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    Elite Div: Solanki ton boosts Baroda

    Solanki hit an unbeaten 109 as Baroda ended day one at 273 for 3 against Delhi at Kotla.

    New Delhi: A century from Rakesh Solanki gave Baroda the upper hand over hosts Delhi at the Feroz Shah Kotla here on Tuesday as the fourth round of Ranji Trophy matches got underway.

    Solanki's unbeaten 109 came after Delhi put Baroda in. The visitors lost their openers at the score of 31 but Solanki with the help of Ambati Rayudu (39) and skipper Pinal Shah (83 not out) did well to end the day at 273 for 3 in 85 overs. Ashish Nehra picked up a wicket but proved expensive, giving away 84 runs in 18 overs.

    At Rohtak, Haryana, courtesy Rahul Dewan's 115 and Sunny Singh's 111, were 258 for 5 in the first innings against Bengal at the Bansi Lal Cricket Stadium. Dewan and Singh shared a 161-run stand for the second wicket to give Baroda a great foundation for a huge score but three quick wickets towards the end left the match nicely poised.

    Mumbai’s Kaustubh Pawar was standing tall at 122 at stumps against Orissa at the DRIEMS Ground in Cuttack. Mumbai ended at 311 for 3 with the in-form Abhishek Nayar making 71.

    Madhya Pradesh's medium-pacer Ishwar Pandey wreaked havoc at the Emerald High School Ground in Indore, picking up six wickets to bowl out Gujarat for 130. Fast bowler TP Sudhindra also took three wickets. The hosts were 51 for 2 in reply with Mohnish Mishra and Devendra Bundela batting on 27 and 19.

    In Mohali, Punjab finished the first day against Railways at 212 for 3 thanks to an unbeaten 115-run fourth-wicket stand between Uday Kaul (82 not out) and Mandeep Singh (61 not out). The pair revived the home team after they had slipped to 97 for 3.

    Uttar Pradesh came back strongly after losing a wicket in the second over without a run on the board, thanks to fifties from Tanmay Srivastava (51), Mohammad Kaif (67), Parvinder Singh (56 not out) and Arish Alam (60 not out). Hosts Rajasthan opted to field but their bowlers struggled to contain UP after that early strike. Srivastava and Kaif put UP back on track before Parvinder and Alam built the advantage. Deepak Chahar and Vivek Yadav took two wickets apiece.

    Only 24 overs were possible between Karnataka and Saurashta at Bangalore’s Chinnaswamy Stadium. In that period, the home side - put in to bat - posted 107 for the loss of opener Robin Uthappa who slammed 70 from 64 balls with 12 boundaries. His opening partner KB Pawan was steady on 28 from 63 balls at stumps.

    Brief scores:

    At Delhi: Baroda 273/3 in 85 overs (Rakesh Solanki batting 109, Pinal Shah batting 83; Ashish Nehra 1/84) vs Delhi

    At Rohtak: Haryana 258/5 in 90 overs (Rahul Dewan 115, Sunny Singh 111; Iresh Saxena 2/63) vs Bengal

    At Cuttack: Mumbai 311/3 in 90 overs (Kaustubh Pawar batting 122, Abhishek Nayar 71; Dhiraj Singh 1/52) vs Orissa

    At Indore: Gujarat 130 all out in 66.3 overs (Bhavik Thaker 38, Priyank Panchal 24; Ishwar Pandey 6/ 31, TP Sudhindra 3/33) vs Madhya Pradesh 51/2 in 20.4 overs (Mohnish Mishra batting 27, Devendra Bundela batting 19; Mehul Patel 1/9)

    At Mohali: Punjab 212/3 in 90 overs (Uday Kaul batting 82, Mandeep Singh batting 61; Anureet Singh 1/57) vs Railways

    At Jaipur: Uttar Pradesh 292/4 in 90 overs (Mohammad Kaif 67, Arish Alam batting 60; Deepak Chahar 2/75) vs Rajasthan

    At Bangalore: Karnataka 107/1 in 24 overs (Robin Uthappa 70, KB Pawan batting 28; Jaydev Unadkat 1/37) vs Saurashtra