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Saxena, Bist fighting fifties save Rajasthan the blushes

Saxena, Bist fighting fifties save Rajasthan the blushes
Put into bat, Rajasthan were off to a poor start as opener Pranay Sharma (0) left without bothering the scorers.

He was caught behind off paceman Basant Mohanty in the third over of the day. Robin Bist (10) was trapped by medium fast bowler Deepak Behera (2/35) and talented Ashok Menaria became the second victim of Mohanty.

The visitors also lost Rajesh Bishnoi (11) and Puneet Yadav (15) to be tottering 85 for five. From here Saxena and wicket-keeper batsman Bist joined forces and resurrected the Rajasthan innings with their gritty 106-run unconquered stand for the sixth wicket. Saxena has faced so far 250 balls and helped himself with 10 shots to the fence while Bist took 141 balls in his patient knock, which had eight boundaries.

Brief Scores: Rajasthan: 191 for 5 in 90 overs.(Vineet Saxena 87 batting, Chetan Bist 51 batting; Basant Mohanty 2/37, Deepak Behera 2/35).

Tiwary strikes ton, Jharkhand reach 295/4
Saurabh Tiwary struck a hundred as Jharkhand posted an impressive 295 for four in their first innings on the opening day of their Ranji Trophy Group C cricket match against Hyderabad here on Wednesday.

Electing to bat after winning the toss, Jharkhand put up a strong performance with Ishan Kishan (66) and Ishank Jaggi (58) being the other major contributors to the team’s effort.

But Tiwary was standout performer, scoring exactly a 100, which came off 192 balls and included 13 fours and a six.

Brief Scores: Jharkhand 1st Innings: 295/4 in 90 overs (Saurabh Tiwary 100, Ishan Kishan 66, C V Milind 1/64).

Bengal crawl to 141/4 on curtailed day 1
Young left-hander Sudeep Chatterjee scored a patient half century after a painstaking start by opener Arindam Das as Bengal crawled to 141 for four in 57 overs against Uttar Pradesh on a curtailed first day of round six of the Ranji Trophy cricket tournament here on Wednesday.

At stumps, Wriddhiman Saha (45, 78 balls, 9x4) was at the crease having added 52 runs for the fourth wicket with Sudeep (60, 128 balls, 7x4), who was unfortunately run out at fag end of the day courtesy Kuldeep Yadav’s direct throw at non striker’s end.

Put into bat after the first session was lost due to foggy weather, veteran opener Arindam Das couldn’t simply find gaps as his excruciating 19 off 108 balls put severe pressure on other batsmen and it was left to India international Wriddhiman to prop up the team total somewhat.

Wriddhiman’s nine hits to the fence and the ease with which he played the likes of Imtiyaz Ahmed, Kuldeep and Piyush Chawla showed why he is class apart from the rest. The cover drives, square drives and down the ground hits were hit with lot of authority.

The standout shot was dancing down the track to Kuldeep for a classical straight drive.
Abhimanyu Easwaran (5) was out cheaply as he was bowled by seamer Amit Mishra’s incoming delivery in the 8th over with score on 11.

While Sudeep did occasionally find gaps, Arindam, who was dropped on zero by wicketkeeper Ekalavya Dwivedi failed to capitalise on the opportunity. The 35 year old was on a block mode, leaving almost everything and the odd hit finding the fielder.

The only authoritative shot was an off drive as repeated instructions sent by dressing room were not paid heed to. The lanky Sudeep did hit some cover drives but Arindam not showing intent seriously hurt Bengal’s chances of gaining an outright victory.

Trying to be overcautious in overcast conditions, Arindam put so much pressure that Manoj Tiwary (1) played an atrocious shot as he failed to spot the ‘wrong un’ bowled by chinaman bowler.

At 74 for three, it was Wriddhiman and Sudeep’s stand that saw Bengal reach close to 150. However with weather forecast for remaining days being equally gloomy, Arindam’s innings could hurt Bengal badly in the overall context of the match. Brief scores: Bengal 141/4 (Sudeep Chatterjee 60, Wriddhiman Saha 45 batting, Kuldeep Yadav 2/58) vs UP.
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