Ranji Trophy 2013-14, Group B, 3rd round, 1st day

Mali's eight-for routs Baroda for 176

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November 14, 2013

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Railways 24 for 1 trail Baroda 176 (Mali 8-48) by 152 runs
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Naman Ojha walks back after scoring a century against Rajasthan ,Rajasthan v Madhya Pradesh, Ranji Trophy, Group A, Jaipur, 3rd day, November 19, 2012
File photo: Naman Ojha made his tenth first-class century © Rajasthan Cricket Association
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Railways seamer Ranjitkumar Mali ripped through the Baroda line-up at the Moti Bagh ground. Mali, who had never taken a five-wicket haul in 16 previous first-class games, picked up 8 for 48 as Baroda were shot out for 176.

The highest any Baroda batsman managed was opener Aditya Waghmode's 33. Ambati Rayudu and Yusuf Pathan resisted briefly in contrasting ways. Rayudu battled 68 deliveries for his 18 while Yusuf hit seven fours in making 32 off 40. Both went caught -behind to the 25-year old Mali.

Pinal Shah and Murtuja Vahora pushed the total past 150 in a 39-run eighth-wicket stand, the highest of the innings. But Mali ended Pinal's innings on 28 while Railways captain Murali Kartik took care of Vahora for 32. Mali finished with incredible figures of 25-12-48-8.

Munaf Patel, playing his first first-class match since July 2011, dismissed Shivakant Shukla off the first ball of his second over. Railways ended the day on 24 for 1.

Madhya Pradesh 293 for 4 (N Ojha 101*, M Mishra 64) v Bengal
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Naman Ojha hit his tenth first-class century as Madhya Pradesh reached a strong position against Bengal at Eden Gardens. Ojha had a century partnership with Mohnish Mishra and a 97-run association with his captain Devendra Bundela.

After Bundela chose to bat, MP's openers Satyam Choudhary and Jalaj Saxena put on 55 before Choudhary fell to the experienced Shib Shankar Paul. Saxena pushed on to make 45 but was dismissed by Bengal captain Laxmi Shukla.

Ojha and Mishra steadied the innings from 77 for 2. Mishra had made an aggressive 64 when he was trapped in front by Anustup Majumdar. Ojha now had Bundela for company and the duo slowly built the innings further. Bundela fell for 35, but Ojha remained unbeaten, along with Udit Birla.

Saurashtra 235 for 4 (Jackson 102*, Jogiyani 74) v Uttar Pradesh
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Sheldon Jackson revived Saurashtra in Rajkot against Uttar Pradesh with his fourth first-class hundred. Saurashtra were in trouble at 55 for 3 at one stage, but Jackson and Sagar Jogiyani, who made a patient 74, repaired the innings.

Saurashtra's openers went cheaply to the pace of RP Singh and Imtiaz Ahmed. Jaydev Shah, the Saurashtra captain, hit six fours in his 31 but was caught by his counterpart Suresh Raina off Piyush Chawla.

Jackson and Jogiyani stemmed the fall of wickets with a 138-run partnership. Jogiyani faced 237 balls for his 74 while Jackson hit 15 boundaries in his unbeaten 102 off 184. Even as Jogiyani became Chawla's second victim, Jackson and Aarpit Vasavada dug in to avoid further damage for the rest of the day.

Services 275 for 6 (Paliwal 71*, Desai 65, Pankaj 3-74) v Rajasthan
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Rajat Paliwal's rearguard unbeaten 71 propped up Services against Rajasthan in Delhi. Services were reeling at 130 for 5 before Paliwal and Vishnu Tiwari rebuilt for their side.

Pratik Desai made 65 at the top of the order after Rajasthan stand-in captain Ashok Menaria, leading in place of Hrishikesh Kanitkar, chose to bowl. Services, however, lost their captain Soumik Chatterjee early and Pankaj Singh dismissed Anshul Gupta soon after. Desai and Nakul Verma guided Services past 100 but the experienced Pankaj struck again, trapping Desai leg-before.

Veteran Yashpal Singh met the same fate against Aniket Choudhary and Services were in a precarious position now. Paliwal, Services' best batsman last season with four centuries, ensured there were no further alarms for a while. He and Tiwari put on 106 before Pankaj bowled the latter. Paliwal found a useful partner in seamer Suraj Yadav, and the duo had added another 39 by stumps.

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