Wriddhiman Saha and Unmukt Chand’s hundred and Punjab’s struggle were the talking points on the day one of fifth round of Ranji Trophy 2014-15.
Saha’s hundred puts J & K on back-foot
A well-compiled hundred by wicket-keeper batsmen Wriddhiman Saha helped Bengal reach 312/7 on the first day of their fifth Ranji match (this season) at Eden Gardens against J & K. After winning the toss and electing to bat, Bengal at one stage were reeling 68/4. Saha then got the support of the skipper Laxmi Ratan Shukla and the duo added 144 runs for the fifth wicket. Shukla scored 72 before losing his wicket to Mohammed Mudhasir. Saha remained unbeaten on 129. J & K skipper Parveez Rasool was the pick of their bowlers as he ended the day with the figures of 24-7-57-2.
Venugopal Rao, PK Panchal punish Punjab at Motera
PK Panchal and Venugopal Rao struck half-centuries as Gujarat ended the day one against Punjab at 284/4. Gujarat captain Parthiv Patel won the toss and elected to bat on the flat Motera wicket. Opener Smit Patel got out cheaply but Panchal then shared a 117-run partnership with the number three BH Merai and also brought up his half-century. But soon, Panchal lost his wicket for 85 and Venugopal Rao then played well and remained unbeaten on 75 by the end of day.
Unmukt Chand’s hundred saves the day for Delhi
Lead by Unmukt Chand’s fighting hundred and an unbeaten half-century from Mithun Manhas, Delhi ended the day one of their match against Orissa at Feroz Shah Kotla. After winning the toss and electing to bat, Delhi got off to a bad start as they lost their skipper Gautam Gambhir when he was on 13. Virender Sehwag and Unmukt Chand then put on 70 runs for the 2nd wicket before Sehwag, who looked set for a big score, got out for 39. Chand then got a great support from Manhas and brought up his hundred. He scored 117 before losing his wicket to Govinda Podder. Manhas remained unbeaten on 55 by the end of the day.
Brief scores of other matches:
At Dharamsala: Himachal Pradesh 195/1 (AK Bains 110*) vs Jharkhand
At Hyderabad: Assam 248/4 (Sibsankar Roy 72, Harrsha 2-60) vs Hyderabad
At Pune: Rajasthan 249/7 (PR Yadav 113*, Sanklecha 2-50) vs Maharashtra
At Indore: Madhya Pradesh 270/7 (Aditya Shrivastava 91, Gopal 3-48) vs Karnataka
At Railways: Baroda 271/7 (Devdhar 80, Nandi 3-68) vs Railways
At Chennai: Uttar Pradesh 182/10 (Rahil Shah 5-63) vs Tamil Nadu 53-2 (Mukund 26*, Alam 1-1)
At Nagpur: Vidarbha 352/3 (Ganesh Satish 167, Fazal 107) vs Saurashtra