Gujarat captain Parthiv Patel won the toss and elected to field first © Getty Images (Representational Photo)
Gujarat captain Parthiv Patel won the toss and elected to field first © Getty Images (Representational Photo)

Cuttack: Dec 14, 2014

Gujarat pace spearhead Rush Kalaria bagged five wickets to put Odisha on the backfoot on the opening day of the Group B Ranji Trophy cricket match, here today. Electing to field at DRIEMS Ground, Tangi in the four-day encounter, Kalaria got to business right away to pick opener Anurag Sarangi for nought and kept hurting the Odisha batting line-up regularly as the hosts ended Sunday on 219 for eight.

Opener Natraj Behera (75) remained the top-scorer of the day, only to be run out post a quick reaction from Kushang Patel. The middle-order batsmen got starts but failed to capitalise as Kalaria and poor shot-selection accounted for their departure. Wicketkeeper-batsman Halhadar Das (34 not out) and Suryakant Pradhan (8 not out) are battling on. Medium-pacer Kushang and left-arm spinner Axar Patel also picked up a wicket each.