundhe 3 for 38) vs Maharashtra.

    While in Meerut, Mohammad Kaif's 122 took Uttar Pradesh to 273 for 9 at stumps. After put in to bat UP were 40 for 4 at one point of time, before Kaif took charge of the innings. Skipper Suresh Raina also failed to impress with his score of 14. HS Sharath was the chief destroyer with a five-wicket haul, while KP Appanna chipped in with two wickets.

    Brief scores: Uttar Pradesh 273 for 9 ( M Kaif 122, HS Sharath 5 for 60) vs Karnataka.

    For the Delhi vs Baroda match, read Arkodeepto Mukherjee's report.