Rohit, Iyer tons stud Mumbai dominance
Mumbai 407 for 4 (Iyer 137, Rohit 110*) v Uttar Pradesh
Shreyas Iyer continued his fine form in the Ranji Trophy by stroking his third century of the season to underpin a dominant batting display from Mumbai against Uttar Pradesh. Iyer, who is currently the leading run-scorer with 633 runs from five matches, blasted 137 off just 110 balls, with 14 fours and five sixes. He received ample support from Akhil Herwadkar and Rohit Sharma, with who he added 106 and 98 respectively. Iyer was eventually dismissed in the 63rd over, but Rohit carried on to hit his 19th first-class ton, an unbeaten 110, to drive Mumbai to 407 for 4. Rohit and Siddhesh Lad were at the crease when stumps were called.
Tamil Nadu 0 for 0 trail Andhra 203 (Pradeep 78, Chandrasekar 4-41) by 203 runs
DT Chandrasekar, the left-arm spinner, starred in his second first-class match for Tamil Nadu with figures of 4 for 41 as Andhra failed to justify Mohammad Kaif's decision to bat first at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai.
AG Pradeep top scored with 78 in Andhra's 203 all out, with the highlight being his 121-run third-wicket stand with DB Prashanth Kumar, the opener, who made 56. The only other contribution of any kind came from Ricky Bhui, who made 35. Tamil Nadu were yet to open their account in one over they batted, before bad light forced an early end to proceedings.
Tamil Nadu's selection was surprising as they left out Aswin Crist, who picked up six wickets in team's demolition of Railways last week. But J Kousik, the seamer, ensured they did not miss Crist as he removed Kaif (0) and Prashanth at vital times. Chandrasekhar was also complemented well by the experienced Malolan Rangarajan, who had three scalps.
Gujarat 281 for 4 (Panchal 128, Smit 57) v Baroda
Priyank Kirit Panchal's third century of the season and fifties from Smit Patel and Manprit Juneja put Gujarat in a strong position against Baroda in Valsad. Gujarat, who chose to bat, ended the day at 281 for 4, with Juneja (50) and Rush Kalaria (1) at the crease.
Irfan Pathan and Munaf Patel's return to first-class cricket after eight months was much anticipated from Baroda's point of view. On the day, while Munaf went wicketless, Irfan had two wickets, including that of centurion Panchal, to show for his efforts. Parthiv Patel, who came into this game on the back of two half-centuries and a century, made just 1 before falling to allrounder Hardik Pandya.
Madhya Pradesh 7 for 2 trail Railways 256 (Wakaskar 73, Cheluvaraj 50, Jalaj Saxena 8-96) by 249 runs
As many as 12 wickets fell at the Roop Singh Stadium in Gwalior, a venue traditionally known to be a feather bed, as the opening day between Madhya Pradesh and Railways ended on an even keel. Railways, who were bowled out for 256, struck back to remove the openers as the hosts ended the day at 7 for 2.
That MP managed to dismantle Railways was due to the efforts of Jalaj Saxena, the offspinner, who returned career-best figures of 8 for 96 to undo the good work done by Saurabh Wakaskar (73) and V Cheluvaraj (50). That they eventually crossed the 250-run mark was because of Anureet Singh's unbeaten 35 at the end.