Unbeaten half-centuries by Uttar Pradesh tail-enders — Kuldeep Yadav (77 not out) and Saurabh Kumar (85 not out) — guided the team to 360 for seven against Baroda on the opening day of their Group A Ranji Trophy match in Nasik. Put in to bat by Baroda, Uttar Pradesh lost three batsmen for less than 100 runs on the board. Although Akshdeep Nath (45) and Rinku Singh (40) chipped in with important contributions, UP kept losing wickets at regular intervals to be reeling at 207 for seven at one stage.
However, Kuldeep Yadav and Saurabh Kumar consolidated the innings and the two added an unbroken 153 runs for the eighth wicket to take the team past 350-run mark.
Kuldeep’s innings came off 136 deliveries with four hits to the fence, while Saurabh took 113 balls for his knock that was studded with 12 boundaries. For Baroda, Babashafi Pathan (3/84) was the most impressive bowler. Sagar Mangalorkar (2/64) and Rishi Arothe (2/68) took two wickets each.
Uttar Pradesh 1st innings: 360 for seven in 90 overs (Kuldeep Yadav 77 batting, Saurabh Kumar 85 batting; Babashafi Pathan 3/84).