Ranji Trophy 2014-15: Gautam Gambhir Proves a point to the Selectors with a Century against Saurashtra

Editor Sportzwiki / 07 December 2014

Gautam Gambhir’s century, Yuvraj Singh’s fifty, Champions Karnataka’s early slide, Jammu and Kashmir’s performance against Mumbai were the talking points in the day 1 of the first round Ranji trophy matches. Here is an overall round up of the day 1 of first round Ranji Trophy matches:

Gautam Gambhir’s ton leads Delhi’s Charge

All eyes were on the dropouts from India’s 30 men probables for the 2015 World Cup Gautam Gambhir and Virender Sehwag as both are representing Delhi against Saurashtra in their first round match at the Roshanara Club Ground, New Delhi. Put into bat, Delhi openers Gambhir and Unmukt Chand gave their side a decent start before Sudeep Tyagi ended the 53 run partnership by dismissing Chand for 28. Wickets kept on tumbling in one end and Gambhir was determined to prove a point to the selectors on the other. He scored his 38th First-Class hundred and is unbeaten on 123 off 170 balls when the stumps were drawn for the day with Delhi making 260-6. Rajat Bhatia made a stroke filled 47 but Virender Sehwag disappointed once again as he was run-out for just 9. Tyagi was the pick of Saurashtra bowlers with figures of 2-45

Scores: Delhi 260-6 (Gautam Gambhir 123*, Rajat Bhatia 47, Sudeep Tyagi 2-45) vs Saurashtra.

Yuvraj Singh’s 59 in vain as Punjab bundled out for 275

Punjab’s Yuvraj Singh, who was also dropped from India’s 30 men probables for the World Cup led Punjab’s charge with a fighting 59 but that knock could not save his side from ending up in a strong position against Haryana at Patiala. Punjab were bundled out for 273 in 81 overs courtesy JJ Yadav’s 6 wickets burst conceding 85 runs. Amitoze Singh made 45 and Gurkeerat Singh made 43 in their273. At stumps, Haryana ended with 19-1. Sidharth Kaul scalped the lone wicket of Avi Barot for 8. Punjab are without the services of Harbhajan Singh.

Scores: Punjab: 275-9 (Yuvraj 59, Amitoze Singh 45, JJ Yadav 6-85) lead Haryana 19-1 (A Khode 10*, Sidharth Kaul 1-5) by 256 runs.   

Tamil Nadu have Champions Karnataka on the mat

Tamil Nadu got of their Ranji season off to a great start as they hold the edge over defending Champions Karnataka in their first round Ranji Trophy clash at M. Chinnaswamy Stadium Bengaluru. Kunal Kapoor’s fifty on debut (87) along with CM Gautam’s 94 propelled Karnataka to a decent total of 290 after they were reduced for 97-5 in the first session of play. TN bowlers made early inroads as they dismissed Robin Uthappa, Mayank Agarwal, Manish Pandey, Karun Nair and Stuart Binny to pile the pressure on the hosts. Jaganathan Kaushik took 4 wickets and led TN’s charge. In reply, Tamil Nadu end the first day on 22 for no loss.  

Scores: Karnataka 290 (CM Gautam 94, Kunal Kapoor 87, J Kaushik 4-53) trail Tamil Nadu 22-0 by 268 runs.

Giant-Killers Jammu and Kashmir in command against Giants Mumbai

It was not an ideal start for domestic giants Mumbai against the giant killers from the last season Jammu and Kashmir in their first round match at the Wankhade Stadium, Mumbai. J&K bowlers made the life difficult for the Mumbai batsmen right from the word go and took wickets at regular intervals. Suryakumar Yadav’s 57 and Dhawal Kulkarni’s 42 were not enough for Mumbai as they were cleaned up for 236. Wasim Raja and Ram Dayal finished with 3 wickets each for J&K. In reply, J&K end day 1 on 88-1 trialling Mumbai by 148 runs with four days to go. Shubham Kajuria is batting on 47 while Bandeep Singh is batting on 34.

Scores: Mumbai 236 (Suryakumar Yadav 57, Kulkarni 42, Waseem Raza 3-29) trail Jammu and Kashmir 88-1 ( Shubham Kajuria 47*1, Bandeep Singh 34*) by 148 runs.

Other Brief Scores:

At Guwahati: Tripura 135 (Mura Singh 47, Sibsankar Roy 3-6, Krishna Das 3-41) trail Assam 68-4 (Pallav Kumar Das 17, Abu Nechim 24, AK Sarkar 2-13) by 67runs.

At Vadodara: Bengal 255-3 (Sudip Chatterjee 91*, Shreevats Goswami 61*, Munaf Patel 1-32) vs Baroda.

At New Delhi: Madhya Pradesh 180 (Jalaj Saxena 41, Rameez Khan 40, Anureet Singh 5-42) trail Railways 21-0 (Abhishek Kaushik 13*) by 159 runs.

At Jaipur: Gujarat 258-4 (Priyank Panchal 64, B Merai 63, B Gohil 53, MR Chaudry 2-64) vs Rajasthan.

At Pune: Odidha 223-5 (Natraj Behra 66, Biplab Samantray 64*, Joseph Muthuswami 2-29) vs Maharashtra.

At Wayanad: Goa 313-6 ( Amogh Desai 75, Darsham Misal 57, Basil Thampi 3-95)

At New Delhi: Services 226 (Deepak Punia 64, Rishi Dhawan 3-57, Vikramjeet Malik 3-33) trail Himachal Pradesh 19-0 (Ankush Bains 12*) by 207 runs.

At Vizag: Hyderabad 281-6 (Ravi Teja 96, Akshath Reddy 55, Vijay Kumar 2-32) vs Andhra.

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