Ranji Trophy 2021-22 Updates; Het Patel scores fabulous century in his second first-class game.
The second fixtures of the group stage of Ranji Trophy 2021-22 kicked off at various venues across the country. Here is a brief round-up of the top performances of the day.
Gujarat vs Kerala, Group A, Rajkot: Het Patel and Karan Patel rescue Gujarat with individual centuries
Gujarat faced Kerala at Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Rajkot in an Elite Group A match. On the first day of the game, Kerala skipper Sachin Baby opted to field first after winning the toss and his pacers proved his decision right by cleaning up half of the Gujarat team for just 90 runs.
Right arm pacer MD Nidheesh dismissed opener Kathan Patel for a duck early in the innings. Also, the 30-year-old pacer bagged two more at the end of the day to register bowling figures of 4/30 from 18 overs at stumps.
Het Patel and Karan Patel rebuilt the innings and put up a partnership of 234 runs for the sixth wicket. Het Patel was unbeaten on stumps at 146 off 211 deliveries comprising of 22 boundaries and one six. His partner Karan Patel was dismissed on 120 off 166 deliveries; he made his runs with the help of 18 stylish boundaries and one six.
Gujarat are on 334 for six at stumps.
Punjab vs Haryana, Group F, Delhi: Mandeep Singh and Anmol Malhotra strike centuries on a run-flowing day
Haryana are at odds with Punjab at Arun Jaitley Stadium in Delhi in a Group F match. Haryana opted to field first after winning the toss. Punjab’s middle order batter Mandeep Singh batted well to score an unbeaten knock of 130 runs off just 222 deliveries.
Wicketkeeper-batter Anmol Malhotra added a huge partnership of 203 runs with Singh and scored 100 off just 128 deliveries.
Punjab reached 368 for five at the end of the day.
Vidarbha vs Maharashtra, Group G, Sultanpur: Ganesh Satish strikes his 16th first-class hundred
Vidarbha clashed heads with Maharashtra at Gurgaon Cricket Ground in Sultanpur in a Group G match. Vidarbha veteran batter Ganesh Satish hammered his 16th century while playing his 100th first-class match. He accumulated 146 runs off 282 deliveries with the help of 19 elegant boundaries and one six.
Vidarbha reached 270 for three at the end of the day with Satish unbeaten on 146.
Karnataka vs Jammu & Kashmir, Group C, Chennai: Karun Nair wages lone battle for Karnataka on the first day
Karnataka are at loggerheads with Jammu & Kashmir at the Indian Institute of Technology Chemplast Ground in Chennai. Karnataka veteran batter Karun Nair fought valiantly against opposition bowlers even if wickets kept falling at the other end. He added 98 runs with opener Ravikumar Samarth (45) and 59 runs with Ronit More (23) to help his side reach 268 for eight at stumps. The right hand batter is unbeaten at 152 runs off 267 deliveries with the help of 21 boundaries and one six.
Saurashtra vs Odisha, Group D, Ahmedabad: Chirag Jani cracks century
Saurashtra faced Odisha at Sardar Patel Stadium B Ground in Ahmedabad in a Group D match. Saurashtra skipper Snell Patel opted to bat first after winning the toss. One down batter Chirag Jani scored his fifth first-class century and remained unbeaten on 125 off 186 balls at the end of the day.
India veteran Cheteshwar Pujara failed to register any remarkable score and got out on just 8.
Saurashtra reached 325 for four at the end of the first day against Odisha.
Tamil Nadu vs Chhattisgarh, Group H, Guwahati: Tamil Nadu twins notch up individual centuries
Tamil Nadu skipper Vijay Shankar opted to bat first after winning the toss against Chhattisgarh at Nehru Stadium in Guwahati in a Group H match.
Twin brothers - Baba Aparajith and Baba Indrajith - added 206 runs for the third wicket to take their side to 308 for four at the end of the day. Aparajith remained unbeaten on 101 off 197 deliveries whereas Baba Indrajith scored a racy 127 runs off just 141 deliveries.