Ranji Trophy roundup: Yuvraj Singh hits ton against Madhya Pradesh, Tamil Nadu batsmen falter again
Here's a roundup of all the Ranji Trophy action from across India.
Brilliant Yuvraj Singh hits 164 no as Punjab post record Day 1 score
Lahli: Yuvraj Singh shrugged off rustiness as he hammered Madhya Pradesh to submission with a superb knock of unbeaten 164 as Punjab posted a record 347 for 3 on the first day on a track helpful for the seamers in a Ranji Trophy encounter on Thursday.
Yuvraj, who is out of favour as far as national team is concerned, showed that he is still a force to reckon with as his 25th first-class hundred was studded with 24 boundaries and he faced 241 balls in all. His century definitely is the highlight among all the matches of the Senior National Championship that are being held across the country.
Punjab's total, which was also propped by India discard Gurkeerat Mann's undefeated 101 is the highest on a first day at Lahli surpassing Haryana's 339/7 against Rajasthan during last edition of the tournament.
Yuvraj's innings came under pressure as he was at the crease with Punjab down at 15 for 2 losing Manan Vohra (2) and Uday Kaul (6).
He added 180 runs for third wicket with opener Jiwanjot Singh (61, 172 ball), who dropped anchor at one end with the stylish left-hander taking on an attack led by Iswar Pandey (2/95).
He added another 152 runs for the unnroken fourth wicket stand with Gurkeerat whose 102 ball innings had 16 fours and a six. In this partnership, Gurkeerat was the one who attacked as spinners Ankit Sharma and MS Raghav were in operation.
Yuvraj's innings was all the more praiseworthy as Tamil Nadu were shot out for less than 100 in the first match of the season while Mumbai lost 8 wickets while achieving a paltry winning target of 97.
While the pitch was a different one but the conditions in Lahli has always been challenging for the batsmen and Yuvraj showed why MSK Prasad and his colleagues cannot ignore his claim ffor yet another comeback atleast in the shorter formats.
For Madhya Pradesh, their three medium pacers Pandey (2/95 in 27 overs), Gaurav Yadav (1/78 in 24 overs) and Chandrakant Sakhure (0/79 in 19 overs) bowled 70 overs amongst themselves but Yuvraj was equal to the task as he played both cuts and pulls with aplomb.
Punjab 347/3 in 89 overs (Yuvraj Singh 164 no, Gurkeerat Singh 101 batting, Jiwanjot Singh 61, Ishwar Pandey 2/95) vs Madhya Pardesh.
Tamil Nadu batsmen falter yet again as Railways take control
Bilaspur: Tamil Nadu's batting woes continued as an unfancied Railways seam attack skittled them for a lowly 121 before finishing the day at 87 for three in a group league encounter of the Ranji Trophy.
Former Punjab seamer Deepak Bansal (4/48) and Rajasthan medium pacer Manjeet Singh (3/31) wreaked havoc as Tamil Nadu did a shade better at the picturesque ground located at a high altitude.
After being decimated for 87 in the first innings against Mumbai in the lung opener, the Tamil Nadu batsmen failed yet again with only seasoned Abhinav Mukund (22) crossing the 20-run mark among the top-order.
Tamil Nadu were in danger of being bowled out for less than 100 as they were tottering at 84 for 8 but Malolan Rangarajan (36) off 50 balls hit some lusty blows to take the team total past 100-run mark.
With conditions aiding seam bowlers, the Tamil Nadu batsmen were exposed badly with boith left-arm seamer Bansal and right armer Manjeet moving the ball appreciably.
There were leg before decisions with two against left-handers to incoming deliveries to left-handers Washington Sundar (17) and Mukund.
Dinesh Karthik got one from Bansal where he got the ball to shape in to trap him plumb in-front.
Mrunal Devdhar (47) was the top-scorer for Railways as they require another 35 runs to get first innings lead.
Tamil Nadu 121 in 42.2 overs (Malolan Rangarajan 36, Abhinav Mukund 22, Deepak Bansal 4/48, Manjeet
Railways 87/3 (Mrunal Devdhar 47, K Vignesh 1/8).
Mumbai restrict Baroda to 286/9 on Day 1
New Delhi: Mumbai bowlers put up an impressive show as they restricted Baroda to 286 for 9 on the first day of a Ranji Trophy group league encounter.
Save wicketkeeper-batsman Pinal Shah, who hit a gutsy 66 off 125 balls (10x4), none of the Baroda batsmen showed enough patience to stay at the wicket despite some of them playing enough balls to get set.
Veteran India discard Yusuf Pathan, who smashed his way to 41 off only 28 balls with eight fours didn't use discretion as he was cleaned up by medium pacer Tushar Deshpande.
The situation demanded patience from the senior Pathan but he decided to attack and it was only partially successful.
Similarly, opener Aditya Waghmode (39, 122 balls) and IPL star Deepak Hooda (46 off 88 balls) did all the hardwork during the first two hours only to throw it away after getting set.
The pitch at the Model Sports Complex in Palam has been a perennially sluggish one where strokeplay is difficult.
