Ranji Trophy 2012: Saurabh Tiwary's half-century helps Jharkand revive innings after early wickets against Himachal

Saurabh Tiwary scored an unbeaten 65 against Himachal on Saturday Getty Images

Ranchi: Nov 24, 2012

A brilliant unbeaten 120-run partnership for the sixth wicket between Saurabh Tiwary and Sunny Gupta helped Jharkhand reach 176 for five in their first innings on the first day against Himachal Pradesh in a group C Ranji Trophy tie on Saturday.

Tiwary (65 not out) and Sunny Gupta (58 not out), who came together when the home team’s score read 56 for five, played cautiously before they unleashed some delightful strokes on the newly laid pitch at the JSCA International Cricket Stadium.

While Tiwary hit six boundaries and one six, Gupta’s innings was studded with three sixes and four boundaries.

Pacers Rishidhavan (3/32) and Vikramjit Malik (2/28) were the most successful bowlers. All their scalps were taken before the lunch break.

Brief scores: Jharkhand 176 for 5 (Saurabh Tiwari 65*, Sunny Gupta 58*; Rishidhavan 3 for 32, Vikramjit Malik 2 for 28) vs Himachal