Uday Kaul and Mandeep Singh struck half centuries as Punjab reached 216 for 4 on the opening day of their Group A Ranji Trophy match against Mumbai in Rajkot on Wednesday.
Opting to bat, Punjab scored at a very slow rate of 2.40 runs per over as they played out the entire 90 overs to accumulate 216 runs at the expense of four wickets at the SCA Stadium.
Kaul hit eight boundaries in his 229-ball innings of 86 while Mandeep’s aggressive knock of 78 came from 132 deliveries from which he struck 10 fours and two sixes.
The duo got together with Punjab on 63 for 2, after Shardul Thakur dismissed the openers, and added 138 for the third wicket. Suryakumar Yadav, however, upset Punjab’s plans by sending back both batsmen in the 82nd over of the day.
Gitansh Khera and Mayank Sidhana were batting on four and 11 respectively at the draw of stumps.
For Mumbai, Shardul Thakur, who was named as a back-up of Mohammed Shami for the fourth match of the Test series against England starting tomorrow, and Suryakumar Yadav took two wickets apiece.
Punjab 1st Innings: 216 for 4 in 90 overs (Uday Kaul 86, Mandeep Singh 78; Shardul Thakur 2/44, Suryakumar Yadav 2/3).
Vidarbha bowl Rajasthan out for 140
Vidarbha bowlers produced a clinical display to bowl Rajasthan out for a paltry 140 on the opening day of their Group B Ranji Trophy cricket match in Greater Noida.
Put into bat, Rajasthan could last just 41.1 overs in their first innings to hand Vidarbha the early advantage in the match.
Left-arm spinner Aditya Sarwate was the most successful Vidarbha bowler with figures of 3 for 22. Pacers Shrikant Wagh, Rajneesh Gurbani and Lalit Yadav took two wickets apiece while off-spinner Akshay Wakhare got one.