A reckless batting performance saw Delhi bundled out for 90 runs, their lowest against Karnataka, who took a healthy 41-run first innings lead on the opening day of their Ranji Trophy Group B match at Eden Gardens in Kolkata on Thursday.
Put in to bat, the group B leaders Delhi lost their first wicket for zero and skipper Gautam Gambhir (2) was the second to go with an atrocious pull, while the inform Rishabh Pant, fresh from his 308 against Maharashtra, seemed to be in a hurry and got out for 24.
Delhi lost their top five batsmen for 65 runs with no intent to occupy the crease. Karnataka bowlers did not have to do anything extraordinary to dismiss them in 35.5 overs in two hours and 38 minutes in the extended first session.
Left-arm pacer Sreenath Aravind, who replaced the injured skipper R Vinay Kumar, returned with 4/12 in his first match of the season while off-spinner K Gowtham scalped 3/26 and Abhimanyu Mithun picked up 2/29.
In reply, Karnataka showed Delhi the way as R Samarth (53) and Mayank Agarwal (56) put up a solid 87-run opening partnership.
Making a comeback after a bout of Chikungunya, India frontline pacer Ishant Sharma returned wicket-less and bowled just 10 overs in four short spells.
Sharma was expensive with the new ball giving four runs an over and Samarth, fresh from his career-best 235, hit the India pacer for six with a clean pull en route to his second half-century from as many matches.
It was Vikas Tokas (2/35) who gave the breakthrough when Samarth took an edge, before Karnataka lost two wickets for 10 runs to close the day for 124 for three at stumps on day one.
Leading in his first match, Karun Nair was batting on three with night watchman Abhimanyu Mithun on seven.
Earlier, Nair won the toss on a pitch with some green tinge to invite the star-studded Delhi line-up to bat and got the breakthrough in the fourth ball of the day.
Chand was hit on his pad by a rising ball from Mithun to be adjudged LBW.
Playing his first Ranji match after making a Test comeback after two years, Gambhir failed to hold the innings together and his mistimed pull took a top edge to be caught by Karun Nair at wide mid-on.
The leading run-getter of the season, Pant, who has a triple century and a century, got a reprieve on the first ball after being dropped at second slip by Mithun.
But he failed to make it big choosing to go for big shots and was dismissed for 24 which included a boundary and three sixes.
Delhi’s previous lowest against Karnataka was 138 in 2005-06 season in Bangalore.
Delhi: 90 all out in 35.5 overs (Arvind Sreenath 4/12, Gowtham 3/26, Mithun 2/29).
Karnataka: 131/3 in 52 overs (Mayank Agarwal 56, R Samarth 53).
Pankaj’s fifer help Rajasthan bowl out Jhankhand for 209
Pacer Pankaj Singh returned with a five-wicket haul to help Rajasthan bundle out Jharkhand for 209 in their first innings in a Group B Ranji Trophy cricket match in Vadodara.
Electing to bat after winning the toss, Jharkhand witnessed a horrendous start, losing both their openers — Virat Singh and Anand Singh — without opening the score. Kaushal Singh (56) and Ishank Jaggi (49) shared 96 runs for the sixth wicket to stabilise the Jharkhand innings before the eastern side lost wicket at regular intervals to bowled out in 73.5 overs.
Jharkhand: 209 all out in 73.5 overs (Kaushal Singh 56, Ishank Jaggi 49; Pankaj Singh 5/60).
Rajasthan: 26 for no loss in 12 overs (Vineet Saxena 16 not out, Manender Singh 10 not out).
Jackson, Pujara power Saurashtra to 285/3
Middle-order batsman Sheldon Jackson hit a strokeful century while Cheteshwar Pujara made an unbeaten fifty to power Saurashtra to 285 for three in their first innings against Maharashtra in a Group B Ranji Trophy cricket match.
Jackson made 105 off 153 deliveries and struck 10 fours and six hits over the fence during his knock. Together with Pujara, Jackson shared 164 runs for the third wicket to take Saurashtra to a commanding position. While Jackson was the aggressor during the partnership,
Pujara was happy to play the second fiddle with a patient unbeaten 79 off 219 balls with the help of six fours and one over boundary.
At stumps, skipper Jaydev Shah (36 not out) was giving Pujara company at the crease.
Saurashtra: 285 for three in 90 overs (Sheldon Jackson 105, Cheteshwar Pujara 79 not out; Mohsin Sayyed 1/50).
Vidarbha reach 254/3 against Assam on Day 1
Ganesh Satish struck an unbeaten 93 while opener Sanjay Ramaswamy made 83 as Vidarbha produced a commanding batting display to reach 254 for three on the opening day of the four-day Group B Ranji Trophy cricket match against Assam in Thiruvananthapuram.
Opting to bat after winning the toss, Ramaswamy and skipper Faiz Fazal (44) shared 68 runs for the opening wicket to lay the foundation for the total.
Then Ramaswamy and Satish joined hands and the duo piled the misery on the Assam bowlers with a 131-run second wicket stand.
Off-spinner Swarupam Purkayastha (3/86) picked up all the three wickets for Assam.
Vidarbha: 254 for three in 90 overs (Ganesh Satish 93 not out, Sanjay Ramaswamy 83; Swarupam Purkayastha 3/86).