Iyer's swift century strengthens Mumbai

A round-up of the Ranji Trophy 2015-16 Group A matches played on October 22, 2015

Mumbai 317 for 3 (Iyer 167*, Herwadkar 67, Suryakumar 66*) v Baroda
Shreyas Iyer's rapid 167 not out off 176 deliveries lifted Mumbai to dominant 317 for 3 on the first day of their match against Baroda in Vadodara. Iyer's knock was complemented by fifties from opener Akhil Herwadkar (67) and Suryakumar Yadav (66 not out), after Mumbai won the toss and opted to bat. Mumbai's move to promote Dhawal Kulkarni as an opener failed but Herwadkar steadied things, taking the lead in a 42-run partnership with Shrideep Mangela. He then added a brisk 57 for the third wicket with Iyer before falling for 67 to Hardik Pandya. Iyer kept up the tempo of the innings with Suryakumar - the pair added an unbroken 196 runs at more than four runs an over - and struck 13 fours and 4 sixes during the day to finish 33 runs short of his second double-century of the season.
Andhra 77 for 0 (Bharat 56*) trail Uttar Pradesh 170 (Praveen 47, Stephen 3-41, Siva Kumar 3-29) by 93 runs
Andhra pacers CV Stephen and D Siva Kumar took three wickets each as Uttar Pradesh crumbled to 170 all out on the first day of the Group B match in Ongole. In reply, Andhra's opening pair of DB Prasanth and Srikar Bharat took the side to 77 for 0, with Bharat finishing the day on 56 not out off 79 deliveries. Only two UP batsmen - opener Tanmay Srivastava (42) and captain Praveen Kumar (47) - scored more than 40 and it was the 65-run partnership for the fifth wicket between the two batsmen that allowed the side to stretch their score to 170. Put in to bat, UP had been reduced to 52 for 4 by Siva Kumar and DP Vijaykumar and once Praveen was dismissed, the side suffered another collapse, losing the last six wickets for only 53 runs.
Madhya Pradesh 251 for 5 (Shrivastava 105*, Saxena 70) v Punjab
Madhya Pradesh opener Aditya Shrivastava's fourth century in only his seventh first-class innings helped his side recover from a middle-order collapse against Punjab in Patiala. Shrivastava and Jalaj Saxena added 152 for the first wicket after Madhya Pradesh opted to bat, but Saxena's dismissal for 70 allowed Punjab to fight back through quick wickets. Madhya Pradesh lost five wickets for 51 runs - offspinner Pargat Singh and legspinner Sarabjit Ladda took two each - before Shrivastava and Rameez Khan saw them through to the end of the day. Shrivastava's unbeaten 105 came off 267 deliveries and included six fours and a six.
Gujarat 286 for 6 (Panchal 141, Parthiv 58) v Railways
Railways' bowlers struck with late wickets to limit Gujarat to 286 for 6 in Delhi, after a century from opener Priyank Kirit Panchal had given the visitors a chance to post a stronger total. Gujarat lost early wickets to the pace pair of Krishnakant Upadhyay and Ranjit Mali after being put in to bat, but the 120-run, third-wicket partnership between Parthiv Patel and Panchal led the side's recovery. Y Venugopal Rao supported Panchal in a 73-run partnership after Parthiv was dismissed, but the Railways bowlers - each had a wicket to show at the end of the day - kept chipping away. Panchal was the last wicket to fall on the first day, caught by Ashish Singh off Arnab Nandi for 141.