Vadodara: Test specialist Ajinkya Rahane and young opener Prithvi Shaw struck gritty fifties as Mumbai ended day one of their Ranji Trophy lung opener against Baroda at 362/8 at Vadodara on Monday.
While Rahane's patient 79 off 145 balls pulled Mumbai out of the rubble, bowlers Shardul Thakur (64) and Shams Mulani (56 not out) contributed with the bat slamming half centuries as they ensured Mumbai ended the first day with a decent score on the board.
This was Shaw's first first-class game after serving a eight-month ban for doping, and he made optimum use of the opportunity.
Shaw, who is eyeing the third opener's slot in Tests, made a quick 66 off 62 balls.
After opting to bat, openers Jay Bista (18) and Shaw conjured a 74-run stand for the first wicket.
After Bista fell, all-rounder Shubham Ranjane was promoted up the order at number three, but he failed to convert his start and was dismissed for 36 off 59 balls.
Shaw, who went all guns blazing, was certainly poised for a bigger score. He smashed 11 fours and one six as he tore into the Baroda attack.
But right-arm pacer Abhimanyu Rajput cut short Shaw's stay and cleaned him up in the 18th over, with Mumbai at 95-2.
Then in walked Ranahe, who in the past has rescued India on numerous occasions.
Rahane first added 57 runs with Ranjane to steady Mumbai's ship. However, Baroda pegged back Mumbai by removing two quick wickets — Ranjane and skipper Suryakumar Yadav (0), who had a rare failure. Even the experienced Aditya Tare fell cheaply as Mumbai were in a spot of bother 182-5.
Then Rahane, who hammered 10 boundaries, showed his mettle and held one end. He first got support from Akash Parkar (12), and later from Mulani.
After his dismissal, Mulani and Shardul took the game away from Baroda with their half-centuries. Mulani hit seven fours and two sixes in his unbeaten knock, while Thakur smashed 11 fours and a six.
Mulani and Shashank Attarde (5 not out) will resume Mumbai's innings on Tuesday. For Baroda, Bhargav Bhatt grabbed three wickets but gave away 110 runs.
Brief scores: Mumbai 362/8 (Ajinkya Rahane 79, Prithvi Shaw 66; Shardul Thakur 64; Bhargav Bhatt 3-110) vs Baroda.
At Dharamshala: Himachal Pradesh 120 all out (Prashant Chopra 33, Sumeet Verma 22; Prerak Mankad 3-13, Chirag Jani 3 -26) vs Saurashtra 93/7 (Snell Patel 42, Arpit Vasavada 16, Vaibhav Arora 3-20, Pankaj Jaiswal 3-29). Saurashtra trail by 27 runs.
At Meerut: Railways 244/8 (Dinesh Mor 89 not out, Navneet Virk 58; Yash Dayal 3-47) vs Uttar Pradesh.
Paddikal, Deshpande steer Karnataka to 259/6; Mayank falters
Dindigul, Tamil Nadu: Half centuries by in-form batsman Devdutt Padikkal (78) and Pavan Deshpande (65) helped Karnataka reach 259/6 on the opening day of their Elite Group B Ranji Trophy game against Tamil Nadu at Dindigul on Monday.
India opener Mayank Agarwal, who plays for Karnataka, however failed to convert his start as he was dismissed on 43 off 78 balls.
For Tamil Nadu, ace off-spinner R Ashwin finished the day with figures of 1-68.
Opting to bat at the NPR College ground here, Karnataka lost opener Dega Nischal (4) early.
Agarwal, who had scored a memorable Test double hundred against Bangladesh, joined hands with Padikkal (78, 182 balls, 8x4), as the two put up 67-run stand for the second wicket.
Agarwal was hammering the TN attack as he struck seven fours and a six.
The two were looking good when Tamil Nadu's debutant spinner M Siddharth (2-33) removed Agarwal, who gave a catch to Baba Aparajith.
Skipper Karun Nair (8) also fell early as he was run out.
However, the two quick wickets did not deter Padikkal from playing his shots.
He found an able ally in Deshpande (65, 142 balls, 6x4) and the two pulled the side out of the rubble with their 116-run stand.
They ensured that Karnataka passed the 200-run mark.
However, Tamil Nadu rallied removing both Paddikal and Deshpande in quick succession to leave Karnataka teetering at 222-5.
Karnataka all-rounder Shreyas Gopal (35 batting, 81 balls, 3x4, 1x6) will carry the innings forward with David Mathias (0 not out) as they would look to put on as many runs on the board.
