Ranji Round 3, Day 1: Sehwag plays a scintillating cameo against former team

Sehwag walked out, with the score 20 for one. There were around 30 of them at Feroz Shah Kotla, when he took guard against Ishant. The numbers weren’t high; but the level of excitement probably was. Sehwag was out after spending 81 minutes in the crease but his innings was fun while it lasted.

Virender Sehwag hit 5 fours and 1 six in his innings of 37.   -  Shiv Kumar Pushpakar

Playing against his former team Delhi for the first time, Virender Sehwag couldn’t score big as his current team Haryana were bundled out for 195.

“If u r true fan of sehwag then come to Kotla n watch the game,” tweeted Sehwag, a few hours before Haryana’s match against Delhi--his former team.

Gautam Gambhir, the Delhi skipper, won the toss and chose to bowl.Ishant Sharma rewarded his captain on the seventh over, getting rid of Rahul Dewan for 16.

Sehwag walked out, with the score 20 for one. There were around 30 of them at Feroz Shah Kotla, when he took guard against Ishant. The numbers weren’t high; but the level of excitement probably was.

Sehwag was out after spending 81 minutes in the crease but his innings was fun while it lasted. He treated his fans with some delightful strokes. On one occasion, he danced down to hit Manan Sharma over wide long-on, next to the stand where his fans were sitting.

In the next over, he tried to gamble a single after pushing the ball towards Ishant at mid-on. But Ishant’s direct-hit was too good for Sehwag’s running.

The Haryana innings didn’t last very long after that, as they were folded for 195, with spinner Manan Sharma taking five wickets. Delhi, who got nine overs to bat, scored 22 without losing a wicket.

Manish Pandey hits ton

In Bengaluru, Manish Pandey’s century aided Karnataka in scoring 298 at the end of play against Vidarbha. After being asked to bat by Vidarbha at the toss, openers KL Rahul and Robin Uthappa gave them a decent start. But KL Rahul, who is looking to return to the test side, was out scoring just 21.

Number three Samarth and Uthappa was constructing another partnership before the former got out for 20. After Uthappa was also dismissed, Karun Nair joined Pandey in the middle. The pair then batted for 35 overs, adding 148 runs before Nair lost his wicket.

Raushan Raj picks 7 wickets in his second first-class game

Meanwhile, Services’ Raushan Raj, playing his second first-class game, picked seven wickets to bundle out Jammu and Kashmir for 85 in the first innings. Playing at Gandhi Memorial Science College Ground, the home team, Jammu, lasted only for 43 overs. Services were 85 for five in their reply.

The Scores:

Group A

At Kolkata: Rajasthan 102 for three in 43.2 overs (Ashok Menaria 40) vs. Bengal. Toss: Rajasthan

At New Delhi: Haryana 195 in 78.1 overs (Jayant Yadav 41, Manan Sharma five for 57) vs. Delhi 22 for no loss in 9 overs. Toss: Delhi

At Bengaluru: Karnataka 298 for six in 89.5 overs (Manish Pandey 104, Robin Uthappa 59, Karun Nair 58) vs. Vidarbha. Toss: Vidarbha

At Cuttack: Assam 92 in 52.4 overs (Basant Mohanty five for 24) vs. Odisha 52 for five in 32 overs (Krishna Das four for 5). Toss: Odisha

Group B

At Vizianagaram: Baroda 234 for seven in 85 overs (Kedar Devdhar 97, Swapnil Singh 45 batting, C.V. Stephen four for 57) vs. Andhra. Toss: Andhra

At Mumbai: Tamil Nadu 249 for six (Dinesh Karthik 76 batting, Baba Aparajith 62, Vishal Dabholkar four for 67) vs. Mumbai. Toss: Mumbai

At Mohali: Gujarat 290 for three in 85 overs (Samit Gohel 54, Priyank Panchal 105, Parthiv Patel 41 batting, Y. Venugopal Rao 40 batting). Toss: Punjab

At Ghaziabad: Railways 316 for five in 83 overs (Saurabh Wakaskar 43, Ashish Singh 101, Faiz Ahmed 74, Prashant Awasthi 42) vs. Uttar Pradesh. Toss: Uttar Pradesh

Group C

At Porvorim: Tripura 61 in 31.5 overs vs. Goa 161 for five in 53 overs (Sagun Kamat 45). Toss: Tripura.

At Jammu: J&K 85 in 43 overs (Raushan Raj seven for 38) vs. Services 152 for four in 39 overs (Rajat Paliwal 70, Yashpal Singh 47 batting). Toss: Services

At Dharamsala: Hyderabad 252 for three in 90 overs (Tanmay Agarwal 104 batting, Hanuma Vihari 101) vs. Himachal Pradesh. Toss: Himachal Pradesh

At Malappuram: Jharkhand 202 in 76 overs (Prakash Munda 54, Saurabh Tiwary 75, Sandeep Warrier four for 56) vs. Kerala 3 for one in 3 overs. Toss: Kerala