BRILLIANT BOWLING by Sanjay Pandey (6/47) on Monday helped hosts MP to restrict visiting Goa to 223. In reply MP had scored 28/1 on the first day of four-day Ranji Trophy Plate Group match being played at Usha Raje grounds.
Both the teams are sailing in the same boat and are fighting for the second-last position, as both are yet to snatch a point in the Ranji Trophy this season. MP, playing their first match on their home ground, expect to snatch a few points from this match.
MP captain Abbas Ali won the toss and, seeing the greenish top, decided to give his three seamers — Sanjay Pandey, T Sudhindra and Anand Rajan – a go at Goa batsmen.
It was Sanjay Pandey’s day today. He bowled brilliantly, keeping his line and length tidy and never allowing the opponents to go for strokes.
Still, MP had to wait till the 13th over when Pandey took the wicket of Goa skipper Swapnil Asnodkar. He was caught by Ashutosh Jadhav for 17 when the team’s total was 48.
Goa’s second wicket fell at the score of 92 when Nikhil Haldipur was caught behind by Naman Ojha of Pandey at his individual score of 20. At lunch, Goa were 100/2. Sagun Kamat played well and completed his 50 off 97 deliveries, nine of which he sent to the boundary.
Sagun was back in the dressing room immediately after the lunch, caught at the wicket off Pandey at the score of 101. One run later Goa lost Rohit Asnodkar, once again caught at the wicket by Ojha off Pandey, reducing the visitors to 102/4.
Sahil Dhuri played cautiously and hit lose balls to the ropes. At 139 Goa lost their fifth wicket when Rohit Asnodkar was given out caught by Naman off Pandey before opening his account.
At tea Goa had scored 164/7 and were in a precarious position but the tail wagged and helped their team to reach 223. Robin D’Souza (19), Shadab Jakati (22) and Saurabh Bandekar (17) played well to help their team cross 200.
Pandey captured six wickets for 47 runs off 24 overs, seven of which were maidens. The other seamers Sudhindra and Anand Rajan took a wicket each while Abbas Ali bowled precisely to capture two wickets for 19 runs off six overs.
MP had to bat for the remaining eight overs and struggled. Mudassar Pasha and Amit Paul opened the innings. Pasha went for an extravagant stroke and paid the penalty. He scored nine runs with two boundaries.
Amit and Mohnish Mishra both got lives to the relief of the teammates. At the end of day’s play, Paul and Mishra were batting at nine runs each.