Chennai: Tamil Nadu had Baroda on the mat as they rode on their spinners' brilliant show to bundle out the visitors for a meagre 162 before finishing day one on 5 for no loss in their Group B Ranji Trophy match here on Friday.
While debutant Rahil Shah was the pick of the bowlers with impressive figures of 26-11-49-4, R Aushik Srinivas (3 for 20) and M Rangarajan (3 for 55) chipped in with three wickets each.
Dhiren Mistry (68) was the lone batsman to make a significant contribution.
Electing to bat, Baroda could never manage to settle down and kept losing wickets at regular intervals with only four of their batsmen - Kedar Devdhar (18), out of favour India allrounder Yusuf Pathan (26) and Hardik Pandya (11) - reaching the double-digit mark.
Opener Dhiren Mistry tried to consolidate the innings for a while before he offered an easy catch to R Prasanna at forward short leg off Rangarajan's bowling to fall for a well-made 68 off 154 balls, laced with eight hits to the fence.
The Baroda batsmen simply failed to get any partnership going and their innings folded in 83.5 overs.
At stumps, K Arun Karthik was unbeaten on four and Abhinav Mukund was yet to open his account. Match was stopped due to poor light at around 4 pm and was finally called off at 4.30 pm.
Brief scores: Baroda 1st innings: 162 all out in 83.5 overs (Dhiren Mistry 68; Rahil Shah 4/49, R Aushik Srinivas 3/20).
Tamil Nadu 1st innings: Five for no loss in 2 overs (K Arun Karthik batting 4).
Arindam leads Railways fightback
New Delhi: Former Bengal batsman Arindam Ghosh played a resilient unbeaten knock of 88 against his home state to lead Railways to a decent 210 for 4 on the first day of their Ranji Trophy Group B match here on Friday.
Ghosh batted for nearly five hours as he steadied the Railway innings with a fourth-wicket partnership of 122 runs with Nitin Bhille (65) at the Jamia Millia Islamia Sports Complex Stadium.
This was after Bengal pacers Ashoke Dinda (2 for 63) and Shib Shankar Paul (2 for 30) had rocked the top order, reducing Railways to 31 for 3. Poor fielding also hampered Bengal's chances as three catches were dropped - two by reserve keeper Gitimoy basu and one by Sandipan Das.
Brief scores: Railways 1st innings: 210 for 4 in 90 overs. (Arindam Ghosh 88 batting, Nitin Bhille 65, SS Paul 2/30, Ashoke Dinda 2/63).
Rajasthan take upper hand against MP
Gwalior: Pacer Pankaj Singh returned with a five-wicket haul to lead a disciplined bowling attack as Rajasthan dismissed Madhya Pradesh for a mere 115 in their first innings before reaching 115 for 3 on the opening day of the Ranji Trophy Group B match.
Pankaj finished with figures of 19-8-30-5, while his pace partner Rituraj Singh (3 for 33) took three wickets and Deepak Chahar (2 for 32) accounted for two at the Captain Roop Singh Stadium here.
The visitors are now just a run away from taking the first innings lead with seven wickets remaining. Put in to bat by Rajasthan, only the top three Madhya Pradesh batsmen - Satyam Choudhary (27), Jalaj Saxena (39) and Naman Ojha (21) - could reach the double-digit mark.
Although the hosts got off to a decent start with the opening partnership between Choudhary and Saxena yielding 67 runs, a collapse saw MP's innings folding in just 50 overs.
In reply, Rajasthan opener Siddharth Saraf (48) and one-down batsman in skipper Hrishikesh Kanitkar (21) put on a solid 55 runs for the second wicket. At close of play, Robin Bist was batting on 11 and giving him company at the other end was Ashok Menaria on 17.
Brief scores: Madhya Pradesh 1st innings: 115 all out in 50 overs (Jalaj Saxena 39, Satyam Choudhary 27; Pankaj Singh 5/30, Rituraj Singh 3/33).
Rajasthan 1st innings: 115 for three in 31 overs (Siddharth Saraf 48; Anand Rajan 2/39).
UP on top after dismissing Services for 164
Ghaziabad: India discards Rudra Pratap Singh and Piyush Chawla took three wickets apiece as Uttar Pradesh took control of the proceedings by dismissing minnows Services for a meagre 164 in a Group B clash of Ranji Trophy at the Mohan Meakins Cricket ground here on Friday.
In reply, UP reached 86 for 3 in 38 overs, needing another 79 runs to surpass Services` first innings total but the hosts will be aiming for an outright victory.
After winning the toss, the UP bowlers took wickets at regular intervals as none of the Services batsmen reached half-century.
Brief scores: Services 164 in 45.2 overs (Anshul Gupta 33, Yashpal Singh 30, RP Singh 3/38, Piyush Chawla 3/62).
UP 86/3 (Digvijay Singh 36 batting, Mukul Dagar 25, Shadab Nazar 2/23).
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