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Ranji Trophy: Ishant Sharma shines for Delhi on opening day

Ishant Sharma picked up three wickets as he had a good first day as skipper of the Delhi team as they restricted Assam to 224/7 in the Ranji Trophy while Wriddhiman Saha and Cheteshwar Pujara looked solid for Bengal and Saurashtra respectively.

cricket Updated: Oct 06, 2017 20:04 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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Ishant Sharma picked up three wickets on his captaincy debut as Delhi started off well against Assam on the opening day of the Ranji Trophy. (Getty Images)

Skipper Ishant Sharma shone with the ball with three wickets while debutant Kulwant Khejroliya impressed with his pace as Delhi restricted Assam to 224 for 7 at stumps on the first day of a Ranji Trophy Group A match on Friday. Ishant (3/31), leading Delhi for the first time, marshalled his resources well on a benign Kotla track.

Another impressive performance came from left-arm pacer Khejroliya (1/46 in 18 overs), who produced decent pace with a 70-plus-over old SG Test ball.

It was sheer pace that sent Assam skipper Gokul Sharma’s (51 off 172 balls) stumps cart-wheeling. Kulwant was hitting the deck hard and getting deliveries to rise awkwardly where some of the others couldn’t get it above knee roll at times.

Brief scores:

Group A

Assam 224/7 (Gokul Sharma 51, Sarupam Purkayastha 57*; Ishant Sharma 3/31) vs Delhi.

Railways: 182 all out in 76 overs (Ashish Yadav 53, Nitin Bhille 42; Ankit Rajpoot 3/30, Zeeshan Ansari 3/78).

Hyderabad vs Maharashtra: No play due to rain.

Sudeep hundred propels Bengal to 341/3

Left-hander Sudeep Chatterjee struck a patient unbeaten hundred as Bengal cruised to 341 for 3 against Services on a placid track on the first day of their Group D Ranji Trophy encounter. Vice-captain Chatterjee was unbeaten on 114 and added 153 runs for the third wicket with skipper Manoj Tiwary (69) and another 63 for the unbroken fourth wicket stand with Wriddhiman Saha (32*).

Brief scores:

Group D

Bengal 341/3 (Sudeep Chatterjee 114, Manoj Tiwary 65*, Wriddhiman Saha 32*) vs Services

Himachal Pradesh 459/2 (Prashant Chopra 271*, Paras Dogra 99*) vs Punjab.

Chattisgarh 189/5 (Mohammed Kaif 49*, Darshan Misal 2/15) vs Goa.

Saurashtra reach 271/7 against Haryana

Prerak Mankad (68) and Sheldon Jackson (51) scored half-centuries as Saurashtra reached 271 for seven at stumps against Haryana on the opening day of their Group B Ranji Trophy match. At the close of play, Jaydev Unadkat was batting on seven.

Opting to bat, Saurashtra lost opener Snell Patel (17) early, but the other opening batsman KM Parmar (35) along with India batsman Cheteshwar Pujara (35) put on 55 runs together for the second wicket. But both Parmar and Pujara got out before the team reached the 100-run mark.

Brief scores:

Group B

Saurashtra 271/7 in 83.4 overs (Prerak Mankad 68, Sheldon Jackson 51; Ashish Hooda 4/59) vs Haryana

Jharkhand 200/9 in 71 overs (Ishan Kishan 45; Jalaj S Saxena 6/50) vs Kerala

Rajasthan: 249/4 in 88 overs (Robin Bist 105, Ashok Menaria 69; Mohammed Mudhasir 3/66) vs Jammu and Kashmir

First Published: Oct 06, 2017 20:03 IST