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    Ranji Trophy, Group B: Wakaskar's ton helps Baroda scrore 348; TN score 231 on Day 1

    Rajkot: Opening batsman Saurabh Wakaskar's century and useful contribution from Aditya Waghmode and Dhiren Mistry helped Baroda score 348 runs for five against Saurashtra on the opening day of their Ranji Trophy group 'B' match here Sunday.

    Yusuf Pathan was batting on 37 and giving him company was Pinal Shah (2) when stumps were drawn for the day at the Saurashtra Cricket Association (SCA) Stadium, Khandheri here. Baroda captain Yusuf Pathan won the toss and decided to bat first. Openers Saurabh Wakaskar (128) and Dhiren Mistry (45) laid a good foundation by adding 103 runs for the opening wicket before Mistry got out.

    Wakaskar made 128, while Waghmode missed a century by six runs. All rounder Irfan Pathan also chipped in with useful 37. For Saurashtra, Dharmendra Jadeja took two wickets conceding 104 runs, while Chirag Jani, Vishal Joshi and Kamlesh Makwana had a wicket each giving away 31, 67 and 103 runs respectively.

    Brief Scores: Baroda 348 for 5 off 90 overs (Saurabh Wakaskar 128, Aditya Waghmode 94, Dhiren Mistry 45, Irfan Pathan 37, Yusuf Pathan batting 32, Dharmendra Jadeja 2-104, Chirag Jani 1-31) against Saurashtra.

    In Chennai, Rajasthan pacer Pankaj Singh claimed four wickets to wreck havoc on Tamil Nadu top order before Ramaswamy Prasanna (56) and Vijay Shankar (57) played the rescued act as the hosts managed to end the opening day of their Ranji Trophy Group B match.

    Electing to bat, Tamil Nadu started off cautiously but lost opener Arun Karthik (4) in the fifth over with seven runs on board. Pankaj forced Karthik to play in front and the batsman edged the delivery to wicketkeeper Chetan Bist.

    Abhinav Mukund, a centurion in their earlier match against Baroda at the same venue, and Subramaniam Badrinath tried to stabilise Tamil Nadu innings. Their approach to avoiding taking risks but going after loose deliveries was paying off and they put on 75 runs for the second wicket.

    Then, it was Pankaj Singh, who was bowling dangerously and most often he beat the batsmen. His decision to hit the good length spots resulted in his dismissing two batsmen in the form of Baba Aparajith (8) and Dinesh Karthik (0) in consecutive deliveries.

    Pankaj then clean-bowled Badrinath two overs later. Badrinath, who was shaping up well, scored 50 off 102 balls, hitting seven fours.

    Brief Scores: Tamil Nadu: 231 for 5 in 80 overs (S Badrinath 50, Ramaswamy Prasanna batting 56, Vijay Shankar batting 57; Pankaj Singh 4/41).

    In Kanpur, Half-centuries from Eklavya Dwivedi (80 not out) and Parvinder Singh (73) helped Uttar Pradesh score 250 all out on the opening day of their Ranji Trophy Group B match against Madhya Pradesh here Sunday .

    It was quite a remarkable recovery as Madhya Pradesh's new-ball pair of Ishwar Pandey and debutant Puneet Datey had the hosts reeling on six for four in the fifth over of the day after UP were asked to bat.

    Datey struck with his first two deliveries in first-class cricket, dismissing Digvijay Singh and Prashant Gupta for golden ducks. In his second over, he had Uttar Pradesh captain Suresh Raina caught by Jalaj Saxena for just one run. Two balls later, Ishwar Pandey sent back opener Mukul Dagar (5).

    Mohammad Kaif (24) and Parvinder dug in to take the score to 69, but it was the 93-run stand between Parvinder and wicketkeeper Dwivedi that added some respectability to UP's total. Saxena ended the partnership by having Parvinder caught by captain Devendra Bundela for 73. Bundela and Saxena combined to mop up the tail, but not before seamer Amit Mishra gave valuable support to Dwivedi in a 62-run eighth-wicket stand.

    Dwivedi was left stranded on 80 after which MP played out a couple of overs to end the day on four for no loss.

    Brief Scores: Uttar Pradesh: 250 all out in 73.1 overs (Eklavya Dwivedi 80 not out, Parvinder Singh 73; Jalaj S Saxena 3/44)
    Madhya Pradesh: 4 for no loss in 2 overs.

    In New Delhi, Services bowlers produced a disciplined bowling display to reduce Railways to 85 for five in their first innings at stumps on a weather-hit opening day of their Ranji Trophy Group B match.