Sachin Baby fought back for Kerala in the company of Vathsal Govind (46, 116 balls, 6 fours) as the duo added 120 runs in a little over 40 overs.
Skipper Sachin Baby led from the front with a superb 116-run knock as Kerala recovered from 6 for 3 to end day one of their Ranji Trophy Group C match against Karnataka at 224 for 6 on Tuesday.
Opting to bat after winning the toss, Kerala found themselves in trouble after losing opening batter Rahul P for a duck.
Rohan Prem (0) and opener Rohan S Kunnummal (5) were dismissed by V Vyshak and Koushik respectively as the home side slipped to 6 for 3.
Baby fought back for Kerala in the company of Vathsal Govind (46, 116 balls, 6 fours) as the duo added 120 runs in a little over 40 overs.
The left-handed Baby, however, did not miss out on scoring opportunities that came his way. He hit 12 fours as he kept Kerala in the hunt with a splendid ton, his third of the current Ranji season.
Once the Baby-Vathsal partnership was ended by medium-pacer Koushik (4/36), Karnataka removed Salman Nizar (0) for the addition of two more runs. Akshay Chandran (17) batted in a sedate manner to help the captain add 46 runs for the sixth wicket before he fell to leg-spinner Shreyas Gopal (1/25).
All-rounder Jalaj Saxena, a hugely experienced campaigner, walked in at the fall of Chandran’s wicket and made sure that the team did not suffer any further setbacks.
He was 31 not out at stumps as Kerala moved to 224 for 6 in 90 overs at close of play after adding 50 runs with Baby.
Brief scores: In Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala 224 for 6 in 90 overs (Sachin Baby 116 batting, Jalaj Saxena 31 batting, Vathsal Govind 46, V Koushik 4/36) vs Karnataka.
In Puducherry: Pondicherry 217 for 7 in 87.2 overs (K B Arun Karthick 68, Paras K Dogra 68, Aravind K 31, Ashish Kumar 3/34) vs Jharkhand.
In New Delhi: Services 175 all out in 59.2 overs (Pulkit Nagar 52, L S Kumar 32, Vijesh Prabhudesai 3/39) vs Goa 36 for 1 in 18 overs.
In Jodhpur: Rajasthan 330 for 8 in 85 overs (Samarpit Joshi 123 (181 balls, 11×4, 2×6), Mahipal Lomror 47, MJ Suthar 45 batting, SS Dhiwan 41, Karan Lamba 30, Vasudev Bareth 3/61) vs Chhattisgarh.
Tejas Patel, Gaja shine as Gujarat grab sizeable lead
Gujarat took control of their Ranji Trophy Group D game against Vidarbha by securing a 114-run lead at stumps on day one on Tuesday.
Having bowled out Vidarbha for 74, Gujarat replied with 188 for five at close of play after medium-pacers Tejas Patel (5 for 19) and Chintan Gaja (5 for 31) combined brilliantly to bundle out the host team.
Electing to bat after skipper Akshay Wadkar won the toss, Vidarbha lost the experienced Faiz Fazal (0) in the fourth over, when Patel trapped the left-handed batter LBW.
The home side batters appeared all at sea in the face of some incisive bowling by Patel and Gaja. Barring opener Sanjay Ramaswamy (33, 61 balls, 5 fours), none of the others showed fight. Wickets kept falling in a heap as Patel and Gaja wrecked havoc.
Sanjay Ramaswamy held one end up. Five batters were dismissed for zero as Gujarat dominated the first session. The host slipped to 25 for 5 before Ramaswamy and Jitesh Sharma (10) stemmed the rot for a while, weathering the Patel-Gaja duo for 12 overs.
Once Ramaswamy was trapped LBW by Gaja with the score at 61, the other four wickets fell for the addition of just 13 runs.
Like their opponents, Gujarat too didn’t start well with opener Priyesh Patel being scalped by Aditya Sarwate (3/50).
Opening batter Aarya Desai (88) and Bhargav Merai (40) got together for a solid 117-run stand for the second wicket to set Gujarat on course for a good score.
