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Wriddhiman Saha practicing.
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Irani Cup 2017: Wriddhiman Saha Makes A Comeback In Cheteshwar Pujara-Led Irani Cup Squad

India batsman Cheteshwar Pujara will lead the 15-member Rest of India squad against the Ranji Trophy champions Gujarat in Irani Cup from January 18 to 22 to be played at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. Wriddhiman Saha will be make a comeback to competitive cricket after a period of two months as the latter missed the major portion of the Test series against England due to injury.

Rest of India squad includes Abhinav Mukund and Akhil Herwadkar as openers. Mukund, the led Tamil Nadu to the semis of Ranji Trophy. Akhil Herwadkar, who missed a few games due to injury, was a part of Mumbai team for the final. He scored 467 runs at an average of 42.45 in 12 innings in Ranji Trophy 2016/17.

Pujara will perform the duties at No. 3 with Karun Nair, who scored a triple century in Chennai Test against England, is most likely to bat at No. 4. Ishan Kishan and Prashant Chopra have been rewarded for a good show in the Ranji Trophy. Bengal skipper Manoj Tiwary also finds a place in the team.

Pankaj Singh will be leading the pace bowling attack alongside Shardul Thakur, Siddharth Kaul and K Vignesh. Shahbaz Nadeem will lead the spin attack along with Kuldeep Yadav. Nadeem scalped 56 wickets whereas Kuldeep Yadav scalped 35 wickets in Ranji Trophy. Kuldeep also scored 466 runs and ended as highest run-scorer and wicket-taker for Uttar Pradesh.

 

The Rest of India squad was selected by a three-member committee comprising of MSK Prasad, Sarandeep Singh and Devang Gandhi as Gagan Khoda and Jatin Paranjpe have been removed from the selection panel as per the recommendations of Lodha panel.

Rest of India Squad: Abhinav Mukund, Akhil Herwadkar, Cheteshwar Pujara (captain), Karun Nair, Manoj Tiwary, Wriddhiman Saha, Kuldeep Yadav, Shahbaz Nadeem, Pankaj Singh, K Vignesh, Siddarth Kaul, Shardul Thakur, Akshay Wakhare, Ishan Kishan, Prashant Chopra.

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Spotlight On Pant, Kishan As India A Face England

Mumbai, Jan 11 (IANS) Promising batsman Rishabh Pant and wicket-keeper Ishan Kishan will look to impressing the national cricket selectors when India ‘A’ take on England in the second 50-over warm-up match at the Brabourne stadium here on Thursday.

Pant, who played an important role in India’s runners-up campaign at the Under-19 World Cup in 2016, has made rapid strides to be selected selected in the Twenty20 squad for the England series.

The 19-year-old Delhi batsman recently slammed four centuries in his first full Ranji season — including a triple hundred against Maharashtra and a 48-ball ton against Jharkhand.

The spotlight will also be shared by another promising player Kishan. The Jharkhand player led India at the Under-19 World Cup in 2016 in Bangladesh where they lost to the West Indies in the final. He has produced some fine knocks in the domestic circuit which caught the attention of the selectors.

Among others, focus will also be on veteran Suresh Raina, who is making a comeback after a long hiatus and all-rounders Parvez Rasool, Vinay Kumar. All three players will be aiming to hit the right note ahead of the England series.

The bowling department will also be looking to make an impact in the match as the entire line-up, which failed to perform in the first practice match failing to defend a target of 305 runs, has been changed.

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The bowling unit will be spearheaded by experienced pacer Ashoke Dinda and Kumar along with Pradeep Sangwan and off-spinner Rasool.

For England, everything went good in the first practice game, which they won by three wickets in Mumbai.

Sam Billings(93), Jason Roy (62), Jos Buttler (46) and Liam Dawson (41) came good for the visitors, who chased down India’s 304-5 with 1.1 overs and three wickets to spare.

