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    Ranji Trophy, Group B: Vidarbha Restrict Saurashtra to 301; Maharashtra Reach 352/5

    Picture for representation purpose only. (Getty Images)

    Picture for representation purpose only. (Getty Images)

    New Delhi: Sheldon Jackson struck a fine century before Vidarbha bowlers made a strong comeback to restrict Saurashtra to 301 in their first innings on Day 1 of their Group B Ranji Trophy cricket match, here on Monday.

    Jackson made 116 off 149 balls with the help of 15 boundaries and two sixes, while Chirag Jani scored 78 off 117 balls to form the base for Saurashtra's total after being sent into bat at the Karnail Singh Stadium here.

    Jani struck 11 boundaries and one hit over the fence during his 117-ball knock.

    Apart from the duo, opener Snell Patel made 40 Prerak Mankad scored 28.

    For Vidarbha, right-arm pacer Rajneesh Gurbani picked up four wickets giving away 85 runs, while Lalit Yadav (2/66) and Akshay Wakhare (2/68) shared four wickets between them.

    At stumps, Vidarbha were four for no loss with openers and still trail Saurashtra by 297 runs.

    Brief Scores:

    Saurashtra: 301 all out in 86.1 overs (Sheldon Jackson 116, Chirag Jani 78; Rajneesh Gurbani 4/85).

    Vidarbha: 4 for no loss in one over.

    In Chennai, Kedar Jadhav hit a brilliant century and Naushad Shaikh missed his ton by a whisker as Maharashtra produced a solid batting display to amass 352 for 5 against Assam at stumps.

    Kedar blasted a quick fire 115 of 106 balls (136min, 15x4, 3x6) and Naushad made 97 (12x4)as the duo put on 183 runs of 32 overs for the third wicket.

    Electing to bat, openers Swapnil Gugale (50, 8x4) and Murtaza Trunkwala (22) put on 54 runs before the latter was dismissed by off-spinner Swarupam Purkayastha. Maharashtra were 83 for 2 when Swapnil made his exit.

    Maharashtra then rebuilt their innings through good but cautious batting effort by Naushad and Kedar, who was caught at deep extra cover by Rahul Hazarika of the bowling of left-arm spinner J Syed Mohammed.

    Later, Naushad and Ankit Bawne added 51 runs for the fourth wicket.

    At close, Chirag Khurana (14) and Vishant More (9) were at the crease.

    For Assam, Syed Mohammad (2/63) picked two wickets, while M K Dutta (1/78), AN Ahmed (1/55) and S Purkayastha (1/64) scalped one each.

    In another match, seamer Basant Mohanty snapped three wickets as Odisha dismissed Karnataka for 179 and then reached 42-2 in first innings at stumps.

    As many as 12 wickets fell at the Palam A Ground here as Mohanty (3/46) and Biplab Samantaray (2/20) took three and two wickets, while Suryakant Pradhan (1/46), Alok Mangaraj (1/22) and Dhiraj Singh (1/31) accounted for one wicket to wrap up Karnataka's first innings within 200.

    Wicket-keeper batsman C M Gautam was the top-scorer for Karnataka, scoring a 84-ball 54, laced with eight hits to the fence. He was the last batsman to be dismissed, caught by Mohanty off Dhiraj's bowling in the 67th over.

    Opener Ravikumar Samarth (26), No. 3 Robin Uthappa (23) and Krishnappa Gowtham (21) were the other contributors for Karnataka.

    In reply, Odisha batted for 18 overs, scoring 42 for two today. Govinda Poddar (16) and Dhiraj Singh (0) were at the crease when the stumps were drawn.

    Opener Sandeep Pattanaik (18) was caught by Samarth off Arvind Sreenath and Ranjit Singh (6) was run out by Ronit More.

    Earlier, Karnataka scored the first fifty in 21.6 overs losing the wicket of opener Mayank Agarwal (4). But the next fifty runs cost them five more wickets as they were 103-6 in 44 overs.

    Karnataka reached 166/8 in 54.4 overs, losing two more wickets, at tea.

    Back from injury break, Shikhar Dhawan looked in fluent touch as he hit six crisp boundaries in his unbeaten 29 with Delhi finishing the first day's play at 37 for no loss against Rajasthan in a Ranji Trophy group B encounter, here today.

    This was after Rajasthan were bowled out for 238 in their first innings as the pace trio of Navdeep Saini (3/28 in 15 overs), Vikas Tokas (3/48 in 16 overs) and Sumit Narwal (2/41 in 15 overs) shared the bulk of the spoils.

    But the focus on the day was the brief period when Dhawan batted as he hit some delectable drives through the off.

    The left-hander, who has now fully recuperated from a thumb fracture will like to spend considerable time in the middle and keep himself in contention for a comeback in the Indian side.

    Earlier, Gambhir won the toss but Rajasthan never looked in control save opener Amitkumar Gautam (106) whose 182-ball knock had 15 boundaries and two sixes.

    Save the 56-run stand between Gautam and Deepak Chahar (47), none of the other Rajasthan batsmen showed temperament to stick around in the face of some incisive swing bowling by Navdeep, who is back after an injury lay-off.

    Veteran Sumit Narwal also was useful with the new ball bowling incutters to the right-handed batsmen accounting for Manender Singh and Rajesh Bishnoi.

    Brief Scores: Rajasthan 1st Innings 238 (Amitkumar Gautam 106, Deepak Chahar 47, Navdeep Saini 3/28)

    Delhi 1st innings 37/0 (Shikhar Dhawan 29).