Ranji Trophy: A day of centuries and fifers

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Day 1 of the Ranji Trophy was an action-packed day for both batsmen and bowlers.

Delightful Knocks

For Karnataka, it was Manish Pandey who played a fabulous knock of 156 off 121 balls. KV Siddharth too made 140 not out as Karnataka finished on 392/5 at stumps. Railways found themselves in a spot of bother after successfully dismissing Devdutt Paddikal and Mayank Agrawal early on in the innings.

For Mumbai, Sarfaraz Khan and Ajinkya Rahane put their team in a strong position after Mumbai were reeling at 44/3. Saurashtra tried their best but could not do so as both of them remained unbeaten at stumps.

For Delhi, Yash Dhull the India U-19 captain starred for his team by making an impressive ton on Day 1 of their match against Tamil Nadu. Jonty Sidhu and Lalit Yadav too played their contributory parts as Delhi finished on 291/7.

In Maharashtra vs Assam match, Pavan Shah shone brilliantly with the bat as Maharashtra put up a score of 278/5. His partners, although couldn’t get going as they were dismissed cheaply. Pavan, however, made an unbeaten 165 to end Day 1.

In Uttar Pradesh vs Vidarbha match, Akshdeep Nath played a fine knock of 91 but missed out on his century.

Fine Bowling Spells

In the bowling department, many players took either four or five-wicket hauls. Day 1 of the Ranji Trophy was a good one for the bowlers.

The first of these was Ishan Porel’s four-for as he dismissed Baroda batsmen in quick succession and put them under severe pressure.

Kerala too started their match with a bang as they managed to dominate Meghalaya. Sreesanth took a couple of wickets in his comeback match but the bulk of the wickets were taken by Eden Apple and U Manukrishnan.

Next on this list is Umran Malik who impressed one and all with his three-wicket haul against Pondicherry.

And lastly, it was Andhra’s main bowler Cheepurapalli Stephen who took a fifer against Rajasthan, who were bowled out for 275.

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