They are likely to try out some bowling combinations with an eye for another morale-boosting win ahead a three match One-Day International series against India, beginning on Sunday in Pune.

The teams:

India ‘A’: Ajinkya Rahane (captain), Rishabh Pant, Suresh Raina, Deepak Hooda, Ishan Kishan (wicketkeeper), Sheldon Jackson, Vijay Shankar, Shahbaz Nadeem, Parvez Rasool, Vinay Kumar, Pradeep Sangwan, Ashoke Dinda.

England: Eoin Morgan (captain), Moeen Ali, Jonny Bairstow, Jake Ball, Sam Billings, Jos Buttler (wicketkeeper), Liam Dawson, Alex Hales, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes, David Willey and Chris Woakes.

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Shahbaz Nadeem, Ishan Kishan Credit Jharkhand’s Success To Mentor MS Dhoni

Two cricketers from Jharkhand have credited India captain Mahendra Singh Singh for sharing his overall experience, which has made them achieve best results in the ongoing domestic season of Ranji Trophy 2016-17.

The 27-year-old left-arm spinner Shahbaz Nadeem, who’s the highest wicket-taker with 50 scalps so far, and Ishan Kishan, who led India U-19 team to the final of the World Cup earlier this year, acknowledged Dhoni’s efforts to help in preparing the Jharkhand side against tough opponents throughout the season.

“It always helps when you have someone like Dhoni bhai to help you. There is no questioning his tactical acumen and I still remember that going into the game against Maharashtra, the wicket wore a slightly greener look. So Dhoni bhai came up to me and said that I should initially look to restrict the batsmen and use variations only after I have tied them down. The move worked wonders and here I am leading the wicket-takers’ tally,” Nadeem said, quoted as saying by CricketNext.

Rising to the occasion, the Jharkhand side has had a good time after thrashing Haryana in the quarter-final game by five wickets to set a semi-final clash against Gujarat in Nagpur.

Ahead of the domestic season this year, Dhoni joined his state side Jharkhand as the mentor which not only boosted the youngsters, but has also become a prime reason for him to practice with the current young crop of cricketers.

On the other side, gloveman Ishan Kishan was instructed by Dhoni to change his stance, which he followed by scoring 719 at an average of 59.91 in 9 matches.

“Dhoni bhai saw me at the nets and walked up to me and said that I needed to curtail my attacking instincts to begin with. He believed that to play a long innings I needed to be a little more compact and I did just that. He asked me to change my stance as well and when it comes from someone like Dhoni bhai, you know you can trust his observation,” Kishan said.

In Ranji this season, the 18-year-old left-handed opening batsman Kishan is at No.12 in the highest run-scorers list.

“I got time to rework my stance and train with my new stance during the camp ahead of the season and I realised that I was feeling a lot better at the crease. I have maintained that stance since and I have seen that it has enhanced my batting,” he added.

Fitness is something that’s the best thing to start the season with, remarked Kishan and Dhoni has been at forefront to work on players’ fitness.

“Dhoni bhai puts a lot of emphasis on fitness. As we all know, he loves to stay at the top of his fitness level. And this time, he ensured that we also worked on our fitness at the start of the season. It was obviously something that wasn’t too common with the domestic teams, but the experience was out of the world,” Ishan revealed.

“To be honest, we have played nine games so far, but we still feel like the season has just started. To be mentally fresh going into the business end of the tournament is very important and we have managed to do that thanks to Dhoni bhai’s efforts,” he concluded.

Jharkhand will face Gujarat at the Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium, Nagpur in the second semi-final game on January 1st.

