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Ranji Trophy 2015-16: Fifties from Eklavya Dwivedi, Himanshu Asnora help Uttar Pradesh post 272/9 on Day 1 vs Gujarat

Rush Kalaria led the bowling attack with three wickets to his name.

(Representative photo) © Getty Images
Gujarat will look to their batsmen to deliver again (Representative photo) © Getty Images

Valsad: Contrasting fifties from skipper Eklavya Dwivedi and Himanshu Asnora helped Uttar Pradesh post 272 for nine against Gujarat on Day 1 of their Group B Ranji Trophy match on Friday. Electing to bat, Uttar Pradesh were hit by early strikes but Dwivedi (50) and Asnora’s (56*) 61-run fifth wicket stand saw the visitors recover well against a disciplined Gujarat bowling attack. If Dwivedi’s 50 came in 41 balls, laced with 9 fours and a six, then Asnora has taken 134 balls for his knock so far. After useful knocks up the order by Almas Shaukat (40) and Umang Sharma (32), UP also saw lower-order contributions by Piyush Chawla (29 not out) and Saurabh Kumar (26). Live Cricket Score,Gujarat vs Uttar Pradesh, Ranji Trophy 2015-16, Group B match, Day 1 at Valsad

Rush Kalaria led the bowling attack with aplomb, picking up three wickets. Jasprit Bumrah and Ramesh Powar bagged two wickets apiece. Rujul Bhatt and Axar patel also chipped in with a wicket each. Gujarat will look to bundle out early on Day Two and start off well with the bat. Parthiv Patel has been in excellent form for them in the tournament so far and he will hope to continue his form in this match as well. READ: Ranji Trophy 2015-16: Five cricketers who have impressed

Uttar Pradesh on the other hand will be eager to make some early inroads into the Gujarat Batting line-up. Gujarat will first try to take the lead and then if possible, go for an outright win.

Brief Scores:

Uttar Pradesh: 272 for 9  (Himanshu Asnora 56*, Eklavya Dwivedi 50, ; Rush Kalaria 3 for 51, Jasprit Bumrah 2 for 34) vs Gujarat.

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