For Tamil Nadu, Siddharth (2-33) was the pick of the bowlers, while Ashwin (1-68), K Vignesh (1-29) and Aparajith (1-24) took a wicket each.
Brief scores: Karnataka 259/6 (Devdutt Padikkal 78, Pavan Deshpande 65; M Siddharth 2-33, Baba Aparajith 1-24) versus Tamil Nadu.
Uthappa hundred takes Kerala to 276/3 as Delhi spinners falter on opening day
Thumba, Kerala: Delhi coach KP Bhaskar's ploy of using four-pronged spin attack backfired badly as Kerala comfortably reached 276 for 3 riding on a patient hundred from Robin Uthappa at Thumba on the first day of their Ranji Trophy group A encounter.
Uthappa, who has endured a slump in form during the past few seasons, scored 102 off 221 balls with seven fours and three sixes, adding 118 runs for the second wicket with opener Ponnam Rahul (97).
Rahul missed his ton by three runs but Uthappa completed his 22nd hundred before being dismissed in the final over of the day by comeback-man Pradeep Sangwan (1/31 in 9.1 overs). In the process, he also added 90 runs for the third wicket with skipper Sachin Baby (36 batting).
On a slow track, Kerala skipper Baby called correctly and his decision to bat was vindicated by the top-order, also aided by poor team selection from the Delhi team management.
With new captain Dhruv Shorey in charge, it is learnt that Bhaskar, who had a controversial exit after the 2017 season, is calling shots and it was his decision to have four spinners — leg-spinner Tejas Baroka (1/62 in 19 overs), left-arm spinner Vikas Mishra (1/45 in 19 overs), off-spin duo of Shivam Sharma (0/65 in 17 overs) and Lalit Yadav (0/17 in 9 overs) in the line-up.
A fifth spinner — part-timer Nitish Rana — also bowled three overs with pacers Navdeep Saini (0/48 in 13 overs) and Sangwan only bowling 22.1 overs between them.
In fact, Sangwan, who last played a first-class match three years back, looked rusty and bowled only two spells.
None of the spinners made an impression even though young Baroka, who made his debut after a consistent show at the U-19 and U-23 levels, did show some spark.
He got his maiden first-class scalp removing the seasoned Jalaj Saxena (32), caught by Lalit.
However, off-spinner Shivam was a complete disappointment as he bowled a lot of loose deliveries while left-arm spinner Mishra could hardly extract any turn.
Once he got some turn, Mishra was able to dismiss left-handed Rahul but overall could hardly make any impact.
With Kerala looking good for a comprehensive first innings score, poor team selection has already put Delhi on the backfoot.
Brief scores: At Thumba: Kerala 276/3 (Robin Uthappa 102 off 221 balls, Ponnam Rahul 97 off 174 balls, Pradeep Sangwan 1/31 in 9.1 overs, Tejas Baroka 1/62 in 19 overs, Vikas Mishra 1/45 in 19 overs) vs Delhi
At Jaipur: Team Rajasthan 1st Innings 256/9 (Ashok Menaria 60, Mahipal Lomror 60, Siddarth Kaul 3/68) vs Punjab
At Vijaywada: Andhra 1st Innings 211 (Hanuma Vihari 83 off 155 balls, Aditya Sarwate 4/50 in 18 overs) vs Vidarbha 1st Innings 26/0.
At Hyderabad: Hyderabad 1st Innings 233 in 88 overs (Kolla Sumanth 69, Piyush Chawla 3/61 in 16 overs).
Rex's 8 for 22 puts Manipur in strong position against Mizoram
Kolkata: Left-arm seamer Rex Singh picked up 8 for 22 as Manipur bowled out Mizoram for a paltry 65 on a dramatic opening day of the Plate Group Ranji Trophy match in Kolkata on Monday.
The 19-year old Rex, who took all the ten wickets in an innings in a Cooch Behar Trophy match last December, ran through the Mizoram line-up in a brilliant pace bowling spell as Manipur, who chose to field, needed just 16 overs to end their rivals' innings.
Six Mizoram batsmen were out for nought while only three could come up with double-digit score.
In reply, Manipur reached to 225/7 in 71 overs at stumps for a lead of 190 runs on a day which saw 17 wickets fall.
Rex was also a star with the bat as he remained not out on 58 at the draw of stumps.
Opener Chingangbam Singh hit 89 from 161 balls with the help of 16 boundaries to emerge as the top-scorer for Manipur on day one.
