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Rain played spoilsport as the scheduled opening day of the seven Ranji Trophy 2019-20 fourth round matches ended in a washout. However, there was no shortage of action in the remainder 11 matches which started on Friday.
Here’s how the opening day of the round four unfolded:
Vijesh Prabhudessai returned with the figures of 6/14 as Goa bundled out Manipur for 106. At one stage, Manipur were 9/6 before wicketkeeper Al Bashid, who scored 43, helped his side reach three figures. Goa ended the opening day at 225/2 on the back of Sumiran Amonkar’s 115 and Vaibhav Govekar unbeaten 64.
Karnataka bowlers, meanwhile, shared the spoils as the Karun Nair-led side bowled out Mumbai for 194. While Mumbai were reduced to 60/6, skipper Suryakumar Yadav scored 77 to push his side closer to 200-run mark. Karnataka then enjoyed a 68-run opening stand before Mumbai struck thrice in the space of nine runs before the visitors ended the day at 79/3.
The rain delayed the start of play in the Hyderabad versus Kerala match at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium. However, after the play commenced, Hyderabad reduced Kerala to 126/7, with Mohammed Siraj and Ravi Kiran scalping two and three wickets respectively.
Jharkhand, facing Jammu and Kashmir in Ranchi, scored 170/4 before the bad light stopped play, with skipper Saurabh Tiwary and Virat Singh batting on 43* and 9* respectively.
In Jaipur, Stephen and K V Sasikanth scalped four wickets each as Andhra bowled out Rajasthan for 151. While skipper Hanuma Vihari fell for a duck, Andhra scored 82, for the loss two wickets before stumps.
In the Punjab versus Delhi clash in Mohali, Gurkeerat Mann and Mandeep Singh scored 65 and 81 runs respectively while Anmolpreet Singh chipped in with 45 runs. However, Delhi still managed to restrict Punjab to 266/8 before the end of the day’s play.
In a Group B game in Dharamsala, Himachal Pradesh were bowled out for 175 as Avesh Khan scalped five wickets. However, the Ankit Kalsi-led side managed to pick up four wickets before the close of play, reducing Madhya Pradesh to 87/4.
Railways, squaring off against Baroda, lost two wickets for 24. Batting first, Baroda were restricted to 201 as Amit Mishra and Himanshu Sangwan scalped four and three wickets respectively.
In Palam, Services opened up a 97-run lead over Maharashtra. Electing to bat, Maharashtra were bundled out for 44 as Poonam Poonia, leading Services’ charge, picked up five wickets.
Assam, meanwhile, ended the opening day at 237/5 against Uttarakhand. While Assam lost three wickets early, Riyan Parag, with a help from skipper Gokul Sharma, held together their innings, scoring his maiden First Class hundred. The youngster was unbeaten on 104 at stumps.
In the Plate Group game in Patna, Mizoram made a strong start, ending the first day at 310/2 against Bihar. While Pratik Desai missed out on a double hundred, his 192 and Taruwar Kohli’s unbeaten 88 have put Mizoram in command.