Haryana 319 for 8 (Sehwag 136, Jayant Yadav 100; Sharath 4-47, Mathias 2-48) v Karnataka
Virender Sehwag and Jayant Yadav feasted on Karnataka’s bowling for over two sessions, before a sensational implosion helped the defending champions storm back into the contest, as Haryana ended the opening day in Mysore on 319 for 8.
Sehwag made a chanceless 136 in his first innings since announcing his international retirement, while Jayant, who was reprieved thrice, made 100 during the course of a 206-run, third-wicket stand. But Haryana, cruising along at 278 for 3, suddenly fell apart, with the second new ball denting their chances of putting up a 400-plus score.
Medium-pacer HS Sharath overcame a bout of cramps on an unusually hot afternoon before returning to take a hat-trick. He finished with 4 for 48, while David Mathias, the debutant, took two to even the scales for Karnataka.
While the spinners were largely ineffective on a green-tinged pitch, the pacers kept their intensity up for most parts of the day, despite four catches being fluffed behind the wicket, with KL Rahul accountable for two of them. Jayant, who lived a charmed live after being dropped on 8, 10 and 22, played some authoritative strokes to bring up his second first-class century.
But the day clearly belonged to Sehwag, who hit 16 fours and three sixes during the course of his 170-ball vigil to give the festive Mysore crowd wholesome entertainment on a fascinating day.
by Shashank Kishore
Bengal 272 for 3 (Chatterjee 108, Saha 67*, Tiwary 55) v Delhi
Sudip Chatterjee‘s third first-class ton lifted Bengal to a position of strength against Delhi at the Feroz Shah Kotla. Bengal, after being inserted, lost their openers Parthasarathi Bhattacharjee and Naved Ahmed early, but Chatterjee and Manoj Tiwary led a recovery, joining hands for a third-wicket association which yielded 103 runs. Tiwary eventually fell for 55 after striking six fours and a six, but Chatterjee carried on till stumps, remaining unbeaten on 108 with fours. Chatterjee received ample support from Wriddhiman Saha, who himself remained unbeaten on 67. The pair’s 142-run partnership took Bengal to 272 for 3 before the day ended.
Vidarbha 1 for 0 trail Assam 206 (Syed Mohammad 69, Verma 57, Wakhare 4-47, Yadav 4-49) by 205 runs
Fast bowler Umesh Yadav and offspinner Akshay Wakhare claimed four wickets apiece, as Vidarbha bowled Assam out for 206 on the first day of their Ranji clash in Nagpur. Assam, opting to bat, were dealt two early blows, as the opener Pallavkumar Das was trapped lbw by Aditya Sarwate off the second ball of the innings, before Gokul Sharma followed suit for a duck two overs later. A 59-run stand between Amit Verma (57) and Arun Karthik helped Assam past the 100-run mark, but regular blows from Yadav (4 for 49) and Wakhare (4 for 47) meant Assam collapsed from 106 for 3 to 115 for 7. Jamaluddin Syed Mohammad (69) and Kunal Saika stitched together a 58-run partnership, but Assam folded soon after that. Vidarbha were 1 for 0 in the two overs they batted before stumps.
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