Match between Rajasthan and Odisha evenly poised after Day one (Representative photo) © Getty Images
Match between Rajasthan and Odisha evenly poised after Day one (Representative photo) © Getty Images

Jan 21, 2015

Vineet Saxena (87) and Chetan Bist (51) saved the day for Rajasthan by striking fighting unbeaten half-centuries as the visitors ended the day one at 191 for five against Odisha in their Ranji Trophy Group B match. Put into bat, Rajasthan were off to a poor start as opener Pranay Sharma (0) left without bothering the scorers. He was caught behind off paceman Basant Mohanty in the third over of the day.

Robin Bist (10) was trapped by medium fast bowler Deepak Behera (two for 35) and talented Ashok Menaria became the second victim of Mohanty. The visitors also lost Rajesh Bishnoi (11) and Puneet Yadav (15) to be tottering 85 for five. From here Saxena and wicket-keeper batsman Bist joined forces and resurrected the Rajasthan innings with their gritty 106-run unconquered stand for the sixth wicket.

Saxena has faced so far 250 balls and helped himself with 10 shots to the fence while Bist took 141 balls in his patient knock, which had eight boundaries.

Brief Scores:

Rajasthan 191 for 5 (Vineet Saxena 87*, Chetan Bist 51*; Basant Mohanty 2 for 37, Deepak Behera 2 for 35) vs Odisha.