Sarwate struck to remove Merai and Desai before Vidarbha got two more wickets. However, Gujarat with contributions from skipper Het Patel (14 batting) and the others made sure that the lead kept getting bigger.
At Mohali, Punjab rode on tons from Anmolpreet Singh (124) and Nehal Wadhera (123 batting) to score 302 for five at stumps against defending champions Madhya Pradesh on the opening day.
Brief scores: At Nagpur: Vidarbha 74 all out in 30.3 overs (S R Ramaswamy 33, Tejas Patel 5/19, Chintan Gaja 5/31) vs Gujarat 188 for 5 in 54 overs (Aarya Desai 88, B H Merai 40, AA Sarvate 3/50).
At Mohali: Punjab 302 for 5 in 90 overs (Anmolpreet Singh 124 (207 balls, 12×4), Nehal Wadhera 123 batting (243 balls, 9×4, 1×6) vs Madhya Pradesh.
At Jammu: Jammu & Kashmir 52 for no loss in 24 overs (Abhinav Puri 29 batting) vs Tripura.
At Chandigarh: Railways 327 for 8 in 88 overs (Vivek Singh 108 (215 balls, 12×4, 1×6), Upendra Yadav 113 (138 balls, 12×4, 1×6), Karn Sharma 30, Sandeep Sharma 5/87) vs Chandigarh.
Anustup’s unbeaten ton gives Bengal strong start
Veteran Bengal batter Anustup Majumdar scored an unbeaten 137 — his 12th first-class century — as the visitors made a strong start in their Ranji Trophy Group A match against Haryana on Tuesday.
With Bengal in prime spot to make it to the Ranji quarter-finals as they are leading the group with 25 points, the 38-year-old Majumdar gave them a solid start, guiding them to 335 for six on day one of the match at the Chaudhary Bansi Lal Cricket Stadium in Lahli.
Abhimanyu Easwaran (57) and wicket-keeper Abhishek Porel (49) were the other key contributors for Bengal as the group leaders made the hosts toil, scoring at a healthy rate of 3.72 runs per over.
Harshal Patel was the most successful Haryana bowler, grabbing three wickets for 60 runs in his 18 overs, even as the hosts utilised seven bowlers to restrict Bengal, but to no avail.
Anustup’s knock came off just 193 balls at a strike rate of nearly 71 as he picked the occasional loose deliveries to dispatch them to the boundary ropes.
The veteran of 75 first-class games has so far scored 14 boundaries and if Anustup continues in the same vein on Wednesday, he could surpass a personal milestone — his highest first-class score of 159.
Earlier, it wasn’t a dream start for Bengal — they were 72 for two — but once Easwaran got going and the team passed the century mark, it was smooth sailing with Anustup going after the bowlers.
At stumps, Anustup and Pradipta Pramanik (23) were at the crease.
Haryana, on the other hand, would look to break the partnership quickly on Wednesday and ensure the visitors are bundled out for a sub-400 total.
The season hasn’t gone the home team’s way, with the team led by India white-ball cricketer Harshal Patel having just one win to show for so far. Haryana are currently placed fifth with 12 points.
Brief scores: At Rohtak: Bengal 335 for 6 in 90 overs (Abhimanyu Easwaran 57, Anustup Majumdar battinng 137; Abishek Porel 49; Harshal Patel 3/60) vs Haryana.
At Dehradun: Baroda 86 in 35.3 overs (Deepak Dhapola 2/28, Agrim Tiwari 5/40, Abhay Negi 2/14) vs Uttarakhand 74 for 4 in 32 overs (Aditya Tare batting 26; Babashafi Pathan 2/11).
At Nadaun: Himachal Pradesh 285 for 6 in 90 overs (Ankit Kalsi batting 116, Nikhil Gangta 41, Rishi Dhawan 40, Mayank Dagar bating 53) vs Nagaland.
At Meerut: Odisha 222 for 5 in 82 overs (Shantanu Mishra batting 107, Rajesh Dhuper 62, Abhishek Raut batting 43) vs Uttar Pradesh.
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