Chirag Gandhi stitiched crucial partnerships with Manpreet Juneja, Karan Patel and unbeaten partnership with Hardik Patel    IANS
Chirag Gandhi stitiched crucial partnerships with Manpreet Juneja, Karan Patel and unbeaten partnership with Hardik Patel IANS

Chirag Gandhi’s maiden First-Class century helped Gujarat bounce back against Rest of India (ROI) in the final session on Day One of Irani Cup 2016-17. Siddarth Kaul and Pankaj Singh shared 7 wickets to dismantle Gujarat. However, Gandhi’s patient knock helped Gujarat recover from the loss of two wickets that fell in the final session. Gandhi smashed as many as 18 fours and a six as he remains unbeaten on 136. He built crucial partnerships along the way with Manprit Juneja, Karan Patel and current unbeaten partnership of 39 runs for the 9th wicket. Gujarat, who looked shaky in the first and second sessions, reached 300 at stumps.

Gujarat, opting to bat first, made four changes to their side from the playing XI for Ranji final a week back. The first session saw Pankaj drawing the first blood as Samit Gohil perished for duck. It was Priyank Panchal and Dhruv Raval who added steadiness with their 55-run partnership. Mohammed Siraj, Kaul and Pankaj tried to attack them and found luck as Panchal fell for 30. Gujarat captain Parthiv Patel also did not last long as he was dismissed with just 11 runs on board, after his knocks of 90 and 143 in Ranji Trophy final.

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After the wicket of Raval post-lunch, Gandhi and Juneja held the game in Gujarat’s command with their 109-run partnership for fifth wicket.. Gandhi got to his fifty in style off 56 deliveries. Meanwhile, Juneja missed his fifty by three runs. ROI spinners had a tough time as they remained wicketless until the end of the second session. Part-timer Akhil Herwadkar bagged the important wicket of Juneja, ending a huge partnership.

The final session started with Kaul bagging his third wicket of the day, removing Karan for 13. On the other hand, Gandhi was busy reaching his milestone as he got to his maiden First-Class century. Mohit Thadani joined Gandhi to provide support from the other end. Day One also saw a dropped catch from Karnataka batsman Karun Nair. Kaul could have achieved his fourth wicket early on had Nair not dropped Thadani at the first slip. The next over, however, ensured Kaul secured his fourth wicket and Thadani was dismissed in similar fashion with Manoj Tiwary making no error in second slip.

Gandhi continued to pile runs and ended the final delivery with a boundary, as Gujarat reached 300.

Brief scores:

Gujarat 300 for 8 (Chirag Gandhi 136*, Manpreet Juneja 47, Dhruv Raval 39, Priyank Panchal 30; Siddharth Kaul 4 for 73, Pankaj Singh 3 for 77, Akhil Herwadkar 1 for 13) vs Rest of India