Ranji Trophy
Ranji Trophy
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Ranji Trophy 2016/17: Jharkhand Qualifies For Semi-Final, Gujarat On Brink Of A Win

On day four of the Ranji Trophy 2016/17, Jharkhand joined Tamil Nadu in the top four whereas it’s just a mere matter of time for Gujarat and Mumbai as both the teams are on brink of qualifying for the next round. Here is how the fourth day of Ranji Trophy 2016/17 went ahead:

Jharkhand vs Haryana

Haryana looked in a good position when they ended day three at a score of 146/2 but right at the start of day four, the river went upstream for Haryana and they lost early wickets right at the start of the day, handing the early advantage to Jharkhand. They lost the first wicket of Shivam Chauhan followed by the crucial wicket of Rajat Paliwal. In no time, they lost another four wickets before the tailenders added 40 crucial runs in Haryana’s total.

Jharkhand was asked to chase a score of 176 by Haryana. There was never a doubt that Jharkhand is going to chase that but the only question was the time, that when Jharkhand is going to finish the chase. Their batsmen did not wait for another day, finishing the chase today itself, to take an extra day off.

Ishan Kishan played a crucial role in providing players an extra day off as the opening the batsman played a quickfire innings of 86 runs in 61 deliveries to finish the game today.

It was a great season for Haryana but in the end, the better team was the winner. Jayant Yadav’s elevation to the Indian squad was probably the biggest indicator of how far Haryana has come this season.

 

Mumbai vs Hyderabad

There is never a doubt and never would be that Mumbai is always the dominating team in Ranji Trophy. They looked quite weak on the first day when they were bundled out on a score of 294 on day 1 but they bounced back by gaining first innings lead by end of two innings in the game. Their batting woes continued in the second innings as well as they were bowled on a score of 217 but their bowlers marked Mumbai’s comeback in the game as in a chase of 232, Hyderabad is seven down with a score of 121 and still needs 111 runs to qualify for the next round, the chances of this event happening looks very less.

Though Hyderabad is still 111 runs away from the total but still it’s anybody’s game as both Chama Milind and Balachander Anirudh has surprised in past with their batting in this season itself.

Mumbai bowlers have to be cautious as they can’t take Hyderabad tailenders lightly.

Gujarat vs Odisha

It is safe to say that Gujarat has qualified for the next round, even if they are not able to dismiss Odisha batting line-up tomorrow as it will be the first innings lead which will take them to the next round. Currently, they possess a lead of 578 runs over Odisha and have two wickets in hands. Samit Gohel is batting on a score 261 and they are waiting for him to score his first ever triple century in first-class cricket, just like Virat Kohli did in the Mumbai Test against England for Karun Nair.

On day four, Gujarat added 268 runs at loss of just five wickets. Despite ensuring a win here, Gujarat’s aim was to punish Odisha bowlers and they made them toil whole day. It looks like Gujarat will declare the moment Gohel will touch the 300 run mark, meanwhile, Gujarat is the third team to book one seat in semi-finals.

Brief Scores: Gujarat (263 & 514/8)  lead by 578 runs vs Odisha (199) at Jaipur.

India A team with the trophy after defeating Australia A in the final
India A team with the trophy after defeating Australia A in the final
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India ‘A’ To Tour South Africa In June 2017

India A team is set to tour South Africa next year in June, the same time when the senior team will be defending their Champions Trophy title in England. It’ll be a good opportunity for youngsters such as Rishabh Pant, Priyank Panchal, Ishan Kishan to make their mark and take a step ahead in their career. But there is also a slight possibility of any of these youngsters making it to the Indian team before that tour. Also, India A team is expected also have some players from the Indian Premier League (IPL), who could rise to prominence in the 10th edition of the league.

“Yes, India A’s tour of South Africa in the month of June, next year has been finalised. This is a part of BCCI promoting more A tours to get the talented India aspirants battle ready. The conditions there will test the quality of batsmanship,” a senior BCCI office-bearer told PTI.

“The A tours give an ideal opportunity to the performers in domestic cricket to showcase their talent. Look at the likes of Priyanka Panchal, who has scored over 1000 runs or youngsters like Rishabh Pant and Ishan Kishan who have caught the attention — the selectors will get a chance to test if they are ready for the next level or not,” the BCCI source added.

