Punjab, Delhi, Guj in control in Ranji

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Published: Thursday, December 9, 2010, 14:34 [IST]
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Punjab, Delhi, Guj in control in Ranji

Punjab ripped through Haryana's eight-bowler line-up to amass a commanding 322 for 2 on the first day at Rohtak of the Dec 8-11 round of Ranji Trophy Super League matches. Openers Ravi Inder Singh and Sarul Kanwar put on 115 for the first wicket before allrounder Joginder Sharma acounted for both their wickets. But those were Haryana's only inroads with Mandeep Singh on an unbeaten 88 and Uday Kaul, batting on 75, putting on a stand of 180 and counting. It's all bad news for Haryana who are lagging in fourth place in Group B with just one more match to play.

An incisive spell from Baroda left-arm seamer Sankalp Vohra, in which he picked up 4 for 65, and a 3 for 45 from left-arm spinner Bhragav Bhatt helped their side bundle Karnataka out for 257 at Mysore. Robin Uthappa made a forceful 53 in an opening stand of 73 with K B Pawan before a middle order collapse ensued. But then C M Gautam came to Karnataka's rescue by contributing a half-century to revive the innings. With 57 from him and 43 from his support - Sunil Joshi - Karnataka were lifted from 149/7 to their eventual score.

No play was possible on the opening day of the match between Orissa and Himchal Pradesh at Cuttack thanks for incessant rain. Both teams are languishing in the bottom half of Group B and need a win to press ahead.

Group A

Nearly half the Railways side was replaced for the match against Delhi, but that did little to improve there chances at winning a match this season. On a wicket that was more conducive for the bowlers, Railways innings came to an abrupt end at 259 even though they were propped up by a 102 fropm Shreyas Khanolkar. Delhi's bowlers tore through the top order of Railways, leaving them in tatters at 124/5. But the lower order put up some resistance and with Khanolkhar as the backbone of the innings, finished with a somewhat respectable total. Murali Karthik and Dhiran Salvi pitched in with useful thirties, but Delhi are firmly in control, especially after its openers got off to an ominous start, reaching 48/0 in 8 overs. Mumbai Indians opener Shikhar Dhawan is leading Delhi in the absence of Mithun Manhas who had to pull out due to a strain, while the return of allrounder Rajat Bhatia has pepped up the side.

Gujarat have done the groundwork for setting a big total against Assam, scoring 233/3 at Guwahati. After opener Priyank Panchal was dismissed in the first over, captain Niraj Patel and Rikin Chauhan stepped up with 125 runs. Patel was bowled by Trkinder Singh for 76 and Chauhan was caught and bowled by Arlen Konwar for 46. Then Bhavik Thakar and Sunny Patel took their side to stumps with an unbroken 72-run stand.

Saurashtra are half-way to a strong position against Bengal at 254/6 in Rajkot. Bengal seamer Sourav Sarkar got two breakthroughs in quick succession to send back Chirag Pathak and Bhushan Chauhan, leaving Saurashtra stumbling on 43/2. Then after a reviving 63-run stand between Sagar Jogiyani and Shitanshu Kotak, Jogiyani was out caught for 52.Capatin Jaydev Shah followed him back to the shed for a duck shortly after before Rahul Dave joined forces with Kotak to put on a 60-run rescue act. Two more wicket fell one after the other, before Dave and Kamlesh Makvana played out 37 overs to stumps, adding 85 with Dave unbeaten on 66.

Chennai's post-monsoon showers continue to prevent a steady passage of play with the home side's entire first day against Mumbai being washed out. The bad news comes after the matches against the Railways and Bengal were also severely interrupted by downpours. Tamil Nadu are placed third in the Group A, barely ahead of Gujarat who themselves are just above Bengal.


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