Round 1 of Ranji Trophy 2019-20 started with a snake entering the ground and ended with a thrilling finish in Dindigul. Here is a complete round-up of the last four days of the biggest domestic tournament in cricket.
Elite A and B Group:
Mumbai vs Baroda
Heavyweights Mumbai starts with a thumping win with the help of a double hundred from Prithvi Shaw, a hundred from Suryakumar Yadav, an all-round performance, including a 10 wicket-match haul by Shams Mulani and, a valuable contribution by Ajinkya Rahane helped the domestic heavyweights beat Baroda by 309 runs.
A low-scoring encounter between Railways and Uttar Pradesh ended in a draw because of some stoppage of play due to bad light. Railways took three important points by gaining the crucial first-innings lead. The young pace battery of UP consisting of Ankit Rajpoot, Yash Dayal, and Shivam Mavi put up an impressive performance.
Railways 253 (Dinesh Mor 91*, Yash Dayal 5/48) & 270 (Dinesh Mor 102, Mavi 4/19) Draw with Uttar Pradesh 175 (Shaukat 92*, Amit Mishra 4/52) & 62/2.
Karnataka vs Tamil Nadu
Karnataka got the better of Tamil Nadu for the 4th time of this season. After beating the latter by one run in Syed Mushtaq Ali tournament final, Karnataka beat Tamil Nadu by 26 runs in the final over of the last day’s play. Krishnappa Gowtham took 14 wickets and scored valuable 73 runs from both the innings.
Karnataka 336 (Padikkal 78, Ashwin 4/79) & 151 (Padikkal, Ashwin 4/46) beat Tamil Nadu 307 (Dinesh Karthik 113, Gowtham 6/110) & 154 (Mukund 42, Gowtham 8/60) by 26 runs.
Saurashtra vs Himachal Pradesh
Captain Jaydev Uadkat led Saurashtra to a win against Himachal Pradesh in Dharamsala on a pitch favoring fast bowlers. Unadkat took 9 wickets including a six-wicket haul in the second innings. Indian International Cheteshwar Pujara had a tough match scoring just 2 and 14 in both innings.
Andhra Pradesh earned a hard-fought draw against defending champions Vidarbha after conceding a 230-run lead in the first innings. Ricky Bhui and Srikar Bharat added unbeaten 190 runs for the fourth wicket with both scoring hundreds. Earlier for Vidarbha, professional recruit Ganesh Satish scored a stunning 237 runs in the first innings.
Captain Mandeep Singh led Punjab to an easy 10-wicket victory over Rajasthan, he scored 122 runs from 174 balls including 17 fours and 1 six to help Punjab gain a first-innings lead and the bowlers restricted Rajasthan to just 168 runs in the second innings.
Kerala played out a disappointing draw at home against Delhi after taking a 383-run first innings lead. Delhi fought hard in the second innings with Nitish Rana and Kunal Chandela scoring tons. Earlier, for Kerala, Sachin Baby and Robin Uthappa scored hundreds and all-rounder Jalaj Saxena took 6 wickets to restrict Delhi to 142 runs in the first innings.
Kerala 525/9 dec (Sachin Baby 155, Robin Uthappa 102) draw Delhi 142 (Saxena 6/63) & Delhi 395/4 ( Kunal Chandela 125, Nitish 114 ).
Gujarat vs Hyderabad
A five-wicket haul in the second innings by Rush Kalaria helped Gujarat beat Hyderabad by 8 wickets. Gujarat Captain Priyank Panchal scored 90 from 80 balls including 14 fours and 2 sixes while chasing 187 runs in the fourth innings.
Jharkhand scored a memorable win after following on in the second innings. This is the first time in the history of Ranji Trophy that a team has won after following on, evoking memories of the iconic Eden Gardens Test of 2001. From 185 for 5, hundreds from Ishank Jaggi and Saurabh Tiwary helped Jharkhand secure a 264 runs second innings lead and they bowled Tripura out for 211 runs in the fourth innings with Ashish Kumar taking 5 wickets.
Haryana starts the season with a thumping innings victory over Maharashtra. Hundreds by Rohilla and Shivam Chauhan helped Haryana post 401 in the first innings and then, Harsh Patel took 9 wickets from two innings including a five-wicket haul in the second innings to beat Maharashtra by an innings and 68 runs.
A low-scoring draw was played out between Services and Assam but Assam secured three crucial points on account of the first-innings lead. U-19 World Cup-winning and IPL star Riyan Parag scored a valuable 67 runs to help Assam gain a first-innings lead.
Services 124 (Arup Das 4/39) & 279 (Rajat Paliwal 89*, Arup Das 5/45) draw with Assam 162 (Riyan Parag 66) & 74/5
Puduchery vs Bihar
Puduchery starts the season with a 10-wicket win over Bihar. Sagar Udeshi took 9 wickets from two innings including six wickets in the first innings. During the second innings, professional recruit Vinay Kumar completed 400 wickets in the Ranji Trophy.
Chandigarh starts the season with a massive innings victory over Arunachal Pradesh. Arslan Khan’s double century and hundreds by Shivam Bhambri and Manan Vohra helped Chandigarh post 503 for 2 in the first innings and Gurinder Singh took 6 wickets they beat Arunachal by innings & 173 runs.
Goa starts the season with a win, beating Sikkim by 9 wickets. Hundreds by Skipper Amit Verma and Snehal Kauthankar in the first innings propelled Goa to 436 for 6 in the first innings and a combined effort from the bowling unit led Goa to an easy victory. All-rounder Iqbal Abdulla scored 135 for his adopted team in the second innings to delay Goa’s win.
Goa 436/6 decl. (Snehal Kauthankar 134, Amit Verma 134) & 75/1 (Suyash 49*) beat Sikkim 136 (Lakshay Gary 3/23) & 374 (Iqbal Abdulla 135) by 9 wickets.
Manipur vs Mizoram
Rex Singh was the star of the show for Manipur, taking a ten-wicket haul in the match including 22 for 8 in the first innings as Manipur beat Mizoram by 6 wickets. Professional KB Pawan scored a hundred for Mizoram in the second innings.