The last time India A toured South Africa, senior pros like Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Suresh Raina were also part of the team. It was the same tour when Dhawan smashed 248 at Pretoria. India A won the Tri-Series which also included Australia A.

Last year as well, India A and South Africa A met in a Tri-Series where Australia A was the third team. India A again played Australia A in the final and clinched the trophy. The tour was quite (un)famous as 10 South African players were hospitalised due to food poisoning.

M.S. Dhoni plays Vijay Hazare Trophy.
M.S. Dhoni plays Vijay Hazare Trophy.
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India vs England: Mahendra Singh Dhoni Might Play For India A Ahead Of England ODIs

Indian ODI skipper M.S. Dhoni, who hasn’t played any competitive cricket for past one month now, might don the India A jersey and mark presence in two practise games against England ahead of the ODI series against the visitors. Dhoni hasn’t played any form of competitive cricket for more than a month now and these practise games will be an ideal dress rehearsal for him to prepare himself for the One-dayers. He might also lead the team in these two games.

Last year, M.S. Dhoni, ahead of India tour of Australia, marked his presence for Jharkhand in Vijay Hazare Trophy to prepare himself for the tour but this year the One-day tournament starts after the completion of ODI series.

Though Jharkhand team has qualified for the quarter-final of Ranji Trophy but M.S. Dhoni, the mentor of the team will not play the game as he has already retired from Test cricket and there is no use of taking place of a deserved candidate, thus denying him a chance at the big stage.

Other than Dhoni, we may also see rookie Rishabh Pant being given a chance as the Delhiite has plundered 903 runs at an average of 90.30 in seven Ranji Trophy games till now. Priyank Panchal, the highest run-scorer in this year’s Ranji Trophy will also be an ideal choice for the selectors. Many other players like Ishan Kishan, Hardik Pandya, Parvez Rasool, Kuldeep Yadav might also be the part of the squad.

England team, yesterday, announced their ODI squad axing Ben Duckett and bringing in Alex Hales and Eoin Morgan, who missed the Bangladesh tour citing security issues.

The three-match ODI series starts on January 15 from Cuttack followed by 3 T20Is.

Saba Karim.
Saba Karim. Photo Credit: Twitter.
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Test Rishabh Pant In Different Conditions, Don’t Be Too Fussy: Saba Karim

Former national selector, Saba Karim, who was himself a wicketkeeper-batsman has warned the cricket fraternity against creating so much noise about the rise of Rishabh Pant, as former selector feels that Pant still has a long way to go and have to prove himself in different and challenging conditions, “After so many days we have got a young talent like him, but I think that we should give some more time to Rishabh. Selectors should first see him performing in different conditions. Team India is always in search of a player who can keep wickets and bat as well, yes, he is doing well but its only his first year and he has to prove himself in long run,” says the former selector.

Rishabh Pant has amassed a total of 799 runs this season with a total of 4 centuries to his name, which also includes a triple century against Maharashtra. Pant has already received praise from many legendary players including Virender Sehwag and Harbhajan Singh. The way he is moving forward is really mind boggling as he is tumbling and breaking records on daily basis. He posses a batting average of 114.14 this season and his batting strike rate is 113.01 which is enough to blow anyone’s mind.

Though Saba feels Pant needs to be tested in different conditions but he himself knows that Pant is in the form of his life and can be a go-to replacement in case of a regular wicketkeeper getting injured or unavailable as he says, “In any case if there is an immediate requirement of a player in the squad, he can be the replacement. This is where the bench strength comes into play. Ishan Kishan and Ankush Bains are also playing well and this is a good signal for Indian cricket.”

Surely this is a good signal for Indian cricket but Ankush Bain’s name in his list is a bit of surprising. Though Bains performed well in U-19 World Cup 2014 but he has never been consistent in domestic cricket. In this year’s Ranji Trophy, Bains has scored 318 runs in 11 innings at an average of 28.90. Despite an average show in the last season as well, he was given a chance in historic Pink ball Duleep trophy to play for India Red but there as well he just scored 36 runs in the lone game he played.

