Ranji Round 2 Day 1: Chatterjee ton rescues Bengal

Early inroads from the Karnataka captain Vinay Kumar reduced Bengal to an iffy 41 for 4, before Wriddhiman Saha, the wicketkeeper, provided stern resistance and put on 173 runs in 48.1 overs with Chatterjee, who eventually scored 145.

Sudip Chatterjee fought through a difficult first hour to carve a gritty century for Bengal.   -  PTI

Parthiv Patel celebrates his hundred against Andhra at Vizianagaram.   -  Basheer

Shreevats Goswami of Bengal was run out in an unfortunate manner   -  K. Bhagya Prakash

A back-to-the-wall century from middle-order batsman Sudip Chatterjee helped Bengal finish a testing first day against defending champions Karnataka at the Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore at 312 for 9. Early inroads from the Karnataka captain Vinay Kumar reduced Bengal to an iffy 41 for 4, before Wriddhiman Saha, the wicketkeeper, provided stern resistance and put on 173 runs in 48.1 overs with Chatterjee. After Saha departed for 90, in the 62nd over, Laxmi Ratan Shukla, the No. 7, stuck to add 50 runs with Chatterjee.

This was after a fruitful first hour for the fast bowlers. Openers Abhishek Das and Naved Ahmed had both departed by the fifth over, edging to the slips cordon and the wicketkeeper respectively, with just 15 on the board. The third wicket fell in an unfortunate manner when Shreevats Goswami defended a delivery from Vinay. As Vinay threw the ball back at him, it struck his bat and deflected on to the stumps. Goswami, who had his bat grounded before the ball struck it, was caught short of his crease, and was given out.

The Bengal captain Manoj Tiwary was dismissed soon after, but a period of graft followed. Chatterjee scored 145 off 247 balls, and Saha was his more attacking partner with ten fours and a six in his 90 off 132 balls.

The two fast bowlers Vinay and HS Sharath finished the day with three wickets each.

Khadiwale, Bawne score half-centuries for Maharashtra

In Cuttack, Harshad Khadiwale and Ankit Bawne scored half-centuries to help Maharashtra finish the first day against Odisha at 231 for 5. Swapnil Gugale, the opener, departed early, following which Khadiwale and Motwani stuck together for 15.4 overs, adding 46 runs. After Biplab Samantray reduced Maharashtra to 62 for 3, with the wickets of Motwani and Kedar Jadhav, Khadiwale and Bawne combined to add 91 runs in 33.5 overs.

Parthiv Patel scores ton against Andhra

Parthiv Patel, the captain and wicketkeeper for Gujarat, struck a rescuing century for his team to help them finish at a promising 250 for 5 at stumps on the first day against Andhra at Vizianagram. He struck productive partnerships with Bhargav Merai, Venugopal Rao and the unbeaten Rujul Bhatt. His 176-ball 122 was studded with 18 fours.

Fast bowler Paidikalva Vijaykumar was the most successful bowler for Andhra, with 3 for 61 in his 15 overs. The wickets were of the openers and No. 5 Rao, whose 39 was the second-highest score of the day.

The scores:

In Guwahati:

Rajasthan 147 for 5 (Saxena 42) v Assam.

In Delhi:

Vidarbha 222 for 6 (Badrinath 44, Fazal 55, Ishant 3-26) v Delhi.

In Bangalore:

Bengal 312 for 9 (Saha 90, Chatterjee 145, 3-80) v Karnataka.

In Cuttack:

Maharashtra 231 for 5 (Khadiwale 74, Bawne 60, Samantray 3-31) v Odisha.

In Vizianagaram:

Gujarat 250 for 5 (Parthiv 122, Vijay Kumar 3-61) v Andhra.

In Vadodara:

Baroda 118 for 1 (Devdhar 69*) vs Railways 166 (Pandya 5-61).

In Indore:

Tamil Nadu 225 for 5 (Aparajith 56, Prasanna 51*) v Madhya Pradesh.

In Mumbai:

Mumbai 103 for 2 (Iyer 61*) vs Punjab 154 (Yuvraj 13, Vohra 34, Khera 32, Thakur 4-47, Sandhu 4-31).

In Porvorim:

Services 230 for 3 (Gupta 89, Paliwal 57, Chatterjee 52) v Goa.

In Dharamsala:

Jammu and Kashmir 274 for 8 (Rasool 101*, I Singh 47, Reshi 45, Dhawan 3 for 98) v Himachal Pradesh.

In Hyderabad:

Kerala 186 for 5 (Prem 106*, Jagadeesh 42) v Hyderabad

In Rajkot:

Jharkhand 168 (Kishan 87, Tiwary 25) v Saurashtra 205 (Jadeja 58, Nadeem 4 for 38)

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