J&K lead Jharkhand as 20 wickets fall in a day
A round-up of the first day's play of the third-round matches of the Ranji Trophy Plate League, 2007-08
Jharkhand 105 (Kuldeep Sharma 24*, Vijay Sharma 5-20, Beigh 4-50) and 12 for 0 trail Jammu & kashmir 133 (Beigh 33*, Kuldeep Sharma 3-57, SS Rao 3-56) by 16 runs
Sanjay Bangar took four wickets to bowl Haryana out for 193 (file photo)
Twenty wickets fell in a day at Jammu as the hosts secured a 28-run first-innings lead against Jharkhand, which may prove crucial in the low-scoring encounter. Jharkhand, opting to bat first, crossed the 100-run mark, thanks only to a 30-run last-wicket stand between Kuldeep Sharma and Sandip Roy. Kuldeep scored 24 and stayed unbeaten. For Jammu & Kashmir, the new-ball bowlers did all the damage, with Vijay Sharma taking five and Samiullah Beigh taking four wickets.
The two were not done, though, as they put on 48 for the eighth wicket to take J&K past Jharkhand's total. Beigh stayed unbeaten on 33, while Vijay scored 26. For Jharkhand, Kuldeep followed up on his batting performance with 3 for 57, while SS Rao took 3 for 56.
Railways 80 for 0 (Pagnis 39*) trail Haryana 193 (Vashisht 59, Bangar 4-56)
Haryana never really recovered from the early blows Sanjay Bangar dealt them, and were bowled out for 193 on the first day at Rohtak. Railways made a bright start and reached 80 without loss by stumps.
Bangar struck in his second and fourth overs to start the rot for Haryana. Sanjib Sanyal joined in the demolition job and soon Haryana were 71 for 6. Amit Sharma and Sandeep Singh took them to 100 with a 29-run stand, but three quick wickets followed. That's when Gaurav Vashisht, the offspinner, came up with a timely half-century to provide some respectability to their total.
Siddharth Joshi and Amit Pagnis, the Railways openers, came out with an aggressive mindset and hit 13 boundaries in 20 overs.
Kerala 23 for 5 (Goswami 3-5, Suresh 2-11) trail Assam 198 (Suresh 57, Nair 3-13, Yohannan 3-40) by 175 runs
S Suresh scored a crucial half-century to take Assam to 198 and then took two wickets to help reduce Kerala to 23 for 5 at Guwahati. Dhiraj Goswami, Suresh's new-ball partner, took three wickets for five runs in seven overs. Scoring, generally, happened as an afterthought as Kerala scored 23 runs in 22.3 overs.
Earlier, it was Suresh's 57 at the top of the order, along with wicketkeeper Rajdeep Das's 30, that held the Assam innings together and took them to a total, which by the end of the day, looked huge.
Madhya Pradesh 334 for 6 (Jatin Saxena 103, Murtaza Ali 75*) v Goa
At Margao, the Madhya Pradesh batsmen punished the Goa bowling to end the day at 334 for 6. They were led by a century by Jatin Saxena and half-centuries by wicketkeeper-opener Naman Ojha and Murtaza Ali.
Jatin, who came in at No.3 and shared an 87-run stand with Ojha, scored his second first-class century, in his fourth match. Ali finished the day unbeaten on 75, his maiden first-class half-century. For Goa, Saurabh Bandekar, the former India Under-19 medium-pacer, stuck to the task and took four wickets for 98 runs, even though he bowled eight no-balls.
Gujarat 230 for 3 (Niraj 107*, Modi 51) v Services
Niraj Patel scored his 10th first-class century to take Gujarat to a comfortable 230 for 3 in Delhi. Niraj's unbeaten 107 came off 192 deliveries and featured 18 boundaries. Niraj joined opener Nilesh Modi when Gujarat were at a tricky 50 for 2. Modi scored a cautious 51 and put on 75 for the third wicket with Niraj. Bhavik Thaker scored an equally cautious 35 in an unbeaten stand of 105 for the fourth wicket.
Vidarbha 227 for 4 (Fazal 110, Naidu 87) v Tripura
Faiz Fazal's second first-class century and Alind Naidu's 87 put Vidarbha in a commanding position against Tripura, at Nagpur. The two shared a 160-run stand after Vidarbha had lost their first wicket for two runs. Fazal hit 19 fours and a six in his innings of 110.
Tripura, though, struck with Naidu's wicket in 83rd over of the day, after which Vidarbha scored only 11 runs.