He has been there with M.S. Dhoni in CSK and RSP camp since the year 2015. This can probably be the reason why Saba Karim has named him?

Talking of Ishan, he failed badly in the Under 19 world cup but yes it was under his guidance team reached the final of the U19 World Cup 2016. In this years Raji Trophy, Kishan has scored 599 runs in 9 innings which includes three centuries, out of which one was converted into double ton against Delhi. Surely, he is a good prospect to watch in future. He was a part of Gujarat Lions in IPL 2016.

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Ranji Trophy
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Ranji Trophy Round 5: Yuvraj Singh-Led Punjab Marching Towards A Win vs U.P.

Group A

Moving ahead strongly on the third day of the game, Punjab is now set to churn out six points from this game as they just need 51 runs on the final day of the fifth round against Uttar Pradesh in Hyderabad. Currently, Uday Kaul and Jiwanjot Singh are on strike with Yuvraj Singh still to come out to bat. Surely, both the youngsters would like to accomplish the task without any casualty whereas U.P. bowlers will look to drive the boat upstream. However, Punjab has already lost bonus points and will go home with six points from the game.

Brief Scores –

Punjab 319 and 61/2 vs Uttar Pradesh 335 and 95 in Hyderabad.

Mumbai 345 vs Railways 160 & 135/4 (f/o) in Mysore

Baroda 93 & 200 lost to Tamil Nadu 337 by an innings and 44 runs in Raipur

Group B

Being asked to follow on after Delhi failed to get close to Jharkhand’s score, the capital state is now on a score of 165/1 and possess a tiny lead of just six runs with nine wickets in hands. By no chance, we can think about any result from the game from Delhi point of view whereas Jharkhand will look to get remaining wickets as soon as possible so as to take six points from the game leaving Delhi empty-handed. Though it will be interesting to see if Rishabh Pant is able to continue his good form or not.

Brief Scores –

Delhi 334 and 165/1 (f/o) vs Jharkhand 493 in Thumba.

Odisha 172 and 244/2 (f/o) vs Team Rajasthan 323 in Patiala.

Karnataka 267 & 209 beat Vidarbha 176 and 111 by 189 runs in Vadodara.

Assam 171 vs Saurashtra 153 and 0/1 in Kolkata.

Group C

Andhra Pradesh has put the right foot ahead against Services in Indore. They need 269 runs to overtake them whereas the bowling team will be looking for those nine wickets in 90 overs. The match is as clear as a mirror, the batting team needs 269 runs, nine wickets for bowling team will do it for the Services. Despite Andhra Pradesh being in strong position, there are chances of Services making a comeback in the game, they just need two or three breakthroughs right at the start of the day to turn the tables for them.

Brief Scores –

Andhra Pradesh 177/1 vs Services 446 in Indore.

Himachal Pradesh 370 vs Jammu & Kashmir 162 & 337/4 in Ranchi

Chhattisgarh 198 and 95/2 vs Goa 270 in Cuttack

Haryana 303 and 6/0 vs Kerala 404 in Jaipur.

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Ranji Trophy
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Ranji Trophy Round 5: Delhi Pollution Leads To Cancellation Of Two Matches, Ishan Kishan Shines With A Double Ton

The second day of the fifth round of Ranji Trophy brought two surprising news as two of the Ranji Trophy games were cancelled due to the high volume of smoke, smog and fog in Delhi. The match officials saw no hope of any action neither at Feroz Shah Kotla nor at Karnail Singh Stadium, thus leading to the cancellation of two Ranji Trophy games. BCCI will soon announce a new schedule for these two cancelled games.

Let’s see what happened in rest of the games –

Group A

 

 

The Indian discarded batsman Yuvraj Singh, who is doing every possible effort to make a comeback in the Indian team, today, struck a not-out half-century on the second day of the game against Railways. Coming in at a safe position, Yuvraj along with Uday Kaul shared 96 runs for the third wicket before Uday Kaul was caught by Kuldeep Yadav off Saurabh Kumar. Currently, Punjab is in a safe position and has a real chance of taking away three points from the game by taking first innings lead.

