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Playing in just his second first-class match, Krunal Pandya’s maiden century bailed out Baroda from a precarious situation on the opening day of their Ranji Trophy 2018-19 Round 8 Elite A match against Railways on Sunday.

Put into bat at the Karnail Singh Stadium in New Delhi, Baroda were reeling at 36 for 3. In walks in the elder Pandya brother and smashed 160 off 219 balls to rescue them. He added 171 for the fifth wicket with Mitesh Patel (55 not out), and fell on the stroke of stumps with just four over left.

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Pandya’s scintillating knock was laced with 21 boundaries while Patel smashed seven boundaries in his 156-ball knock.

Earlier, Baroda captain Kedar Devdhar was the first to depart in the seventh over after he was caught behind off India leggie Amit Mishra for 26. Mishra took his second wicket two balls later after Vishnu Solanki was trapped lbw and had to depart for a duck.

The experienced Yusuf Pathan added just 22 before Mishra sent him back to bag his third wicket. Thanks to Pandya’s effort, Baroda ended the day on 289 for 6 with Atit Sheth (4*) giving company to Patel.

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For Railways, Mishra was the pick of the bowlers with four wickets in his 22 overs going for 65 runs.

Brief scores: Baroda 289/6 (Krunal Pandya 160, Mitesh Patel 55*; Amit Mishra 4/65) versus Railways