Ranji Trophy - Five Centuries On Bowlers' Day


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Five centuries were scored on a day when Gautam Gambhir and Virender Sehwag yet again failed to come good with the bat as the fourth round of Ranji Trophy matches got under way. [FLOAT][/FLOAT]

Laxmi Ratan Shukla rescued Bengal from a top order collapse with a superb ton to help them post a decent first innings total against Saurashtra. Harshad Khadiwale, opening the innings for Maharashtra, kept the Goa bowlers at bay to score an unbeaten ton while Kedhar Jadhav also did a good job, scoring a fine century.

Ramaswamy Prasanna came in at number six after Tamil Nadu lost wickets in a heap against Uttar Pradesh and scored an unbeaten hundred to get his team out of trouble while Faiz Fazal scored his second hundred on the trot and remained not-out to put Vidarbha in a good position against Karnataka.

Meanwhile, Rishi Dhawan extended his good form by picking up his second fifer in a row and his third in this edition of the Ranji Trophy while Basant Mohanty and Jasprit Bumrah also did a good job with the ball, finishing with a five-wicket haul on a day when five teams were bowled out. The likes of Sanjay Budhwar, Suraj Yadav and Arup Das also shined with the ball, picking up four-wicket hauls each.

Group A Matches:

Delhi v Haryana in Delhi: Delhi 194/8 (84 ov). Rajat Bhatia 39, Sanjay Budhwar 4/56, Joginder Sharma 2/32.

Odisha v Jharkhand in Cuttack: Jharkhand 221 all-out (67.4 ov). Saurabh Tiwary 67, Bhavik Thaker 61*, Basant Mohanty 5/60, Alok Sahoo 3/34. Odisha 37/1 (13 ov).

Punjab v Gujarat in Mohali: Punjab 172 all-out (70.1 ov). Jiwanjot Singh 86, Jasprit Bumrah 5/52. Gujarat 61/6 (17 ov) Akshar Patel 14*, Sandeep Sharma 3/43.

Vidarbha v Karnataka in Nagpur: Vidarbha 244/2 (90 ov). Faiz Fazal 139*, Shalabh Srivathsava 75*, Abrar Kazi 1/39.

Group B Matches:

Bengal v Saurashtra in Kolkata: Bengal 303 all-out (75.2 ov). Laxmi Ratan Shukla 155, Chirag Jani 3/62, Sandip Maniar 3/68. Saurashtra 0/0 (1 ov).

Rajasthan v Railways in Jaipur: Railways 223/7 (83 ov). Nitin Bhille 60, Shivakant Shukla 54, Pankaj Singh 3/69.

Services v Madhya Pradesh in Delhi: Madhya Pradesh 236/9 (90 ov). Naman Ojha 63, Suraj Yadav 4/61.

Uttar Pradesh v Tamil Nadu in Meerut: Tamil Nadu 258/7 (90 ov). Ramaswamy Prasanna 104*, Baba Aparajith 60, Amit Mishra 2/27, RP Singh 2/59.

Group C Matches:

Andhra v Jammu & Kashmir in Anantapur: Jammu & Kashmir 173/6 (90 ov). Bandeep Singh 68*, Shaik Basha 2/43.

Himachal Pradesh v Hyderabad in Dharamsala: Hyderabad 237 all-out (82.3 ov). Tirumalasetti Suman 65, Rishi Dhawan 5/75.

Maharashtra v Goa in Pune: Maharashtra 361/3 (90 ov). Harshad Khadiwale 147*, Kedhar Jadhav 106, Amit Yadav 2/80.

Tripura v Assam in Agartala: Tripura 136 all-out (55 ov). Abhijit Dey 54, Arup Das 4/34, Abu Nechim 3/37. Assam 85/1 (32 ov). Dheeraj Jadhav 40*.