Ranji Trophy 2014-15, Group B, 8th round, 1st day January 29, 2015

Odisha bundle Punjab out for 167

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Odisha 54 for 1 trail Punjab 167 (Gony 51*, Mohanty 4-43, Behera 4-47) by 113 runs

Odisha medium-pacers Basant Mohanty and Deepak Behera took four wickets each as Punjab were skittled out for 167 in Chandigarh. The hosts' first-innings total would have been considerably lower without the resistance offered by Manpreet Gony and Sandeep Sharma at No. 10 and 11. Punjab were put in to bat and lost Uday Kaul for a duck in the second over. Just as the second-wicket stand of 44 between Taruwar Kohli and Jiwanjot Singh appeared to be steadying the innings, Behera dismissed Kohli and that wicket triggered a slide that saw Punjab lose their next eight wickets for 29 runs to stumble to 73 for 9. Gony - in his first game of the season - and Sandeep then added 94 to lift the total past 100, with Gony notching up his second first-class fifty. Medium-pacer Alok Mangaraj, who finished with 2 for 50, ended the innings with Sandeep's wicket. Mohanty took 4 for 43, while Behera finished with 4 for 47.

Vidarbha 274 for 6 (Satish 119*, Shrivastava 50) v Delhi

Ganesh Satish's unbeaten 119 helped Vidarbha reach 274 for 6 against Delhi in Nagpur on a first day that ended with both teams sharing the advantage. Left-arm spinner Manan Sharma's double-strikes in the 18th over had left Vidarbha at a shaky 46 for 3 before Satish and Shalabh Shrivastava steadied the innings with a fourth-wicket partnership of 122. After Shrivastava was dismissed, Satish added another 64 runs with Sumit Ruikar but late wickets helped Delhi fight back. Manan and offspinner Shivam Sharma finished with two wickets each.

Haryana 339 for 7 (Rana 149, Saini 100, Choudhary 3-79) v Rajasthan

Centuries from Himanshu Rana and Nitin Saini and a 205-run, fifth-wicket partnership between the pair lifted Haryana from a struggling 66 for 4 to 339 for 7 against Rajasthan in Rohtak. Aniket Choudhary struck twice in the second over of the match, after Rajasthan had opted to bowl, reducing Haryana to 4 for 2. The hosts failed to stabilize until Rana and Saini came together at the crease. Rana, who had made his debut earlier this month against Delhi, struck his maiden first-class ton in his third game, and his 149 off 240 deliveries had 18 fours and a six. Saini, on the other hand, accumulated 100 off 154 deliveries before Choudhary broke the stand for his third wicket. Rana's swift partnership with Jayant Yadav lifted the score past 300 before he was dismissed a few overs before close of play.

Gujarat 277 for 7 (Venugopal 104, Patel 41, Sanklecha 3-62) v Maharashtra

Y Venugopal Rao's first hundred of the season held the Gujarat innings together but Maharashtra kept picking up wickets to restrict the side to 277 for 7. Gujarat made a strong start after opting to bat, as the openers added 60 runs, but the innings wobbled thereon and they were in a spot of bother at 108 for 4. Venugopal and Manpreet Juneja added 82 runs for the fifth wicket but wickets again held the side back. Rao was the seventh wicket to fall, scoring 104 with 13 fours and a six. Anupam Sanklecha picked up 3 for 62 while Samad Fallah took 2 for 43.