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Ravindra Jadeja slams 150 in Ranji Trophy after being ignored for New Zealand series

Ravindra Jadeja, who was left out of the Indian cricket team for the limited-overs series against New Zealand, responded by slamming 150

cricket Updated: Oct 14, 2017 20:00 IST
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Ravindra Jadeja slammed an unbeaten 150 and shared a great partnership with Sheldon Jackson (181) as Saurashtra reached a dominant position against (AFP)

Ravindra Jadeja, who was ignored for the series against New Zealand, made a statement with an unbeaten 150 for Saurashtra on the first day of their Group B match against Jammu and Kashmir in the Ranji Trophy.

Jadeja, who has not played for India since the Test series in Sri Lanka two months ago, struck his eighth first-class hundred to take Saurashtra to 428 for four at stumps.

Jadeja shared a mammoth 281-run stand for the fourth wicket with Sheldon Jackson, who smashed 181 off 156 balls. His blazing innings comprised 22 fours and seven sixes.

Rana, Rawat take Delhi to 318/6

Young guns Nitish Rana (89) and Anuj Rawat (74) continued their good form as Delhi reached 318 for six against Railways at stumps on Day One of the Ranji Trophy Group A encounter. All rounder Mannan Sharma (68 n.o.) also got his second fifty in as many matches.

Rana and Rawat carried on from where they had left off against Assam in the opening encounter after Delhi’s top three -- Gautam Gambhir (2), Unmukt Chand (11) and Dhruv Shorey (16) --were out cheaply with scoreboard reading 44.

Nitish, who faced 145 balls hit 12 boundaries as he again peppered the off-side field with cut shots and some flowing drives on the on-side.

Along with debutant Himmat Singh (45), Nitish added 109 runs for the fourth wicket.

Himmat, in fact came down the track to hit off-spinner Avinash Yadav in the second tier of the dressing room for a big six.

However Himmat missed a chance to score a debut half century when he was caught behind trying to cut Avinash. After his impressive debut, Rawat looked more assured alongside Rana, playing both cuts and drives on the off-side. As Nitish was looking good for his second hundred, he came down the track to a flighted delivery from Shivakant Shukla to be stumped 11 short of three figure mark.

Just like last match, the two left handers Rawat and Mannan batted with ease. The low bounce of the pitch and slowness made it easy to adjust.

Rawat again showed good temperament as he faced 152 balls before Anureet Singh (3/71) got him at the fag end of the day.

Brief scores

Group A

Delhi: Delhi 318/6 (Nitish Rana 89, Anuj Rawat 74, Mannan Sharma 68*, Anureet Singh 3/71) v Railways.

Mysore: Assam 144 in 59.1 overs (Gokul Sharma 55; Shreyas Gopal 3/43) v Karnataka 77/0 in 30 overs (Ravikumar Samarth 47*, Mayank Agarwal 26*).

Hyderabad: Hyderabad versus Uttar Pradesh. No play on Day One.

Group B

Rajkot: Saurashtra 428/4 in 90 overs (Jackson 181, Jadeja 150*) vs J&K.

Jaipur: Rajasthan 250/4 in 90 overs (Amitkumar Gautam 103*) v Jharkhand.

Nadiad: Kerala 208 in 20 overs (Sanju Samson 51; Piyush Chawla 5/69) v Gujarat 60/2.

Group C

Chennai: Tripura 244/7 in 90 overs (Smit Patel 99, Yashpal Singh 96; K Vignesh 2/ 36) v Tamil Nadu.

Indore: Madhya Pradesh 250/ 5 in 89 overs (Naman Ojha 99*, Ankit Sharma 63*, Wasim Ahmed 40; Akash Parkar 2/48) v Mumbai.

Vadodara: Baroda 247/7 in 90 overs (Kedar Devdhar 93, Vishnu Solanki 60, Swapnil K Singh 30*, B Ayyappa 3/ 46) v Andhra Pradesh.

Group D

Bengal 283/2 in 86 overs (K Ghosh 114; A Raman 94, S Chatterjee 58) v Chhattisgarh

Goa 255 in 85.5 overs (R Singh 55*; P Jaiswal 4/59, S Verma 3/33) v Himachal Pradesh 2/0 in 2 overs

Punjab 161 in 42.2 overs (A Gupta 89; L Yadav 3/47, S Neral 3/48) v Vidarbha 106/1 in 37 overs (R Sanjay 52*)

First Published: Oct 14, 2017 20:00 IST