Left-arm spinner Vijay Gohil (3/70 in 16 overs) was punished by Pathan but came back well to get three quick wickets in the end.
India's Test specialist Shardul Thakur got 2/77 bout bowled a lot of boundary balls during the 22 overs.
Baroda 286/9 (Pinal Shah 66, Deepak Hooda 46, Yusuf Pathan 41, Vijay Gohil 3/70, Shardul Thakur 2/77) vs Mumbai.
Ravi Kumar Samarth's unbeaten ton take Karnataka to 248/3
Greater Noida: Opener Ravi Kumar Samarth smashed an unbeaten century while Karun Nair hit 74 to guide Karnataka to a strong position at the close of play on the first day of their Ranji Trophy Group B match against Jharkhand.
Samarth remained unbeaten on 118 off 276 deliveries with the help of 10 boundaries, while Nair's fifty came off 168 balls and five fours as Karnataka reached 248 for three in 90 overs at stumps on the opening day.
Electing to bat, Karnataka lost opener Mayank Agarwal (15) and Robin Uthappa (2) early before Samarth and Nair shared a 155-run third wicket stand to take Karnataka to a comfortable position.
At close, Kaunain Abbas was batting along side Samarth on 28.
Medium pacer Ashish Kumar (3/47) picked up all the three wickets for Jharkhand.
Karnataka: 248 for three in 90 overs (Ravi Kumar Samarth 118 batting, Karun Nair 74; Ashish Kumar 3/47).
Abhimanyu Easwaran leads collective effort as Bengal score 288/3 vs UP
Jaipur: Opener Abhimanyu Easwaran batted with a lot of determination as his unbeaten 123 helped Bengal reach a decent 288 for 3 against Uttar Pradesh in a Ranji Trophy group league encounter.
It was a collective batting effort by a young Bengal top-order with Easwaran being ably supported by the talented left-hander Sudeep Chatterjee (73) and debutant southpaw Agniv Pan (53).
However the day belonged sinewy Easwaran, who dropped anchor at one end en route his second first class hundred. His unbeaten 123 came off 241 balls with 18 boundaries -- his second in Ranji Trophy after his 150 not out against Tamil Nadu back in 2015.
Manoj Tiwary called it right at the toss and Bengal openers Easwaran and Sayan Sekhar Mondal (30) provided a steady start with a stand of 64 in 20 overs.
Left-handed Mondal, who has shown improved performance after being promoted to opening during late last season was just getting set when UP's only successful bowler Ankit Rajpoot (3/72) got one to move a shade away after pitching with Ekalavya Dwivedi holding onto the edge.
The elegant Chatterjee then joined forced with Easwaran as the duo added 132 runs with minimum fuss in shade under 40 overs. The found the gaps with ease as neither veteran leggie Piyush Chawla (0/36 in 16 overs) nor young chinaman Kuldeep Yadav (0/63 in 23 overs) could provide with a breakthrough.
Both Chatterjee and Easwaran weren't deceived by Kuldeep's wrong 'un while they did not take much risk off Chawla's bowling occasionally punishing the loose balls.
Both drove well off the front-foot against the pacers and waited for the turn playing both the spinners off the backfoot. Chatterjee, who recently played for one of the sides in Duleep Trophy, hit some flowing cover drives in his 11 hits to the fence.
Just when Bengal was approaching 200-run mark, Chatterjee was bowled by Rajpoot after facing 140 balls for his 73.
However Chatterjee's dismissal ddin't break the tempo as young left-hander Agniv showed a lot of maturity as he gave Easwaran company adding 86 runs for the third wicket.
The former Bengal U-19 stumper hit six boundaries in his 81-ball knock as he reached his maiden half century on debut.
However just as Bengal were looking to play out the day, Agniv became Rajpoot's third victim on a personal score of 51.
Bengal 288/3 in 88 overs (Abhiumanyu Easwaran 123 batting, Sudeep Chatterjee 73, Agniv Pan 51, Ankit Rajpoot 3/72) vs Uttar Pradesh.
J&K all out for 227; reduce Goa to 43/5
Surat: Parvez Rasool (82) and Ian Dev Singh (67) posted fine half-centuries as Jammu and Kashmir scored 227 in their first innings before reducing Goa to 43 for five at the end of opening day's play of their Ranji Trophy Group C fixture.
Electing to bat, J&K lost three of their top order batsmen cheaply to be struggling at 20 for three.
But one-down batsman Ian Dev Singh and Rasool steadied the boat as the duo put on a solid 123-run stand for the fourth wicket before Puneet Bisht contributed with a crucial 40 to take the team past 200-run mark.
For Goa, Shadab Jakati (4/48) and Amit Yadav (3/43) chipped in with important wickets.
In reply to J&K's modest first innings total, Goa failed to get off to a good start and kept losing wickets at regular interval to be reeling at 43 for five in 17 overs.
At the close of play, Amit Yadav (0) was at the crease.
Ram Dayal (2/10) and Rasool (2/18) took two wickets each.
