Ranji Trophy 2012-13: Round-up, Nov 24
Mumbai, Nov 24: Mumbai’s Rohit Sharma and Delhi’s Unmukt Chand amongst others to hit unbeaten centuries, while Sandeep Sharma claimed seven wickets to topple Saurashtra on Day 1 of the fourth round of the Ranji Trophy 2012-13 season. Here is the round-up of the day:
Hyderabad vs Mumbai in Hyderabad: Although they lost opener Kaustubh Pawar with just one run on the board after electing to bat, Mumbai finished Day 1 with 325 runs for the loss of two wickets. Aditya Tare was run out for 62 after being involved in a 121-run partnership for the second wicket. The 203-run unbroken stand between Hiken Shah (154) and stand-in captain Rohit Sharma (102) put Mumbai in a dominating position at the end of the first day.
MPCA vs Bengal in Indore: In the absence of Manoj Tiwary, stand-in captain Wriddhiman Saha opted to field after winning the toss at the Holkar Cricket Stadium.
MPCA were 322 for five when play ended with top-scorer Naman Ojha missing out on a century by just one run. Rameez Khan (35) and Jalaj Saxena (44) were in the middle when play ended today.
Saurashtra vs Punjab in Punjab: Opting to field first on their home ground, Punjab bundled out Saurashtra for 90 in the first innings. 19-year-old Sandeep Sharma who was part of the Under-19 ICC World Cup winning side ran through the visitors’ line-up to finish with figures of 11-3-25-7. With 41 runs Sagar Jogiyani was the highest run-getter for Saurashtra.
In reply Punjab were 125 for five at the end of Day 1 at the PCA Stadium in Mohali with Udit Kaul on 4 and Bipul Sharma on 13. Opener Jiwanjot Singh was earlier sent back for 61, while Sandip Maniar and Siddharth Trivedi picked two wickets each.
Gujarat vs Railways in Bhubaneswar: Railways’ skipper Sanjay Bangar led the Guajrat team’s derailment with a fiver, while Hardik Rathod claimed three and Krishnakant Upadhyay chipped in with two to bowl out the visitor’s for 117. The home team then posted 145 for two before stumps were called. Amit Paunikar made 85 before being sent back Faisla Dudhat. Nitin Bhille and Bangar were at the crease when play ended.
Delhi vs Tamil Nadu in Delhi: Openers Unmukt Chand and Shikhar Dhawan powered Delhi to 287 for one on the first day against Tamil Nadu with a 205-run opening stand at the Feroz Shah Kotla after being put in to bat. India’s Under-19 ICC World Cup winning skipper Unmukt Chand was unbeaten on 134 with Mohit Sharma at the other end on 40 at the end of day’s play.
Skipper Dhawan was bowled for 104 by Aushik Niwas to give TN their only wicket of the day.
Haryana vs Baroda in Rohtak: Choosing to bat at the Bansi Lal Cricket Stadium Haryana registered a first innings total of 221 for five at the end of Day 1 against Baroda. Rahul Dalal was not out on 64 with Sandeep Singh on 17 when play ended today.
Murtuja Vahora and Utkarsh Patel claimed two wickets apiece for Baroda.
Maharashtra vs Vidarbha in Nagpur: With an unbeaten century opener Virag Awate led Maharashtra to 227 for three at the end of Day 1 after skipper Rohit Motwani opted to bat first.
Veteran leg-spinner Sairaj Bahutule claimed the wickets of Sangram Atitkar (45) and Ankit Bawne at the Vidarbha Cricket Association Ground in the round four match.
Odisha vs Karnataka in Bangalore: Electing to field first, hosts Karnataka bowled Odisha out for 202 on the first day of the four-day match. Niranjan Behera top-scored for Odisha with 61 runs, while Subhrajit Sahoo contributed a valuable 45 runs.
SL Akshay claimed a four-for, while Vinay Kumar took three wickets. When stumps were called the home team was on 16 without loss.
Jharkhand vs Himachal in Ranchi: After electing to bat first on their home ground, Jharkhand were reeling on 15 for three. Although they were floundering on 56 for five, No.3 bat Saurabh Tiwary (68*) with the help of Sunny Gupta (58*) revived the innings and took the team to 176 for five at the end of Day 1.
HPCA’s Rishi Dhawan took three wickets while Vikramjeet Malik picked two.
Goa vs Kerala in Malappuram: Playing at the Perintalmanna Cricket Stadium Goa were 281 for four at stumps on Day 1 after electing to bat against Kerala. Opener Sagun Kamat made 107, while Manvinder Bisla scored 74 before being castled by Chovvakkaran Shahid. Ravikant Shukla (44) and Reagan Pinto (15) were at the crease when play was called off.
J & K vs Andhra in Jammu: After bowling J&K out for 153, Andhra were trailing by 35 runs with six wickets in hand in the first innings when play was called off.
Syed Sahabuddin claimed a fiver, while DP Vijaykumar and Rajesh Pawar took two wickets apiece to wrap up the J & K innings earlier in the day.
J & K then dealt early blows to leave Andhra tottering on eight for three but, middle-order batsmen B Sumnath (41) and Amol Mazumdar (60*) then steadied the innings with a 104 run partnership. When play ended Mazumdar was in the middle with AG Pradeep. Andhra finished the day on 118 for four. Ram Dayal took two of the three early wickets that rocked Andhra on the back foot early on in the innings.
Assam vs SSCB Delhi (Palam): After asking Assam to bat first, Services wrapped up the opposition’s first innings for 182 in 78.3 overs. Suraj Yadav picked four scalps, while Nishan Singh, Shadab Nazar and Yashpal Singh claimed two wickets each to bowl Services out.
In reply Services had made 11 runs in five overs. Opener Pratik Desai retired hurt. Skipper Soomik Chatarjee and Ansuhl Gupta were batting on 6 and 0 respectively when play ended.