Led ably by Shardul Thakur, Mumbai bowlers put up a much better display than the previous game and shot out Railways for a paltry 217 on day one of their four-day Group B Ranji Trophy tie at the Wankhede Stadium on Sunday.
Thakur, who went wicket less against UP in the hosts’ previous drawn game, did the bulk of early damage by bagging
three out of the top four wickets to fall, before finishing with four wickets by sticking to a consistent outside off-stump line.
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His new-ball partner Dhawal Kulkarni, though not as impressive, bagged two wickets.
Left-arm Harmeet Singh, brought into the playing eleven by Mumbai along with Jay Bista accounted for two.
Debutant Bista, with his off breaks, and season’s leading slow bowler Vishal Dabholkar picked up one wicket apiece.
But Railways hit back strongly and reduced Mumbai to 4 for two before stumps were drawn for the day with the home team trailing the visitors by 213 runs.
Railways, who won the toss and elected to bat on a wicket that afforded some help to the bowlers, plunged into deep trouble against the new ball to be 16 for 3 before staging a partial recovery through top scorer Arindam Ghosh (67) and Vivek Singh (28).
But the loss of Vivek Singh at 48, put the visitors again on the back foot before they were revived by a stand of 85 between Ghosh, who was ninth out after making a patient 67 in 272 minutes, and Sagar Mishra, who compiled 46 in 138 minutes that included a six and five fours.
The rest of the frontline batsmen flopped.
Ghosh, too, could have been snapped up on 33 but was dropped off left arm spinner Vishal Dhabolkar and went on to play the sheet-anchor role till he edged the same bowler to slip fielder Suryakumar Yadav just before the second new ball became due. He faced 182 balls and had five hits to the fence.
The Railways innings folded up an hour after tea.
In the remaining time, Mumbai were rocked when they lost debutant Bista (2) to a catch at gully off Anureet Singh. Night watchman Kulkarni was then castled by leggie Karn Sharma for a duck.
Akhil Herwadkar was the unbeaten batsman on 2 at stumps with the new batsman yet to come to the crease.
Brief scores: Railways 217 all out (Aridam Ghosh 67, Sagar Mishra 46; D Kulkarni 2 for 40, S Thakur 4 for 38, Harmeet Singh 2 for 41) v Mumbai 4 for 2.
UP score 277/4 on day 1 against TN in Ranji Trophy
Uttar Pradesh produced a solid batting display, reaching 277 for 4 in their first innings against Tamil Nadu on the opening day of their Group B Ranji Trophy match on Sunday.
Top order batsmen Almas Shaukat (88), Umang Sharma (73) and Suresh Raina (52 not out) scored half-centuries after they were asked to take the first strike by Tamil Nadu skipper Abhinav Mukund.
At the draw of stumps, Raina and Saurabh Kumar (9 off 11) were at the crease at the Green Park Stadium.
Uttar Pradesh 1st innings: 277/4 in 87 overs (Almas Shaukat 88; Kaushik J 1/35).
Devdhar century takes Baroda to 344/3
Opening batsman Kedar Devdhar struck a brilliant 186 to help Baroda reach to a comfortable 344 for 3 on the opening day of their Ranji Trophy cricket match against Punjab on Sunday.
Devdhar, who had missed out on a century twice this season, hit 28 fours and a six in his 249-ball knock and shared a whopping 245 runs off 352 balls with Aditya Waghmode (96) for the opening wicket to take the home side to a strong position at the Moti Bagh Stadium.
Punjab captain Harbhajan Singh’s decision to bowl first backfired as the visiting team bowlers leaked runs. Harbhajan himself was wicketless from the 16 overs he bowled on Sunday.
Baroda 1st Innings: 344 for 3 in 90 overs (Kedar Devdhar 186, Aditya Waghmode 96; Yuvraj Singh 1/32).
Juneja, Bhatt hit fifties as Gujarat reach 252-6 against MP
Manpreet Juneja (61) and Rujul Bhatt (51) cracked twin fifties to power Gujarat to 252 for six in their first innings against Madhya Pradesh on the opening day of their Group B Ranji Trophy on Sunday.
Juneja hit six boundaries and one six in his 101-ball innings, while Bhatt was more patient as he had just a couple of fours to show in his 142 ball stay.
For MP, Puneet Datey (2/51) and Jalaj S Saxena (2/52) were the pick of the bowlers with two wickets, while Iswar Pandey (1/34), Ankit Kushwah (1/43) took one wicket each.
Gujarat 1st innings: 252 for six in 90 overs (M C Juneja 61; PM Datey 2/51).