Ranji Trophy Round 2, Day 1 Report: Yuvraj’s century elevates Punjab

Ranji Trophy Round 2, Day 1 Full Report


Group A

Mumbai vs Baroda

Venue: Delhi
Scores: Baroda 286/9 (Pinal Shah 66, Deepak Hooda 46, Yusuf Pathan 41; Shardul Thakur 2-77) vs Mumbai

Yusuf Pathan’s 41, Deepak Hooda’s 46 and Pinal Shah’s half century (66) lifted Baroda to 286 for 9 on the opening day of their Round 2 clash against Mumbai at the Airforce Complex Ground in Delhi. After opting to bat first, Baroda were reduced to 89-3 before two well-built partnership steered them to a healthy first innings total on a difficult wicket.

Uttar Pradesh vs Bengal

Venue: Jaipur
Scores: Bengal 278/3 (Abimanyu Eswaran 123*, Sudip Chhatterjee 73; Ankit Rajpoot 3-72) vs Uttar Pradesh

Bengal starred and made the most of an absolute batting paradise of a pitch at the Sawai Man Singh Stadium in Jaipur, finishing at 278-3 against their Round 2 opponents Uttar Pradesh after opting to bat. Abhimanya Eswaran heads into Day 2, not out on 123 while Sudip Chatterjee’s half century (73) helped his side put up a big total on the opening day.

Railways vs Tamil Nadu

Venue: Bilaspur
Scores: Tamil Nadu 121 (Malolan Rangarajan 36*; Deepal Bansal 4-48, Manjeet Singh 3-31) lead Railways 87-3 (Mrunal Devdhar 47; T Natarajan 1-36) by 34 runs

Railways maintained a stranglehold of Tamil Nadu on the opening day of their Round 2 clash at the Luhnu Cricket Ground in Bilaspur. Tamil Nadu were gunned down for just 121, before Railways ended their day on 87-3, trailing by just 34 runs.

Madhya Pradesh vs Punjab

Venue: Lahili
Scores: Punjab 347/3 (Yuvraj Singh 164*, Gurkeerat Singh 101*; Ishwar Pandey 2-95) vs Madhya Pradesh

Punjab’s monstrous innings on Day 1 of their Round 2 meeting with Madhya Pradesh was inspired by two brilliant half centuries, one from Gurkeerat Singh (101*) and one from veteran Indian International Yuvraj Singh (164*). After Punjab were reduced to 15-2 as a result of some brilliant spin bowling from Madhya Pradesh, Yuvraj brought his valuable experience into play and went onto score his 25th first-class century.


Group B

Maharashtra vs Delhi

Venue: Mumbai
Scores: Maharashtra 290/2 (SM Gugale 152*, AR Bawane 120*; Navdeep Amarjeet Saini 2-43) vs Delhi

Maharashtra maintained a strong position on the opening day of their Round 2 clash against Delhi at the iconic Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. Centuries from Swapnil Gugale and Ankit Bawne helped Maharashtra post 290-2 against Delhi. The decision to bat first paid dividend for the Maharashtra batsmen.

Rajasthan vs Assam

Venue: Vizag
Scores: Assam 195 (Rishav Das 93*, Pallav Kumar Das 40; Pankaj Singh 5-39, NB Singh 2-40) vs Team Rajasthan

Panjab Singh starred with a five-wicket haul on the opening day to restrict Assam to 195 in Vizag. Assam were batting well at one point when they were 82-1. But it was then that the downfall actually began. Opener Kumar Das’ 40 and Rishav Das’s unbeaten 93 were the biggest positives for Assam on Day 1 of their Round 2 clash.

Odisha vs Saurashtra

Venue: Hyderabad
Scores: Odisha 228 (Sandeep Pattanaik 123; DA Jadeja 4-67, Deepak Punia 2-36) lead Saurashtra 4/0 by 224 runs

Odisha were wiped out for a modest 228 in their 2nd Group B fixture in Hyderabad despite captain and opener Sandeep Pattanaik scoring a well-constructed ton. In reply, Saurashtra were patient and composed in their approach, negating the remaining seven overs to remain wicketless. They finished at 4-0, heading into Day 2 of their Round 2 clash.

Jharkhand vs Karnataka

Venue: Greater Noida
Scores: Karnataka 248/3 (R Samarth 118*, Karun Nair 74; Ashish Kumar 3-47) vs Jharkhand

Opener R Samarth’s exquisite unbeaten century steered Karnataka to 248-3 on the opening day of their Round 2 clash against Jharkhand at the Sports Complex Ground in Noida. Skipped Vinay Kumar was content to win the toss and bat first, but his side were rocked by early dismissals of Mayank Agarwal and Robin Uthapa. Karun Nair and Samarth then forged a stunning 155-run third wicket stand to lift their side up from a difficult position to a fairly strong one.


Group C

Tripura vs Services

Venue: Guwahati
Scores: Tripura 228/7 (Bishal Ghosh 49, Yashpal Singh 41; Muzzaffaruddin Khalid 4-56, Diwesh Pathania 2-57) v Services

Leg spinner Muzzaffarudin Khalid picked four and seamer Diwesh Pathania picked 2 wickets to topple Tripura’s top order on Day 1 of their Round 2 meeting at the Barsapara Cricket Stadium in Guwahati. Bishal Gosh’s handy knock of 41 showed some resistance but the opener got little to no support from the other end, as wickets kept tumbling at regular intervals. Tripura eventually finished at 228-7.

Andhra vs Chhattisgarh

Venue: West Bengal
Scores: Chhattisgarh 291/4 (Amandeep Khare 136*, Abhimanyu Chauhan 73*; Cheepurapalli Stephens 2-44) v Andhra

Chattisgarh have already enjoyed a dream start to their first ever Ranji Trophy season, and the boys seem to be persistent with the consistent performances. Day 1’s showing proved that the debutants are likely to put up a strong challenge for the best teams of the tournament this 2016-17 season. Amandeep Khare ended his day with an unbeaten 136 and his innings was supported by Abhimanya Chauhan’s brilliant unbeaten half century (73) to guide Chattisgarh to a strong first innings total on Day 1.

Goa vs Jammu & Kashmir

Venue: Surat
Scores: Jammu & Kashmir 227 (Parvez Rasool 82, Ian Dev Singh 67; Shadab Jakati 4-48, Amit Yadav 3-43) lead Goa 43/5 (Swapnil Asnodkar 18; Ram Dayal 2-10, Parvez Rasool 2-18) by 184 runs

It was a wicket-fest at the Lalabhai Contractor Stadium in Surat. Parvez Rasool’s all-round effort made him the the headline man as he helped Jammu and Kashmir finish the day on a high in their Round 2 clash against Goa.

Kerala vs Himachal Pradesh

Venue: Kolkata
Scores: Kerala 163/4 (Sachin Baby 52*, Sanju Samson 47; Shresth Nirmohi 1-29) v Himachal Pradesh

Kerala were arguably the slowest run scores on Day 1 of Round 2, as they played patiently and cautiously against Himachal Pradesh at Eden Gardens, finishing the day at 163-4. Sachin Baby remained unbeaten with a half century (52) after Sanju Samson had provided some valuable contribution (47) to the scoreboard.



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