2017-18 Ranji Trophy round-up, Round 5, Day 1: M Vijay and Pujara register centuries; Raina fails again
Indian opener Murali Vijay, who joined Tamil Nadu hours before their match against Odisha after the Indian team management asked him to play Ranji Trophy ahead of the upcoming India-Sri Lanka series, scored a brilliant century in Cuttack and took his team to a decent position at the end of day one. Vijay's 140, along with N Jagadeesan's 88 helped TN post 292/3 when the stumps were drawn.
Playing their 500th Ranji Trophy match, Mumbai were bundled out for just 171 in the first innings against Baroda. Atit Sheth was the wrecker-in-chief as he claimed 5/50 and was well backed by LI Meriwala, who ended with figures of 5/52. Prithvi Shaw, who turned 18 today, and Indian Test vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane had a rare failure as both the batsmen got out for a duck. At the close of play, Baroda were 63/1, trailing Mumbai by 108 runs.
Karnataka's Mayank Agarwal became the eighth Indian to score 300 and 100 in successive innings. The right-hander remained unbeaten on 169 when the day came to an end with Karnataka piling up 348/4 against Delhi.
Suresh Raina failed for the seventh consecutive time this season as he got out for just six runs against Assam. But, centuries from the lower middle-order batsmen Upendra Yadav and Saurabh Kumar took Uttar Pradesh to a decent total of 349 in the first innings.
Along with Vijay, his fellow Indian batsman Cheteshwar Pujara scored yet another century for Saurashtra while Karnataka's KL Rahul failed in the first innings against Delhi.
Jamshedpur: Jammu and Kashmir 357/6 (Shubham Khajuria 101, Punit Bisht 101*) vs Jharkhand.
Agartala: Andhra 252/2 (Prashanth Kumar 120*, Hanuma Vihari 62) vs Tripura.
Bangalore: Karnataka 348/4 (Mayank Agarwal 169*, Manish Pandey 74) vs Delhi.
Cuttack: Tamil Nadu 292/3 (Murali Vijay 140, N Jagadeesan 88) vs Odisha.
Guwahati: Assam 25/0 trail Uttar Pradesh 349 (Saurabh Kumar 133, Upendra Yadav 127, Rajjakuddin Ahmed 3/103) by 324 runs.
Mumbai: Baroda 63/1 (Vishnu Solanki 32*) trail Mumbai 171 (Aditya Tare 50, Atit Sheth 5/50, LI Meriwala 5/52) by 108 runs.
Lahli: Haryana 99/7 (Rajat Paliwal 32, Pankaj Singh 3/25, Aniket Chaudhary 2/13) vs Rajasthan.
Delhi: Services 228/8 (Nakul Verma 64, VU Yadav 61*, Heramb Parab 3/35) vs Goa.
Rajkot: Saurashtra 311/1 (Snell Patel 156*, Cheteshwar Pujara 115*) vs Gujarat.
Pune: Maharashtra 249/5 (Ankit Bawane 92, RH Motwani 52*) vs Railways.
Kalyani: Vidarbha 285/1 (Faiz Fazal 142, SR Ramaswamy 117*) vs Bengal.
Dharamsala: Chhattisgarh 91/1 (Rishabh Tiwari 46*, Ashutosh Singh 40*) trail Himachal Pradesh 175 (Rishi Dhawan 35, Pankaj Rao 3/52, SS Ruikar 3/20) by 84 runs.