Ranji Trophy 2018-19, Elite C, Round 4, Day 1: Suryakant Pradhan’s seven boost Odisha

A career-best bowling performance from Suryakant Pradhan put Odisha in command over Tripura in Cuttack, where day one of their 2018-19 Ranji Trophy Elite Group C round four match ended with the hosts in sight of the first-innings lead.

Pradhan claimed 7/40 in 13 overs to outdo his previous best of 5/27 to help bowl out Tripura for 122, after which Odisha ended the day on 101/3.

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Basant Mohanty set the tone for Tripura’s poor innings by bowling Udayan Bose for 0 but it was Pradhan, 25, who spoiled their day. Starting with the wicket of Ninad Kadam, the medium-pacer triggered a collapse of three wickets for four runs up front and then three wickets for four runs in his second spell. From 20/1 the visitors slipped to 24/3 and then after a 30-run stand between Bishal Ghosh (9) and Pratyush Singh (43) the score went from 55/4 to 54/7.

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The loss of Anurag Sarangi for a three-ball duck and Govinda Poddar for 4, both to Manisankar Murasingh, gave Odisha from early strife but Rajesh Dhuper (31) and Subhransu Senapati steered Odisha out of trouble with a stand of 41 until the former was lbw to Ajoy Sarkar.

Senapati was batting on 36 at stumps with his captain Biplab Samantray on 19.

Brief scores: Odisha 103/3 trail Tripura 122 (Pradhan 7/40) by 21 runs