Murali Kartik top-scored with 57 as opener as Railways closed Day I of their Ranji Trophy quarter-final against Baroda at 241 for eight. The left-arm spinner’s effort wouldn’t have been enough but an unbeaten ninth-wicket stand worth 60 between Yere Goud and Nileshkumar Chauhan kept Railways in the match.
Electing to bat, Railways gambled with Kartik in place of regular opener Faiz Fazal, who is not playing this match because of his sister’s wedding. After having struck nine fours and two sixes in his 96-ball innings, Kartik was the third man out at 109. Railways slumped to 125 for seven soon after with Munaf Patel taking four wickets.
A 56-run stand between Goud and Jai Prakash Yadav revived the innings somewhat before Chauhan joined the former to frustrate the hosts, who were hoping to snip off the tail.
Brief scores: Railways 241/8 (Murali Kartik 57, Yere Goud 44 n.o, Jai Prakash Yadav 42, Munaf Patel 4/87) vs Baroda.
Haryana starts well
Rohtak: A 241-run second-wicket partnership between Nitin Saini and Sunny Singh took Haryana to an impressive 293 for two in their quarter-final match against Tamil Nadu. Tamil Nadu won the toss and got opener Rahul dewan in the eighth over before being resisted by Saini and Singh. The two came together at 19 for one and kept Tamil Nadu waiting for 73 overs on way to the big stand. Saini was unbeaten on a 283-ball 137 with 15 fours and two sixes. Singh hit 102 off 213 balls with 10 fours and three sixes before being dismissed by off-spinner R Ashwin.
Brief scores: Haryana 293/2 (Nitin Saini 137 n.o, Sunny Singh 102) vs Tamil Nadu.
K’taka dominate Day I
Indore: Karnataka bowlers hunted in a pack to bowl out Madhya Pradesh for 200 on the opening day of their Ranji Trophy quarter-final. The visitors, who lost in the final last season, were 35 without loss at stumps to complete a satisfying day in the office.
Being asked to bat, the hosts were off to a decent start as openers Naman Ojha and Jalaj Saxena put together 42 runs. Saxena went on to score 73 but there was no other individual score past 50 as Madhya Pradesh lost their way.
Brief scores: Madhya Pradesh 200 (Jalaj Saxena 73, Ankit Sharma 41 n.o, S Aravind 3/35). Karnataka 35/0.
Pankaj routs Mumbai
Jaipur: India discard Pankaj Singh took six for 64 to help Rajasthan bundle out defending champions Mumbai for 252 on the opening day of their quarter-final. Rajasthan, who have been promoted to the Elite Division this season, were 17 without loss at stumps.
Brief scores: Mumbai 252 (Ajinkya Rahane 60, Abhishek Nayar 60, Pankaj Singh 6/64). Rajasthan 17/0.