The first day of the fourth round of the 2018/19 Ranji Trophy was not kind to batsmen as the bowlers found plenty of success in the matches held. However, there were some good batting performances, including one from Mumbai's Shivam Dube while a certain World Cup winner also made his return to domestic cricket. Here are the takeaways from day one:
Bowlers' Day Out
As many as ten matches saw teams being all out on the very first day.
Kerala were shot out for the lowest score, being bowled out for just 63 by Madhya Pradesh. Avesh Khan ran riot, picking up 4 for 8 while Kuldeep Sen bagged 3 for 17.
It was a big blow for the table toppers of Elite Group B, who had come into the game having won their last two matches.
Delhi, meanwhile, were shot out for just 107 by Punjab with Siddarth Kaul bagging six wickets. Gautam Gambhir, who had skipped the previous match, returned but made only 1 and fell in the second over.
Karnataka bowled Maharashtra out for 113. Left-arm spinner J Suchith bagged four wickets while Vinay Kumar, Abhimanyu Mithun and Ronit More got two each.
Mumbai also ended the day on 297 all out against Gujarat and it took some magnificent batting from Shivam Dube and Siddesh Lad to get them to that target.
Sikkim's Ishwar Chaudhary took 6/78 against Bihar as the latter were dismissed for 288.
Mizoram were bowled out for 92 by Puducherry, J&K managed only 95 against Services, Tripura were skittled out for 122 by Odisha, Arunachal Pradesh were bowled out for 105 by Uttarakhand while Manipur were shot out for 211 by Meghalaya.
Yuvraj Singh Returns
"If I play four-day cricket, guys like Anmolpreet (Singh), who got two double-hundreds last season, may have to sit out and that’s very unfair on the guy because he is a very young aspiring player scoring lots of runs in domestic cricket. And Shubman Gill. It will be unfair to take their place. If they are selected for India A or if there is nobody (available), I can go and play a few games but I just feel that I don’t want to spoil a youngster’s place because I want to play the World Cup."
This is what Yuvraj had told Cricketnext in a recent interview on his plans for the Ranji Trophy this year. The left-hander had skipped Punjab's first three games, but with Shubman Gill away for India A, Yuvraj returned to the side.
With Delhi being bowled out cheaply, Yuvraj got a chance to bat. He ended on 16*.
PS: The IPL auction is happening next month, and Yuvraj was released by Kings XI Punjab recently.
Shivam Dube, Mumbai's Latest Abhishek Nayar
Mumbai were struggling at 74 for 5 against Gujarat when Dube walked in. When he walked out, they were 264 for 8. Dubey made 110 off 128, his second century in three matches. He hit six sixes and eight fours in his knock, counter-attacking Mumbai out of trouble.
His knock wasn't enough to ensure Mumbai continued to bat into Day 2, but it saved them from a precarious position.
Foreign Umpire in Ranji Trophy
As part of an umpire-exchange programme, South Africa based Brad Middleton White was one of the umpires at the MA Chidambaram stadium in Chennai, where Tamil Nadu are playing Bengal. He had a fairly busy day, with Bengal pacer Ishan Porel bagging three wickets from his end, including two leg before wickets.
Brief scores of all matches:
Groups A & B
Chhattisgarh 188/6 v Vidarbha in Raipur
Karnataka 70/3 trail Maharashtra (113) by 43 runs in Mysore
Mumbai 297 v Gujarat in Mumbai
Saurashtra 266/6 v Baroda in Rajkot
Punjab 136/3 lead Delhi (107) by 29 runs in Delhi
Himachal Pradesh 231/4 v Hyderabad in Hyderabad
Madhya Pradesh 161/2 lead Kerala (63) by 98 runs in Trivandrum
Tamil Nadu 218/7 v Bengal in Chennai
Assam 215/6 v Haryana in Guwahati
Odisha 101/3 trail Tripura 122 by 21 runs in Cuttack
Goa 237/2 v Jharkhand in Porvorim
Services 131/3 lead Jammu and Kashmir 95 by 36 runs in Palam
Rajasthan 221/5 v Uttar Pradesh in Kanpur
Meghalaya 82/1 trail Manipur (211) by 129 runs in Kolkata
Uttarakhand 176/3 lead Arunachal Pradesh (105) by 71 runs in Goalpara
Bihar 288 v Sikkim in Patna
Puducherry 163/3 lead Mizoram (92) by 71 runs