SHAW, PUJARA STAR WITH TONS ON OPENING DAY
RANJI TROPHY 2023-24
1. Ankit Kumar's 109 and Himanshu Rana's 82 helped Haryana start well against Jharkhand as they reached 338/6 on Day 1 of Ranji encounter in Jamshedpur. Ankit and Rana were involved in a 145-run second wicket stand before Jharkhand hit back with quick wickets. But Rahul Tewatia's unbeaten 51 helped Haryana past the 300 mark and they look good for more.
A collective bowling performance from Vidarbha limited Maharashtra to 208 in Pune, with No. 11 Manoj Ingale's 36 being the highest score for the home team. Vidarbha were 111/1 in reply at stumps, with Dhruv Shorey scoring an unbeaten 55.
Cheteshwar Pujara led Saurashtra's batting efforts on Day 1 against Rajasthan in Jaipur as his 110 off 230 balls along with Sheldon Jackson's 78 not out off 176 helped their side to 242/4 at stumps. Saurashtra were in early trouble at 74/3 before the duo bailed the team out with a 168-run stand.
Varun Choudhary and Poonam Poonia bagged three wickets apiece as Manipur were bundled out for just 67 by Services. Ravi Chauhan then scored 87 not out while skipper Rajat Paliwal was unbeaten on 62 at stumps as Services ended the day at 191/3 in Ahmedabad.
2. Prithvi Shaw made an impact in his second game on return to competitive cricket, scoring a brisk 159 to power Mumbai's batting against Chhattisgarh in Raipur. Bhupen Lalwani provided good support to Shaw as he struck 102 and was involved in a 244-run opening stand, which helped Mumbai reach 310/4 at stumps.
Sachin Baby extended his fine form as he scored an important 110 not out against Bengal in Thumba to help Kerala recover after they slipped to 112/4. Baby put on an unbroken 153-run stand with Akshay Chandran (76*) to help Kerala end the day at 265/4.
Andhra had slipped to 63/3 against Uttar Pradesh in Vizianagaram before handy knocks from KV Sasikanth (72), Ricky Bhui (90*) and Karan Shinde (45*) steadied the ship as they went into stumps at 236/4.
Parvej Musaraf (89) and Abhishek Thakuri (77*) top-scored for Assam on the opening day in Guwahati as the hosts reached 235/5 at stumps against Bihar.
3. Sai Kishore's three wicket haul and two wickets for Ajith Ram helped Tamil Nadu chip away but Devdutt Padikkal ensured it was Karnataka who took the opening day's honours in Chennai. The left-hander scored an unbeaten 151 and was involved in a century stand with R Samarth (57) and then added an unbroken 54-run stand with Hardik Raj as Karnataka ended the day at 288/5.
Priyank Panchal (77) and Aditya Patel (58) put on a 145-run opening stand but Punjab hit back with regular wickets after that thanks to three wicket hauls for Siddarth Kaul and Arshdeep Singh. Gujarat ended the opening day at 250/8 in Mohali.
Upendra Yadav's 91 and Suraj Ahuja's 81 helped Railways make good progress but Goa also struck at regular intervals to ensure a balanced opening day in Surat. Railways went into stumps at 293/9.
Manan Vohra (134) and Ankit Kaushik (76) helped Chandigarh recover from a top-order collapse against Tripura in Chandigarh as they ended Day 1 at 282/6. The hosts were 34/4 at one stage before Vohra and Kaushik added 179.