Ranji final: Tanmay, Shukla steer UP to 292/7

Published: Wednesday, January 16, 2008, 3:35 [IST]
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Mumbai: Opener Tanmay Srivastav's maiden first-class century and Ravikant Shukla's unbeaten 80 lead Uttar Pradesh fight back after Delhi seamers Pradeep Sangwan and Sumit Narwal ran thro' the top-order on the first day of the five-day Ranji Trophy final at the Wankhede Stadium here on Wednesday.

UP was 292/7 at stumps with Ravikant Shukla and Bhuvanesh Kumar (6) were at the crease.

Delhi won the toss and chose to bowl on a green top. There was some movement and good carry on offer in the initial hour.

Uttar Pradesh started on a bad note losing three top-order wickets in quick succession. First change bowler Narwal drew the first blood when he trapped the opener Rohit Srivastava. Sangwan then removed the in-form Suresh Raina for a plumb LBW.

Captain Mohammad Kaif was left soon after edging leg spinner Chaitanya Nanda to first slip where Akash Chopra made no mistake as Uttar Pradesh further slumped to 99 for three.

Tanmay, who was called back from India's U-19 tour of South Africa, started off his innings with bang, flicking Sangwan to a fine-leg boundary, followed by a steer to third man before settling down to play a fluent innings. He took a full stride forward at every opportunity and played as close to the body as possible.

Though beaten on a few occasions, he didn't push his bat away from the body. However, he attacked at every opportunity, slashing to the cover fence each time the bowlers gave width, and cutting when they erred on the length.

Tanmay then found an able ally in Ravikant Shukla and the two slowly but surely rebuilt the Uttar Pradesh innings.

Delhi should have had Ravikant Shukla on 13 with Uttar Pradesh on 147 for three when Narwal floored a straight forward catch off the bowling off Nanda.

Shukla, while not as assured as Tanmay, played his cuts and pulls whenever the opportunity presented itself and the partnership blossomed. Tanmay had just pulled Nanda for six to bring up his ton but fell a ball later, steering Sangwan to third slip. Tanmay made 105 in a stay of 174 balls with 13 hits to the fence and one over it to leave Uttar Pradesh on 200 for four.

Uttar Pradesh then lost their way as Sangwan and Narwal then took wickets at regular intervals with only Shukla staying firm and making his 80 runs in a stay of 190 balls with eight hits to the fence when stumps were drawn.

Brief Scores:

Uttar Pradesh Ist innings 292/7 (Tanmay Srivastav 105, Ravikant Shukla 80, Piyush Chawla 20; Narwal 3 for 66, Sangwan 3 for 73, Nanda 1 for 37) Vs Delhi.


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