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Bengal staged a solid recovery after being reduced to 46/5 while Parthiv Patel led Gujarat’s charge with a ton as the first day of the Ranji Trophy 2019-20 quarterfinals came to an end.
Here’s how the action unfolded on Thursday:
Anustup Majumdar played a pivotal role as Bengal overcame the early troubles against Odisha to end the opening day of the quarterfinals at 308/6.
After electing to bowl in Cuttack, Odisha struck early, reducing Bengal to 46/5. However, Majumdar and wicketkeeper Shreevats Goswami added 95 runs to push Bengal past 140.
While Goswami perished for 34, Shahbaz Ahmed joined forces with Majumdar and the two put up 167-run partnership to continue Bengal’s recovery.
At stumps, Majumdar, who hit 20 fours, facing 194 deliveries, scored 136*, Ahmed was unbeaten on 82.
In Valsad, Gujarat put up a solid show with the bat on the first day of the quarterfinals, riding on skipper Parthiv Patel’s 118*, Bhargav Merai’s 84 and Samit Gohil’s 52. Electing to bat, the Gujarat openers – Gohil and Priyank Panchal – put up a 64-run stand before Vijesh Prabhudesai dismissed Panchal for 28.
Gohil got out soon after completing his fifty. Merai was then joined by Patel and the two added 139 runs together before the former got out 16 runs short of a ton. Two runs later, Goa skipper Amit Verma dismissed Manprit Juneja.
However, Parthiv, who crossed the 11,000-run mark in First Class cricket earlier in the day, notched up his 19th Ranji Trophy hundred and added 82 runs together with Chirag Gandhi, who remained unbeaten on 40, as Gujarat ended the day at 330/4.
At the CSR Sharma College Ground in Ongole, Prithvi Raj Yarra picked up three wickets while K V Sasikanth scalped two wickets as Andhra managed to limit Saurashtra to 226/6 despite Vishvarajsinh Jadeja, Sheldon Jackson and Chirag Jani scored fifties.
Put in to bat, Saurashtra were 67/3 before Jackson and Jadeja stitched a 72-run stand. However, Andhra managed to pick up two wickets in the space of a run, dismissing Jackson and Arpit Vasavada.
Jadeja and Jani then added 81 runs together. However, just before the stumps, Andhra managed to break the partnership, dismissing Jadeja.
In Jammu, where rain and bad light dominated the proceedings, only six overs were bowled on the opening day of the Karnataka and Jammu and Kashmir quarterfinal.
After Karnataka elected to bat, Auqib Nabi and Mujtaba Yousuf dismissed Ravikumar Samarth and Devdutt Padikkal respectively as Jammu and Kashmir picked up two wickets, conceding 14 runs.