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The star of the Saurashtra innings was Sheldon Jackson, who scored 105 off 153 balls with 10 boundaries and 5 sixes AFP (File Photo)

Senior batsman Cheteshwar Pujara remained unbeaten on 79 and Sheldon Jackson slammed 105, as Saurashtra reached 285 for 3, on the first day of their Ranji Trophy 2016-17 match against Maharashtra. Saurashtra have ensured that they have laid down a strong platform against a team which posted a total in excess of 600 in their previous match in the Ranji Trophy 2016-17. Pujara was unbeaten on 79 off as many as 219 balls, with the help of 6 boundaries and 1 six and he was batting with Jaydev Shah when stumps were drawn on the first day. This Group A match is being played at Dr PVG Raju ACA Sports Complex in Vizianagaram. LIVE Cricket Score Ranji Trophy 2016-17, Day 1, Round 3

After being asked to bat first, Saurashtra openers began sedately as they added 47 runs for the first wicket. Avi Barot scored 24 off 42 balls with the help of 4 boundaries, whereas his partner Sagar Jogiyani scored 28 off 76 balls, with 4 boundaries as well. However, the star of the Saurashtra innings was Sheldon Jackson, who scored 105 off 153 balls with 10 boundaries and 5 sixes. He was dismissed by Akshay Darekar, getting him caught by Rahul Tripathi. Pujara and Jackson added as many as 164 runs for the third wicket.

At stumps, Jaydev Shah was on 36 not out off 52 balls with the help of 7 boundaries. Rahul Tripathi was the pick among the bowlers with 1 for 30 off his 10 overs. Mohsin Sayyed and Darekar chipped in with a wicket each.

Brief scores

Saurashtra 285 for 3 (Cheteshwar Pujara 79*, Sheldon Jackson 105, Jaydev Shah 36*; Rahul Tripathi 1 for 30) vs Maharashtra.