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Cricket news - Ranji highlights: Uthappa slams ton in first-class debut for Kerala; Rex Singh stuns with eight-fer

[File photo] Robin Uthappa scored 102 against Delhi on Day 1

[File photo] Robin Uthappa scored 102 against Delhi on Day 1

Wickets galore

As many as 10 teams failed to last the opening day of Round 1 of the Ranji Trophy 2019-20 season, with eight getting bowled out before they could cross the 200-run mark - with six such totals being under 150 - as the bowlers enjoyed the outing in the season opener. Himachal Pradesh vs Saurashtra and Uttarakhand vs Jammu and Kashmir were the two encounters in which most wickets fell on the day (17 each).

Saurashtra had three bowlers - skipper Jaydev Unadkat, Chirag Jani and Prerak Mankad - all taking three-wicket hauls as they bowled out Himachal for just 120 in Dharamsala. But the hosts managed to bounce back in grand fashion, thanks to three-wicket hauls for Vaibhav Arora and Pankaj Jaiswal, as they reduced Saurashtra to 93 for 7 at stumps. Elsewhere, at the Abhimanyu Cricket Academy in Dehradun, Uttarakhand were 64 for 7 at Stumps having bowled out J&K for 182.

Services managed only 124 against Assam, who ended the day's play at 81 for 3. Defending champions Vidarbha were 26 for 0 after bowling Andhra out for 211, with Aditya Sarwate (4-50) and Rajneesh Gurbani (3-72) doing the bulk of the damage on the opening day of the match which was slightly delayed due to the presence of a snake on the Vijaywada ground [Yes, you read that right!]. Piyush Chawla bagged three wickets to help Gujarat bowl out Hyderabad for 233.

Star bowlers

Rex Singh, the 19-year-old left-handed allrounder from Manipur, had a day to remember as he bagged 8 for 22 to bowl Mizoram out for 65, and later starred with the bat scoring an unbeaten 58 to help his team end the day at 255/7.

BCCI Domestic @BCCIdomestic WATCH: Manipur's left-arm seamer Rex Singh's eight-wicket haul against Mizoram. For scorecard: https://t.co/phePByMm6m #MANvCAM @paytm #RanjiTrophy 10:47 AM • Dec 12, 2019

Puducherry made a good start to their campaign thanks to experienced left-arm spinner Sagar Udeshi, who picked up 6-50 to bowl out Bihar for 173. Rajesh Mohanty's 6-47 helped Odisha bowl Chhattisgarh out for 134, although they also struggled with the bat later as they went into Stumps at 48 for 3, with Sandeep Pattnaik having retired hurt.

India players watch

Cheteshwar Pujara didn't have the best of starts to his Ranji Trophy campaign, being dismissed for 2 against Himachal, while Hanuma Vihari came up with a fighting 83 against Vidarbha. Ajinkya Rahane and Prithvi Shaw scored useful half-centuries against Baroda, with Shardul Thakur also coming up with a handy 64 that helped Mumbai end the day at 362 for 8. Mayank Agarwal got off to a good start but couldn't capitalise on it as he fell for 43. R Ashwin, meanwhile, bowled 32 overs and conceded 68 runs while picking up the wicket of Pavan Deshpande.

Dream debuts and centuries

Chandigarh, playing their first season of the Ranji Trophy, started their journey with a bang. Shresth Nirmohi bagged 5 for 26 to dismiss Arunachal Pradesh for 147. Chandigarh didn't take long to go into the lead, with Arslan Khan (119*) and Shivam Bhambri (105) scoring quick-fire centuries to help their side end the day at 236 for 1.

Meanwhile, Robin Uthappa also had a memorable debut playing his maiden first-class game for Kerala, scoring 102, with support from Ponnam Rahul (97) to help his side go into Stumps at 276 for 3 against Delhi.

Haryana got off to a good start in their opening match against Maharashtra thanks to 117 apiece from Shubham Rohilla and Shivam Chauhan, which helped them end the day at 279 for 3.

Honours even

Siddarth Kaul bagged three wickets while Baltej Singh and Sanvir Singh took two each even as Rajasthan came up with a fighting performance with the bat thanks to half-centuries from Mahipal Lomror, Ashok Menaria and Salman Khan. They finished at 256 for 9.

Having played each other in back-to-back finals, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu were at it again - with both teams fighting hard for ascendancy. Devdutt Padikkal extended his good form with a knock of 78 while Pavan Deshpande also scored a half-century even as Tamil Nadu kept chipping away at the wickets. Karnataka ended the day at 259 for 6, with Shreyas Gopal batting on 35.

Nagaland's Imliwati Lemtur bagged seven wickets for 48 runs against Meghalaya while Stuart Binny picked up one wicket. But Puneet Bisht's fighting 125 and Sanjay Yadav's 61 ensured a good fightback from Meghalaya, who ended the day at 268 for 9.

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