Ranji Trophy: Jaidev Unadkat and Siddarth Kaul shine, MP bat themselves into a strong position
Jaidev Unadkat and Siddarth Kaul shone with the ball on the first day of the 2015-16 Ranji Trophy quarterfinals on Wednesday (February 3), Unadkat’s five-for helping Saurashtra take control of their match against Vidarbha while Kaul’s four-wicket haul allowed Punjab to keep Assam’s batsmen in check.
On the first day of the 2015-16 Ranji Trophy quarterfinal Jaidev Unadkat and Siddarth Kaul simmered. Unadkat’s five wickets haul Saurashtra take control of their match against Vidarbha while Kaul’s four-wicket haul allowed Punjab to keep Assam’s batsmen in check.
The Madhya Pradesh batsmen meanwhile dominated the day’s proceedings against Bengal and Mumbai put themselves into a good position against Jharkhand.
Vidarbha v Saurashtra in Vizag
Jaydev Undkat’s five-wicket haul helped Saurashtra to take an edge over Vidarbha as the latter were wrapped up for dismal 151 at Dr. PVG Raju ACA Sports Complex before Sagar Jogiyani and Cheteshwar Pujara took the total to 70 for 1 at the close of the day.
The pace pair of Unadkat and Hardik Rathod reduced Vidarbha to 30 for 3 in 13 overs, The pace duo of Unadkat and Hardik Rathod reduced Vidarbha to 30 for 3 in 13 overs that justified Saurashtra’s decision to field first.
Two experienced blokes of Vidarbha Wasim Jaffer and S Badrinath attempted to salvage the innings with a 33 run stand, but Badrinath, the captain, fell just before lunch for 17.
Jaffer fought hard but failed to find any support.
Umesh Yadav provided some lusty shots towards the end of the innings, smashing 25 runs soff 16 deliveries, but it was too late. Unadkat swiped the tail picking up the last three wickets in the space of four overs to finish with 5 for 70.
Saurashtra lost Avi Barot in the seventh over of their reply when he was caught off Yadav for five. The early loss, though, did not affect Saurashtra’s innings as Jogiyani and Pujara as they guided their team to a healthy position by stumps.
Assam v Punjab in Valsad
Siddarth Kaul continued his impressive performance with the ball from the Vijay Hazare Trophy in Punjab’s quarterfinal clash against Punjab at Sardar Patel Stadium. The medium pacer grabbed four wickets to reduce Assam 223 for 8 by close of play.
Batting first Assam’s Pallav Kumar Das and Rahul Hazarika got off to a good start. The pair put on 44 runs before Deepak Bansal dismissed Hazarika for 12. Das batted patiently for 101 deliveries but was dismissed four short of his half-century.His dismissal was followed by the wicket of Gokul Sharma, the first of Kaul’s victims and Assam found themselves in a spot of bother at 85 for 3. Assam were 15 for 5 soon after the lunch thanks to the pacer pair Kaul and Barinder Sran.
A 66 run stand between Amit Verma, the former Karnataka allrounder and J Syed Mohammed for the sixth wicket took Assam to a position of relative safety.
But Kaul’s return to the attack, late in the day, helped Punjab steal the advantage again as he first dismissed Verma for 42 and then sent back Amit Sinha for 13. Sran had Dhiraj Goswami caught by Mayank Sidhan in the penultimate over of the day as Assam crawled to 223 for 8. Mohammed ended the day unbeaten on 50.
Bengal v Madhya Pradesh in Mumbai
Half-centuries by Aditya Shrivastava, Naman Ojha and Harpreet Singh Bhatia put Madhya Pradesh in a strong position at 254 for 4 in their quarterfinal against Bengal at the Cricket Club of India in Mumbai.
Having won the toss and elected to field, Bengal got off to a promising start when they reduced MP to 39 for 2. Veerpratap Singh, the right arm pacer, dismissed Jalaj Saxena in the fourth over and, soon after, Sayan Mandal castled Rajat Patidar for 17.
But Shrivastava in his debut first-class season, guided MP into a comfortable position with the help of Naman Ojha. They shared a 102 run partnership before Pragyan Ojha dismissed Shrivastava for 65, his third half-century this season.
Bengal found MP at in trouble for 162 for 4, but Devendra Bundela, the captain and Harpreet put up an unbeaten partnership of 88 to strengthen MP’s position. At the close, Bundela was unbeaten on 42 while Harpreet, the more attacking of the two, was on 51.
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