Ranji Trophy 2016: Kerala steady against Himachal Pradesh on Day 1

Sachin Baby was unbeaten on 52 and Sanju Samson perished after scoring 47 on Day 1 of the Ranji Trophy contest.

By: PTI | Updated: October 13, 2016 6:52:19 pm

Middle-order batsman Sachin Baby remained unbeaten on 52 as Kerala reached 163 for four in their first innings at stumps on the opening day of their Group C Ranji Trophy clash against Himachal Pradesh at the Eden Gardens.

Baby played 168 deliveries and struck six boundaries en route to his fifty and also shared unconquered 57 runs with VA Jagadeesh (24 not out) for the fifth wicket as Kerala played out 73 overs in the day.

Wicket-keeper Sanju Samson (47) also played a good hand with the help of seven fours and one hit over the fence. However, Kerala did not have the best of starts after being invited to bat as they lost both their openers — Jalaj Saxena (2) and Bhavin Thakkar (14) with the scoreboard reading 17.

Skipper Rohan Prem (14) got a start before perishing in the 21st over.

Thereafter, Samson and Baby stitched 57 runs for the fourth wicket to stabilise Kerala’s innings before the former edged a Rishi Dhawan delivery to wicket-keeper Ankush Bains just three runs short of his half-century.

For Himachal Pradesh, Gurvinder Singh (1/17), Shresth Nirmohi (1/29) and Dhawan picked up a wicket each.

Brief Scores: Kerala: 163 for four in 73 overs (Sachin Baby 52 not out, Sanju Samson 47; Gurvinder Singh 1/17).

Chahal takes six-wicket haul to bundle out Hyderabad for 191

Riding on Yuzvendra Chahal’s six-wicket haul, Haryana restricted Hyderabad to 191 in their first innings on the opening day of a Group C Ranji Trophy match in Jamshedpur on Friday.

Leg-spinner Chahal did not let any of the Hyderabad batsmen settle down as he wreaked havoc, finishing with impressive figures of six for 44.

For Hyderabad, BP Sandeep top-scored with 44 after they opted to bat first upon winning the toss. Other notable contributors were K Sumanth (35) and skipper S Badrinath (27).

None of the other batsmen, despite reaching the double digits, could convert their scores into a big one. Besides Chahal, Sanjay Pahal (2/31) chipped in with two scalps.

Brief scores: Hyderabad 1st innings: 191 all out in 82.5 overs (BP Sandeep 44, K Sumanth 35; Yuzvendra Chahal 6/44)

Tripura reach 228/7 on opening day against Services

Tripura reached 228 for seven in their first innings at the end of the opening day’s play in their Ranji Trophy Group C match against Services in Guwahati.

Sent into bat, Tripura lost wickets at regular intervals with leg-break googly bowler Muzzaffaruddin Khalid (4/56) picking up four wickets for Services.

Besides Khalid, Diwesh Pathania (2/57) accounted for two wickets.

Opener Bishal Ghosh top-scored for Tripura with a patient 49 while Yashpal Singh made 41.

At stumps, Rajat Dey was batting on 28 while giving him company was Gurinder Singh on 23.

Brief Scores:

Tripura: 228 for seven in 76 overs (Bishal Ghosh 49, Yashpal Singh 41; Muzzaffaruddin Khalid 4/56).

J&K all out for 227; reduce Goa to 43/5

Parvez Rasool (82) and Ian Dev Singh (67) posted fine half-centuries as Jammu and Kashmir scored 227 in their first innings before reducing Goa to 43 for five at the end of opening day’s play of their Ranji Trophy Group C fixture in Surat.

Electing to bat, J&K lost three of their top order batsmen cheaply to be struggling at 20 for three.

But one-down batsman Ian Dev Singh and Rasool steadied the boat as the duo put on a solid 123-run stand for the fourth wicket before Puneet Bisht contributed with a crucial 40 to take the team past 200-run mark.

For Goa, Shadab Jakati (4/48) and Amit Yadav (3/43) chipped in with important wickets.

In reply to J&K’s modest first innings total, Goa failed to get off to a good start and kept losing wickets at regular interval to be reeling at 43 for five in 17 overs.

At the close of play, Amit Yadav (0) was at the crease. Ram Dayal (2/10) and Rasool (2/18) took two wickets each.

Brief scores: J&K 1st innings: 227 all out in 70.3 overs (Parvez Rasool 82, Ian Dev Singh 67; Shadab Jakati 4/48, Amit Yadav 3/43). Goa 1st innings: 43 for five in 17 overs (Ram Dayal 2/10, Praveez Rasool 2/18).

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