Devdhar 97 binds Baroda; Gujarat dominate Punjab
Baroda 234 for 7 (Devdhar 97, Swapnil Singh 45*, Stephen 4-57) v Andhra
A 97 from the opener Kedar Devdhar, and an unbeaten 45 from the No. 8 Swapnil Singh were major contributions for Baroda in their Group B clash against Andhra, as they ended day one with 234 for 7.
Hitesh Solanki and Devdhar put on 65 for the opening stand. But seamer Cheepurapalli Stephen picked up two wickets in a space of 10 deliveries to reduce Baroda to 71 for 2 in the 28th over. A middle-order collapse ensued, and the visitors were further reduced to 94 for 4 and then 110 for 5. Devdhar shared a 34, and 47-run stand with Ketan Panchal and Swapnil before Paidikalva Vijaykumar had him caught behind three short of his ton. Swapnil and Pinal Shah came together for an unbeaten 43-run, eighth-wicket stand that revived Baroda and took them past 200.
Left-arm seamer Stephen almost single handedly ran through the Baroda middle order and ended the day with figures of 4 for 57. Though right-arm seamer Duvvarapu Siva Kumar managed to pick up only one wicket, he delivered 10 maidens of the 16 that he bowled on the day.
Gujarat 290 for 3 (Priyank Kirit Panchal 105, Gohel 54) v Punjab
Gujarat added 117 for the opening stand before Siddarth Kaul ran out Gohel off the last ball of the 40th over. Punjab captain Yuvraj Singh then had Bhargav Merai caught behind for 29 in the 56th over, ending the 59-run stand between him and Panchal. But Gujarat captain Parthiv Patel teamed up for a brisk 45-run stand with Panchal, taking the team past 220 as Panchal went past triple figures.
In the 67th over, left-arm seamer Brainder Sran ended Panchal's first innings when he had him caught by Jiwanjot Singh for 105. Venugopal Rao and Parthiv were unbeaten on 41 and 40 respectively. Punjab's bowling was not very disciplined as they conceded 21 extras in the 85 overs bowled on the day, that included nine no balls.
Railways 316 for 5 (Ashish 101, Faiz 74, Kuldeep 3-64) v Uttar Pradesh
A maiden first-class century from the opener Ashish Singh powered Railways to 316 for 5 by stumps on the first day against Uttar Pradesh in Ghaziabad. Railways, after being inserted, began brightly, as they were buoyed by an opening stand worth 77 between Saurabh Wakaskar and Ashish. Wakaskar fell seven short of a fifty, but Ashish continued to pile on the runs, combining with Faiz Ahmed (74) for a second-wicket association which yielded 138 runs. Railways were further lifted by handy knocks from Prashant Awasthi (42) and Arindam Ghosh (37 not out), which ensured that despite a flurry of wickets towards the end, they had the edge going into the second day. Kuldeep Yadav was the pick of UP's bowlers, collecting 3 for 64.
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