Ranji Trophy Plate: Five centuries on day one

Rajat Bhatia, Saurabh Rawat, Raj Biswa, Yogesh Nagar and Taruwar Kohli slam centuries in the third round of Ranji Trophy 2018-19.

Skipper Rajat Bhatia and Saurabh Rawat stitched a 208-run partnership to rescue Uttarakhand from being four down in the first session.   -  FILE PHOTO/BCCI.TV


Skipper Rajat Bhatia and Saurabh Rawat hammered centuries as Uttarakhand overcame early jitters to put up 290-5 on the first day of its Ranji Trophy campaign against Sikkim.

At the KIIT ground in Bhubaneswar on Tuesday, Uttarakhand — put in to bat — lost four wickets for 38, when Bhatia and Rawat stitched a 208-run partnership. While Bhatia returned to the pavilion after being caught by Milind Kumar off Ishwar Chaudhary for 121, Rawat was unbeaten on 115 at stumps. For Sikkim, Chaudhary scalped three wickets, conceding 81 runs.

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The Meghalaya and Nagaland fixture turned out to be a high scoring one as the former rode on centuries by Raj Biswa (111) and Yogesh Nagar (166) to finish the day at 338-5 at the MCA Stadium in Shillong.

For Nagaland, Pawan Suwal took 2-61.

In Jorhat, Taruwar Kohli scored a ton as Mizoram reached 219 in the first innings against Manipur. But things did not go too well with Manipur as it lost three wickets for 54 at stumps. Earlier, Kohli played a gritty knock of 100, but found no support from his fellow batsmen. Bishworjit Konthoujam scalped three wickets for Manipur.

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While the teams from north-east had a field day, it, however, was a washout in Puducherry. Bihar won the toss and opted to field against the home team, but no play could be possible due to heavy rain.

Summarised scores

In Bhubaneswar: Uttarakhand first innings 290-5 (Rajat Bhatia 121, Saurabh Rawat batting 115; Ishwar Chaudhary 3-81) vs Sikkim.

In Shillong: Meghalaya first innings 338-5 (Raj Biswa 111, Yogesh Nagar 166; Pawan Suwal 2-61) vs Nagaland.

In Jorhat: Mizoram first innings 219 (Taruwar Kohli 100; Bishworjit Konthoujam) vs Manipur first innings 54-3 (Yashpal Singh batting 15; Lalnunkima Varte 2-20).

In Puducherry: Bihar vs Puducherry (no play due to rain)

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