Andhra start strongly with Vijayakumar's six

A round-up of the opening day of Group C matches in the seventh round of the 2016-17 Ranji Trophy

Paidikalva Vijaykumar celebrates after dismissing Sachin Baby, Andhra v Kerala, Ranji Trophy 2016-17, Group C, Guwahati, 1st day, November 21, 2016

Paidikalva Vijaykumar dismissed six of Kerala's top seven batsmen  •  PTI

Right-arm medium pacer DP Vijayakumar's six-wicket haul studded Andhra's dominant display with the ball against Kerala at the Baraspara Cricket Stadium in Guwahati. Vijaykumar's 6 for 37 reduced Kerala to 188 for 8 after Andhra had sent them in. Six of Kerala's top seven fell to Vijaykumar after his new-ball partner B Ayyappa provided the first breakthrough in the 10th over of the morning when he sent back Bhavin Thakkar. Vijaykumar then scythed through Kerala, reducing them to 36 for 4, before Rohan Prem, the captain, and Mohammed Azharuddeen, who top-scored with 82, got together for a 71-run stand. Prem was caught behind off Vijaykumar for 42. Azharuddeen then added 48 with Iqbal Abdulla for the sixth wicket, before being dismissed off what turned out to be the last ball of the day.
Hyderabad captain S Badrinath struck his 32nd century and passed 10,000 first-class runs to take his side to 267 for 4 against Chhattisgarh in Valsad. Badrinath walked out with Hyderabad having lost Akshath Reddy in the second over. Badrinath stitched together 120 for the second wicket with Tanmay Agarwal, who ground it out for 124 balls for 39, and added 122 more for the third wicket with BP Sandeep before becoming right-arm pacer Abhimanu Chauhan's first victim. Badrinath's 134 came off 254 balls, and contained 20 fours and two sixes. Sandeep remained not out on 73 and had Mehdi Hassan, batting on 10, for company at stumps.
In Surat, Services rode on centuries from Ravi Chauhan and Nakul Verma to put up 276 for 3 against Himachal Pradesh in Surat. Chauhan struck his maiden century in his 12th first-class game, while Verma struck his second hundred and reached his career-best score. The two came together at the fall of captain Anshul Gupta for 8 with just 10 on the board and shared a 264-run second-wicket partnership. However, Himachal hit back late in the day, with Chauhan falling for 149, caught off Pankaj Jaiswal - who had also taken out Gupta - before Jaiswal's new-ball partner Rishi Dhawan bowled Vikas Yadav in the next over - the penultimate over of the day. Verma remained not out on 113.
Bowlers called the shots at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Ghaziabad where Goa were reduced to 197 for 6 against Haryana. Goa opener Sumiran Amonkar stuck around at one end, but Goa lost wickets around him. When Amonkar was bowled by Amit Mishra, he had made 34 out of Goa's 74 for 4. Reagan Pinto and Snehal Kauthankar got together to repair the damage, before Pinto had to retire hurt on 25. Goa lost late wickets, but Kauthankar was still at the crease at stumps on 80. Right-arm medium pacer Harshal Patel took three wickets for Haryana.
At the Bandra-Kurla Complex in Mumbai, a solid team effort took Jammu & Kashmir to 270 for 6 after they were put in by Tripura. J&K lost their openers early and were 14 for 2 before Pranav Gupta and Ian Dev Singh struck half-centuries and shared a third-wicket stand of 109. Tripura wrested back the advantage with three quick wickets as J&K went from 123 for 2 to 131 for 5, before Aditya Singh (65 not out) put on 50 for the seventh wicket with Puneet Bisht and an unbroken 89 with Samiullah Beigh (35 not out) for the seventh.