Ranji Round 7 Day 1: Bowlers shine as Umesh, Thakur excel

Thakur, who went wicketless against UP in the hosts’ previous drawn game, did the bulk of early damage by bagging three out of the top four wickets to fall, before finishing with four wickets by sticking to a consistent outside off-stump line.

Umesh Yadav (centre) ended with figures of four for 45 in 17.5 overs.   -  PTI

Pacer Umesh Yadav, released from India’s Test squad for the ongoing second Test against South Africa, took four wickets to help Vidarbha dismiss Rajasthan for 216 on day one of the Ranji Trophy Group A match here today.

Yadav ended with figures of four for 45 in 17.5 overs with the other notable performance coming from Akshay Wakhare (three for 78).

Puneet Yadav and Siddharth Dobal saved Rajasthan the blushes with a fighting 67 and 51 respectively.

Rajasthan, who chose to bat, kept losing wickets at regular intervals to remain on the backfoot throughout the innings.

Thakur-led Mumbai dismiss Railways for cheap total

Led ably by Shardul Thakur, Mumbai bowlers put up a much better display than the previous game and shot out Railways for a paltry 217 on day one of their four-day Group B Ranji Trophy tie at the Wankhede Stadium today.

Thakur, who went wicketless against UP in the hosts’ previous drawn game, did the bulk of early damage by bagging three out of the top four wickets to fall, before finishing with four wickets by sticking to a consistent outside off-stump line.

But Railways hit back strongly and reduced Mumbai to 4 for two before stumps were drawn for the day with the home team trailing the visitors by 213 runs.

Railways, who won the toss and elected to bat on a wicket that afforded some help to the bowlers, plunged into deep trouble against the new ball to be 16 for 3 before

staging a partial recovery through top scorer Arindam Ghosh (67) and Vivek Singh (28).

The Railways innings folded up an hour after tea.

In the remaining time, Mumbai were rocked when they lost debutant Bista (2) to a catch at gully off Anureet Singh.

Night watchman Kulkarni was then castled by leggie Karn Sharma for a duck.

Akhil Herwadkar was the unbeaten batsman on 2 at stumps with the new batsman yet to come to the crease.

Shukla’s 6-wkt haul helps Jharkhand bowl out Tripura for 166

Rahul Shukla grabbed six wickets for 40 runs in a brilliant pace-bowling spell as Jharkhand shot Tripura out for 166 on the opening day to take control of their Ranji Trophy cricket match.

Shukla ran through the Tripura batting line-up as the home side were bowled out in just 55 overs at the Tripura Institute of Technology Ground.

Bengal make 239/3 against Maharashtra

Abhimanyu Easwaran, Sayan Mondal and Sudip Chatterjee stuck half centuries as Bengal reached 239 for three at stumps on day one of their Ranji Trophy game against Maharashtra today.

Chatterjee and Shreevats Goswami were batting on 51 and 21 at close of play.

Openers Easwaran (65) and Mondal (58) gave the visitors a solid start, sharing a 128—run stand.

Samad Fallah, Dominic Muthuswami and Chirag Khurana took a wicket each for Maharashtra.

Captain Rohit Motwani’s decision to put the opposition in did not pay off as Bengal batsmen frustrated the home team with gritty knocks.

UP score 277/4 on day 1 against TN

Uttar Pradesh produced a solid batting display, reaching 277 for 4 in their first innings against Tamil Nadu on the opening day of their Group B Ranji Trophy match today.

Top order batsmen Almas Shaukat (88), Umang Sharma (73) and Suresh Raina (52 not out) scored half—centuries after they were asked to take the first strike by Tamil Nadu skipper Abhinav Mukund.

At the draw of stumps, Raina and Saurabh Kumar (9 off 11) were at the crease at the Green Park Stadium.

Juneja, Bhatt hit fifties as Gujarat reach 252/6 against MP

Manpreet Juneja (61) and Rujul Bhatt (51) cracked twin fifties to power Gujarat to 252 for six in their first innings against Madhya Pradesh on the opening day of their Group B Ranji Trophy match today.

Juneja hit six boundaries and one six in his 101-ball innings, while Bhatt was more patient as he had just a couple of fours to show in his 142-ball stay.

Delhi bow before pace against Assam, all out for 149

Pace duo of Krishna Das and Arup Das wreaked havoc with the new ball, sharing seven wickets between them to bundle out Delhi for 149 in their first innings on the opening day of a Group A Ranji Trophy match today.

