Ranji Trophy round-up: All-round Ravindra Jadeja puts Saurashtra on top

first_imgRiding on a superb all-round performance by Ravindra Jadeja, Saurashtra have taken a first innings against Jharkhand on the first day of their Group C Ranji Trophy match on Thursday.After bundling out Jharkhand for a meagre 168, Saurashtra scored 205 to take a slender 37-run lead in the first innings at stumps on day one.Electing to bat, Jharkhand kept losing wickets at regular interval as Jadeja wreaked havoc, taking six wickets for 71, while Kamlesh Makvana (4/46) also chipped in with four scalps.Replying to Jharkhand’s total, Saurashtra also did not have a good start and they also failed to apply themselves. But thanks to Jadeja’s 75-ball 58, the home team managed to take a slight edge over their opponents.For Jharkhand, Shahbaz Nadeem claimed four for 38.Saha guides Bengal to 312/9 against KarnatakaWriddhiman Saha made a nice comeback from injury with a finely compiled 90 which complemented youngster Sudeep Chatterjee’s patient 145 as Bengal managed 312 for nine against defending champions Karnataka in their opening  match.Put into bat, Bengal slumped to 41 for four before left-handed Sudeep and India’s Test specialist Wriddhiman conjured a 173 run partnership for the fifth wicket in 48.1 overs to take Bengal to a respectable total.Apart from the duo, the only other batsman to cross the 20-run mark was former captain Laxmi Ratan Shukla, who scored 24. Six of the Bengal batsmen failed to even reach the double figures.Vidarbha find Ishant Sharma too hotIshant Sharma returned to competitive cricket with an impressive effort of 3/26 as Delhi restricted Vidarbha to 222 for six on the first day of their Group A match, in Nagpur on Thursday.advertisementIshant worked up good pace and bounce from the Feroz Shah Kotla strip after Gautam Gambhir opted to field. The lanky speedster bowled in four short spells and got wickets in three of those spells.For Vidarbha, Faiz Fazal (55) and Subramaniam Badrinath (44) added 89 runs for the third wicket in 38.4 overs. While they steadied the innings from 16/2 after Wasim Jaffer (0) was run out without playing a ball.Baba Aparajith stars for Tamil NaduTamil Nadu made a decent start reaching 225 for five in their first innings against hosts Madhya Pradesh at stumps on the opening day of their Group B match.Sent into bat, Tamil Nadu did not have the best of starts as they lost opener K Bharath Shankar (1) early. Tamil Nadu skipper Abhinav Mukund (24) and Baba Aparajith (56) then added 63 tuns for the second wicket before the former departed, caught and bowled by medium pacer Udit Birla (2/16).last_img

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