Mohammed Siraj claimed a four-for against hosts Karnataka while Piyush Chawla’s five-for against Jammu & Kashmir put Gujarat in an advantageous position. In most other matches of the Ranji Trophy 2017-18 Round 3, batsmen dominated the proceedings on the first day.
Prithvi Shaw, Ankeet Bawane scored centuries. Others to cross the three-figure mark were AN Khare and Ashutosh Singh who built a 227-run partnership for Chhattisgarh; Hanuma Vihari and DP Prasanth Kumar built a 270-run stand for Andhra against Odisha. Double centurion Jiwanjot Singh and Anmolpreet Singh were involved in an unbroken 236-run partnership for Punjab against Goa.
Assam vs Railways: Assam were 216 for eight at the end of day’s play in Guwahati after being asked to bat. Deepak Bansal claimed three of the top four wickets while Anureet Singh accounted for Gokul Sharma and Amit Mishra (3/56) sent back opener Rishav Das to leave Assam on 78 for five.
Mishra also claimed the top-scorer, Tarjinder Singh (43) leaving the side on 176 for eight. Pritam Das and Dhiraj Goswami then saw the team through to stumps.
Scorecard - http://www.bcci.tv/ranji-trophy-2017-18/match/34
Uttar Pradesh vs Maharashtra: Century by Ankeet Bawane (107*) and Rohit Motwani’s not out 62 helped Maharashtra to 274 for four until the end of day’s play. Saurabh Kumar claimed SM Gugale with 26 runs on the board and a bit later claimed R Tripathi to leave Maharashtra on 50 for two.
Bawane, then anchored the innings to a comfortable position until stumps. He was involved in an unbroken 124-run stand with Motwani for the fifth wicket until play ended for the day.
Scorecard - http://www.bcci.tv/ranji-trophy-2017-18/match/35
Karnataka vs Hyderabad: After two washed out matches, Hyderabad dominated hosts Karnataka in the third round of the ongoing season. Mohammed Siraj claimed a four-wicket haul while Ravi Kiran picked three wickets and Pragyan Ojha two wickets to bundle out Karnataka for 183.
Stuart Binny was the top-scorer for Karnataka with 61 runs while Siraj and Co dismantled the home team’s batting lineup on Day 1.
At Stumps, Hyderabad were 51 for three with Sumanth Kolla and B Sandeep in the middle.
Scorecard - http://www.bcci.tv/ranji-trophy-2017-18/match/36
Jharkhand vs Haryana: Haryana’s No. 3 batsman, CK Bishnoi was stranded on 61 as Sunny Gupta and Jaskaran Singh ran through the lineup to bowl the visitors out for 208.
After electing to field, Varun Aaron dealt the first blow by claiming GA Singh with the team on 39. After 48 runs, Shahbaz Nadeem accounted for Rohilla to leave Haryana on 87 for three. Bishnoi and Rajat Paliwal then stitched a 59-run stand until Nadeem claimed the latter to leave the visitors on 146 for three. Sunny Gupta and Jaskaran then dismantled the rest of the lineup and bowled the side out on the first day.
In reply, Jharkhand were 14 without loss at the end of day’s play.
Scorecard - http://www.bcci.tv/ranji-trophy-2017-18/match/32
J & K vs Gujarat: In his second match for Gujarat, Piyush Chawla claimed yet another five-for to help bowl J & K out for 261. While openers Mohammed Omar Banday (54) and Shubham Khajuria (54) got the team off to a good start with a 99-run opening stand the team continued to lose wickets at regular intervals afterwards. The leg-spinner who ended the stand with the wicket of Shubham Khajuria finished with five for 92. H Patel claimed three for 57 while CT Gaja and R Bhatt picked a wicket each.
S Gohil and Priyank Panchal then helped Gujarat to 15/0 until Stumps.
Scorecard - http://www.bcci.tv/ranji-trophy-2017-18/match/31
Kerala vs Team Rajasthan: Electing to bat, Kerala were 232 for three until Stumps on Day 1. Although opener Vishnu Vinod was sent back for two by Pankaj Singh the rest of the middle-order helped the team to a comfortable position until the end of day’s play.
Jalaj Saxena made 79 while Rohan Prem contributed 86 runs to help build the innings. When play ended for the day, Sanju Samson (25*) was batting with Sachin Baby on 38.
Scorecard - http://www.bcci.tv/ranji-trophy-2017-18/match/33
Andhra vs Odisha: With a 270-run partnership for the second wicket, DB Prashanth Kumar and Hanuma Vihari helped Andhra to 278 for two until stumps. After KS Bharat was sent back by Suryakant Pradhan with the team on eight, the duo joined hands to shape the innings.
