Suresh Raina’s first-ball duck in the post tea session left a 3000-odd gathering shell shocked on Thursday. Raina had hit a double century in the last game, and the crowd had come in to see another master class from the left-hander. Their hopes were however shattered when a swinging delivery from Sandip Maniar trapped the UP captain lbw.
Raina’s failure however didn't cost UP much as they still finished Day 1 of their encounter against Saurashtra at a healthy 266 for 4, thanks to an unbeaten 134 from Tanmay Srivastava.
The young opener hogged the limelight with a fine hundred. He stared off with a boundary through the covers, and then never looked back. The 22-year-old drove, played the Saurashtra bowlers with ease to bring up his maiden century of the season. His unbeaten 134 came off with the help of 20 boundaries.
The left-handed opener steadied UP's innings after the loss of fellow opener Eklavya Dwivedi (12) in the 21st over. Playing watchfully, Tanmay was involved in two vital partnerships. The first with Mohammad Kaif yielded 84 runs, and the other with Parvinder Singh produced 87runs.
Parvinder Singh, a local boy, too played his part with a 47-run knock. He looked at his best when he smashed a six off Ravindra Jadeja, and then struck consecutive boundaries off Jaydev Unadkat. He fell soon after, edging a simple catch off Maniar to the slips where Shitanshu Kotak pouched it with glee.