Ranji Roundup: 17-year-old Rana’s unbeaten ton and Jharkhand’s 45-all out

Himanshu, who came out to bat with his team struggling at 32 for three against Maharashtra, put up a 124-run fourth wicket partnership with skipper Virender Sehwag. The duo took the score to 156, before Sehwag was dismissed for 92.

Virender Sehwag fell eight short of his 42nd first-class ton.   -  PTI

Himanshu Rana, on his 17th birthday, was the star for Haryana.   -  PTI

N. Srinivasan watches the Ranji Trophy match between Tamil Nadu and Baroda at the M.A. Chidambaram Stadium.   -  B. JOTHI RAMALINGAM

Andhra's Ricky Bhui (right) he put up an unbeaten 152-run partnership with skipper Mohammad Kaif .   -  Basheer

Assama's Syed Mohammad took seven wickets against Karnataka in the Barsapara Cricket Stadium in Guwahati.   -  Ritu Raj Konwar

On the first day of the 2015-16 Ranji Trophy season, three teams were bundled out before reaching 200-run mark. The star of the day was Himanshu Rana, who hit an unbeaten ton for Haryana on his 17th birthday.

Himanshu, who came out to bat with his team struggling at 32 for three against Maharashtra, put up a 124-run fourth wicket partnership with skipper Virender Sehwag. The duo took the score to 156, before Sehwag was dismissed for 92. Sehwag, playing his first match for Haryana, seemed to be in good touch, hitting 15 boundaries. The last of it came off from an edge, kissing Kedhar Jadhav’s fingers, before speeding to the boundary. But the skipper couldn’t capitalise. He was eight runs away from his 42nd first-class ton when he was bowled by medium-pacer Shrikant Mundhe.

Himanshu carried on batting with wicketkeeper Nitin Saini and then Jayant Yadav, taking his team to 303 at stumps. The 17-year-old hit 20 boundaries in his innings of 138. This was the youngster’s second first-class hundred after scoring 149 against Rajasthan in Lahli in the previous season.

Meanwhile, Jharkhand were bowled out for 45 against Services, with medium-pacer Diwesh Pathania claiming six wickets. There were four ducks and five single-digit scores in Jharkhand’s innings, which lasted less than three hours. Services, too, are struggling, tottering at 121 for nine.

Another teenager, Ricky Bhui, playing for Andhra, is on the verge of scoring his maiden first-class ton. The 19-year-old was nine runs short of the three-figure mark, as he put up an unbeaten 152-run partnership with skipper Mohammad Kaif (66 not out) to take his team to 170 for two against Mumbai.

In Chennai, spinners Bhargav Bhatt and Yusuf Pathan of Baroda shared eight wickets between them as Tamil Nadu were bowled out for 125 runs. Apart from Baba Aparajith (44), Bharath Shankar (28), and R. Prasanna (21), no one from the home team scored more than twenty. Baroda were 33 for one at the end of the day’s play.

Mandeep Singh, who led India ‘A’ to an eight-wicket win over South Africa two days back, scored an unbeaten century in Mohali, as Punjab posted 235 for two against Railways. Almat Shaukat’s unbeaten 110 put Uttar Pradesh in a good position against Madhya Pradesh in Moradabad. The home team were 260 for two at the end of the day’s play. After being dropped for the series against South Africa, Ravindra Jadeja missed a first-class ton by nine runs as Saurashtra scored 270 for six against Tripura.

In Guwahati:

Assam 21 for 1 trail Karnataka (toss) 187 (Bhavane 65, Syed Mohammed 7-44) by 166 runs

In Pune:

Haryana (toss) 303 for 6 (Rana 138 not out, Sehwag 92) v Maharashtra

In Jaipur:

Rajasthan (toss) 74 for 3 trail Delhi 138 (Chahar 5-60) by 64 runs.

In Nagpur:

Vidarbha (toss) 256 for 6 (Shanware 119, Satish 53) v Odisha.

In Vizianagaram:

Andhra 170 for 2 (Bhui 91 not out , Kaif 66 not out) v Mumbai (toss).

In Mohali:

Punjab (toss) 235 for 2 (Mandeep 100 not out, U Kaul 92 not out) v Railways.

In Chennai:

Baroda 33 for 1 trail Tamil Nadu (toss) 125 (Aparajith 44, Yusuf 4-29, Bhatt 4-32) by 92 runs.

In Moradabad:

UP (toss) 260 for 2 (Shaukat 110 not out, Srivastava 75) v MP.

In Provorim:

Hyderabad 246 for 5 (Vihari 82, Akshath Reddy 61) v Goa (toss).

In Rajkot:

Saurashtra (toss) 270 for 6 (Jadeja 91, Jackson 82*) v Tripura.

In Delhi:

Services (toss) 131 for 9 lead Jharkhand 86 (Pathania 6-19) by 59 runs.

In Srinagar:

J&K (toss) 247 for 7 (Rasool 54, Bandeep 50 not out) v Kerala.