The flourishing stand was brought to a halt by Basant Mohanty. The bowler bowled Prashanth for 127 at the stroke of stumps. At the end of day’s play, Vihari was batting on 143.
Scorecard - http://www.bcci.tv/ranji-trophy-2017-18/match/25
Mumbai vs Tamil Nadu: A sparkling 123 by Prithvi Shaw and a 62-ball 57 by Shreyas Iyer helped set the stage for a respectable total for Mumbai. Coming together at 8/1, the duo added 98-runs for the third wicket until on song Iyer edged Vijay Shankar to the wicketkeeper. Shaw continued to hold the fort.
After he was sent back by R Ashwin for 123, Aditya Tare and Abhishek Nayar continued to build on the platform. However, the dismissal of the captain by Vijay Shankar late in the day left Mumbai on 308 for six. He also followed up with the wicket of Vijay Gohil to leave the hosts on 314 for seven at stumps.
Suryakumar Yadav contributed 39 runs earlier in the innings while Siddhesh Lad made 18 until he was sent back by Ashwin.
Shaw, who had helped build the innings even as he lost partners, said, “I was not thinking about the wickets we lost. I just tried to stay as long as possible at the crease and score as many runs as I could.
“I was not thinking that Ashwin sir is bowling, but I just planned that if I dominated it would be a good sign. I was playing him normally as I played against all the spinners,” he added when asked about batting opposite the senior off spinner.
Looking back, however, Shaw does regret missing out on an opportunity to score a double century. “The 200 wasn’t on my mind, I just wanted to bat as long as possible. I don’t know what happens to me after getting a 100. I didn’t plan much. It was a very good opportunity. It was challenging to play against Ashwin. I missed my double hundred, and that hurt the team a bit too,” he said.
Speaking about the difference at the first-class level and junior cricket he said, “The main difference is with the bowler’s pace. There are pace bowlers at the U-19 level but they are lacking in experience comparatively to Ranji Trophy pacers. As Ranji Trophy bowlers play a lot of matches, they know how to bowl on different types of wickets and take wickets.”
While saying that he has learnt consistency from watching players in the India ‘A’ and Mumbai squad, the batsman who has three tons from four first-class matches added, “When I played for India Under-19 and got an opportunity to train under Rahul (Dravid) sir, I learnt lot of things. Here also Sameer (Dighe) sir helped me a lot and I think such type of experiences help in a youngster’s growth as a cricketer,” he mentioned.
Scorecard - http://www.bcci.tv/ranji-trophy-2017-18/match/26
Tripura vs Madhya Pradesh: After a delayed start to the match in Agartala, Tripura were left tottering at 88 for six in 40 overs by the Ishwar Pandey-led MP attack. While opener BB Gosh remained not out on 42 at stumps, the pacer along with Ankit Sharma wrecked the hosts’ lineup.
Ishwar finished the day with three for 20 while Ankit claimed two for 28.
Scorecard - http://www.bcci.tv/ranji-trophy-2017-18/match/30
Goa vs Punjab: Jiwanjot Singh anchored Punjab to 396 for two on Day 1 with an unbeaten 215-run knock. He was ably supported by Anmolpreet Singh (103*) in an 236-run unbroken stand for the third wicket to put the side in a commanding position. After the visitors lost opener Manan Vohra in the first over without a run on the board, Uday Kaul helped lay the foundation for a solid total. He shared a 160-run stand for the second wicket until he was sent back by RR Singh.
Jiwanjot then saw the team through to Stumps with Anmolpreet.
Scorecard - http://www.bcci.tv/ranji-trophy-2017-18/match/27
Services vs Himachal: Himachal were 273 for five at the end of day’s play with N Gangta (89*) and Rishi Dhawan (14*) in the middle. P Chopra made 55 at the top of the order while middle-order batsman AK Bains made a determined 167-ball 68 to help build the innings. V Yadav claimed three wickets for Services while Diwesh Pathania and Sachidanand Pandey claimed a wicket each.
Scorecard - http://www.bcci.tv/ranji-trophy-2017-18/match/28
Vidarbha vs Chhattisgarh: Courtesy a 227-run stand between centurions Ashutosh Singh and Amandeep Khare, Chhattisgarh piled on 246 runs for three wickets on the first day. After Umesh Yadav claimed both the openers to leave the visitors on 19 for two, the Ashutosh – Khare pair milked the hosts’ attack. While Khare remained not out on 116, Ashutosh was dismissed by Umesh at the stroke of Stumps.
Scorecard - http://www.bcci.tv/ranji-trophy-2017-18/match/29