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Ranji Trophy 2019-20, Third Round: Bowlers dominate proceedings on first day

By BCCI Desk in

Bowlers had a field day while a majority of the batsmen struggled on the opening day of the third round of the Ranji Trophy 2019-20.

Here’s how the action unfolded on Wednesday:

Mumbai, facing Railways at the Wankhede Stadium, were bundled out for 114. Put in to bat first, Mumbai were bowled out in a session as Pradeep Poojar scalped six wickets. While Mumbai managed to pick up five wickets before bad lights stopped play, Railways had taken a two-run lead.

Like Mumbai, Mizoram too suffered the same fate as they were bowled out in the first session against Pondicherry. While R Vinay Kumar scalped three wickets, Sagar Udeshi picked up four wickets as Mizoram were all out for 73. Pondicherry, who were 286/3 at stumps, consolidated their position as Paras Dogra scored an unbeaten hundred and Arun Karthik chipped in with 86 not out.

In a Group C game in Cuttack, Odisha’s decision of electing to bowl paid dividends as Basant Mohanty ran riot, scalping six wickets for 17 runs, as Uttarakhand could only score 117. Odisha were 98/3 at stumps, trailing the opposition by 19 runs.

In Indore, skipper Baba Aparajith scored an unbeaten on 61 but Ishwar Pandey’s six-wicket haul helped Madhya Pradesh restrict Tamil Nadu to 149. Madhya Pradesh were 56/3 at stumps.

In a Group A clash between Vidarbha and Punjab, the defending champions managed to recover from 72/5 to 196/6 as Ganesh Satish scored an unbeaten 88.

The Gujarat versus Kerala encounter in Surat saw 20 wickets fell on the opening day. Gujarat, who were bowled out for 127 after Jalaj Saxena picked up five wickets, bundled out Kerala for 70, securing a first-innings lead. Roosh Kalaria picked up four wickets and Axar Patel scalped three wickets. Kerala then negotiated an over before the stumps without losing a wicket in the second innings.

In Mysore, skipper Karun Nair’s gritty 81 took Karnataka to 166 after Himachal Pradesh’s Kanwar Abhinay scalped five wickets. Karnataka, though managed to scalp three wickets before stumps.

Saurashtra, meanwhile, ended the first day at 322/8 against Uttar Pradesh on the back of fifties from Harvik Desai, Cheteshwar Pujara and Sheldon Jackson in addition to some important contributions from the lower order.

In New Delhi, Shikhar Dhawan scored an unbeaten 137 to guide Delhi to 269/6 against Hyderabad. The left-hander hit 19 fours and 2 sixes.

Abhishek Kumar Raman scored a hundred as Bengal, after put in to bat, ended the opening day at 241/4 against Andhra. Former skipper Manoj Tiwary chipped in with 46.

Haryana, having opted to bat against Jharkhand in Jamshedpur, scored 274/6 on the back of fifties from Ankit Kumar, Chaitanya Bishnoi, who was retired hurt after scoring 75, and Shivam Chauhan.

In Patna, Bihar posted 260/5 before stumps against Goa. While they were 44/3, Babul Kumar’s unbeaten 131 and Shasheem Rathour led Bihar’s recovery.

In Jammu, meanwhile, only 18 overs could be bowled due to bad light and J & K scored 59 runs for the loss of a wicket against Assam.

Maharashtra, facing Chhattisgarh, ended the first day at 238/6 in Pune as Ruturaj Gaikwad scored 108 and Vishant More contributing with an unbeaten 49.

Bad light made its presence felt during the Services versus Tripura match. However, 12 wickets fell before that. Diwesh Pathania scalped five wickets as Services bowled out Tripura for 126 and then ended the day at 23/2.

In Dibrugarh, Manipur were all out for 196 against Arunachal Pradesh, who managed to negotiate four overs before stumps to end the first day 10/0.

In a Plate Group match in Bhubaneswar, Iqbal Abdulla’s 99-ball 94-run knock took Sikkim to 269 against Nagaland, who ended the day at 45/1, trailing Sikkim by 224 runs.