Krishna (four for 38) and Arup (three for 49) ran through Delhi’s batting line-up with a lethal bowling spell to bowl out the visitor’s in 59.4 overs and give Assam a slight upperhand.

Kerala score 224/5 against Goa

Half centuries from opener V. A. Jagdeesh and Robert Fernandez helped Kerala put up a respectable 224 for five on the opening day of their Ranji Trophy Group C match against Goa.

Opting to bat, Kerala started well as they put on 57 runs for the first wicket before Mohammed Azaruddeen became Prasanth Parmeswaran’s first victim as he was trapped leg before wicket for 31.

Akshay Kadoth (28) and Robert (51) stitched 77 runs for the unbroken sixth wicket to take Kerala to 224 for five when the stumps were drawn.

Natraj, Singh tons put Odisha in command against Haryana

Skipper Natraj Behera and Ranjit Singh struck unbeaten centuries to guide Odisha to 280 for one against Haryana on the opening day.

Natraj faced 244 balls and hit 12 boundaries and four sixes during his unbeaten knock, while Singh’s ton came off 266 deliveries with the help of eight fours and two hits over the fence.

Devdhar century takes Baroda to 344/3

Opening batsman Kedar Devdhar struck a brilliant 186 to help Baroda reach to a comfortable 344 for three.

Devdhar, who had missed out on a century twice this season, hit 28 fours and a six in his 249-ball knock and shared a whopping 245 runs off 352 balls with Aditya Waghmode (96) for the opening wicket to take the home side to a strong position at the Moti Bagh Stadium.

Chopra’s unbeaten ton takes HP to strong position

Opener Prashant Chopra struck his second century in three matches to take Himachal Pradesh to a strong position against .

The visitors got off to a strong start after opting to bat to finish the day at a commanding 310 for three.

Chopra ended the day unbeaten on 168 that came off 299 balls. He hit as many as 24 boundaries.

Chatterjee’s unbeaten ton takes Services to 244/3

Soumik Chatterjee’s unbeaten century took Services to 244 for three. Put into bat, Services placed themselves in a strong position thanks to Chatterjee’s unbeaten 135 which he made from 269 balls with the help of 18 boundaries.

Scores:

Group A

At Guwahati: Delhi 149 in 59.4 overs (Milind Kumar 45, Manan Sharma 46 not out, Krishna Das four for 38) vs. Assam 69 for three in 29 overs. Toss: Assam

At Lahli: Odisha 280 for one in 87 overs (Natraj Behera 143 batting, Ranjit Singh 109 batting) vs. Haryana. Toss: Odisha

At Pune: Bengal 239 for three in 90 overs (A.R. Eswaran 65, Sayan Shekhar Mondal 58, Sudip Chatterjee 51 batting) vs. Maharashtra. Toss: Maharashtra

At Nagpur: Team Rajasthan 216 in 88.4 overs (Puneet Yadav 67, S.S. Dobal 51 not out, Umesh Yadav four for 45) vs. Vidarbha. Toss: Rajasthan

Group B

At Kanpur: Uttar Pradesh 277 for four in 87 overs (Almas Shaukat 88, Umang Sharma 73, Suresh Raina 52 batting) vs. Tamil Nadu. Toss: Tamil Nadu

At Surat: Gujarat 252 for six in 90 overs (B.H. Merai 40, Manpreet Juneja 61, R.H. Bhatt 51) vs. Madhya Pradesh. Toss: Gujarat

At Vadodara: Baroda 344 for three in 90 overs (Kedar Devdhar 186, Aditya Waghmode 96, Hardik Pandya 42 batting) vs. Punjab. Toss: Punjab

At Mumbai: Railways 217 in 84.4 overs (Arindam Ghosh 67, S.S. Mishra 46, Shardul Thakur four for 38) vs. Mumbai four for two in 3.5 overs. Toss: Railways

Group C

At Agartala: Tripura 166 in 55 overs (Parvinder Singh 66, Rahul Shukla six for 40) vs. Jharkhand 42 for one in 15 overs. Toss: Jharkand.

At Rajkot: Himachal 310 for three in 90 overs (Ankush Bains 47, Prashant Chopra 168 batting) vs. Saurashtra. Toss: Himachal

At New Delhi (Palam): Services 244 for three in 90 overs (Soumik Chatterjee 135 batting, Yashpal Singh 51 batting) vs. Hyderabad. Toss: Hyderabad

At Porvorim: Kerala 224 for five in 90 overs (V.A. Jagadeesh 61, Robert Fernandez batting 51) vs. Goa. Toss: Kerala