Ranji Trophy | Elite C: Round 2- Rajasthan, Jharkhand and UP bowlers dominate Day 1

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Ranji Trophy | Elite C: Round 2- Rajasthan, Jharkhand and UP bowlers dominate Day 1

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The first day of the second round of Ranji Trophy 2018-19 saw the bowlers from Rajasthan, Jharkhand and Uttar Pradesh dominate against the opposition batsmen from early morning. It was a bowlers’ day out in the group as not a single batsman scored a hundred after the end of the first day’s play.

Tripura vs Assam 

Brief Scores: Assam 268/4 (Parvez Aziz 88, Rishav Das 70; Abhijit Sarkar 2/87) vs Tripura 

Being put into bat first, Assam openers played sensible cricket and added 159 runs for the opening wicket against Tripura in Agartala. Both the openers got to their respective half-centuries before Rishav Das was picked up by Abhijit Sarkar for 70. Parvez Aziz top-scored for the visitors with 88 runs from his bat. The day ended with captain Amit Sinha and Riyan Parag batting at the crease on 51 and 40 respectively. Assam ended up with 268/4 as only 84 overs could be bowled on the opening day in Agartala. Sarkar picked up two while Rana Dutta and Harmanpreet Singh claimed one each for Tripura.

Odisha vs Uttar Pradesh

Brief Scores: Uttar Pradesh 42/1 (Mohammad Saif 24*; Basant Mohanty 1/15) trail Odisha 256 (Subhranshu Senapati 87; Ankit Rajpoot 3/61, Yash Dayal 3/62) by 214 runs.

Subhranshu Senapati’s knock of 87 and a 46-run innings by the wicketkeeper Sujit Lenka helped Odisha recover from early damage. At one stage, Odisha was 107/5 batting first against UP in Bhubaneswar. Ankit Rajpoot and Yash Dayal wreaked havoc for the Odisha top-order and it was only some lower-order contributions by Debabrata Pradhan (24) and Rajesh Mohanty (23) that Odisha ended up with 256 in the first innings. Apart from three wickets each by Rajpoot and Dayal, skipper Akshdeep Nath and Saurabh Kumar pocketed two wickets each for the visitors. In reply, UP was 42/1 at stumps on the opening day with pacer Basant Mohanty picking up the wicket of Upendra Yadav. 

Goa vs Jammu and Kashmir

Brief Scores: Goa 216/2 (Sumiran Amonkar 69*, Sagun Kamat 57; Irfan Pathan 1/30) vs Jammu & Kashmir.

Batting first against Jammu and Kashmir, home team Goa scored a sedate 216/2 on the first day of their round 2 encounter. Opener Sumiran Amonkar is still batting on 69 while captain Sagun Kamat got out after getting to his fifty to Umar Nazir. For J and K, Irfan Pathan and Nazir have pocketed one wicket apiece in the first innings so far. Amogh Desai (43) also got a good start in the top-order before getting out to Pathan while Amit Verma (37) is the other batsman at the crease along with Amonkar. 

Haryana vs Jharkhand 

Brief Scores: Jharkhand 120/6 ( Ishan Kishan 23*, Anukul Roy 22*; Ashish Hooda 4/32) leads Haryana 81 (Shubham Rohilla 36; Ajay Yadav 4/24, Rahul Shukla 3/24) by 39 runs  

Jharkhand has already taken a first inningslead against Haryana in Rohtak as 16 wickets fell on the opening day of the second round game. Haryana was bowled out for a mere 81 runs as Ajay Yadav and Rahul Shukla ran through their batting line-up by picking up four and three wickets respectively for the visiting team. Varun Aaron also picked up two wickets while Shubham Rohilla (36) and Himanshu Rana (25) were the only two batsmen to have got starts for the home team in the first innings. It was a pacer friendly wicket in Rohtak and for Haryana, Ashish Hooda scalped four as Jharkhand has been reduced to 120/6 in the first innings. Ishan Kishan and Anukul Roy have settled down in the middle while all others struggled to put a decent score against their names.

Rajasthan vs Services

Brief Scores: Rajasthan 45/1 (Chetan Bist 22*; Diwesh Pathania 1/14) trails Services 228 (Anshul Gupta 54, Vikash Hathwala 49; TM Ul Haq 4/61) by 183 runs

TM Ul Haq (4/61) and Aniket Chowdhry (3/59) combined well for Rajasthan in Jaipur as they bowled out Services for a low total of 228 runs in the first innings. Opener Anshul Gupta stayed at one end while wickets kept on falling at the other and he eventually got out for 54. Vikash Hathwala showed some resistance in the middle order but failed to get to his fifty. In reply, Rajasthan was 45/1 in the first innings and are currently trailing by 183 runs with nine wickets in hand. Amitkumar Gautam was the only batsman to get out and Chetan Bist was along with captain Mahipal Lomror at the crease when stumps were drawn on day 1.

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