Ranji Trophy 2014-15, Group B, 4th round, 1st day December 28, 2014

Unmukt, Gambhir give Delhi solid platform

ESPNcricinfo staff

Delhi 178 for 1 (Chand 97*, Gambhir 66) v Gujarat
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Unmukt Chand and Gautam Gambhir struck fifties during an opening stand of 171 to give Delhi a solid platform on the opening day of the fourth-round match against Gujarat at Feroze Shah Kotla. Chand finished unbeaten on 97 on a day in which only 53 overs were bowled.

The pair batted for almost 50 overs during their stand before Gambhir was dismissed by Jesal Karia for 66 off 173 balls with five fours and two sixes. Chand played 170 balls for his 97, scoring 12 fours and four sixes.

Odisha 39 for 0 trail Haryana 127 (Khod 38,Mohanty 3-40, Pradhan 3-35, D Behera 3-33) by 88 runs
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Odisha's medium pace-trio of Basant Mohanty, Suryakant Pradhan and Deepak Behera bundled Haryana out for 127 in Rohtak and will start the second day 80 runs behind the hosts.

Haryana's innings stumbled from one batting slide to another, tied down by the lack of partnerships - only three stands crossed the 10-run mark. All three bowlers were among the wickets from the start, with Behera and Mohanty accounting for the openers, Avi Barot and Nitin Saini. Abhimanyu Khod top-scored for Haryana with 38 off 52 balls and was the last man to be dismissed.

Natraj Behera's steady 29 led Odisha's reply as they reached 39 for 0 after 18 overs.

Vidarbha236 for 6 (Shrivastava 105*, Badrinath 47, Pankaj 4-85) v Rajasthan
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Shalabh Shrivastava's unbeaten 105, his third first-class hundred, lifted Vidarbha to 236 for 6 against Rajasthan after Pankaj Singh's strikes had left them reeling at 82 for 4 earlier in the day.

Pankaj had reduced Vidarbha to 23 for 3 by the ninth over before S Badrinath and Shrivastava's 59-run partnership steadied them a little. However, Badrinath became Pankaj's fourth wicket, falling for 47. Shrivastava led to them some solidity with his fifty-plus stands with Ravi Jangid and Amol Ubarhande for the fifth and sixth wickets. Shrivastava's 224-ball stay at the crease included 18 fours.

Punjab 327 for 3 (Mandeep 154*, Yuvraj 95*) v Saurashtra
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Riding on Mandeep Singh's 154, Yuvraj Singh's 95 and an unbroken 227-run fourth-wicket stand between the two batsmen, Punjab reached a dominating 327 for 3 against Saurashtra in Rajkot.

Punjab lost their top three to Sudeep Tyagi and Kamlesh Makvana by the time the score had reached 100 but Mandeep and Yuvraj denied Saurashtra more breakthroughs. Mandeep's 154 not out, his eighth first-class ton, had 16 fours and a six, while Yuvraj set himself up for a chance to score a hundred in a third successive game, ending the day unbeaten on 95.

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