Anirudh century rescues Hyderabad

Published: Thursday, November 25, 2004, 23:53 [IST]
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Hyderabad:Despite a fine century by Anirudh Singh and a polished 60 by debutant Shashank Nag, Hyderabad were bowled out for 231 in their first innings against Maharashtra on the opening day of the four-day Elite B Ranji Trophy match here today.

The visitors were four without loss at stumps in the match which goes into record as the 100th first class match at Gymkhana ground starting with Moin-ud-Dowla semifinals between Hyderabad and Vizianagaram XI played in January 1931.

Put in to bat, hosts lost opener Daniel Manohar for 16 while the newcomer Shashank dropped anchor at the other end warding off Maharashtra spinner Anupam Sankelcha who struck lethal blows by claiming three quick wickets.

Shashank was joined by Anirudh when the score was 47 for 4 and the duo pulled out the team from woods adding 91 runs for the fifth wicket before Shashank was out for 60.

Shashank faced 171 balls to reach his 60 and stood solid amidst the ruins to push the team to safety along with Anirudh who compiled a watchful 103, studded with 15 hits to the fence while rest of the batsmen fell prey to some fine bowling of Ranjit Khirid and Anupam who claimed four wickets each.

Maharashtra openers Dheeraj Jadhav (2) and Kunal Marathe (2) were at crease at the draw of stumps.

Brief scores: Hyderabad first innings: 231 (Shashank Nag 60, Anirudh Singh 103, Ranjit Khirid 4/76, Anupam Sanklecha 4/47).

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