J&K 1st innings: 227 all out in 70.3 overs (Parvez Rasool 82, Ian Dev Singh 67; Shadab Jakati 4/48, Amit Yadav 3/43).
Goa 1st innings: 43 for five in 17 overs (Ram Dayal 2/10, Praveez Rasool 2/18).
Kerala make steady start against Himachal
Kolkata: Middle-order batsman Sachin Baby remained unbeaten on 52 as Kerala reached 163 for four in their first innings at stumps on the opening day of their Group C Ranji Trophy clash against Himachal Pradesh at the Eden Gardens.
Baby played 168 deliveries and struck six boundaries en route to his fifty and also shared unconquered 57 runs with VA Jagadeesh (24 not out) for the fifth wicket as Kerala played out 73 overs in the day.
Wicket-keeper Sanju Samson (47) also played a good hand with the help of seven fours and one hit over the fence.
However, Kerala did not have the best of starts after being invited to bat as they lost both their openers -- Jalaj Saxena (2) and Bhavin Thakkar (14) with the scoreboard reading 17.
Skipper Rohan Prem (14) got a start before perishing in the 21st over.
Thereafter, Samson and Baby stitched 57 runs for the fourth wicket to stabilise Kerala's innings before the former edged a Rishi Dhawan delivery to wicket-keeper Ankush Bains just three runs short of his half-century.
For Himachal Pradesh, Gurvinder Singh (1/17), Shresth Nirmohi (1/29) and Dhawan picked up a wicket each.
Kerala: 163 for four in 73 overs (Sachin Baby 52 not out, Sanju Samson 47; Gurvinder Singh 1/17).
Delhi bowlers taken to task by Gugale, Bawne twin tons
Mumbai: Stand-in-skipper Swapnil Gugale's patient 152 was complemented brilliantly by Ankit Bawane's equally impressive 120 not out which helped Maharashtra reach a commendable 290 for 2 against Delhi on the first day of their Ranji Trophy group league encounter.
The duo added 249 runs for the unbroken third wicket stand as Delhi used as many as seven bowlers without much success.
Electing to bat at the Wankhede stadium, Maharashtra were reeling at 41 for 2 as Delhi pacer Navdeep Saini struck twice removing opener Harshad Khadiwale (10) and Chirag Khurana (4) in the first half an hour.
While Khadiwale was caught by Delhi's skipper Unmukt Chand in slips, Khurana was trapped leg before wicket.
Bawane walked two down ably supported his skipper as the two stitched an unbeaten 249 run stand for the third wicket. They ensured that the side did not lose any more wickets in the last two sessions of play.
Gugale's knock comprised 19 boundaries and a six over extra cover. The 25-year-old right-handed batsman, who hit all around the park, made most of the two 'lives' which he got courtesy Delhi's sloppy fielding.
He was initially dropped by Chand in the slips on 38. Later in the post lunch session, Gugale tried to hit over long-on as Nitish Rana missed a dolly.
The duo also rotated the strike well by taking cheeky singles and the two complimented each other very well. They also kept hammering the loose deliveries on the pitch which offered little assistance to the bowlers - both pacers and spinners.
Delhi bowlers toiled hard, even brought back pacers Parwinder Awana and Saini back in the attack, tried part-time spinners Rana and Milind Kumar, but were unable to to break the partnership.
Maharashtra were 143/2 at lunch and added only 67 runs on a sedate note till tea when the side was at 210/2. After tea, 80 runs were added to the score.
Maharashtra made three changes to the side with Chirag Khurana, Mohsin Sayyad and Naushad Shaikh coming in place of Kedar Jadhav, Dominic Muthuswamy and Rurturaj Gaikwad.
Maharashtra 290/2 (Swapnil Gugale 152 not out, Ankit Bawane 120 not out, Navdeep Saini 2/43) vs Delhi.
Odisha all out for 228 against Saurashtra
Hyderabad: Opener Sandeep Pattnaik's 123-run knock was the lone saving grace in Odisha's dismal batting performance as Saurashtra dismissed them for 228 on the opening day of their Ranji Group B match.
In reply, Saurashtra were 4 for no loss when stumps were drawn for the day. Openers Mohsin Dodia (3) and Sagar Jogiyani (0) were at the crease for Saurashtra.
Left-arm spinner Dharmendrasinh Jadeja was the wrecker-in-chief for Saurashtra with figures of 4 for 67 in 23.5 overs.
Odisha were off to a confident start with Pattnaik and Ranjit Singh (30) combining for an 85-run opening stand but the latter's dismissal changed the scenario dramatically for the team.
Odisha's middle order failed to hold the other end even as Pattnaik waged a lone battle at one end. Pattnaik's knock was laced with 22 fours and came off 213 deliveries.
Skipper Govinda Poddar was the only other notable contributor to the scorecard with a 21-run effort.
Odisha: 228 all out in 80.5 overs (Sandeep Pattnaik 123, Dharmendrasinh Jadeja 4/67)
Saurashtra: 4/0 in 7 overs.
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