An unbeaten 137-run knock by India's limited-over opener Shikhar Dhawan powered Delhi to 269/6 against Hyderabad in a Ranji Trophy Round 3 contest at the Arun Jaitley Stadium here even as some spirited bowling by the visitors saw the other batters failing to leave a mark.Put into bat, hosts Delhi were jolted at regular intervals. However, Dhawan's experience came into play as he kept one end under control but lacked support from the other end before he shared a brief 84-run partnership for the fifth wicket to take Delhi past the 200-run mark with Anuj Rawat (29). For the visitors, Mehdi Hassan and Mohammed Siraj picked up three and two wickets respectively.A similar type of story was witnessed at the Eden Garden as hosts Bengal rode opener Abhishek Raman's unbeaten 110 followed by Manoj Tiwary's 46-run contribution to end the first day at 241/4 against Andhra, for which Cheepurapalli Stephen bagged a couple of wickets while Shoaib Md Khan and Yarra Prithviraj settled for one each.
In Mysore, Karnataka's decision to bat backfired as the hosts were bundled out for a paltry 166 runs, thanks to Himachal Pradesh's Kanwar Abhinay Singh (5/37) fifer. Skipper Karun Nair was the only one to put up a fight for the home side with a gritty 81-run knock.In return, Himachal were 29/3 at stumps.Hosts Gujarat took a 58-run lead against Kerala in Surat as after managing a first innings total of 127 runs, they rode Roosh Kalaria (4/20) and Axar Patel's (3/11) magnificent bowling effort to wrap up the visitors for just 70 runs. Gujarat were later 1/0 at the close of play.Ganesh Satish's unbeaten 88 alongwith opener Faiz Fazal and Akshay Wakhare's 34-run contribution each saw defending champions Vidarbha reach 196/6 against Punjab as bad light forced an early close of the first day in Nagpur. For the visitors, Baltej Singh and Sandeep Sharma bagged three and two wickets each.
Ishwar Pandey's (6/26) stunning bowling figures helped Madhya Pradesh bundle out Tamil Nadu for just 149 runs in Indore following which the hosts were 56/3 and were trailing by 93 runs at stumps on Day 1.Another sensational bowling effort by Pradeep T (6/37) saw Mumbai, the most successful team in Ranji Trophy history, being bowled out for a paltry 114 runs. Skipper Suryakumar Yadav was the top scorer for Mumbai with 39 runs before the Railways ended the day at 116/5. Arindam Ghosh and Karn Sharma were batting at 52 and 24 runs respectively at close of play in Mumbai.A valiant top-order contribution guided Saurashtra to 322/8 against Uttar Pradesh in Rajkot. For the visitors, skipper Saurabh Kumar was the pick of the bowlers with figures of 4/79 while Zeeshan Ansari picked up three for 125 runs.Hosts Odisha were 98/3 to trail by 19 runs against Uttarakhand at stumps in Cuttack. Earlier, Basant Mohanty's sparkling 6/17 had helped the hosts bowl out their opponents for 117 runs.
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