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Siddharth Kaul’s hat-trick, Wasim Jaffer completing 12,000 runs highlighted the first day of Round VIII of the Ranji Trophy 2019-20.
Here’s how the action unfolded on Tuesday:
Siddharth Kaul took a hat-trick on as 24 wickets fell on the opening day of the Punjab versus Andhra game in Patiala. Electing to bat, Andhra were bowled out for 97 as Kaul picked up five wickets while Vinay Choudhary got three wickets. Andhra though fought back and restricted Punjab for 108 as Shoaib Mohammed Khan and S Ashish scalped five wickets each. However, Andhra then lost four wickets before stumps, scoring 31 runs.
In a Plate Group clash in Kolkata, Fabid Ahmed scored an unbeaten 154 as Pondicherry ended the Day one on 363/8 against Manipur.
In Mangaldai, meanwhile, 16 wickets fell on the first day during the Meghalaya versus Sikkim game. While captain-wicketkeeper Punit Bisht scored 85, Ishwar Chaudhary’s five-wicket haul helped Sikkim limit Meghalaya to 174. In response, Meghalaya reduced Sikkim to 105/6 as Abhay Negi picked up four wickets.
Goa rode on Vaibhav Govekar and Smit Patel’s half-centuries to end the opening day at 260/5 against Nagaland. While Govekar scored 71, Patel scored 66. Shrikant Mundhe picked up three wickets for Nagaland.
In Jamshedpur, skipper Harpreet Singh Bhatia scored an unbeaten 124 to take Chhattisgarh to 238/4 against Jharkhand. In the Elite Group game in Agartala, Jiyaad Nazir Magrey’s 66 and forties from Shubham Khajuria, Auqib Nabi and Abid Mushtaq guided Jammu and Kashmir to 280/9 against Tripura.
In Patna, Rahul Dalal remained unbeaten on 151 on the opening day as Arunachal Pradesh ended the first day at 283/6 against Bihar. Dalal hit 23 fours and a six as he faced 181 balls while Obi chipped in with 45 runs.
Delhi, facing Gujarat in New Delhi, were guided to 270/6 after Hiten Dalal, Himmat Singh and Kunwar Bidhuri scored fifties on the opening day. Delhi were 136/5 at one stage. But Singh and Bidhuri added 134 runs before the former got out for 56 on what turned out to be the final ball of the day.
In Jaipur, Mukesh Kumar scalped six wickets as Bengal restricted Rajasthan to 241. While Mahipal Lomror scored a fifty, some of the other Rajasthan batsmen could not convert the starts. Bengal, in response, ended the first day scoring 47 and losing the wicket of Abhimanyu Easwaran.
In Nagpur, meanwhile, Wasim Jaffer, who completed 12,000 runs in the Ranji Trophy, and Ganesh Satish scored fifties, but Kerala, after electing to bowl, managed to restrict Vidarbha to 239/6 at stumps on the first day.
In the Karnataka versus Madhya Pradesh game in Shimoga, Ravikumar Samarth’s unbeaten 105 and Krishnamurthy Siddharth’s 62* guided Karnataka to 233/3. The two joined forces when their side was 83/3 and went on to add 150 runs together before stumps.
At the Karnail Singh Stadium, Pradeep Poojar picked up four wickets, but Himachal Pradesh managed to recover from 93/5 to post 283 runs on the board against Railways on the back of fifties from Rishi Dhawan, Nikhil Gangta and Mayank Dagar.
In Rajkot, Sarfaraz Khan and Shams Mulani helped Mumbai reach 249/8 against Saurashtra on the first day. While Sarfaraz, who scored 78, got out for the first time after scoring 605 runs across three innings, Mulani, who scored an unbeaten 59. Dharmendrasinh Jadeja picked up five wickets for Saurashtra.
In Vadodara, Tamil Nadu dominated the proceedings against Baroda. Bowling first, Tamil Nadu bowled out Baroda for 174 on the back of M Mohammed’s seven-wicket haul. In response, Abhinav Mukund and Laxmesha Suryaprakash scored 73* and 61* runs respectively to take Tamil Nadu to 135/0 before the stumps.
In Lahli, meanwhile, 20 wickets fell on the first day. After electing to bowl, Haryana bundled out Assam for 97 as Tinu Kundu, who scalped five wickets, and Harshal Patel, who picked up four wickets, shared the spoils. While Assam had reduced Haryana to 65/5, wicketkeeper Rohit Sharma’s 59 helped Haryana secure a 101-run lead before being bowled out for 198.
The first day of the Uttarakhand versus Services also saw a flurry of wickets fall. The bowlers shared the spoils as Services, after electing to bowl, bundled out Uttarakhand for 83. However, Uttarakhand fought back as they bowled out Services for 173 as Mayank Mishra picked up six wickets. Uttarakhand then ended the day at 10/0, trailing Services by 80 runs.
In Chandigarh, Gurinder Singh picked up four wickets while Jagjit Singh Sandhu scalped three wickets as Chandigarh bowled out Mizoram for 109. In response, Raman Bishnoi, who scored an unbeaten 73, and Uday Kaul’s 62* helped Chandigarh end the day at 193/3.
In the Group C game in Pune, Odisha scored 220/5 before stumps against Maharashtra. Odisha were struggling at 96/5 before Shantanu Mishra’s 84* and Rajesh Dhuper’s unbeaten 67* helped the team to recover.