Ranji Trophy roundup: Anupam Sanklecha's heroics put Maharashtra in control, KL Rahul scores fifty on return
Here is the roundup of all the action from Day One of the fresh round of Ranji Trophy matches
Mumbai: Here is the roundup of all the action from Day One of the fresh round of Ranji Trophy matches
Sanklecha grabs 7/25 as Maharashtra in command vs Vidarbha
Medium pacer Anupam Sanklecha ripped through Vidarbha with a career best seven-wicket haul as they crashed to their lowest score of 59 against Maharahstra in their group B Ranji Trophy cricket fixture on Sunday.
Sanklecha returned with 7/25 which included a devastating second spell of 5-3-10-5 after a change of ends as Vidarbha's first innings folded in two hours 15 minutes, in the first session.
Such was the hurry that Vidarbha whose previous lowest against Maharashtra was 61 (Nashik, 2010-11), lost their last five wickets for eight runs to sink to a new low.
In reply Maharashtra were 240 for 3 to take a firm grip on the four-day match with a massive 181-run lead, exactly the same as Naushad Sheikh (111 batting) and Ankit Bawne's (75 batting) undefeated fourth wicket stand.
Maharashtra began on a jittery note after being reduced to 12/2 in the third over but Jadhav fresh from his exploits against New Zealand counter attacked before being dismissed in a sloppy manner for a 29-ball 30 (6x4).
But Shaikh batted with patience en route to his second successive century and he struck 19 fours and one six.
He found a good company in Bawne (75 from 131 balls; 10x4, 2x6) as the duo carried on from where they had left in their match against Rajasthan where the duo had put on 177 including Shaikh's 143.
It took no rocket science for Kedar Jadhav to put Vidarbha in after winning a good toss and the script folded at the Eden Gardens on a familiar note with day one witnessing a bagful of 13 wickets as another early finish is looming.
For a third successive time, a team batting first folded inside 100 this season, the previous being Delhi's 90 against Karnataka and Saurashtra's 81 versus Assam.
There was some initial movements from the track which needed some technique and temperament but Vidarbha batsmen lacked in both and were done in especially by the away-going deliveries.
Having given the first breakthrough in his first over when Sanjay Ramaswamy edged behind the stumps to make Vidarbha 0/1, Sanklecha took a break and returned to haunt them from over number 22.
Before that debutant Pradeep Dadhe (2/11) had given twin breakthroughs including Vidarbha's top scorer on the day Shalabh Srivastava (19) to rattle them ot 43/4.
Sanklecha had wickets in successive balls in the 24th over when he dismissed Ravi Jangid and Akshay Karneshwar as from then on it was a one-way road for Sanklecha.
"It was a dream spell. I just did what my captain asked me to do, to stick to line and length. The conditions were humid so I took a break and changed the ends seeing that there was more assistance from the other side," Sanklecha said.
Brief Scores: Vidarbha 59; 28 overs (Anupam Sanklecha 7/25). Maharashtra 240/3; 55 overs (Naushad Sheikh 111 batting, Ankit Bawne 75 batting).
Tiwari, Pan score fifties as Bengal reach 190/3 on day one
Skipper Manoj Tiwary and middle order-batsman Agniv Pan struck half centuries as Bengal scored 190 for three against Tamil Nadu in their Ranji Trophy Group 'A' match in Rajkot on Sunday.
Electing to bat at the Madhavrao Scindia cricket ground, Bengal opener Sayan Mondal was dismissed on a duck when the team total was 14.
Abhimany Easwaran and one-down Sudip Chaterjee tried to steady the Bengal innings, but the latter retired hurt when he was on 34. Easwaran, went back to the pavilion on 31 on a pitch which slightly aided the seamers in the initial session.
Tiwary, who came in at number four, made a patient 56 hitting five boundaries, in 161 balls. He was supported by Pan as the duo had a cautious approach.
Tiwary was caught and bowled by Aushik Sriniwas. Pan too notched up his 50 and was unbeaten 51 at stumps alongside Shreevasts Goswami (15).
For Tamil Nadu, Ashwin Crist, T Natrajan and Aushik Srinivas scalped a wicket each conceding 19,56 and 33 runs respectively.
Brief Scores: Bengal 190 for 3- Manoj Tiwary 56, Agniv Pan batting 51 versus Tamil Nadu Ashwin Crist 1-19.
Assam 224/5 against Odisha on day 1
Kunal Saikia remained unbeaten on 88 as Assam scored 224/5 in their Ranji Trophy Group B match against Odisha in Hyderabad on Sunday.