Brief scores:

Uttar Pradesh 335 (Kuldeep Yadav 71; Sandeep Sharma 5-85)lead by 91 runs vs Punjab 244/3 (Yuvraj Singh 72*;Saurabh Kumar 3-59) at Hyderabad.

Baroda 93 & 44/0 (Kedar Devdhar 33*) trail by 337 runs vs Tamil Nadu (Abhinav Mukund 100; Munaf Patel 4-91) at Raipur.

Mumbai 345 (Suryakumar Yadav 110; Karn Sharma 5-81) lead by 269 runs vs Railways 76/3 (Ashish Singh 22; Vijay Gohil 2-25) at Mysore.

Gujarat vs Bengal at Delhi: Game cancelled due to unfavourable conditions.

Group B

Rishabh Pant and Ishan Kishan poses for a pic during U19 WC.
Rishabh Pant and Ishan Kishan poses for a pic during U19 WC.

Chasing a huge target of 493 up by Jharkhand in the first innings, Delhi had a jittery start losing 3 wickets with a score of 74 on the board before the former vice-captain of India U-19 team, Rishabh Pant, once again came to rescue by scoring a century at a quite fast pace. At the time of stumps, Rishabh Pandit was batting on a score of 107* on just 84 balls. His innings included 8 sixes and 7 fours.

Earlier in the day, resuming his batting from a score of 162*, Ishant Kishan went on to add 111 runs to his yesterday’s total before getting out on a score of 262 on the board alongside his name.

Brief Scores:

Jharkhand 493 (Ishan Kishan 273; Subodh Bhati 3-80) lead by 268 runs vs Delhi 225/3 (Rishabh Pant 107*; Anand Singh 1-8) at Thumba.

Karnataka 267 and 108/3 (R Samarth 45*; Lalit Yadav 2-60) lead by 19 runs vs Vidarbha 176 (Jitesh Sharma 61; Shreyas Gopal 3-22) at Vadodara.

Rajasthan 323 (SF Khan 110; Govinda Poddar 3-59) lead by 180 runs vs Odisha 143/8 (Deepak Behera 49*, Aniket Choudhary 4-34) at Patiala.

Saurashtra 121/9 (Jaydev Unadkat 31*; Arup Das 7-39) vs Assam at Kolkata.

Group C

Rishi Dhawan during a net session.
Rishi Dhawan during a net session.

The Indian all-rounder, Rishi Dhawan, made most of the noise in Group C scoring an unbeaten half century against Jammu and Kashmir at Ranchi. His innings came at the right time as the Indian team is looking for a fast bowling all-rounder and he can be the go-to man for them. Not to forget, Rishi Dhawan grabbed a 7 wicket haul in the last game and has now followed with a half century. Currently, he is on the list of best all-rounders in Ranji Trophy and has to follow with these performances to get a chance in the Test squad.

Brief  Scores:

Jammu & Kashmir 162 and 39/0 trail by 169 runs vs Himachal Pradesh 370 (Paras Dogra 89; Aamir Aziz 4-56) at Ranchi.

Services 400/8 (Shamser Yadav 136; Dwaraka Ravi Teja 2/24) vs Andhra Pradesh at Indore.

Chattisgarh 198 (Amandeep Khare 60; Rituraj Singh 6-60) lead by 71 runs vs Goa 127/6 (Samar Dhubhasi 38*; Kant Singh 3-27) at Cuttack.

Haryana 303 (Rohit Sharma 92; Sandeep Warrier 5-80) lead by 123 runs vs Kerala 180/1 (Vishnu Vinod 58; Harshal Patel 1/25) at Jaipur.

Gujarat vs Bengal at Delhi: Game cancelled due to unfavourable conditions.

