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November 15, 2007
Gujarat 84 for 2 trail Tripura 116 (Timil Patel 5-15) by 32 runs
Legspinner Timil Patel left Tripura clueless, shooting them out for 116 on the first day in Ahmedabad. Justifying their captain's decision to field first, Gujarat's bowlers enjoyed a good day. Siddharth Trivedi did the early damage, dismissing opener Manoj Singh, but it was the spin twins - offbreak bowler Mohnish Parmar and Timil - who were the wreckers in chief. It was Timil's second five-wicket haul of his career and he mopped up the tail by grabbing the last four wickets. Gujarat responded confidently, reaching 84 for 2 with Parthiv Patel leading the way with a 91-ball 48.
Haryana 200 for 7 (Vishwanathan 61, Sahni 58) v Jharkhand
Haryana struggled on the opening day in Jamshedpur, crawling to 200 for 7 against Jharkhand. Vishal Sahni, opening the batting in only his second first-class match, provided a rapid start - his 58 coming in just 60 balls and including nine fours - before Sunil Viswanathan, who recently moved from Tamil Nadu, stabilised the middle order. However, Jharkhand's bowlers, led by medium-pacer Shankar Rao and left-arm spinner Shahbaz Nadeem, struck at regular intervals to keep their team in front at the end of the day.
Kerala 293 for 2 (Nair 169*, Jagadeesh 101*) v Services
Sreekumar Nair and VA Jagadeesh slammed hundreds as Kerala sent Services on a leather hunt on the opening day in Palakkad. Choosing to field first, Services were buoyed by two early wickets but had little to celebrate later with Nair and Jadageesh piling on the agony with a 277-run stand. Nair's fourth century was laden with 26 hits to the boundary while Jadageesh's maiden century was a more sedate one with only half as many fours. Fazil Mohammad, Services' new-ball bowler, was the lone wicket-taker of the day.
Goa 279 for 5 (S Asnodkar 125*, Arunkumar 75) v Railways
Swapnil Asnodkar and J Arunkumar propelled Goa to a healthy 279 for 5 against Railways in Margao. Goa, who won the toss and chose to bat, were in early trouble when Rohit Asnodkar and Saahil Dhuri were both dismissed cheaply, with only 25 runs on the board. Fortunately for Goa Swapnil Asnodkar and Arunkumar then stemmed the rot, putting on 153 for the third wicket. When Arunkumar fell on 75 there was another mini wobble, but Swapnil Asnodkar ensured that one end was sealed and finished the day unbeaten on 125.
Jammu & Kashmir 230 for 5 (ID Singh 104, Dhar 62*) v Madhya Pradesh
Ian Dev Singh, the 18-year old right-hand opening batsman, ploughed a lone furrow, scoring 104 as Jammu and Kashmir reached 230 for 5 against Madhya Pradesh. Shantanu Pitre, the opening bowler, had a hand in three dismissals, picking up two wickets and effecting a run-out. The only other batsman to make a contribution was Majid Dhar, who scored an unbeaten half-century at No. 4. Dhar was patient, consuming 241 balls for his 62, spending close to five hours at the crease. Madhya Pradesh, who chose to bowl, failed to complete their 90 overs on the day, falling short by four and a half overs.
Assam 65 for 2 v Vidarbha
Rain ruined two-thirds of the first day's play in Guwahati and Assam were only able to put on 65 in the 29 overs of play that were possible. Mohammad Hashim, the opening bowler, picked up both the wickets to fall, and had Assam in trouble at 30 for 2. Nishanta Bordoloi and Sadagoppan Ramesh then steadied the ship, settling down and ensuring no further wickets fell before rain led to play being called off after lunch.
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