Giving Saikia company at stumps on day one was Arup Das, who was yet to open his account at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium.
Saikia scored his runs off 217 balls with the help of 11 boundaries, while skipper KB Arun Karthik contributed 62 off 124 balls, striking six fours and a six.
Karthik opted to bat after the coin landed in his team's favour.
Sibshankar Roy chipped in with 37, but it was the 131-run partnership fifth-wicket partnership between Saikia and Karthik, which propped up Assam after they lost four wickets for 93 runs.
Assam had a disastrous start as they lost both their openers with just seven runs on the board in the morning session.
Basant Mohanty and Suryakant Pradhan picked up two wickets apiece for Odisha.
Saurashtra all out for 277 against Jharkhand
Jharkhand were 29 for no loss after bowling out Saurashtra for 277 in their Ranji Trophy Group B match in Agartala on Sunday
Sent into bat, Saurashtra relied on Perak Mankad's 96 to cross the 250-run mark at the Maharaja Bir Bikram College Stadium.
Skipper Jaydev Shah made 51 for Saurashtra.
While Mankad struck 11 boundaries in his 137-ball knock, Shah found the fence seven times and cleared it once during his 63-ball innings.
Shah and Mankad put on 62 runs for the fifth wicket, the highest on the opening day of the game.
For Jharkhand, Ashish Kumar returned impressive figures of 4/52, and Shahbaz Nadeem picked up 3/95.
When the stumps were drawn at the end of day's play, Jharkhand openers Anand Singh and Pratyush Singh were batting on 17 and 11 respectively.
Jharkhand trailed by 248 runs with 10 wickets remaining in their first innings.
Haryana 295/5 against J&K
Haryana put up a reasonably fine batting performance to post 295/5 on the opening day of the Ranji Trophy Group C match against Jammu and Kashmir in Cuttack on Sunday.
Put in to bat by J&K, opener Nitin Saini (90) and Rajat Paliwal (99 batting) were the star performers for Haryana.
Rohit Sharma was another notable contributor to Haryana's total with a 98-ball 51.
For J&K, Parveez Rasool picked up three wickets for a mere 43 runs in his 20 overs.
Saini's 90-run effort was laced with 16 fours, while Paliwal's unbeaten knock was studded with 12 hits to the fence.
Brief Scores: Haryana: 295/5 in 90 overs (Nitin Saini 90, Rajat Paliwal 99 batting, Parveez Rasool 3/43).
Hyderabad post 303 for 7 despite middle-order collapse
Riding on an unbeaten 83 by B Sandeep, Hyderabad managed to post 303 for 7 at stumps on the first day of their Group G Ranji Trophy encounter against Services in Mumbai.
Put into bat at the MCA's Bandra-Kurla complex ground, Hyderabad openers added 31 when Benjamin Thomas was dismissed for 14. B Anirudh and and Akshath Reddy then conjured 105 runs for the second wicket stand before Services made a stunning comeback by crippling the Hyderabad middle-order.
Both Reddy and Anirudh rotated the strike well and also played eloquent shots. However it was Services medium-pacer Raushan Raj, who was rewarded for his disciplined line and length as he grabbed three quick wickets.
Reddy was caught by keeper Nakul Verma off Raj on 64, which comprised 9 boundaries. Anirudh was trapped leg before the wicket on 49 and in the same over Raj sent back Sumanth Kolla for a duck.
Raj, who eventually took four wickets, was robbed off a hat-rick due to sloppy fielding. He also dismissed Akash Bhandari on 4 as he kept bowling in the same areas.
Meanwhile, S Badrinath, was run out for a duck. Hyderabad, who were comfortably positioned at 136 for 2, soon were reeling under pressure with the 141 for 6.
Then B Sandeep was ably supported by Mehdi Hasan, who notched 63 off 84 deliveries and helped the side recover and pass the 250-run-mark.
They shared a 135-run stand for the seventh wicket. Hasan was run out on 61 by Raj Bahadur Paul. For Services, spinner Vikas Yadav scaled a wicket each.
Brief Scores: Hyderabad 303/7 (B Sandeep 83 batting, Akshath Reddy 64, Raushan Raj 4/52, Vikas Yadav 1/70) vs versus Services.
Rahul back in action with a fluent 76 as Karnataka score 345/6
India's new batting sensation KL Rahul annnounced his comeback from injury in style as he smashed 76 off only 85 balls as Karnataka scored 345 for six against Rajasthan in a group B Ranji Trophy encounter, in Vizianagaram on Sunday.
