Ranji Round 8, Day 1: Mumbai falters

Opting to bat after wining the toss, Madhya Pradesh did not have the best of outing as only Harpreet Singh (59) made a significant score before the hosts were bowled out for 240 in 75.1 overs.

Abhimanyu Easwaran scored 88 runs in Bengal’s meagre first innings score of 142 in 47.3 overs on a wicket which was distinctly underprepared.   -  PTI

As many as 16 wickets fell on the opening day with Mumbai finding themselves in a spot of bother at 74 for six in their first innings in reply to Madhya Pradesh’s 240 all out in a Group B Ranji Trophy cricket match in Indore on Monday.

Opting to bat after wining the toss, Madhya Pradesh did not have the best of outing as only Harpreet Singh (59) made a significant score before the hosts were bowled out for 240 in 75.1 overs.

Off—spinner Ankush Jaiswal sparkled on his first-class debut picking up four wickets for 63 runs, while pacer Shardul Thakur (2/42) and left-arm spinner Vishal Dabholkar (2/59) scalped two wickets apiece.

In reply, Mumbai dished out a terrible display with the bat to be reduced to 74 for six in just 21 overs at stumps on the opening day.

Saurashtra fail to take advantage

Saurashtra failed to capitalise on the bowling exploits of spinners Dharmendrasinh Jadeja and Vandit Jivrajani as they slumped to 55 for six in their first innings in reply to Kerala’s paltry 166 all out on the opening day of a Group C match in Malappuram.

Electing to bat, Kerala made a decent start with opener V. A. Jagadeesh (59 off 134 balls) striking a half century and along with Mohammed Azharuddeen putting on 52 runs for the opening stand.

But therafter, Jadeja (5/44) and Jivrajani (4/61) spun a web around the Kerala batsmen to bowl the hosts out for 166 in 62.2 overs. Fabid Ahmed (25) is the other notable scorer for Kerala.

In response, Saurashtra had a horrendous outing with the bat as left-arm pacer KS Mohnish picked up four wickets for 27 runs to make life misery for the visitors.

It’s advantage Bengal

Opener Abhimanyu Easwaran stood tall amidst ruins with a classy 88 with as many as 20 wickets fell on the opening day of Bengal’s penultimate Ranji Trophy group league encounter against Odisha in Kalyani.

The frail looking right-hander scored 88 runs in Bengal’s meagre first innings score of 142 in 47.3 overs on a wicket which was distinctly underprepared.

It showed when Odisha were bundled out for 107 in 29 overs with young off-spinner Aamir Gani picking up a career best six for 34. He was well supported by left-arm spin duo of Pragyan Ojha (2/25) and debutant Anurag Tiwary (2/26).

With a small but important first innings lead of 35 runs, Bengal openers Easwaran (20 batting) and Sayan Sekhar Mondal (3 batting) added 23 runs in nine overs in the second essay. The overall lead swelled to 58 runs with the match unlikely to last even three full days.

Brief Scores:

Group A:

In Hubballi: Karnataka 358 for three in 90 overs (Robin Uthappa 148, Mayank Agarwal 118, Manish Pandey batting 31, Karun Nair batting 31) vs Delhi; Toss: Delhi.

In Kolkata: Bengal 142 in 47.3 overs (Abhimanyu Eswaran 88, Dhiraj Singh five for 58, Suryakant Pradhan three for 15) and 23 for no loss in 9 overs vs Odisha 107 in 29 overs (Aamir Gani six for 34); Toss: Bengal.

In Lahli: Haryana 112 in 52.2 overs (Pankaj Singh four for 10, Rajat Bhatia three for 41) vs Rajasthan 75 for one in 26 overs (Vineet Saxena batting 38); Toss: Rajasthan.

In Pune: Maharashtra vs Assam (No play).

Group B:

In Indore: Madhya Pradesh 240 in 75.1 overs (Harpreet Singh Bhatia 59, Ishwar Pandey 35, Ankush Jaiswal four for 63) vs Mumbai 74 for six in 21 overs (Jalaj Saxena three for 32, Ankit Sharma three for 39); Toss: Madhya Pradesh.

In Kanpur: Punjab 248 for eight in 87 overs (Mayank Sidhana 85, Gitansh Khera batting 73, Ankit Rajpoot three for 45); Toss: Uttar Pradesh.

In New Delhi: Railways 182 in 64.4 overs (Saurabh Wakaskar 43, V. Cheluvaraj 42, C. Sneha Kishore five for 76, B. Ayyappa four for 27) vs Andhra 62 for four in 25 overs; Toss: Andhra.

In Tirunelveli: Tamil Nadu vs Gujarat (No play).

Group C:

In Malappuram: Kerala 166 in 62.2 overs (V.A. Jagadeesh 59, Dharmendra Sinh Jadeja five for 44, Vandit Jivrajani four for 61) vs Saurashtra 55 for six in 25 overs (Monish Kareparambil four for 27); Toss Kerala.

In Ranchi: Jharkhand 306 for four in 91 overs (Shiv Gautam 122, Saurabh Tiwary 79, Ishank Jaggi batting 43, Anand Singh 30) vs Himachal Pradesh; Toss: Jharkhand.

In Hyderabad: Hyderabad 263 for two in 90 overs (Hanuma Vihari batting 94, B. Anirudh batting 75, Tanmay Agarwal 45, Akshath Reddy 40) vs Tripura; Toss: Tripura.

In Jammu: Goa 263 for one in 90 overs (Amogh Desai 106, Swapnil Asnodkar batting 74, Sagun Kamat batting 57) vs Jammu and Kashmir; Toss: Jammu and Kashmir.