Ranji Trophy 2017-18: Suresh Raina Falters; Baroda on Top as Atit Sheth, Lukman Meriwala Sunk Mumbai
In the riveting Group C fixture of the ongoing fourth round of the Ranji Trophy, 41-time champion Mumbai led by Aditya Tare was bundled out at the paltry score of 171 in 56.2 overs. Hosts skipper Tare was the top scorer with 82-ball 50.
For Deepak Hooda-led Baroda, the five-wicket haul each from Atit Sheth and Lukman Meriwala piled up the miseries by Mumbai. The left-arm and right-arm combination had done wonders for the visitors.
When stumps were drawn, Baroda scored 63 for one in 26 overs with Vishnu Solanki batting on 45-ball 32 runs, and Aditya Waghmode faced 88-balls to score 15.
In Guwahati Grou A fixture, at the stumps of day one, Assam is trailing by 324 runs after scoring 25 runs in seven overs. Rishav Das (10 off 19) and Rahul Hazarika (11 off 23) will start the proceedings on the second day in Ranji Trophy fixture.
Earlier, visitors gloveman Upendra Yadav and Saurabh Kumar smashed century each before Uttar Pradesh was bundled out on 349 in 73.2 overs.
Uttar Pradesh skipper Suresh Raina failed to impress after being bowled by Abu Nechim after facing four balls for his six runs.
For Assam, Rajjakuddin Ahmed picked three wickets after conceding 103 runs in 21 overs, as Gokul Sharma claimed two wickets after admitting just ten runs in six overs.
In Group B fixture, Saurashtra batsmen made things difficult for reigning champion Gujarat, as the hots went on to post 311 for one on the scoreboard. Opening batsman, Snell Patel is batting on 156 off 277 balls, and skipper Cheteshwar Pujara remained unbeaten on 115 of 118 balls.
Leg-spinner Piyush Chawla was the solitary wicket-taker for Parthiv Patel-led Gujarat.
In a Group D fixture, Vidarbha is in solid control after both the openers struck century each to lift the visitors to 285 for one when umpires decided to withdraw the stumps with seven overs left for the day. For Bengal, the solitary wicket was taken by Ashok Dinda, who conceded 62 runs in 19 overs.
Dinda picked the wicket of skipper Faiz Fazal, who scored 142 off 232 balls, as Sanjay Ramaswamy is batting on 117 off 238 balls alongside Wasim Jaffer, who faced 36 balls to score 18.
Karnataka posted 348 runs after losing four wickets against Delhi an Alur.
In Pune, hosts Maharashtra posted 249 for five in 90 overs. Skipper Ankit Bawne scored 92 off 184 balls.
Railways fast bowler Amit Mishra picked two wickets after giving away 48 runs in 22 overs.
Batting first Uttar Pradesh was bowled out for 349, as Assam scored 25 at the stumps on day one.
In Jamshedpur, Jammu and Kashmir team witnessed two centuries which subsequently came from opener Shubham Khajuria (101 off 153) and gloveman Puneet Bisht (101* off 110). J&K will resume the innings 357 for six on the second day against Jharkhand.
In 90 overs, on day one at stumps in Rajkot, Saurashtra side is in command after posting 311 for one.
Patel and Pujara set 252-run partnership for the second wicket.
As the smog has engulfed Delhi and it’s adjacent areas, Haryana struggled as posted 44 for seven in 44 overs.
For Rajasthan, Pankaj Singh bagged three wickets after sending down 14 overs.
Rajat Paliwal was the top scorer with 77-ball 32 for Amit Mishra-led Haryana.
Andhra Pradesh finished day one of the Ranji Trophy after the brilliant 120 off 279 balls from Prashant Kumar. The right-handed batsman smashed 16 boundaries in his knock.
Ricky Bhui was batting on 49 after facing 126 balls, as his innings was comprised of five boundaries.
Baroda was 63 for one in 26 overs at the stumps of day one. Earlier, Mumbai was rolled out for 171.
Odisha finished day one of the Ranji with 292 for three, as Suryakant Pradhan and Govinda Poddar were among wickets for Tamil Nadu.
Vidarbha finished the first day on 285 for one in 83 overs. The openers forged a 259-run stand to frustrate the hosts’ bowlers as skipper Manoj Tiwary leads the team.
After bundling out hosts Himachal Pradesh for 175, Chhattisgarh will start the day two after scoring 91 for one in 34 overs.
Services was 228 for eight in 90 overs at day one stumps.
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