Ranji Trophy 2013-14, final round, 1st day December 30, 2013

Unbeaten Maharashtra make strong start

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Maharashtra 343 for 8 (Jadhav 128, Chavan 65) v Assam

Maharashtra made a positive start in their bid to stay unbeaten and finish on top of Group C, with Kedar Jadhav scoring a century to set up a competitive first-innings total against Assam in Guwahati. Jadhav steadied the innings after the Maharashtra openers fell early, adding 73 for the third wicket with Dilip Atitkar and 132 for the fourth with Pushkaraj Chavan, who made 65. They had reached 283 for 4 when Jadhav was dismissed, after which they stumbled and four wickets fell for 60 runs. Left-arm spinner Syed Mohammad took 3 for 83 for Assam.

Tripura 176 for 3 (Takawale 82*) v Jammu & Kashmir

Only 56 overs were possible because of foggy conditions on the first day in Agartala and Tripura recovered from the loss of early wickets through an unbeaten 102-run stand for the fourth wicket between Yogesh Takawale and Abbas Ali. Jammu & Kashmir seamer Samiullah Beigh had struck in consecutive overs to reduce the home side to 22 for 2, before Takawale added 52 for the third wicket with opener Samrat Singha. Left-arm spinner Waseem Raza ended that partnership but J&K faced more resistance. Takawale ended the day on 82 not out, with Ali on 46.

Kerala 45 for 3 trail Hyderabad 201 (Reddy 55, Warrier 5-38) by 156 runs

Kerala fast bowler Sandeep Warrier took his third five-for in his 12th first-class game to bowl Hyderabad out for 201 on the opening day in Uppal. Hyderabad lost their openers in the space of three runs, slipping to 39 for 2, before Warrier wrecked the middle order, reducing them to 78 for 6. Ashish Reddy scored a brisk 55 at No. 7, off 65 balls, and had support from the lower order but Warrier finished with 5 for 38 to dismiss Hyderabad for 201 in 74.4 overs. Kerala had a terrible start to their first innings, losing their openers for ducks, and finished the day on 45 for 3. The umpire Suresh Shastri was standing in his 100th first-class game. By coincidence, his first first-class game as umpire was also between Kerala and Hyderabad.

Goa 58 for 2 trail Andhra 148 (Yadav 6-44) by 90 runs

Goa offspinner Amit Yadav took 6 for 44 to bowl Andhra out for 148 in Povorim. Andhra collapsed to 70 for 6, before they inched past hundred with D Shivkumar making 48. Goa made a steady start to their innings, reaching 49 for 0, before losing two wickets in the space of seven runs to finish on 56 for 2. Andhra used six bowlers to bowl 26 overs, and the two wickets were taken by the last two introduced into the attack.