Badrinath hundred sets up TN victory
Tamil Nadu 306 for 7 (Badrinath 120, Vasudevadas 63) beat Andhra 202 (Varma 50, Sahabuddin 40) by 104 runs
Riding on a 113-ball 120 from Subramaniam Badrinath, the captain, Tamil Nadu began their Ranji One-Day Trophy campaign with a 104-run win over Andhra in Secunderabad. Defending 306, Tamil Nadu's bowlers turned in a disciplined effort to run the hosts over for 202 inside 44 overs and grab five vital points.
Badrinath won the toss and elected to bat, but was probably in earlier than he expected after Andhra had TN at 64 for 3 in the 17th over. What followed was a 160-run association with Kuthethurshri Vasudevadas (63 from 74 balls) at just shy of six an over. In all, Badrinath collected 14 boundaries in compiling his first limited-overs hundred. Ramadoss Naresh provided some end-over fireworks with 29 from 12 balls as TN reached 300 in the final over.
Dakshinamoorthy Kumaran, the young right-arm medium-pacer, then removed both Andhra openers in his opening spell. His fellow opening bowler, C Ganapathy, chipped in with the big wicket of Venugopal Rao to leave Andhra with plenty to do. Only Satya Kumar Varma (50) and captain Syed Sahabuddin (40) offered any real resistance.
Hyderabad 236 (Yadav 63, Laxman 61) beat Goa 187 (Asnodkar 57) by 49 runs
VVS Laxman and Arjun Yadav each hit half-centuries to set up a 49-run win for hosts Hyderabad over Goa at Uppal's Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium. Sent in to bat, Hyderabad were resurrected from 18 for 3 to 236 thanks to a series of middle-order partnerships, starting with Laxman and Yadav's 121 run fourth-wicket effort.
Laxman's cool presence at the crease proved crucial for Hyderabad - he stroked five fours in his 148-minute 61 - while Yadav hit six fours and a six in his 63. Ibrahim Khaleel, the wicketkeeper, and Alfred Absolem, the in-form medium-pacer, both swung their bats to get their side to 236, which proved to be more than enough, as Kaushik Reddy (3 for 56), Absolem (2 for 32) and Pragyan Ojha (2 for 39) combined to cause a dramatic collapse. Laxman even turned his arm over for eight overs and picked up Swapnil Asnodkar, Goa's top-scorer with 57. The last four batsmen added 100 in 27.4 overs, but Goa finished on 187.
Karnataka 209 for 1 (Rowland 101*, Dhiman 94*) beat Kerala 206 (Prem 54, B Akhil 4-41) by nine wickets
Barrington Rowland slammed an unbeaten 101 and Gaurav Dhiman partnered him with 94 as Karnataka raced to an emphatic nine-wicket victory over Kerala in Secunderabad. Chasing 206 after Balachandra Akhil's 4 for 41 dismissed Kerala inside 50 overs, Karnataka lost Bharat Chipli off the first ball, but Rowland and Dhiman put on a formidable stand to seal victory with 89 deliveries to spare.
Dhiman was the aggressor, hitting ten fours and a pair of sixers in his 98-ball innings, while Rowland calmly worked the ones and twos. None of the seven other bowlers aside from Anil Kumar caused any damage, as the two batsmen scored at well above six per over.
Kerala owed their total to rookie Preambhastn Prem's 54 and a 79-ball 43 from opener VA Jagadeesh amid Akhil's medium-pace strikes.
Mumbai 224 for 7 (Jaffer 73, Powar 54, Muzumdar 52, Patel 4-24) beat Baroda 223 for 8 (Williams 56, Shah 54, Powar 3-28) by three wickets
Ramesh Powar's allround brilliance carried Mumbai to a three-wicket win over Baroda in the opening day-night match of the West Zone One-Day League at the Wankhede Stadium. Powar, 29, did his World Cup aspirations little harm, picking up 3 for 28 to keep the tourists down to 223 for 8 and then hitting a 40-ball 54 to take Mumbai close to victory.
Wasim Jaffer (73) and Amol Muzumdar (52) paved the platform for the run chase, but it was Powar, promoted to No. 4, who made the biggest impact. Coming in with Mumbai on 29 for 2, Powar wasted little time in taking charge. Rajesh Pawar, his former Mumbai team-mate, was carted for two fours and a huge six over long-on; Ketan Panchal's medium-pace was picked for three boundaries in the next over. With Jaffer, 68 runs were added in 72 balls. Powar finally fell, after adding six more boundaries, when he failed to launch captain Ajit Bhoite's offspin over the infield and chipped one to mid-off. Rakesh Patel, the medium-pacer, turned in an impressive spell of 10-3-24-4, but despite a late-order hiccup - three wickets fell for seven runs - Mumbai crossed their target.
Maharashtra 177 for 5 (Kanitkar 69) beat Gujarat 176 (Bahutule 3-29) by five wickets
Unlike Mumbai, Maharashtra had little trouble chasing down a small total as they completed a five-wicket win, bonus point et al, over Gujarat at the Brabourne Stadium. Sairaj Bahutule, the captain and former India legspinner, picked up 3 for 29 and Shrikant Munde 2 for 27 to bowl Gujarat out for 176 in 54.2 overs. Hrishikesh Kanitkar (69) and Sridharan Sriram (47), both former internationals, then helped Maharashtra across the finish line with 19 overs to spare.
The rest of the opening day's action was significantly hampered by inclement weather, with games between Delhi and Jammu & Kashmir in Chandigarh, Haryana and Punjab at the PCA Stadium and Himachal Pradesh and Services in Ludhiana being ruined by rain. In Kanpur two matches - Madhya Pradesh versus Rajasthan and Railways versus Vidarbha - were abandoned without a ball being bowled.