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Kerala, Saurashtra, Railways post wins in opening round

R Ashwin claims four; Yusuf Pathan’s century in vain as Baroda asked to follow-on

BCCI Staff in Mumbai 2017-10-08 22:28:58

Saurashtra sealed an innings and 31-run win to get off to a winning start to Ranji Trophy 2017-18. The Jaydev Unadkat-led attack ran through the Haryana lineup in Lahli and earned their side a bonus point for their thumping win.

Jalaj Saxena’s all-round skills were instrumental in handing Kerala a comprehensive nine-wicket win against Jharkhand. The cricketer picked 11 wickets in the match and scored an unbeaten half-century in Kerala’s first innings.

Railways beat hosts Uttar Pradesh in Lucknow on penultimate day of Round 1 in the ongoing season and updates on other matches of Round 1 below.

Here are the highlights of the day:

Group A

Delhi vs Assam in New Delhi: Gautam Gambhir who had anchored Delhi to a solid position was the first to depart in the morning after resuming the innings on 269 for four. The opener was bowled for 137 by Abu Nechim Ahmed leaving the hosts on 270 for five. 27 runs later Krishna Das followed up with the wicket of Pulkit Narang. Anuj Rawat and Manan Sharma then forged a 122-run partnership to put Delhi in a commanding position. The pair had taken the hosts to 419 when Manan was sent back by AN Ahmed. In his next over the bowler also claimed Rawat to leave Delhi on 424 for eight. A bit later Rahul Singh sent back Ishant Sharma while Kulwant Khejroliya was AN Ahmed’s seventh wicket to wrap-up the Delhi innings. Bowled out for 435, the hosts have garnered a solid 177-run lead.

Navdeep Amarjeet Saini then claimed both the Assam openers while Khejroliya accounted for Gokul Sharma to leave the visitors on 26 for three. Sibsankar Roy and Trajinder Singh took Assam to 60 for three at stumps. Assam were trailing by 117 runs when play ended for the day.

Scorecard - http://www.bcci.tv/ranji-trophy-2017-18/match/01

Uttar Pradesh vs Railways in Lucknow: Arindam Gosh and Vidyadhar Kamath resumed Railways’ second innings on 27 for three on the third day. The middle-order batsman had carried the team to 96 when Kartik Tyagi struck to end the blossoming stand by trapping Kamath lbw.

While Gosh continued to stoically hold up one end, 30 runs later Tyagi accounted for Abhishek Kumar Yadav. However, with the side on 136, Gosh’s resistance was ended by Zeeshan Ansari. The middle-order batsman returned to the pavilion for 57 off 160 balls. While Ansari then claimed Mahesh Rawat and Ashish Yadav, Ankit Rajpoot dismissed Anureet Singh and Avinash Yadav to bowl Railways out for 161.

Chasing the 94-run target, UP were bundled out for 72 in 26 overs by Avinash Yadav (4/26) and Anureet Singh (3/25). Skipper Suresh Raina top scored for UP with 29 runs. Deepak Bansal who accounted for the UP captain finished with two wickets in the bag as the visitors claimed a 21-run win.

Scorecard - http://www.bcci.tv/ranji-trophy-2017-18/match/11

Hyderabad vs Maharashtra in Hyderabad: No play for third successive day due to inclement weather and wet outfield.

Group B

Haryana vs Saurashtra in Lahli: Following on, Haryana resumed their innings on 93 for six; trailing by 78 runs. CK Bishnoi, who resumed his innings on 53 was the first to depart after contributing just three more runs to the total. Chirag Jani accounted for the No 3 batsman to leave Haryana on 108 for seven and later in the over dismissed A Rana without a run added to the tally. With the double blow the visitors were within sniffing distance a resounding win. 28 runs later Jaydev Unadkat then claimed Deepak Punia and followed up with the wicket of A Hooda to bowl Haryana out for 140 runs.

Scorecard - http://www.bcci.tv/ranji-trophy-2017-18/match/08

Team Rajasthan vs J & K in Jaipur: Visitors J & K were leading by 102 runs with four wickets in hand at Stumps on Day 3 in reply to Team Rajasthan’s 330 all out. Patient batting by the top and middle-order helped the visiting side seize the advantage and secure a first innings lead in the game.

Resuming the J & K innings on 150 for one on the penultimate morning, opener Ahmad Omar Banday went on to post a century until he was sent back by M Lomror for 102. No 3 bat Pranav Gupta too posted a half-century while Ian Chauhan contributed 79 runs. Captain Parvez Rasool missed out on a hundred by just three runs when he was sent back by SKK Ahmed later in the day leaving the side on 428 for five.
At the end of day’s play Punit Bisht, batting with Samiullah Beigh had taken J & K to 432 for six.

