File photo of veteran Mumbai batsman Wasim Jaffer. (PTI)
Mumbai: Wasim Jaffer led from the front and cracked his 35th Ranji century to guide Mumbai to 242 for 2 on day one of their Ranji Trophy, Group A clash against Odisha at the Wankhede Stadium here on Saturday.
The Mumbai captain remained unbeaten on 125 at stumps and his innings was laced with 11 fours and 3 sixes. This ton took his tally of first-class centuries to 51. Electing to bat, the hosts lost both the openers in the first session and were reduced to 70 for 2 at lunch. With allrounder Abhishek Nayar and fast bowler Akbar Khan ruled out with injuries for this game, Mumbai drafted in 42-year old legspinner Pravin Tambe and Kshemal Waingankar.
Opener and wicketkeeper batsman Aditya Tare, who has been the leading run scorer for the side was caught behind for 16 runs, while Sushant Marathe made a slow 27 before being castled by Basant Mohanty.
Coming into bat at 33 for 1, Jaffer paced his innings well and later forged an unbeaten century stand with Hiken Shah to steer the team past 200 runs on the first day.
Mumbai 1st innings: 242 for 2 (Wasim Jaffer 125 not out; Hiken Shah 67 not out; Basant Mohanty 2 for 33.)
Karnataka skittle out Punjab for 174
Bangalore: Karnataka skittled out Punjab cheaply for 174 runs in their first innings and then reached 59 for 2 at stumps on the opening day of their Group A Ranji Trophy match at KSCA Stadium.
Sent into bat, Punjab had no answers to combat the skills of Karnataka's medium pacer Stuart Binny (3 for 62) and left-arm orthodox spinner KP Appanna (3 for 29).
After the visitors had lost in-form opener Jiwanjot Singh for five, his opening partner Manan Vohra made a useful 69 in Uday Kaul's company, who made 29 and stitched a crucial partnership of 73 runs for the second wicket.
Punjab, whose batting looked bullish in their last game against Vidarbha, folded up in 54.5 overs at the same venue where Chetsehwar Pujara and Gautam Gambhir had cracked a triple ton and a century for India A against West Indies A a few months back.
Apart from Vohra and Kaul, captain Mandeep Singh was the only batsman to reach the double-digit score of an unbeaten 32, which came in 133 minutes.
Brief scores: Punjab 1st inngs: 174 runs in 54.5 overs (M Vohra 69; KP Appanna 3/29).
Karnataka 1st innings: 59 for two in 27 overs (KL Rahul 22; MS Gony 2/20).
Nehra rips apart Vidarbha with a 6-wkt haul
New Delhi: Veteran speedster Ashish Nehra made full use of the conducive conditions as he wreaked havoc with a six-wicket haul, which was instrumental in Delhi skittling out Vidarbha for a paltry 88 in Ranji Trophy group league encounter at the Roshanara club ground.
Nehra who grabbed 6 for 16 in 10 overs took six of the first seven wickets with controlled swing bowling on a green top where play was stopped for 28 minutes due to dangerous pitch conditions with one of the Vidarbha batsmen getting hit by a Parvinder Awana bouncer.
Rashmi Ranjan Parida (28) and Amol Jungade (27) were the two players who crossed 20 while other player to reach double figures was skipper Shalabh Srivastava. Heavy roller was used to get the bounce more even before play resumed but when Delhi batted, it didn't look as menacing as it was during the first session.
At stumps, Delhi were 96 for 2 in reply with skipper Gautam Gambhir making 49 off 135 balls with six fours. Unmukt Chand was dismissed for 37 although he hit seven delightful boundaries.
Brief scores: Vidarbha 88 all out in 31.1 overs (Rashmi Ranjan Parida 28, Ashish Nehra 6/16, Navdeep Saini 2/18).
Delhi 96/2 in 48.3 overs (Unmukt Chand 37, Gautam Gambhir 49).
Sunny's century drives Haryana against Gujarat
Ahmedabad: Sunny Singh's unbeaten century propelled Haryana to 266 for 2 against Gujarat on the opening day of their Group A Ranji Trophy match.
Sunny's unconquered 139-run knock was rife with 19 fours and two sixes as he reduced the host bowlers to a mere spectator at the Sardar Patel Stadium, Motera. Having elected to bat, Haryana lost only two wickets before stumps with Sachin Rana (51 batting) giving company to Sunny.
Sunny was also involved in two key partnerships with opener Rahul Dewan and Rana. He first stitched a 173-run partnership for the second wicket with Dhawan, who scored a cautious 162-ball 68, and then went on to add an unbeaten 91 with Rana.
Haryana got off to a poor start when Avi Barot's (0) stay in the middle was cut short to just five balls by left-arm seamer Rush Kalaria. Next-man in, Rahul combined well with Sunny and struck a fine half-century. He ended up scoring 52 of his runs in boundaries.
After he was dismissed by medium pacer Janmit Bumrah, Rana made sure there was no further damage.
Brief scores: Haryana: 266 for 2 in 90 overs (Sunny Singh 139 batting, Rahul Dewan 68; Rush Kalaria 1/63).