Karnataka were in a commanding position at the end of first day’s play after skittling out Mumbai for 173. Vinay Kumar (6/34) registered the first hat-trick of the 2017-18 Ranji Trophy season as he pegged Mumbai back to set the tone for the day.
A Eswaran registered a century as he helped shape the Bengal innings while A Majumdar missed out on a hundred by just six runs against Gujarat.
Here are the highlights of Ranji Trophy 2017-18, Quarter-finals - Day 1:
Karnataka vs Mumbai in Vidarbha: Vinay Kumar, playing in his 100th first-class match for Karnataka opted to field and started the proceedings with a hat-trick to leave Mumbai on 3/7. Prithvi Shaw departed edging the ball to the slips on the last ball of the first over and the Karnataka captain forced an edge from Jay Bista off the first ball of his second over. He followed it up by trapping Akash Parkar lbw off the next delivery to push Mumbai on the back-foot.
Mumbai never recovered from the early blows as Vinay ripped through the lineup and was well complemented by the rest of the Karnataka attack. After 14 runs, Siddhesh Lad nicked a Vinay delivery to the wicket-keeper. Suryakumar Yadav, who then joined Akhil Herwadkar in the middle departed edging Sreenath Arvind to the wicketkeeper after hitting the bowler for boundaries earlier in the over. Mumbai were tottering on 40 for five when Aditya Tare took guard but the captain was sent back by Abhimanyu Mithun for just four. Shivam Dube looking to cut Gowtham K, missed and the ball clipped the bails leaving Mumbai 74 for seven.
With Dhawal Kulkarni, Herwadkar saw Mumbai through to Lunch but returned to the dressing room early in the second session. The No 3 bat edged Vinay straight to Samarth R leaving Mumbai on 95 for eight. Eight runs later Karsh Kothari was the Karnataka skipper’s sixth scalp. Kulkarni then found an ally in Shivam Malhotra to extend the innings. The pair added 65 runs for the last wicket until Kulkarni top-edged Arvind and returned for 75. His contribution with the bat helped Mumbai get to 173.
In reply, Karnataka were comfortably placed at 115 for one at the end of day’s play. Samarth was bowled by Dube for 40, ending the opening stand on 83. The in-form Mayank Agarwal continued to impress and was batting on 62 with K Abbas (12*) when play ended for the day.
Scorecard - http://www.bcci.tv/ranji-trophy-2017-18/match/85
Kerala vs Vidarbha in Surat: After a delayed start to the match due to wet outfield, Vidarbha were 45 for three at Stumps on day 1.
Nidheesh MD claimed Vidarbha captain and opener Faiz Fazal for two. Akshay KC then followed up with the wickets of SR Ramaswamy and Wasim Jaffer to leave Vidarbha on 37 for three. When play ended for the day, Ganesh Satish was batting with Karn Sharma.
Scorecard - http://www.bcci.tv/ranji-trophy-2017-18/match/86
Delhi vs Madhya Pradesh in Vijayawada: Asked to bat, Madhya Pradesh were 223 for six at Stumps on Day 1.
Navdeep Amarjit Saini dealt the first blow after Delhi elected to field. The bowler trapped Rajat Patidar lbw to leave MP on 10 for one. With Shubham Sharma, Ankit Dane then took the side to 69 until the latter was sent back by Vikas Mishra. The bowler also accounted for the opener a while later to leave MP on 90 for three. The Delhi attack created breakthroughs at regular intervals. Dane was the only batsman to score a half-century as Mishra and Co didn’t allow for partnerships to form. Mishra claimed three wickets while V Tokas, Saini and Manan Sharma picked a wicket each.
When play ended for the day, Harpreet Singh Bhatia was batting on 47 with Puneet Datey on eight.
Scorecard - http://www.bcci.tv/ranji-trophy-2017-18/match/87
Gujarat vs Bengal in Jaipur: A Eswaran’s solid 246-ball 129 and Anustup Majumdar’s 94 off 177 helped Bengal to a respectable 261 for six on Day 1 even as the rest of the batsman returned for single-digit scores.
After Parthiv Patel elected to field, Ishwar Chaudhary dismantled Abhishek Kumar Raman’s stumps to leave Bengal on 13 for one. 30 runs later, he dismissed Writtick Chatterjee. In the next over, Manoj Tiwary was removed by CT Gaja leaving Bengal on 44 for three. Shreevats Goswami was Chaudhary’s next scalp a bit later.
At 59 for four, Majumdar joined Raman in the middle. The duo revived the wobbly innings with a 175-run stand until Majumdar was sent back by SA Desai. 21 runs later Eswaran was bowled by Chaudhary leaving Bengal on 255 for six.
B Amit and Aamir Gani were at the crease when play ended for the day.
Scorecard - http://www.bcci.tv/ranji-trophy-2017-18/match/88