Scorecard - http://www.bcci.tv/ranji-trophy-2017-18/match/09

Kerala vs Jharkhand in Trivandrum: Jalaj Saxena remained unbeaten on 54 as Kerala were bowled out for 259 on the third morning after resuming the innings on 250 for eight. His knock helped the hosts to a 57-run lead in the game.

Saxena returned to dismantle the Jharkhand lineup for a second time. After Warrier claimed Babul Kumar with just two runs on the board, the spinner and Monish Kareparambil wrecked the rest of the lineup in 41.3 overs. Saxena returned with five for 27 in the innings while Kareparambil took four for 42 to bowl Jharkhand out for 89.

Chasing the 33-run target, Saxena was bowled for one by Samar Quadri. But, KB Arun Karthick and Rohan Prem took the team to the finish line effortlessly.

Scorecard - http://www.bcci.tv/ranji-trophy-2017-18/match/10

Group C

Odisha vs Tripura in Bhubhaneswar: After two days of no play, the game commenced in Bhubhaneswar on the third day. However, after Odisha elected to field only two overs of play was possible. When play was called off for the day, Tripura were six without loss.

Scorecard - http://www.bcci.tv/ranji-trophy-2017-18/match/06

Madhya Pradesh vs Baroda in Indore: Following on, Baroda were trailing by 208 runs with nine wickets in hand at the end of third day’s play.

Although Yusuf Pathan scored a century and Irfan Pathan made 80 runs the rest of the lineup caved in to the MP attack. After resuming the Baroda innings on 36 for two, both overnight batsmen - Kedar Devdhar and P Shah returned after adding just 18 runs to the tally. Ishwar Pandey and Avesh Khan struck early blows to leave the visitors on 54 for four. The Pathan brothers stitched a partnership to revive the innings, but after Ankit Sharma claimed Irfan to leave the side on 242 for five wickets crumbled. Baroda were bowled out for 302 and asked to follow-on.

Aditya Waghmode was bowled by Avesh Khan at the stroke of Stumps while Kedar Devdhar remained unbeaten on seven when play ended for the day.

Scorecard - http://www.bcci.tv/ranji-trophy-2017-18/match/05

Tamil Nadu vs Andhra in Chennai: At 112 for two in the second innings, TN were trailing by 21 runs at the end of third day’s play against Andhra. Abhinav Mukund was batting on 54 with Baba Aparajith on 15 at Stumps. Murali Vijay had retired hurt on 13.

Earlier, after resuming their innings on 231 for seven, Andhra were bowled out for 309 with a 133-run first innings lead. B Sumanth posted a century while Shoaib Mohammed Khan scored 43 runs. R Ashwin finished with a four-wicket haul in the innings.

Scorecard - http://www.bcci.tv/ranji-trophy-2017-18/match/07

Group D

Services vs Bengal in New Delhi: After Services resumed their innings on 103 for one Aamir Gani claimed a five-for to help Bengal to seize first innings lead. While NK Singh anchored the Services innings with a 284-ball 121, the Bengal attack struck at regular intervals to bowl the hosts to a 193-run first innings lead.

While Gani wrecked the middle-order, Anustup Mujumdar claimed two wickets and Kanishk Seth and Manoj Tiwary chipped in with a wicket each to bowl Services out for 359.

Building on the lead, AK Raman and AR Eswaran had helped Bengal to 77 without loss at Stumps.

Scorecard - http://www.bcci.tv/ranji-trophy-2017-18/match/02

Goa vs Chhattisgarh in Porvorim: In reply to Chhattisgarh’s mammoth 458 runs, Goa were 223 for four at Stumps on Day 3.

Resuming their innings on 28 without loss on the third morning, the hosts trudged on to script a reply as they look to garner a first innings lead. Sumairan Amonkar is the top scored for the home team with 79 runs of 235 balls on the third day as he worked shape the innings.

When play ended for the day, Reagan Pinto (25 off 89) was batting with S Bandekar (5 off 21). Goa trail by 235 runs.

Scorecard - http://www.bcci.tv/ranji-trophy-2017-18/match/03

Himachal vs Punjab in Dharamsala: Punjab were trailing by 245 runs with four wickets in hand at the end of penultimate day’s play. Abhishek Gupta (129*) and Abhishek Sharma (81*) had taken Punjab to 484 for six with an unbroken 210-run partnership.

Earlier, after the visitors’ resumed their innings on 110 for one, Uday Kaul was trapped lbw by GK singh leaving Punjab on 153 for two. And nine runs later the bowler also accounted for Jiwanjot Singh. The middle-order then rallied on to keep the innings in the fray. Anmolpreet Singh scored a half-century until he was sent back by GK Singh.

The bowler has taken his tally of wickets to five while P Jaswal claimed one.

Abhishek Gupta and Abhishek Sharma then joined hands and built a solid stand to keep the Punjab innings in the reckoning in reply to HP’s 729 for eight declared.

Scorecard - http://www.bcci.tv/ranji-trophy-2017-18/match/04