On a day of mayhem, 17 wickets fell in the Ranji Trophy match between Railways and Gujarat, who were bowled out for 187 before they reduced the rivals to 63 for seven in Lahli.
Electing to field, Railways seemed to be dominating the game when they bowled out Gujarat under 200 with left-arm paceman Deepak Bansal taking six wickets.
However, things changed dramatically with Gujarat taking seven wickets to get upper hand in the Group A match at Chaudhry Bansi Lal Cricket Stadium.
Bansal had struck for Railways in the second over of the match when he trapped opener Samit Gohel and it was Gujarat skipper Parthiv Patel, who saved the side with a fighting 61-run knock.
Patel was also dropped by Bansal, who ripped the top and middle order with his precise bowling.
When Railways came out bat, medium pacer Mehul Patel changed the fortunes of Gujarat by dismissing four Railways batsmen while veteran RP Singh chipped in with two wickets.
Captain Karn Sharma was at the crease with an unbeaten 22 and giving him company was Anureet Singh.
Gujarat 1st innings: 187 all out in 56.4 overs(P Patel 61, Chirag Gandhi 30; D Bansal 6/46). Railways 1st innings: 63 for 7 in 26 overs. (K Sharma 22 batting; M Patel 4/22).
Samarth hits maiden ton for UP
Samarth Singh scored his maiden First-Class hundred to take Uttar Pradesh to 207/1 at stumps on day one of their Ranji Trophy match against Tamil Nadu in Dharamsala.
UP scored at less than 2.5 runs per over, frustrating the opposition bowlers through out the day.
Samarth (115*), playing only his second First-Class match, showed commendable calm and composure on way to reaching the three-figure mark.
The centurion opened the batting alongside Tanmay Srivastava (53) and the duo set the tone for the innings with a 109-run stand.
Samarth slammed 18 fours and couple of sixes in his unbeaten 247-ball knock while Srivastava hit nine fours in his 182-ball effort.
Samarth went on to bat the entire day and had shared 98 runs with Umang Sharma (36*) at close of play.
Brief scores: UP 207/1 in 90 overs (Samarth Singh 115, Srivastava 53).
Bengal reach 332/5 against Punjab
Opener Sayan Mondal slammed a century as Bengal amassed 332/5 on the opening day of their Ranji Trophy Group A clash against Punjab in Bilaspur.
Mondal’s 135-run knock was the highlight of a fine batting performance by Bengal during which Sudip Chatterjee (51), Agniv Pan (70) and skipper Manoj Tiwary (45) also made noteworthy contributions.
At stumps, Pankaj Shaw (11) and Pragyan Ojha (2) were holding fort for Bengal after the side was put in to bat by Punjab.
On a rather frustrating day for Punjab, Sandeep Sharma and Vinay Chaudhary picked up two wickets apiece. Mondal’s knock was laced with 22 hits to the fence and came off exactly 200 balls.
Of the two half-centurions, Pan struck 12 fours in his 133-ball stay in the middle. Chatterjee managed eight hits to the boundary in his 87-ball knock.
Bengal: 332/5 in 89 overs (Sayan Mondal 135, Agniv Pan 70, Sandeep Sharma 2/70)
Aditya, Rajat take MP to 239/2 against Mumbai on Day 1
Aditya Shrivastava (87) and Rajat Patidar (83 not out) cracked twin half-centuries to power Madhya Pradesh to 239 for two in their first innings against Mumbai on the opening day of their Ranji Trophy Group A match in Raipur.
Opening the innings after electing to bat, Shrivastava blasted 13 boundaries in his 176-ball innings, while Patidar produced 12 hits to the fence in his 205-ball patient stay at the Shaheed Veer Narayan Singh International Stadium here.
At the draw of stumps, Patidar and skipper Devendra Bundela (36 not out) were at the crease.
Madhya Pradesh 1st innings: 186 for two in 90 overs (Aditya Shrivastava 87, Rajat Paridar 83 not out; Vijay Gohil 1/28).