Venugopal scored an aggressive century despite lack of support from other batsmen © Getty Images
Venugopal scored an aggressive century despite lack of support from other batsmen © Getty Images

Valsad: Venugopal Rao smashed an aggressive century but got little support from his team-mates as Gujarat scored 277 for 7 on the opening day of their Ranji Trophy cricket match against Maharashtra here today.

After electing to bat, Gujarat were reduced to 78 for two in the morning session and that brought Venugopal (104) at the crease and he anchored the home side innings being the last man out on the day at Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Stadium.

As none of the other Gujarat batsmen made a mark today, they had just one substantial partnership — that of 82 between Venugopal and Manpreet Juneja (29) for the fifth wicket. Captain Parthiv Patel, who opened the innings was next highest scorer with 41. Venugopal hit 13 fours and a six in his 165-ball knock.

At the draw of stumps, Rush Kalaria and Mehul Patel were batting on 24 and 6 respectively. For Maharashtra, Anupam Sanklecha took three wickets while Samad Fallah chipped in with two. Akshay Darekar and Chirag Khurana bagged a wicket each.

Brief Scores:

Gujarat 277 for 7 in 90 overs (Venugopal Rao 104; Anupam Sanklecha 3/62) vs Maharashtra