Ranji Trophy round-up: Murali Vijay's ton puts Tamil Nadu on top, Mumbai collapse in 500th gameOpener Murali Vijay warmed up in style for the upcoming Test series against Sri Lanka by scoring a century to help Tamil Nadu reach 292 for 3 against Odisha on the opening day of the Ranji Trophy Group C match.
The much-vaunted Mumbai batting line-up came a cropper on a lively track against the Baroda pace bowling duo of Atit Sheth and Lukman Meriwala as the hosts were shot out for a paltry 171 on day one of their 500th Ranji Trophy game on Thursday.
In reply, Baroda made 63 for 1 in 26 overs in their first innings in the Group C match at the Wankhede Stadium.
It was a combination of impressive swing and seam bowling from right-arm Atit (5 for 50) and left-arm Meriwala (5 for 52), aided by poor shots attempted by the Mumbai batsmen that sent the home team to the doom.
For Mumbai skipper Aditya Tare, who opened the innings, stood tall in making 50 before being bowled off the inside edge by Atit.
Inserted in, Mumbai plunged deep into trouble to be 5 for 2 by the third over, with Atit sending back in-form opener Prithvi Shaw and Ajinkya Rahane for ducks, and never fully recovered from these early setbacks.
Shaw was bowled through the gate, while Rahane edged a drive to rival captain Deepak Hooda at first slip.
Tare was fifth out just before lunch, taken with the hosts and 41-time champions tottering at 103 for five. The wicketkeeper-batsman stayed at the wicket for 143 minutes, played diligently in contrast to some of his teammates when facing 82 balls and struck 8 fours.
Mumbai lost three more wickets to be 131 for eight after lunch before a 40-run stand between Dhawal Kulkarni (17) and Vijay Gohil (16) revived the innings for a brief while before both were dismissed at the same score as Mumbai were shot out at the stroke of tea.
Among the batsmen who disappointed and was out before lunch was Shreyas Iyer, fresh after playing in the T20 International series against New Zealand, who made 28.
He was dropped by wicketkeeper Mitesh Patel on 5 and then nearly edged to the slip cordon on 22 before chasing a wide ball moving further away to be caught at second slip.
Atit, a former India under-19 player who has a ten- wicket haul to his credit against Bengal at Lahli last season before this game, did the early damage in his 8th first class match, while Meriwala cut through the middle and later ensured that the tail did not wag for too long.
He used the short ball to good effect to send back Shardul Thakur and Gohil.
Baroda, who began their reply after tea, played out 11 overs and advanced to 25 before they lost opener Nur Ahmed Pathan for 14, caught by Tare behind the stumps off left arm pacer Roystan Dias.
Mumbai could have sent back the other opener Aditya Waghmode too cheaply for 7 but Iyer dropped a two-handed diving catch at third slip off Dias with the score on 22.
Solanki played some attacking shots to remain unbeaten on 32, with six fours, along with a sedate Aditya Waghmode (15) as Baroda were 108 runs behind Mumbai going into day two tomorrow.
Brief scores: Mumbai 171 all out (Aditya Tare 50; Atit Sheth 5 for 50, Lukman Meriwala 5 for 52). Baroda 63 for 1 (Aditya Waghmode 15 not out, Vishnu Solanki 32; Roystan Dias 1 for 15).
Murali Vijay slams ton as Tamil Nadu make 292/3 vs Odisha
Opener Murali Vijay warmed up in style for the upcoming Test series against Sri Lanka by scoring a century to help Tamil Nadu reach 292 for 3 against Odisha on the opening day of the Ranji Trophy Group C match on Tuesday.
Electing to bat, the visitors lost skipper Abhinav Mukund (12), who was run-out following a mix-up with Vijay.
However, the Test opener was involved in two century partnerships, first with wicket-keeper N Jagadeesan (88) and B Indrajith (41 batting), which put Tamil Nadu in the driver's seat.
After a cautious start, Vijay came into his own, playing a series of beautiful shots and reached his hundred in a hurry from the mid-80s with a huge six.
It was Jagadeesan, pushed up the order in place of a struggling No.3 M Kaushik Gandhi who was dropped, who set the tone, with some enterprising play.
He didn't miss out on an opportunity to score and crunched some boundaries while Vijay played himself in.
The partnership between Vijay and Jagadeesan yielded 145 runs before the latter fell to Odisha captain Govind Poddar, 12 short of a ton.
Vijay took over after Jagadeesan's exit and dominated a 118-run stand with Indrajith.
A streak of aggression took him to a century from the 80s as he looked to step up the run-rate.
He hit three fours and a six in the space of two overs as Tamil Nadu appeared to gain the initiative against the rival attack on a docile pitch.
He fell late in the day, caught and bowled by Suryakanth Pradhan, who was the host team's best bowler, bagging 1 for 48 from 16 overs.
Indrajith (41) and all-rounder Vijay Shankar (eight) were at the crease when stumps were drawn.
Brief Scores: Tamil Nadu 292 for 3 in 90 overs (Murali Vijay 140, N Jagadeesan 88, B Indrajith 41 batting) vs Odisha.
At Agartala: Andhra 252 for 2 in 89.6 overs (D B Prashanth Kumar 120 batting, G Hanuma Vihari 62, Ricky Bhui 49 batting) vs Tripura.
At Mumbai: Mumbai 171 all out in 56.2 overs (Aditya Tare 50, Atit Sheth 5 for 50, Lukman Meriwala 5 for 52) vs Baroda 63 for 1 in 26 overs (Vishnu Solanki 32, Roystan Dias 1 for 15).
Fazal, Ramaswamy put Vidarbha in command
Centuries from openers Faiz Fazal and Sanjay Ramaswamy took Vidarbha to a commanding 285 for one against Bengal on day one of their Ranji Trophy group D fixture.
In the form of his life, left-handed Fazal hit his third successive century of the season with a sublime 142 (22x4), while Ramaswamy gave fine support at the other end with a patient 117 (14x4).
Ramaswamy was unbeaten with senior pro Wasim Jaffer (18) when bad light stopped play after 83 overs on day one.
Bengal captain Manoj Tiwary's decision to bowl after winning the toss backfired as the Vidarbha openers put up a solid 259-run opening partnership on a frustrating day for the home team bowlers.
Fresh from his 125 and 136 against Chhattisgarh and Services respectively, Fazal carried on from where he left off.
Both Fazal and Ramaswamy anchored the innings and completed their half-centuries in the first session.
The duo then completed their triple-figure milestones on either side of the tea-break with Fazal first to get to the mark in 184 balls, his 14th first-class century.
Ramaswamy took 191 balls for his third firstclass century as the duo continued to frustrate Tiwary who himself was made to bowl three overs.
Bengal sorely missed the services of India pacer Mohammed Shami who did not get the Board's clearance, even as the other Test cap Wriddhiman Saha featured in their lineup.
It was only in the 73rd over of the day, Ashok Dinda (1/62) gave the breakthrough when he trapped Fazal.
Brief Scores In Kalyani: Vidarbha 285/1; 83 overs (Faiz Fazal 142, Sanjay Ramaswamy 117 batting) vs Bengal.
In Dharamsala: Himachal Pradesh 175; 44.2 overs (Pankaj Rao 3/52, Sumit Ruikar 3/20). Chhattisgarh 91/1; 34 overs (Rishabh Tiwari 46 batting, Ashutosh Singh 40 batting).
In Delhi: Services 228/8; 90 overs (Nakul Verma 64, Vikas Yadav 61; Heramb Parab 3/35) vs Goa.