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Ranji Trophy, Group B: Sehwag sizzles with unbeaten ton at seamer-friendly Lahli

Ranji Trophy, Group B: Sehwag sizzles with unbeaten ton at seamer-friendly Lahli

This is Sehwag's second successive first-class century this season after having scored 105 against Gujarat at the Feroz Shah Kotla in the last game.

Rohtak: Veteran opener Virender Sehwag is making most of his hard-earned form as he blended caution with aggression during an attractive unbeaten knock of 147 to take Delhi to a respectable 278 for 7 at stumps against Haryana in a Ranji Trophy cricket match, here on Monday.

On a seamer-friendly track where Delhi were reduced to 41 for 4 in less than 20 overs with Joginder Sharma (3/39) making full use of the helpful conditions, Sehwag first defended but then cut loose en route his 41st first-class hundred in Rajat Bhatia 's (72) company.

This is Sehwag's second successive first-class century this season after having scored 105 against Gujarat at the Feroz Shah Kotla in the last game.

The senior duo added 186 runs in 44.5 overs for the fifth wicket as they not only bailed Delhi out but also took them to a score where they can seriously think of recording their fourth successive outright win.

Sehwag's 147 came off 178 balls with 17 boundaries and a big six over long on off slow medium pacer Himanshu Rana's bowling.

Bhatia, Delhi's forever 'Crisis Man' played the ideal second fiddle as he faced 146 balls to hit seven fours and two sixes off spinner Jayant Yadav.

Skipper Gautam Gambhir (21, 48 balls) did all the hardwork playing out the first hour before an umpiring howler from A Nand Kishore brought about his end when he was adjudged caught behind when it seemed that he didn't get an inside edge to a Mohit Sharma delivery.

Unbeaten ton by Pranay Sharma propels Rajasthan

In another match in Jaipur, an unbeaten century by opener Pranay Sharma and half-centuries by Ashok Menaria and Rajesh Bishnoi Sr steered Rajasthan to 295 for four against Punjab on day one.

At the close play, Pranay was batting on 118 off 273 balls studded with 16 fours and a six, and giving him company at the other end was Puneet Yadav on 25.

Earlier, Punjab's move to put Rajasthan in to bat upon winning toss paid off initially as the hosts lost opener Vineet Saxena (0) and one-down batsman Robin Bisht (1) cheaply with the scoreboard reading a miserable 23 for two.

He then added another 130 runs for the fourth wicket with Bishnoi Sr (67). Pranay reached his maiden hundred and remained unbeaten at the end of the day.

For Punjab, Sandeep Sharma, Sidharth Kaul, Baltej Singh and Sarbjeet Ladda took wicket apiece.

Star all-rounder Yuvraj Singh, who is being tipped for a slot in the India's World Cup squad for injured all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja, bowled one over for seven runs.

Maharashtra score 320/6 against Saurashtra on 1st day

In Rajkot, Harshad Khadiwale, Rohit Motwani and Ankeet Bawne struck a half century each as Maharashtra scored 320 for six against Saurashtra on the opening day match.

Bawne (52 batting) and Shrikant Mundhe (3 batting) were at the crease at the end of play after Maharashtra opted to bat first at SCA stadium, Khandheri.

With the exception of opener Swapnil Gugle (11), who got out early, Maharashtra top-order batsmen clicked as the visiting side raced to a big score in their first innings to put themselves in a strong position.

Maharashtra had three substantial partnerships -- 81 between Khadiwale (67) and Motwani (70) for the second wicket, 97 between Motwani and Kedar Jadhav (49) for the third wicket and 84 between Bawne and Sangram Atitkar (39) for the sixth wicket.

first published:January 05, 2015, 17:57 IST