Shivam Mavi and Saurabh Kumar split seven wickets as Uttar Pradesh reduced hosts Karnataka to 213 for seven on the opening day of their Ranji Trophy quarterfinal match Alur, Karnataka on Monday. Kolkata Knight Riders pacer Mavi dealt maximum damage and broke the back of Karnataka’s striker, grabbing the two big wickets of Mayank Agarwal (10) and Karun Nair (29) en route to his fine stint of 11-4-40-3 . Uttar Pradesh took to the field after the start was delayed due to the wet outfield and started off perfectly, but Mavi cheaply sent Agarwal off to extend the skinny patch of the Indian Test opener.
Agarwal, who had a lackluster IPL campaign while captaining Punjab Kings and is out of the Indian team for the England Test next month, got off to a tentative start, taking four balls for his 10 before turning one over to wicketkeeper in the 13th. Mruv Jurel moved.
After Agarwal’s departure, Ravikumar Samarth (57) tried to consolidate and along with Karun Nair showed good intentions, but left arm spinner Saurabh Kumar interrupted his innings not long after he completed his fifty.
Mavi then returned to chasing as he grabbed Nair (29) before Saurabh dealt a double blow in the form of Manish Pandey and Srinivas Sharath in consecutive deliveries.
Towards the end of the day, Saurabh sent Krishnappa Gowtham away to further derail Karnataka.
In the end, Shreyas Gopal was undefeated on 26 of 47 balls, but did not find company by Vijaykumar Vyashak (12).
Short Scores:Karnataka: 213 for 7 in 72 overs (Ravikumar Samarth 57; Saurabh Kumar 4/67, Shivam Mavi 3/40).
MP bowlers shine
Fast bowlers Anubhav Agarwal and Puneet Datey scalped three wickets apiece to help Madhya Pradesh pool Punjab for 219 on the opening day of their Ranji Trophy quarter final. Punjab, who chose to bat, counting on their young core to deliver against Madhya Pradesh, found themselves in a tough spot at the Alur Cricket Stadium from the start.
Punjab didn’t have the ideal start and Shubman Gill (9) lost cheaply to Datey. Punjab skipper Abhishek Sharma (47) and Anmolpreet Singh (47) made 81 runs for the second wicket to keep the ship stable.
But Datey struck again, eliminating the well-placed Sharma in the 24th before things started to go wrong for the 1992 Ranji Trophy winners.
Wickets continued to tumble like a deck of cards, from 98 for 2 Punjab dropped to 166 for 6.
With their backs against the wall, Sanvir Singh and wicketkeeper batter Anmol Malhotra played patient blows of 41 and 27 respectively to save Punjab from humiliation.
But their resistance was short-lived as the bowlers of Madhya Pradesh continued to make their entrance.
Agarwal was good for the wickets of Mandeep Singh and Sanvir. Datey and Agarwal returned with numbers of 3/48 and 3/36 respectively.
Off-spinner Saransh Jain (2/45) also chipped in with two wickets.
In response, Madhya Pradesh were five for no loss.
Short Scores: Punjab: 219 all out in 71.3 overs (Abhishek Sharma 47, Anmolpreet Singh 47; Puneet Datey 3/48, Anubhav Agarwal 3/36). Madhya Pradesh: 5 for no loss in 1 left.
Young Gharami announces arrival
Young Sudip Gharami finally lived up to his talent with a first-class hundred sending Bengal to an impressive 310 for one against Jharkhand on the first day of the Ranji Trophy quarter-final.
Jharkhand’s pedestrian with the ball also helped Bengal’s cause as Gharami, who had a top score of 27 in his four previous appearances, displayed fine temperament and impressive technique en route his unbeaten 106-run knock coming from 204 balls with 13 fours and a six.
The stylish Anushtup Majumdar (85 at bat, 139 balls) also played some attractive shots as they added 178 runs for an unbroken second wicket score.
While Gharami was methodical in his stroke play, Majumdar’s struck with utter disregard for rival bowlers as his innings could be called a highlight pack of “pull shots”.
Jharkhand’s attack was also paralyzed when Rahul Shukla sustained an injury while fielding just before the second new ball was taken.
Bengals inflicted the same sort of disgrace that Jharkhand did to Nagaland when they mocked a pre-quarter-final match by scoring 880 runs.
Skipper Abhimanyu Easwaran (65) and Abhishek Raman (41 retd injured) laid the foundation by flattening the new ball attack and then on a good hitting surface, it was all about punishing the loose throws.
Short scores: Bengal 310/1 (Sudip Gharami 106 batting, Anushtup Majumdar 85 batting, Abhimanyu Easwaran 65; Sushant Mishra 1/75) vs Jharkhand.
Debutant Parkar’s Tons of Flooring Uttarakhand
Debutant Suved Parkar hit a 104 full blow to lead Mumbai to a strong 304 for three on the first day of their Ranji Trophy quarterfinal against Uttarakhand in Bengaluru on Monday. Armaan Jaffer (60) and Sarfaraz Khan (69 no out) also clashed for half a century as the 41-time Ranji Trophy winners dominated the day and the trio justified skipper Prithvi Shaw’s decision to hit first.
Parkar, who got a life, anchored the innings. The 21-year-old righthanded batter, who has played for India U-19, hit eight boundaries and two sixes in his 218-ball knock.
On that day, he also joined his skipper and coach Amol Mazumdar to score a hundred on the Ranji debut.
Along with Jaffer, Parkar amped up the Mumbai innings with a 112-run third-wicket score after his team struggled at 64/2 after losing both openers Shaw (21) and Yashashvi Jaiswal (35) cheaply.
Impressive with his footwork, Parkar then found a capable ally in Sarfaraz in form, who was at his most aggressive as the duo compounded the bowling team’s woes by adding 128 runs for the fourth wicket.
After the fall of two quick wickets, Parkar and Jaffer played cautiously in the early stages. But after getting into their groove, they upped the ante.
The duo played shots from all sides, making the opposing bowlers toil hard. Jaffer, who hit seven boundaries and two sixes in his 133-ball knock, lofted leg spinner Dikshanshu Negi to complete his fifty.
Parkar nudged pacesetter Akash Madhwal for a single to reach his first half century.
Mumbai lost just one wicket in the extended second session, which started late due to a wet outfield.
Once Jaffer left, Parkar took on the responsibility of scoring and with Sarfaraz, ensured Mumbai didn’t lose a single wicket in the final session.
Parkar reached the three-digit boundary with a boundary from Madhwal to the square-legged area.
Sarfaraz’s knock was laced with eight borders and one six.
Mumbai lost to Shaw (20) early. Shaw scored a boundary on the first pitch – a cover drive by Deepak Dhapola (3/53) – then hammered two more fours into the opening.
Shaw, looking in his element, however, was undone by Dhapola’s inswinger in the seventh over, knocking off the off-stump as Mumbai lost its first wicket for 36.
Jaiswal (35) became Dhapola’s second victim, falling just before lunch. Jaiswal hammered six limits before being caught by Swapnil Singh on the second slip.