In another Plate Group match, debutants Chandigarh took early control over Arunachal Pradesh by taking an 89-run lead at the end of the first day at Chandigarh.
Medium pacer Shreshth Nirmohi grabbed five wickets for 26 to help Chandigarh skittle Arunachal out for 147 in 44.2 overs.
In response, Chandigarh openers Arsalan Khan and Shivam Bhambri slammed tons to reach 236 for 1 in 38 overs.
Bhambri hit 105 off just 91 balls, while Khan remained not out on 119 off the 131 deliveries he faced.
In Kolkata: Mizoram: 65 all out in 16 overs (Taruwar Kohli 34; Rex Singh 8/22) vs Manipur 255/7 in 71 overs (Chingangbam Singh 89, Rex Singh 58; Bobby Zothansanga 4/75).
In Chandigarh: Arunachal Pradesh 1st innings: 147 allout in 44.2 overs (T Neri 45; S Nirmohi 5/26) vs Chandigarh 1st innings: 236 for 1 in 38 overs (Arslan Khan 119, S Bhambri 105; A Sahani 1/80)
In Porvorim: Sikkim 1st innings: 136 allout in 58.2 overs (Le Yong Lepcha 56; LA Garg 3/23) vs Goa 1st innings: 124 for 3 in 28 overs (SK Patel 53; Aqbal Abdulla 1/17).
In Patna: Bihar 1st innings: 173 allout in 68.3 overs (SS Rathour 31; SP Udeshi 6/50) vs Puducherry 1st innings: 62 for no loss in 21 overs (S Anand 39 not out; A Aman 0/19).
In Sovima: Meghalaya 1st innings: 268 for 9 in 90 overs (P Bisht 125; I Lemtur 7/48).
Chauhan, Rohilla hit tons as Haryana reach 279-3 against Maharashtra
Rohtak, Haryana: Opener Shubham Rohilla and middle-order batsman Shivam Chauhan scored centuries as Haryana comfortably reached 279 for three against Maharashtra on the opening day of their Group C opener at the Ranji Trophy at Rohtak on Monday.
Rohilla and Chauhan added 221 runs for the third wicket to resurrect Haryana's first innings after they were reduced to 24 for 2 in the 8th over.
While Chauhan blasted two sixes and had 14 hits to the fence in his 208-ball 117, opener Rohilla slammed 15 boundaries in his 234-ball 117 not out.
Electing to bat, Haryana didn't make a good start as opener Ankit Kumar (14) was sent packing by Samad Fallah in the seventh over, new batsman Chaitanya Bishnoi (1) too quickly walked back to the pavillion when he was dismissed by Anupam Sanklecha in the next over.
Chauhan and Rohilla then took Haryana to 50-mark in 14.4 overs. The duo continued to keep the bowlers at bay and entered the lunck break with Haryana at 127/2 in 33.6 overs.
The duo matched each other with Chauhan compiling his half century in 63 balls, while Rohilla reached the landmark in 93 balls.
With the duo in full flow, Haryana were 208 for 2 in 63 overs during the tea break.
Chauhan reached his century in 181 Balls, while after the break Rohilla completed his century, amassing 103 runs off 206 Balls.
Haryana scored the 250-run mark in 77.5 overs before the stumps were drawn after in 83.6 overs.
For Maharashtra, Fallah (1/42), Sanklecha (1/58) and Pradeep Dadhe claimed one wicket each.
Haryana 1st innings: 279 for 3 in 84 overs (Shivam Chauhan 117, Shubham Rohilla 117 not out; SM Fallah 1/42) vs Maharashtra.
Tripura 1st innings: 263 for 8 in 77 overs (Milind Kumar 59; Ashish Kumar 2/32) vs Jharkhand.
Services 1st innings: 124 allout in 52.1 overs (VS Hathwala 34; AK Das 4/39) vs Assam 1st innings: 81 for 3 in 30 overs (G Sharma 32; DG Pathania 2/21)
Jammu and Kashmir 1st innings: 182 allout 49.2 overs (SP Khajuria 47; RS Shah 3/18) vs Uttarakhand 1st innings: 64 for 7 in 25 overs (TM Srivastava 17; M Mudhasir 3/11)
Chhattisgarh 1st innings: 134 allout in 52.2 overs (AJ Mandal 47; Rajesh Mohanty 6/47) vs Odisha 1st innings: 48 for 3 in 19 overs (SP Senapati 16; PM Datey 2/5).
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