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Ranji Trophy, Group A: Baroda, Mumbai in Strong Position

Press Trust of India | Updated: October 6, 2016, 7:34 PM IST
Ranji Trophy, Group A: Baroda, Mumbai in Strong Position

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Jaipur: Riding on Aditya Waghmode's unbeaten century, Baroda reached 285 for two against Gujarat on the opening day of their Group A Ranji Trophy encounter here on Thursday.

Put in to bat by Gujarat, Baroda got off to an excellent start with their opening batsmen -- Kedar Devdhar (65) and Waghmode (103 no out) -- adding 117 runs for the first wicket.

Waghmode, whose unbeaten knock came off 217 balls including 15 boundaries, shared two crucial partnerships.

After a solid opening stand with Devdhar, Waghmode coupled with Deepak Hooda to put on an unbroken 118-run partnership for the third wicket.

At the close of play, Hooda, unbeaten on 76, was giving company to Waghmode.

For Gujarat, Jasprit Bumrah and Priyank Panchal took wicket apiece.

Mumbai in strong position against TN in Ranji Trophy

Medium pacers Dhawal Kulkarni and Tushar Deshpande wrecked havoc by grabbing four wickets apiece as Mumbai put themselves in the drivers seat by dismissing Tamil Nadu for a paltry 87 on the opening day in their Ranji Trophy Group A match here on Thursday.

Mumbai skipper Aditya Tare's decision to insert opposition in proved right as Kulkarni and Deshpande ripped through the Tamil Nadu batting line-up at the Bansi lal Cricket Stadium here.

Only three Tamil Nadu batsmen could reach to double digit scores with Baba Indrajith being the highest scorer with 28 not out.

Kulkarni, who scalped Tamil Nadu's top three batsmen, returned with figures of four for 31 while Deshpande gave away 25 runs for his four wickets. Another medium pacer Balwinder Sandhu got two wickets for 14 runs to rout Tamil Nadu who were dismissed in 45.3 overs.

In reply, Mumbai also struggled but not to the extent Tamil Nadu had done. Mumbai were 85 for 4 in 32 overs at stumps to trail by 2 runs with six first innings wickets still in hand.

One-drop Kaustubh Pawar was batting on 28, in company with captain Tare (22 batting).

Jay Bista (7) was the first Mumbai batsman to fall at the team score of 22 before his opening partner Akhil Herwadkar (17) followed him at 45 for 2. Soon, Mumbai slumped to 45 for 3 and then 53 for 4 before Pawar and Tare shared 32 runs for the unbroken fifth wicket stand.

For Tamil Nadu, Krishnamoorthy Vignesh grabbed two wickets while Aswin Crist and J Kousik got one each.

Ton-up Harpreet guides MP to 292-7 on day 1 against UP

Harpreet Singh produced an unbeaten 112 to anchor Madhya Pradesh to 292-7 against Uttar Pradesh on the opening day of the Ranji Trophy Group A match at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium here today.

Harpreet blasted 15 boundaries and a six in his unfinished 152-ball innings and he was ably supported skipper by Devendra Bundela (52).

For UP, Ankit Rajpoot (2/53), Pitush Chawla (2/64) and Kuldeep Yadav (2/94) picked a couple of wickets.

At the draw of stumps, Harpreet was left at the crease after Chandrakant Sakure was dismissed on the last ball of the opening day.

Electing to bat, Madhya Pradesh were dealt an early blow when they lost their opener Aditya Shrivastava (0) on the second ball of the innings but Mukul Raghav and Rajat Patidar (42) tried to rebuild the innings.

However, Raghav was forced to leave the field after he retired hurt on 31 with the scoreboard reading 54-1. Patidar and Bundela then joined hands but their partnership was soon broken when Yadav dismissed the former in the 35th over.

Bundela then alongwith Harpreet shared a 120-run stand to take MP across the 200-mark. However, Bundela was trapped infront of wicket by Chawla in the 64th over as MP slipped to 201-3.

Shubham Sharma (25) then provided good support to Harpreet as MP crossed the 250-mark but then they suffered a collapse, losing four wickets in the next 10 overs with Harpreet being the lone man standing.

Once Sharma was adjudged lbw in the 80th over, Raghav came back to bat at the team score of 252-4 but he could not stay longer and was sent packing by Imtiaz Ahmed in the 86th over. Wicket-keeper batsman Ankit Dane (9) and Sakure (4) were then dismissed by Yadav and Chawla respectively.

Shukla saves day for Railways with unbeaten ton

Opener Shivakant Shukla (117) struck his seventh first class hundred and shared an unbeaten 124-run stand with Ashish Yadav (65) to lead Railways to 257 for five against Punjab on the opening day of their Group A Ranji Trophy match, here today.

Punjab, after electing to bowl, put Railways under tremendous pressure by reducing them to 76 for four but Shukla raised two crucial stands with his team-mates to save the day for his side.

Shukla, who last played a first class match in April 2014, added 57 runs for the fifth wicket with Mahesh Rawat (35) before combining with Yadav to end the day on a high.

Punjab paceman Manpreet Gony had Railways opener Saurabh Wakaskar caught for a duck by Yuvraj Singh in the fourth over of the day.

Siddharth Kaul (2/53) then removed Akshat R Pandey (3) and V Cheluvaraj (18) to make inroads into the Railways middle order.

Left-arm spinner Vinay Choudhary saw the back of Arindam Ghosh (11) to leave Railways reeling at 76 for 4.

Shukla though kept batting solid from one end and repaired the innings with Rawat and Yadav.

His 117 came off 291 balls with 11 fours and two sixes while Yadav took 94 balls for his 65, which had six shots to the ropes and one over it.

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First Published: October 6, 2016, 6:43 PM IST

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