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Ranji Trophy
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Ranji Trophy Round 5: Delhi Pollution Forces A Call Off At Kotla, Karnail Singh Stadium

The fifth round of the 83rd edition of Ranji Trophy started today. On day 1, a total of 3 matches were scuppered due to nature’s call whereas in three of the matches the team bowling first was able to bowl out their opposition on day 1. Here is how all the teams fared on Day 1 pf Ranji Trophy 2016/17 –

Group A

The amount of smog, smoke, and pollution in Delhi can be adjudged by the fact that the first day of the Ranji Trophy game between Bengal and Gujarat was abandoned. No play was possible on the first day citing smoke and fog issues. Players present in the ground also complained about breathing problems in this condition, hence, the first day of the game was called off. Same was the case with Hyderabad and Tripura at Karnail Singh Stadium, Delhi.

Brief Scores:

Bengal vs Gujarat at Delhi: No play on day 1, play abandoned due to fog

Uttar Pradesh 300/6 (Kuldeep Yadav 62* Eklawaya Dwivedi 60, Shubek Gill 52/3 Sandeep Sharma 68/2) vs Punjab at Hyderabad

Baroda 93/10 (Kedar Devdhar 26 Dhiren Mistry 23, Krishnamoorthy Vignesh 23/5 39/4) vs Tamil Nadu 79/1 (Abhinav Mukund 40* Baba Indrajith 18*) at Raipur

Mumbai 244/5 (Akhil Herwadkar 96 Shreyas Iyer 70, Karn Sharma 56/3) vs Railways at Mysore

Group B

The former captain of India Under-19, Ishan Kishan, drew the main attention on the first day of the fifth round of Ranji Trophy 2016/17. Coming in at a difficult time when Jharkhand was 80/4, Ishan Kishan along with Ishank Jaggi and Kaushal Singh stitched few crucial partnerships standing tall against a polished bowling performance from Delhi. Jharkhand was at a score of 359/6 at the time of stumps.

Brief Scores:

Jharkhand 359/6 (Ishan Kishan 162* Kaushal Singh 55, Subodh Bhati 53/2 Varun Sood 48/2) vs Delhi at Thumba

Assam vs Saurashtra at Kolkata: First day abandoned due to rain

Karnataka 267/10 (Krishnappa Gowtham 60* Robin Uthappa 46, Lalit Yadav 67/5 Ravikumar Thakur 54/3) vs Vidarbha at Vadodara

Rajasthan 249/5 (SF Khan 65* Ashok Menaria 41, Alok Mangaraj 281/) vs Odisha at Patiala

Group C

The former Under 19 spinner Mayank Dagar came up with a brilliant bowling spell for Himachal Pradesh.  Bowling against an experienced batting line-up of Jammu & Kashmir, Dagar grabbed a bunch of 4 wickets toppling the J&K batting line-up and forcing them to surrender at a score of just 162. In reply, Himachal Pradesh were 2 down with a score of 58.

Brief Scores:

Jammu and Kashmir 162/10 (Shubham Khajuria 48 Parvez Rasool 26, Mukul Dagar 33/4 Pankaj Jaiswal 37/3) vs Himachal Pradesh 58/2 (Ankit Kalsi 25* Prashant Chopra 17, Rohit Sharma 4/1 Harmeet Singh 16/1) at Ranchi

Services 170/3 (Anshul Gupta 72 Shamsher Yadav 60*, Cheepurapalli Stephen 35/2) vs Andhra Pradesh at Indore

Chhattisgarh 103/2 (Amandeep Khare 58* Sahil Gupta 29, Rituraj Singh 31/1) vs Goa at Cuttack

Haryana 227/8 (Rohit Sharma 51* Mohit Hooda 30, S Sandeep Warrier 59/4 Vinod Kumar 37/3) vs Kerala at Jaipur

Hyderabad vs Tripura at Delhi: No play, day 1 abandoned due to fog