With veteran Gautam Gambhir looking horribly out of sync with his flawed technique against seam bowling, the Indian team management is desperate to get Rahul back in the fold as he was playing brilliantly before a hamstring injury during the Kanpur Test against New Zealand.
With Anil Kumble setting a protocol that one Ranji Trophy match being must to test the match fitness, Rahul passed the batting test in flying colours as he hit 15 fours and a six in his 85 balls. He scored 66 runs in boundaries in 16 scoring strokes.
He was severe on both Pankaj Singh and Deepak Chahar hitting some flowing drives off both front and backfoot.
Rahul was finally out nicking one off left-arm seamer Tanvir Mantesar ul Haq to Chetan Bist.
Rahul and opener Ravikumar Samarth (62) added 111 runs in 24.3 overs.
It was for Rahul that Mayank Agarwal batted at No 4 as the selectors need to keep a tab on his fitness more than the runs that he would be scoring.
Agarwal, who otherwise opens, came in at No 4 to score 81 off 127 balls with 12 boundaries.
Stuart Binny (37) and CM Gautham (35) were set before getting dismissed.
Brief Scores: Karnataka 345/6 (KL Rahul 76, Mayank Agarwal 81, Tanvir Mantesar ul Haq 3/64) vs Rajasthan.
Thakkar and Prem hit tons as Kerala dominate day one
Rohan Prem and Bhavin Thakkar hit centuries as Kerala took Goa to the cleaners to take an upper hand in their group C Ranji Trophy cricket fixture at Brabourne Stadium on Sunday.
Down 12/1 in the seventh over, Kerala rode on a huge 234-run partnership between Thakkar (120 batting; 16x4) and Prem (117; 14x4) to close day one on 290/2.
Giving Prem company was Sanju Samson on 28 at stumps.
Fresh from their win against Chhattisgarh, Goa started on a positive not when Rituraj Singh (1/21) dismissed Vishnu Sood but they found the going tough with Thakkar and Prem putting up a fine partnership.
Brief Scores: Kerala 290/2; 90 overs (Rohan Prem 120 batting, Bhavin Thakkar 117) vs Goa.
Panchal makes 62 in Gujarat's 224/4
Priyank Kirit Panchal made a solid 62 as Gujarat ended at 224 for four on day one of their Ranji Trophy match against Madhya Pradesh in Nagothane on Sunday.
After a 75-run stand for the opening wicket with Samit Gohel, Panchal anchored the Gujarat innings with a 170-ball effort.
Captain Parthiv Patel too played well but missed out on a half century by a run.
Manpreet Juneja and Chirag Gandhi were batting on 44 and 9 respectively, at close of play.
Ankit Sharma was the most prolific bowler for Madhya Pradesh, taking two wickets for 60 runs.
Gujarat won the toss and opted to bat at the Reliance Cricket Stadium here.
Brief scores: Gujarat 224/4 in 90 overs (Panchal 62; Ankit Sharma 2/60).
Andhra take control after bowling out Tripura for 171
Andhra reached 47 for 1 after bowling out Tripura for 171 in a Ranji Trophy group C encounter, in Valsad on Sunday.
Pacer DP Vijaykumar took 4/56 in 23 overs while new ball partner Cheepurapalli Stephen took 3 for 47.
For Tripura, opener Bishal Ghosh scored 31 while No 10 Bunti Roy was top scorer 34.
Brief Scores: Tripura 1st Innings 171 (Bunti Roy 34, DP Vijaykumar 4/56). Amdhra 47/1 (Hanuma Vihari 18 batting).
Railways takes control on day one with Avinash's five-for
Nagpur, Nov 13 (PTI) Left-arm spinner Avinash Yadav returned career-best figures of five for 50 as Railways bowled out Baroda for a paltry 183 in their Ranji Trophy Group A match, here today.
It was not a bad start from Baroda after winning the toss but Avinash ripped apart the middle-order to let his side gain control of the match.
In their reply, Railways were 39 for none at stumps on day one of the contest with opener Shivakant Shukla (23) and Wakaskar (16).
Ashish Singh removed Aditya Waghmode (13) removed early but Kedar Devdhar (45) and Dhiren Mistry (50) batted well and Baroda were placed 137 for three at one stage.
However, they lost seven wickets for just 46 runs with Avinash wiping off the middle order while Karn Sharma chipped in with three wickets.
Baroda 1st innings: 183 all out in 74 overs. (D Mistry 50, K Devdhar 45; A Yadav 5/50, K Sharma 3/57).
Railways 1st innigs: 39 for no loss in 14 overs.
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