Ranji Trophy 2015-16, quarter-finals February 3, 2016

Unadkat five-for leaves Vidarbha on the ropes

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Saurashtra 70 for 1 (Pujara 45*) trail Vidarbha 151 (Jaffer 41, Unadkat 5-70) by 81 runs
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Mumbai, Saurashtra dominate Day 1

A five-wicket haul from Jaydev Unadkat gave Saurashtra the early impetus in their quarter-final in Vizianagaram, as they bowled Vidarbha out for 151. Saurashtra made a strong start to their reply as well, ending the day 70 for 1 with Cheteshwar Pujara batting on 45 off 71 balls (9x4) and sharing an unbroken 60-run stand with Sagar Jogiyani after the early loss of Avi Barot to Umesh Yadav.

Saurashtra sent Vidarbha in after winning the toss and Unadkat, the left-arm seamer, made an almost instantaneous impact, dismissing Jitesh Sharma with the second ball of the match. Hardik Rathod picked up the next two wickets as Vidarbha slumped to 30 for 3, and there was little respite thereafter, with a 33-run fourth-wicket stand between S Badrinath and Wasim Jaffer finishing as the highest of the innings. Jaffer top-scored with 41, facing 86 balls and hitting seven fours. The seamers picked up all ten Vidarbha wickets, with Rathod and Chirag Jani bagging two each and Unadkat finishing with figures of 5 for 70.

Assam 223 for 8 (Syed Mohammad 50*, Pallav Kumar Das 46, Kaul 4-81, Sran 2-67) v Punjab
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Pacers Siddarth Kaul and Barinder Sran cut through Assam's batting line-up, but Syed Mohammad unbeaten 50 pushed his side past 200 in the second quarter-final in Valsad.

Coming in at No.7, Syed Mohammad rallied with the lower order, bringing up his second fifty of the season. It had come after forties from opener Pallav Kumar Das and No.4 Amit Verma, but the rest of the middle order did not have answers to Kaul and Sran who had combined figures of 47-8-148-6.

Dhiraj Goswami was dismissed just before stumps, as Assam made slow progress to 223. Captain Harbhajan Singh managed only one wicket, but gave away only 11 runs in as many overs. Left-arm pacer Deepak Bansal, playing his third first-class match, took the other wicket to fall.

Mumbai 303 for 6 (Herwadkar 107, Surykumar 75) v Jharkhand
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Akhil Herwadkar's century and Suryakumar Yadav's half-century led Mumbai to 303 for 6 at stumps on the first day of their quarter-final clash against Jharkhand in Mysore.

Having opted to bat, Mumbai lost opener Jay Bista early, but Herwadkar, joined by Shreyas Iyer, who scored a brisk 45, put on a 70-run partnership to lift Mumbai. Iyer fell with the score at 91, but Herwadkar found good company from Suryakumar as Mumbai pushed past 200. Suryakumar struck nine fours and two sixes during his 70-ball 75. Herwadkar's effort, on the other hand, was built on patience. He took 217 balls for his 107, during which he hit 12 fours.

Jharkhand made late incisions, reducing Mumbai from 227 for 2 to 303 for 6. Pacer Jaskaran Singh and left-arm spinner Shahbaz Nadeem picked up two wickets each for Jharkhand.

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  • AFanOfGoodCricket on February 4, 2016, 12:01 GMT

    Krishna Das needs to be given a chance to don national colours. He has been consistently good.

  • SAURAVJAIN on February 4, 2016, 4:14 GMT

    Ravi Jadeja should either be promoted up the order to have some batting chances at Number 4 or 5,or Jaddu should be given rest from SL tour to serve and strengthen Saurashtra team. On domestic pitches and in Test matches,Jadeja is like a one man army..

  • paramnp9 on February 3, 2016, 16:31 GMT

    Good show by Akhil Herwadkar. Shreyas Iyer and Surya could have made bigger contributions.

  • paramnp9 on February 3, 2016, 12:36 GMT

    Pujara is due for a big one. Unadkat is a steady bowler who has not fulfilled the initial promise.

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