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Ranji Trophy 2017/18 1st round: Kerala, Saurashtra, Railways & Madhya Pradesh get off to a winning start

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Prashant Chopra raises his bat after reaching 300 against Punjab (Photo source: ESPN Cricinfo)

In Group A, Assam was dismissed for 255 in their innings. Delhi could not get full six points, as they scored 49 for 2 in 8 overs.

In Group B, J and K batsmen declared their innings on 436 for 8. Rajasthan batsmen ended the day on 246 for 4 with a century from R Bishnoi.

In Group C, Tamil Nadu declared their innings on 350 for 6 with Mukund 95, Baba Aparjith 108 not out. Chasing the target of 218 runs, Andhra Pradesh ended the day on 198 for 7. R Ashwin took 2 wickets for 92 runs.  Madhya Pradesh posted a massive total of 551 for 8 declared. On the fourth day, Yusuf Pathan scored the second century of the match but could not save Baroda from defeat.

In Group D, Goa was dismissed for 277 in the first innings. Following on, Goa struggled and was reduced to 170 for 7.  Punjab batsmen scored 601 runs with Abhishek Gupta scoring double century. HP batsmen struggled in the second innings with 145 for 6.

Bengal declared their innings on 161 for 5. Services were given a target of 355 but ended the day on 212 for 7 in 77 overs.

Tripura made 194 for 8 declared with UU Bose scoring a century and Dhiraj Singh 5 wickets, Hyderabad and Maharashtra did not happen due to rain.

Group A

Delhi vs. Assam (Delhi)

Assam began the day on 60 for 3. SA Roy scored 87 and Wasqiur Rahman scored 63. Delhi bowlers dismissed Assam for 255. Delhi was given a target of 79 but could score 49 for 2 in 8 overs. The match ended in a draw

Assam 258 in 95 overs ( Purkayastha 66, G Sharma 51, Ishant Sharma 5/38) and 255 in 108.4 overs ( SA Roy 87, Wasquir Rahaman 63,   Manan Sharma 3/58) drew  Delhi 435 in 135.3 overs ( Gambhir 137, Nitish Rana 110, A Rawat 71, Manan Sharma 69  AN Ahmed 7/68) and 49 for 2 in 8 overs ( Unkumt Chand 25*) draw

Delhi 3, Assam 1.

Group B   

Rajasthan vs. Jammu and Kashmir (Jaipur)

J and K batsmen declared their innings on 436 for 8. In their second innings, Rajasthan batsmen scored 246 for 4 before the match was drawn

Jammu and Kashmir 432 for 6 in 152 overs ( AO Bandy 102, SP Khajuria 53, Parveez Rasool 97, ) draw Rajasthan 330 ( Robin Bist 113, Ashok Menaria 69, R Bishnoi 43,  M Mudhasir 5/81) and 246 for 4 in 68 overs ( R Bishnoi 101*, Lomror 65*, Rohit Sharma 2/28)

Jammu and Kashmir 3, Rajasthan 1

Group C 

Tamil Nadu vs. Andhra Pradesh (Chennai)

The final day saw some exciting action with Tamil Nadu batsmen scoring 350 for 6 declare. Mukund made 95, B Aparjith 108 not out. Andhra Pradesh was given a target of 218 runs. KS Bharat made 64, Bhui 40. AP ended the day on 198 for 7 in 41.4 overs

Tamil Nadu 176 in 85 overs ( Baba Aparajith 51, K Vignesh 25*, Bhargav Bhatt 4/52, Prithvi Raj 3/39)and 350 for 6 in 105 overs ( Abhinav Mukund 95, Baba Aparjith 108*, Prithvi Raj 3/61) drew Andhra Pradesh 309 in 123.4 overs ( B Sumanth 109, Shoaib Md Khan 43, Hebbar 64, R Ashwin 4/71) and 198 for 7 in 41.4 overs ( KS Bharat 64, Ricky Bhui 40, K Vignesh 3/34, Ashwin 2/92)

Andhra Pradesh 3, Tamil Nadu 1.

Madhya Pradesh vs. Baroda ( Indore)

On the last day, Yusuf Pathan scored a brilliant 136 and AA Seth made 109. Baroda was dismissed for 318 in 76.3 overs. Madhya Pradesh was given a target of 70. Harpreet Singh and Patidar helped the hosts win the match by 8 wickets.

Madhya Pradesh 551 for 8 declare ( SS Sharma 196, Ankit Sharma 104, PM Davey 33*Devendra Bundela 99, AA Sheth 2/90, Swapnil Singh 3/136) and 73 for 2 ( Harpreet Singh 44*, Patidar 23*) beat Baroda 302 in 79 overs ( Yusuf Pathan 111, Irfan Pathan 80,) and 318 in 76.3 overs  (Yusuf Pathan 136, AA Seth 109, Ishwar Pandey 5/40)  by 8 wickets

Madhya Pradesh 6, Baroda 0.

Odisha vs. Tripura (Cuttack)

In this match, Tripura made 194 for 8 declared. UU Bose was the top scorer with 104 and Dhiraj Singh took 5 wickets

Tripura 194 for 8 in 68 overs ( UU Bose 104, Dhiraj Singh 5/55) drew with Odisha 18 for 1

Tripura 1, Odisha 1.

Group D 

Himachal Pradesh vs. Punjab (Dharamshala)

Punjab was dismissed for 601 runs. HP batsmen struggled scoring 145 for 6. The match ended in a draw with Himachal Pradesh gaining 3 points.

Himachal Pradesh 729 for 8 declare in 148 overs ( Prashant Chopra 338, P Dogra 99, Ankush Bains 80,  Sumeet Verma 79, Sandeep Sharma 4/149) and 145 for 6 in 40 overs ( P Dogra 45*, R Dhawan 25) drew Punjab 601 in 154.3 overs ( Abhishek Gupta 202, Abhishek Gupta 94, 6/162)

HP 3, Punjab 1.

Services vs. Bengal ( Delhi)

Bengal batsmen played with positive intent and declared their innings on 161 for 5. Services batsmen ended the day on 212 for 7. Hathwala was the top scorer with 64.

Bengal 552 for 9 declare ( Sudip Chatterjee 115, Manoj 69, AA Gani 51, Ashok Dinda 55*,  S Pandey 4/108, Patina 3/100) and 161 for 5 declare in 22 overs  ( A Raman 40, Easwaran 39, Manoj Tiwary 22*, Patina 3/70) drew Services 359 in 111.2 overs ( Navneet Singh 121, Ravi Chauhan 53, AA Gani 5/109) and 212 for 7 in 77 overs ( Navneet Singh 49, Hathwala 64)

Bengal 3, Services 0

Goa vs. Chhattisgarh ( Porvorim)

On the final day, Goa was dismissed for 277 and following on they were reduced to 170 for 7 before the play was called off.

Chhattisgarh 458 (Manoj Singh 125, Jatin Saxena 82, S Ruikar 57, DW Misal 5/79)277 in 97 overs ( SP Amnokar 79, SK Kamat 47, Ruikar 5/72) and 170 for 7 in 67 overs ( Amnokar 53, Ruikar 5/29) drew

Chhattisgarh 3, Goa 1.

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