Jammu and Kashmir shocked 40-time champions Mumbai by bundling them out for a meagre 236 in the first innings on the opening day of their Ranji Trophy Group A game in Mumbai on Sunday.
Further tightening the grip, the visitors reached 88 for one at stumps to take away the opening day’s honours. Opener Shubham Khajuria (47) and one-down batsman Bandeep Singh (34) were at the crease at the end of day one.
Opting to bat, Mumbai raced to 50 in less than 10 overs with debutant openers Kevin Almeida (19) and Bravish Shetty (35) putting up a fine show.
However, a disciplined bowling effort from the visiting team’s medium pacers applied the brakes at regular intervals to pack off the fancied Mumbai batsmen and skittle them out for 236 in 61 overs at the stroke of tea.
Ram Dayal was the pick of the bowlers with figures of three for 51 from his two eight-over spells. He was ably supported by impressive left arm spin from Waseem Raza (3/29) that brought Mumbai to their knees.
Mumbai were undone by some excellent wicket to wicket bowling by mainly Dayal — among the new ball bowlers — and teasing flight by Raza.
For Mumbai, skipper Suryakumar Yadav top-scored with a 55-ball 57. But it was some lusty late order hitting by Dhawal Kulkarni, who made a quick unbeaten 42 off 61 balls inclusive of four sixes and one four, that helped Mumbai’s cross 200.
J&K skipper Parvez Rasool, who came on to bowl after the 45th over, picked up two tailenders while the other two medium pacers Samiullah Beigh, who was hit for six fours in two overs by Shetty in his first spell, and Umar Nazir got one each.
J&K began their reply poorly when opener Adil Reshi was caught at long leg by Kulkarni, hooking a short ball from Shardul Thakur, but then had a slice of luck when the same bowler put down next man Bandeep Singh in the same over.
Mumbai: 236 all out in 61 overs (Suryakumar Yadav 57, Dhawal Kulkarni 42 not out, Bravish Shetty 35; Ram Dayal 3/51, Waseem Raza 3/29).
J&K: 88 for one (Shubham Khajuria batting 47, Bandeep Singh batting 34).
Anureet fifer puts Railways in control
Medium pacer Anureet Singh’s five-wicket haul proved to be destructive as Railways bowled out Madhya Pradesh for 181 on the opening day of their Group A Ranji Trophy match in New Delhi.
In reply, the hosts were 21 for no loss in nine overs after packing off MP in 79 overs at the Karnail Singh Stadium in New Delhi.
Opting to bowl after winning the toss, Railways struck early when Anureet trapped Satyam Chaudhary (2) LBW in the very first over of the day.
However, Jalaj Saxena (41) and Mohnish Mishra (31) lent some stability by putting on 69 runs for the second wicket before the former was caught behind off Krishnakant Upadhyay, who managed a day’s haul of 3/72 in his 21 overs.
Saxena struck nine fours in his 72-ball knock. A couple of wickets in quick succession, however, once again left MP on the backfoot before Rameez Khan (41) and Zafar Ali (25) did some damage control.
But their efforts were not supported by the lower half of the batting order as MP collapsed to a paltry score. Anureet returned impressive figures of 5/43 in his 27 overs.
In response, debutant Asad Pathan (8) and Abhishek Kaushik (13) were holding fort for the home team when stumps were drawn for the day.
Madhya Pradesh 1st Innings: 181 all out in 79 overs (Jalaj Saxena 41, Rameez Khan 41, Anureet Singh 5/43)
Railways 1st Innings: 21 for no loss in 21 overs (Abhishek Kaushik 13 batting).
Sudeep, Shreevats take Bengal to 255/3
Young left-hander Sudeep Chatterjee again gave display of his talent as his patient unbeaten 91 took Bengal to a respectable 255 for three against Baroda in an opening Group A encounter of the Ranji Trophy in Vadodara.
Courtesy Sudeep and another southpaw Shreevats Goswami (61 batting), Bengal didn’t face much problems against a Baroda bowling attack that didn’t have seamer Irfan Pathan or their primary wicket-taker left-arm spinner Bhargav Bhatt.
The duo added 111 runs for the unbroken fourth wicket partnership after Bengal were reduced to 144 for three when in-form Manoj Tiwary was trapped leg-before with an incutter by veteran seamer Munaf Patel.