Ranji Trophy 2017-18: Superstar Prithvi Shaw Smashes Yet another Hundred for Mumbai
As the first day of the round three of the premium ongoing domestic Ranji Trophy has witnessed a lot early on which further saw Mumbai rookie opener, Prithvi Shaw smashed a hundred in the Group C encounter against hosts Odisha in Bhubaneswar.
The Thane-born right-handed batsman Shaw smashed 105 off 153 deliveries, as his innings was comprised of 18 boundaries. He scored at the strike-rate of 68.63, before being trapped in front of the stumps by paceman Basant Mohanty.
Shaw alongside Ajinkya Rahane forged a partnership of 136 for the second after losing the first wicket when visitors score was 20 for one.
In the Group B game, hosts Saurashtra at Rajkot posted 341 for five which eventually saw skipper Cheteshwar Pujara registered a century to lead his side from the front.
Group A –
Hyderabad scored 272 for three after the 93-run stand for the first wicket against Railways. Manish Rao claimed two wickets for Railways, and Karan Thakur picked a wicket of gloveman Kolla Sumanth.
At the end of the day one, skipper Ambati Rayudu was batting on 88 off 137 balls, and Bavanaka Sandeep scored 64 on the same amount of deliveries his batting partner faced.
Batting first, Suresh Raina-led side Uttar Pradesh posted 270 for eight at the stumps of day one against Ishant Sharma-led Delhi.
The highest scorer for Uttar Pradesh was Mohammad Saif, who scored 83 off 169 balls. However, Raina was clean bowled by Milind Kumar after 24-ball 10.
Wicket-keeper batsman Upendra Yadav was batting on 48 off 82 balls alongside Mohd Israr (6 off 21) when on-field umpire drew stumps.
Hosts Maharashtra was bundled out in 55 overs by Karnataka bowlers as skipper Vinay Kumar led from the front by picking six wickets in 14 overs which eventually saw him conceding 59 runs.
However, the light was shining on Rahul Tripathi, who smashed 120 off 114 balls as his innings included 13 fours and three maximums.
Before the end of the day, Karnataka openers posted 117 in 31 overs with Mayank Agarwal batting on 50 off 94 balls, and Ravikumar Samarth remained unbeaten on 47 off 93 balls.
Group B –
The hosts in the form of Kerala struggled against Jammu and Kashmir as the side was bundled out at the paltry score of 219 in 76 overs.
The chief architect for J&K was skipper Parvez Rasool, who bagged six wickets after giving away70 runs in 26 overs owing to his off-spin bowling.
Leg-spinner Aamir Aziz and paceman Mohammed Mudhasir claimed two wickets each.
At the stumps in 12 overs, J&K posted 16 on board for no loss and are further trailing by 203 runs.
Saurashtra posted 341 for five on board on the very first day against Jharkhand at the home base. Captain Cheteshwar Pujara remained unbeaten on 125 off 223 balls. Pujara smashed 18 boundaries, as Chirag Jani was batting on 40 off 57 balls.
For Jharkhand, the pick of the bowlers was Ashish Kumar, who bagged three wickets after conceding 50 runs in 20 overs.
The right-arm bowler dismissed both the openers in the form of Robin Uthappa and wicket-keeper batsman Snell Patel.
Parthiv Patel-led side Gujarat was bundled out for 236 runs, as Bhargav Merai was the only player who scored a fifty.
Leg-spinner Amit Mishra was spectacular with the ball as he went on to claim four wickets. At stumps, Haryana was one down in three overs as Siddharth Desai bagged the solitary wicket.
Group C –
Hosts Vishnu Solanki smashed a fine century to help his side to post 304 for five on day one of the third-round of the Ranji Trophy 2017-18.
For Tripura, the left-arm orthodox spinner Gurinder Singh picked two wickets after sending down 15 overs.
At stumps on the first day, Mumbai posted 264 for six in 90 overs. Skipper and gloveman Aditya Tare is batting on 65-ball 28, and Akash Parkar faced 20 deliveries to score three runs.
For Odisha, Basant Mohanty and Biplab Samantray bagged two wickets each as Suryakant Pradhan, and Dhiraj Singh claimed wicket apiece.
In another game, Madhya Pradesh were slower to score runs on the very first day of the ongoing Ranji fixture. The hosts posted 219 for five in 89 overs at the strike-rate of 2.46.
Left-arm pacer Yarra Prithviraj claimed three wickets in 14 overs.
Harpreet Singh was not out on 47 off 74 balls whereas, Ankit Sharma looked settled after facing 52 balls for his 18.
Group D –
In the Group D fixture, Manoj Tiwary-led Bengal posted 306 for five in 86 overs when umpires decided to call it a day. The hosts’ opener Abhishek Raman smashed brilliant 176 off 242 deliveries.
Moreover, skipper Tiwary is unbeaten on 78 off 132 balls as Shreevats Goswami faced a solitary ball.
For Himachal Pradesh, five bowlers picked a wicket each out of total six bowlers the visitors’ skipper Ankush Bains used.
After batting first, Mohammad Kaif-led Chattisgarh was bundled out for 238 in 73 overs before the visitors Punjab posted 57 for one in 14 overs.
Skipper Jiwanjot Singh is batting on 40 off 44 deliveries, and Uday Kaul faced 35 balls to score nine runs.
Chhattisgarh lost first five wickets on 35 runs in 22.5 overs.
For Chhattisgarh, Vishal Singh was the top-scorer with 76 off 93 balls. He smashed 12 boundaries and two maximums.
Fast bowler Manpreet Gony bagged four wickets, and Vinay Choudhary bagged three wickets.
In the first innings, Vidarbha posted 259 for three against Services in Nagpur.
Skipper Faiz Fazal scored unbeaten 128 off 256 balls. He registered 12 boundaries and three sixes.
Before the stumps were taken off, Ganesh Satish was batting on 14 off 43 balls.
Khalid Ahmed picked two wickets, and Vikas Yadav claimed a wicket of Wasim Jaffer.
Tahir Ibn Manzoor
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