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Baroda needed a better start with the bat after bundling Madhya Pradesh for 217 Getty Images

Baroda trail by 186 runs with 8 wickets remaining in the first innings against Madhya Pradesh, in Round 8 of Ranji Trophy 2016-17. After winning the toss, Baroda invited Madhya Pradesh to bat first at Himachal Pradesh Cricket Associate Stadium, Dharamsala. Madhya Pradesh openers started off well, adding 45 runs. While Aditya Shrivastava scored 24, Mukul Raghav was dismissed for 30. All the same, their No. 3 and 4 failed to carry the momentum, as the scorecard read 86 for 4. Then came the highlight of the day. The right-handed batsman Devendra Bundela scored a stunning 86 off 120, including 14 boundaries. READ: No regrets; have cherished every second of it , says Devendra Bundela on eve of becoming most-capped Ranji player

However, late-order blitz by Puneet Datey propelled Madhya Pradesh to 217. For Baroda, Babashafi Pathan took a remarkable five-wicket haul to restrict the opposition to paltry total on a batsmen-friendly wicket. Meanwhile, Irfan Pathan and Sagar Mangalorkar took 2 wickets each. In reply, Baroda scored 31 for 2 at the end of Day One. Pacer Puneet Datey trapped Kedar Devdhar lbw with an absolute jaffa. To add to the fire, Datey added one more wicket to his tally, getting the better of Dhiren Mistry. At the crease are Aditya Waghmode (10) and Deepak Hooda (14).

With three more days to go, Baroda will take as much time as they can to take a huge lead. On the other hand, Madhya Pradesh will look to dismantle the opposition in the first session of Day Two.

Meanwhile, Madhya Pradesh veteran Bundela has surpassed Amol Muzumdar s record of playing most matches in Ranji Trophy. This is Bundela s 137th appearance in the tournament.

Brief scores:

Madhya Pradesh 217 (Devendra Bundela 86, Puneet Datey 34; Babashafi Pathan 5 for 48) lead Baroda 31 for 2 (Deepak Hooda 14, Aditya Waghmode 10; Puneet Datey 2 for 7) by 186 runs.