A round-up of the Elite A Group matches on day one of Round 2 of the 2018-19 Ranji Trophy.
A round-up of the Elite A Group matches on day one of Round 2 of the 2018-19 Ranji Trophy.

A round-up of the Elite A Group matches on day one of Round 2 of the 2018-19 Ranji Trophy

Veteran India allrounder Yusuf Pathan’s 99 proved to be the turning point in Baroda’s fruitful start in the opening Round 2 of the Elite A Group match of the Ranji Trophy 2018-19 season against Maharashtra at the Motibaug Cricket Ground in Vadodara on Monday.

Baroda had lost their previous match against Gujarat by nine wickets, while a confident Maharashtra side held defending champions Vidarbha to a draw.

Opting to field, Maharashtra had their noses ahead of the game in the first over when fast bowler Anupam Sanklecha had Baroda captain Kedar Devdhar caught by Rohit Motwani for a three-ball duck. Left-arm spinner Satyajeet Bachhav was then responsible for the next wicket after Vishnu Solanki (30) was trapped lbw. Deepak Hooda added just four and departed lbw off Sanklecha, while Bachhav then claimed his second wicket in Aditya Waghmode (36).

Baroda were reeling at 70/4. The elder of the Pathan brothers combined with Swapnil Singh to conjure a 160-run partnership for the fifth wicket. Yusuf, who brought up his 19th first-class half century, smashed 14 boundaries and two sixes in his 96-ball knock, but failed to cross the nervous nineties and departed after he was caught by Bachhav off Chirag Khurana.

Swapnil managed to hold fort, but not for long and walked back after he was trapped lbw off Rahul Tripathi. Swapnil added 79 to the Baroda total. With not many noteworthy contributions from the lower middle-order, Baroda ended their day at 322/9.

For Maharashtra, Bacchav was the pick of the bowlers with four for 81 in his 21 overs. Sanklecha snapped two for 88 in his 22 overs.

Brief scores: Baroda 322/9 (Yusuf Pathan 99, Swapnil Singh 79; Satyajeet Bachhav 4/81, Anupam Sanklecha 2/88) versus Maharashtra

At the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Rajkot, hopes are pinned on India allrounder Ravindra Jadeja to resurrect the homeside reeling at 82/4, trailing Railways by 118 runs when stumps were drawn.

Jadeja, who had picked four wickets in the first innings as Railways, who opted to bat and were bowled out for 200, was unbeaten on 33 off 53. Jadeja has Saurashtra captain Jaydev Shah (19*) for company.

Saurashtra opener Harvik Desai was cleaned up by Ashish Yadav for just 8, while Snell Patel was caught and bowled by Anureet Singh and departed for 10. Ashish and Anureet then added a wicket each in Samarth Vyas (6) and Sheldon Jackson (5), who had scored 147 in his previous match against Chhatisgarh, respectively to leave Baroda at 82/4 at the end of day one.

Earlier in the morning, Railways lost both their openers – Saurabh Wakaskar and Nitin Bhille – with just one run. Wakaskar departed for a duck off Prerak Mankad, while Bhille added just four after he was caught by Sheldon Jackson off Kamlesh Makwana.

Ravindra Jadeja then ran through the middle order, with wickets of Ashish Singh (45), Arindam Ghosh (12), captain Mahesh Rawat (46) and Madhur Khatri (4) as Railways were skittled out for 200. For Saurashtra, Makwana ended with figures of three for 55 in his 20 overs.

Brief scores: Saurashtra 82/4 (Ravindra Jadeja 33*; Anureet Singh 2/19) trail Railways 200 all out (Mahesh Rawat 46; Ravindra Jadeja 4/58, Kamlesh Makwana 3/55) by 118 runs

At the Sardar Patel Stadium in Valsad, after winning the toss against Chhatisgarh, Gujarat ended the day at 260/3, courtesy Manprit Juneja’s unbeaten 102. Gujarat lost opener Samit Gohel for 16 after he was run out by Sumit Ruikar in the eighth over. Priyank Panchal and Bhargav Merai then built on a 54-run partnership for the second wicket but failed to capitalise after Panchal was trapped lbw off Vishal Singh and walked back for 50. Juneja then stitched a 103-run partnership with Merai, who was dismissed by Ruikar for a well-played 63. For Chhattisgarh, Vishal Singh and Ruikar claimed one wicket each.

Brief scores: Gujarat 260/3 (Manprit Juneja 102*, Bhargav Merai 60) versus Chhattisgarh

Elsewhere, at the VCA Stadium in Nagpur, Ganesh Satish top scored with 57 as Vidarbha ended day one at 245/8 against Karnataka. Opting to bat, Vidarbha lost openers Sanjay Ramaswamy and captain Faiz Fazal to pacer Abhimanyu Mithun, who snapped both wickets in the first 12 overs.

The experienced Wasim Jaffer then was cleaned up by Stuart Binny for 41. Satish, who smashed seven boundaries during his 141-ball 57, departed after he was caught by Karun Nair off left-arm spinner Jagadeesha Suchith. Akshay Wadkar, who remained unbeaten on 122 in the opening match against Maharastra, added just 31 after he was caught behind by BR Sharath to give Suchith his second wicket

Shrikant Wagh was unbeaten on 37, while Lalit Yadav was on 7 when day one ended. For Karnataka, Mithun and Suchith snapped three wickets, while captain Vinay Kumar, playing his 100th Ranji Trophy match, added one wicket.

Brief scores: Vidarbha 245/8 (Ganesh Satish 57; Jagadeesha Suchith 3/25, Abhimanyu Mithun 3/32) versus Karnataka