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Ranji Trophy 2013-14: Round-up, Dec 30

Jadhav, Vohra slam tons on Day 1

Kedar Jadhav and Manan Vohra were amongst centuries on a day dominated by the bowlers in the last round of the league phase of Ranji Trophy 2013-14. Here is the round-up for the Day 1:

Group A


Delhi vs Karnataka: After Delhi opted to bat frist, the Vinay Kumar-led attack ran through the hosts’ line-up on the first day. The Karnataka captain claimed four wickets, while HS Sharath took three and S Gopal picked two. R More chipped in with the key wicket of Virender Sehwag as the visitors bowled Delhi out for 202.

At stumps, Karnataka were two without loss after batting for an over.

Gujarat vs Mumbai: Defending champions Mumbai were bowled out for 154 on the first day against Gujarat. Akshar Patel took three wickets, while Ishwar Chaudhary and Jasprit Bumrah took two wickets each. B Merai and Rakesh Dhruve took one wicket apiece.

In reply, Gujarat were 90 for two and trailing by 64 runs at stumps.

Jharkhand vs Punjab: Manan Vohra powered Punjab to 380 for four with 187 against Jharkhand at Dhanbad. His opening partner, Jiwanjot Singh made 78 as they put up 138-run opening stand to lay a solid foundation after opting to bat first. At stumps, Mandeep Singh was batting on 41 with S Kaul, who was yet to open his account.

Odisha vs Haryana: Leg-spinner Amit Mishra claimed four, while Jayant Yadav took three to wreck the Odisha line-up after the home team opted to bat first. Harshal Patel and Sachin Rana picked one wicket each as the visitors left Odisha on 221 for nine at the end of day’s play. Odisha opener Girija Rout made 94, while the rest of the line-up caved in. At stumps, Deepak Behera and Jayanta Behera were in the middle.

Group B

Rajasthan vs Baroda: Asked to bat first by the hosts, Baroda were 163 for six at stumps on Day 1. Pankaj Singh, who claimed the top three, finished the day with four wickets in the bag. At stumps, Aditya Waghmode was batting on 79 with Abhijit Karambelkar on 11.

Saurashtra vs Services: Only two batsmen reached double-digit scores as the Kamlesh Makvana-led Saurashtra attack bundled Services out for 72. Makvana claimed six for 17, while D Jadeja took three and Abhishek Bhat picked one wicket.

At stumps, Saurashtra were reduced to 176 for nine, as barring the top three batsmen, the rest succumbed without much resistance. Yashpal Singh claimed a fiver, while Rajat Paliwal picked three wickets to run through the opposition’s middle and lower orders.

Tamil Nadu vs Bengal: Bengal’s No.4 bat, Sudip Chatterjee, was stranded on 34 as the rest of the line-up collapsed on Day 1 in Chennai after opting to bat first. There were four ducks in the innings as M Rangarajan (6/30) and Rahil Shah (four wickets) bowled Bengal out for 130.

The Bengal bowlers then ran through the hosts’ line-up and reduced them to 66 for six at the end of day’s play. S Lahiri and Iresh Saxena picked two wickets each and A Nandi and W Chatterjee took a wicket apiece. TN trail by 64 runs with four wickets in hand.

UPCA vs Railways: After electing to bat first, Railways had piled on 301 for four against Uttar Pradesh on the first day. Arindam Gosh was batting on 89 with Mahesh Rawat on 83 at stumps in the Dr Akhilesh Das Stadium in Lucknow.

Group C

Goa vs Andhra: Goa’s Amit Yadav claimed six wickets for 44 runs to bowl Andhra out for 148 on the first day. He was supported in the effort by Shadab Jakati, who picked two, while Harshad Gadekar and Amogh Desai picked a wicket each. Goa then lost two wickets and were trailing by 90 runs at stumps. When play ended on Tuesday, Swapnil Asnodkar was batting on 38 with Sagun Kamat.

Assam vs Maharashtra: Put in to bat first, Maharashtra lost two wickets early in the innings but Kedar Jadhav scored 128 to take the visitors to a respectable 343 for eight at stumps. J Syed Mohammad claimed three wickets, while AK Das took two after Abu Nechim Ahmed got the ball rolling with a wicket in the third over. At the end of day’s play, Ankit Bawne was batting on 36 with A Sanklecha.

Hyderabad vs Kerala: Sandeep Warrier claimed a five-wicket haul to bowl Hyderabad out. Ashish Reddy’s 55 lower down the order helped the home team to 201 in their first innings.

Ravi Kiran and Anwar Ahmed then sent back both Kerala openers for naught. Kerala were 45 for three at stumps.

Tripura vs J&K: Though S Beigh claimed two wickets early on to leave Tripura on 22 for two, captain Yogesh Takawale anchored the innings to take them to 176 for three at stumps. Takawale was batting on 82 with S Abbas Ali on 46 when play ended on the first day.

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We can pull off a win: Peterson

Proteas spinner expects reverse swing and spin to play huge role on Day-5

Robin Peterson, South Africa’s left-arm spinner believes the hosts can pull off a win on the fifth day of the Durban Test. At stumps on day-four, the Proteas needed eight Indian wickets with a first-innings of 98.

"We have lost a lot of time in this game but definitely there`s a result in it for us,” Peterson said, referring to the rain interruptions. “At Kingsmead, usually 10 wickets fall on the fifth day. So we are hoping to be on the right side of things. The morning session is crucial, so we need early wickets to push for the win. Hopefully the bowlers can come out firing.

"The ball will be older and it becomes more variable then. The soft ball is tougher to score off. But it is also easier and comfortable to bat against. But reverse swing is there and spin comes in a little bit as well with the old ball. So we are hoping these two variables will play a massive role on this pitch for us," Peterson said.

Peterson played a crucial role in South Africa’s first-innings total of 500 with his fiery 61 off 52 balls. With Faf du Plessis he put up a 110-run stand for the eighth wicket to extend the hosts’ lead.

"At lunch we decided we wanted to get 100 runs ahead. But Faff and I got going, so we decided that since we have India on the back-foot, we might as well extend our lead. Things went our way and we kept them under pressure," he said.