Elite B Round 7

A disciplined bowling effort helped Himachal Pradesh bowl out Tamil Nadu for 227 in 78.4 overs on the opening day of the Ranji Trophy Elite Group B match in Dharamsala on Saturday.

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At stumps, the host had lost the wicket of captain Prashant Chopra (5) to end the day at 25/1.

Electing to bat after winning the toss, Tamil Nadu found themselves in early trouble trouble losing openers – N Jagadeesan (3) and Abhinav Mukund (0) in quick time.

While Arpit Guleria struck the first blow for HP, trapping Jagadeesan leg-before wicket, Pankaj Jaiswal had the consistent Mukund caught behind by Ankush Bains.

This brought together Baba Aparajith and his twin brother, Indrajith, the captain. The duo was involved in a 62-run partnership as the visitors recovered from the early jolts.

Indrajith (30), who has been in good touch and leads the run-scoring chart, was bowled by medium-pacer Raghav Dhawan for 30. Aparajith became Jaiswal’s second victim, giving a catch to Amit Kumar for a well-made 53.

The experienced Dinesh Karthik (31) was dismissed by Guleria after he had settled in.

Vijay Shankar was then sent back at the with the scorecard not moving an inch, caught by Mayank Dagar for 6 to leave Tamil Nadu six down at 130.

With the visitors in danger of being bowled out for a below par score, Abhishek Tanwar, brought into the side in place of K Vignesh, made a valuable contribution of 44 to help the team get past the 200-mark.

Chopra ended Tanwar’s defiant knock, trapping him leg before wicket and two balls later ended the TN innings, having T Natarajan caught and bowled for a duck.

Jaiswal was the most successful bowler for HP with 3 for 45, while Guleria, Raghav Dhawan and Chopra took two wickets each.

In reply, the home team lost the wicket of Chopra (5), caught by Vijay Shankar off M Mohammed.

Raghav Dhawan (3*) and Gurvinder Singh (8*) were at the crease when stumps were drawn with HP trailing by 202 runs

Brief Scores: Himachal Pradesh 25/1 trail Tamil Nadu 225 (B Aparajith 53, Abhishek Tanwar 44; Pankaj Jaiswal 3/45) by 202 runs