Ranji Trophy Round 6: KL Rahul Shines, Bhuvneshwar Wicketless On Ranji Trophy Return
The sixth round of 83rd edition of Ranji Trophy began today with a total of 26 teams taking on each other at 13 different venues. KL Rahul and Bhuvneswar Kumar were marking their return to competitive cricket after missing out a major pat of New Zealand series. KL Rahul shone with the bat scoring 76 runs whereas Bhuvneshwar Kumar wicketless for Uttar Pradesh.
Here is how our domestic cricketers fared on day 1 of round six of Ranji Trophy 2016/17 –
Group A –
Bengal Ranji team, which was in the news yesterday because of an ugly altercation between two of the senior pros Ashok Dinda and Pragyan Ojha, today surprised everyone by batting at a speed of a snail. They batted out for 90 overs of the day with the loss of 3 wickets but scored only 190 runs in 540 balls they played. Playing at a run rate of 1.66 in the first season scoring just 55 runs n 33 overs bowled, the run rate increased a bit as we saw 63 runs being scored in 30 overs in penultimate session of the day whereas there was a minimal increase in run-rate in final session as Bengal batsman added 72 runs in 27 overs bowled. They played like they are walking ahead with heavy sacks on their back. They have to increase the batting run-rate tomorrow so as to go for a win here.
Bengal 190/3 (Manoj Tiwary 56;Aswin Crist 1/19 vs Tamil Nadu) at Rajkot.
Mumbai 233 (Suryakumar Yadav 99; Kuldeep Yadav 4/46 vs Uttar Pradesh 22/1, lead by 211 runs) at Mysore
Baroda 183 (Dhiren Mistry 50; Avinash 5-50 vs Railways 39/0, lead by 44 runs) at Nagpur
Gujarat 224/4 (Parthiv Patel 49; Ankit Sharma 2/60 vs Madhya Pradesh) at Nagothane
KL Rahul’s innings of 76 runs were the highlight of Group B today as with this innings, he sent a reminder to selectors that he is fit for selection and is ready to open the innings for the Indian team. Despite being fit, he has to now wait for the start of the third Test as he is not the member of squad announced for first two Tests. With Gautam Gambhir failing in both the innings of the first Test, there are chances that Karun Nair may be hand debut cap on Thursday when the second Test match starts. As of now, his selection in the Indian team for the third Test is confirmed despite having many competitions in the market.
Karnataka 345/6 (Mayank Agarwal 81, Lokesh Rahul 76; Tanveer-ul-Haq 3-64 vs Rajasthan) at Vizag
Brief Scores: Vidarbha 59 (Shahlab Srivastava 19; Anupam Sanklecha 7-25 vs Maharashtra 240/3, trail by 181 runs) at Kolkata
Brief Scores: Saurashtra 277 (Prerak Mankad 96; Ashish Kumar 4-52 vs Jharkhand 29/0, lead by 248 runs) at Agartala
Brief Scores: Assam 224-5 (Kunal Saikia 88*Basant Mohanty 2-8 vs Odisha) at Hyderabad
The former India under-19 player, Amandeep Khare, highlighted the group C by virtue of scoring 85 runs for his team, standing alone against Himachal Pradesh strong bowling line up. When all the other batsmen were struggling, Khare rose up to ranks playing timely knock to drive his team to a reputable total. He went on to play a total of 188 balls spending 226 minutes on the crease. Though he missed the century mark but had already done his work before being dismissed.
Chhattisgarh 212/7 (Amandeep Khare 85; Bipul Sharma 3-37 vs Himachal Pradesh) at Kanpur.
Haryana 295/5 (Rajat Paliwal 99*; Parvez Rasool 3-43 vs Jammu & Kashmir) ar Cuttack.
Tripura 171 (Bunti Roy 34; Paidikalva Vijaykumar 4-56 vs Andhra Pradesh, trail by 124 runs) at Valsad.
Kerala 290/2 (Rohan Prem 120*;Rituraj Singh 1-21 vs Goa) at Mumbai (BS).
Hyderabad 303-7 (Bavanaka Sandeep 83* ; Raushan Raj 4-52 vs Services) at Mumbai (BKC)
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