New Delhi: Mithun Manhas played a captain's knock under pressure as hosts Delhi scored runs at a brisk pace to finish first day's play at 332 for five against Assam in a Ranji Trophy Super League Group-A match at the Roshnara ground.
Manhas (100 not out) scored his 18th first-class century off the last delivery of the day with a single.
With Mayank Tehlan (61 not out) - who is playing his first match of the season - for company, Manhas added 146 runs for the unbeaten sixth-wicket partnership after Assam seamer Dhiraj Goswami (three for 56) rocked the middle-order reducing Delhi to 187 for five before tea.
Delhi reached 332/5 against Assam while Punjab were comfortable at 277/3 against Orissa.
Assam captain Amol Mujumdar rightly opted to bowl on a greenish track but it was some poor bowling 'complemented' by equally atrocious fielding that let the visitors down.
"It's a good pitch where there is something for the bowlers and it's a challenge to score runs. We will be eyeing an outright win but then we have to start from scratch tomorrow," said Manhas.
Delhi: First innings 332/5 (M Manhas 100 batting, M Tehlan 61 batting, U Chand 59, A Jain 58; D Goswami 3/56)
Tamil Nadu vs Bengal
The first day's play between Bengal and Tamil Nadu in the Elite-A group was called off due to rain.
The umpires thrice inspected the CPT India Cements ground here since morning before calling off the play at 1500 hours.
In the eight team Elite-A Group, Tamil Nadu have earned 10 points from four matches and are placed joint second along with Gujarat, while Bengal are in fifth spot with eight points.
Uttar Pradesh vs Haryana
Sachin Rana and Dhruv Singh shared seven wickets between them to help Uttar Pradesh (UP) bowl out Haryana for 167 and then reach 84 for no loss at stumps on the opening day of their Super League Group-B match.
Openers Nitin Saini (49) and Rahul Dewan (34) were going steady at the crease at draw of stumps at the Mohan Meakins Cricket Stadium.
Earlier, skipper Mohammad Kaif's decision to bat first backfired as beside Piyush Chawla (49) none of the UP batsmen could provide enough resistance to the Haryana bowlers.
A lot was expected of skipper Kaif (14) but he perished after being bowled by Rana.
In reply, Haryana had no problems with openers Saini and Dewan negotiating the early overs very well.
Uttar Pradesh: First innings 167 all out (Piyush Chawla 49; Sachin Rana 4/51)
Haryana: First innings 84 for no loss (N Saini 49 batting, R Dewan 34 batting; RP Singh 0/26)
Orissa vs Punjab
Sarul Kanwar scored a century to guide Punjab to 277 for three on the opening day of their four-day Super League Group-B match against Orissa.
Opening the innings, Kanwar smashed 104 off just 116 deliveries as Punjab ended the day at a comfortable position after electing to bat at the East Coast Railway Sports Association ground.
Kanwar decorated his innings with 16 boundaries and one six.
Uday Kaul (55 not out) and Mandeep Singh (43) then batted sensibly to add 77 runs for the third wicket. Mandeep was unlucky not to have completed his half-century as he was trapped lbw by Basanth Mohanty.
That was all Orissa bowlers could manage on the day as Uday and skipper Pankaj Dharmani (35 not out) ensured that there was no further damage and signed off the day at the score of 277.
Punjab: First innings 277 for three in 90 overs (Sarul Kanwar 104, Uday Kaul 55 not out; Basanth Mohanty 2/50)
Himachal Pradesh vs Karnataka
All-rounder Stuart Binny (109) slammed a brilliant century as Karnataka recovered from an early slump to post a modest 254 in their first innings on the opening day of their Super League Group-B match against Himachal Pradesh.
Binny forged a 155-run sixth-wicket partnership with Amit Verma (76) to steady the Karnataka ship after pacer Mohinderraj Sharma's three-wicket burst left the visitors tottering at 33 for four in 15.5 overs.
Binny had 17 hits to the fence in his 181-ball innings, while Amit cracked nine boundaries to lift the visitors from 33/4 to 201 for six.
Binny then added 48 runs with Adithya Sagar to help his team cross the 250-mark.
In reply, Himachal Pradesh openers Sangram Singh (1) and Hemant Dogra (0) had to negotiate just one over before stumps were drawn at the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium.
Karnataka: First innings 254 all out (Amit Verma 76, Stuart Binny 109; Mohinderraj Sharma 5/29)
Himachal Pradesh: First innings 1/0
Saurashtra vs Railways
Faiz Fazal scored a patient century to see Railways draw curtains at 233 for four against Saurashtra at the end of the opening day's play in their Super League Group-A match.
Opening the batting, Fazal made 107 off 229 balls and shared 154-run stand for the second wicket with Sanjay Bangar (79 not out) before Saurashtra bowlers bounced back at the fag end of the day with three quick wickets.
Fazal struck 15 fours and a six during his 305 minutes stay at the crease, while Bangar ended the day's proceedings with 12 boundaries and a lone hit over the fence.
Young left-arm medium pacer Jaidev Unadkat justified his selection in the Indian team for the upcoming three-match Test series in South Africa, scalping two wickets for 39 runs.
At stumps, skipper Murali Kartik (6 not out) was giving Bangar company at the crease.
Railways: First innings 233/4 (Faiz Fazal 107, Sanjay Bangar 79 not out; Jaydev Unadkat 2/39, Kamlesh Makvana 2/67)
Kerala vs Maharashtra
Openers Harshad Kadiwala (24) and Nikhil Paradar (45) put on 64 runs for the opening wicket to help Maharashtra score 150 for three in their first innings before rain cut short their Plate Group-B match against Kerala on the opening day.
Sent into bat, Maharashtra openers Kadiwala and Paradar did not show any urgency and batted with patience.
The duo took the score to 64 before medium pacer Prashant drew the first blood by having Kadiwala caught by Rakesh.
Sangram Ajit Adhitkor then joined hands with Paradkar and shared 37 runs for the second wicket before Paradkar departed.
Medium pacer Sony Cheruvathur struck another blow soon when he removed Kedar Jadav, caught by Hegde for five.
With rain playing spoisport, no play was possible after the tea break. At stumps, Maharashtra were 150 for there with Adhitkor batting on 38 and Ankit Bavane batting on 26.
Maharashtra: First innings 150/3 (N Paradar 45, A Bavane 26 not out; Sony Cheruvathur 1/37, P Prashant 1/27, S K Nair 1/16)
Hyderabad vs Goa
An unbeaten 106 by Regan Pintu helped Goa post 334 for five on the first day of their Plate League match against Hyderabad.
Pintu's 217-ball innings included 14 boundaries.
Earlier, openers Shagun Kamat and Vaibhav Naik made 22 and 24 respectively, while S Vidyut hit 43 runs including seven fours.
Pintu received good support from Ajay Ratra (51) and Rahul Keni who made 34.
Pintu and SS Bandekar (46) were at the crease when the wickets were drawn for the day.
Among Hyderabad bowlers, MA Khader claimed two wickets, while Alfred Absolem and Kanishk Naidu took one wicket each.
Goa: First innings 334/5 (RJ Pinto 106, SS Bandekar 46)
Madhya Pradesh vs Jharkhand
Inspired bowling by seamers Anand Rajan and T Sudheendra helped hosts Madhya Pradesh bundle out Jharkhand cheaply for 131 on the first day of their Plate League Group-A match at the Holkar Stadium.
At stumps, Madhya Pradesh were 135 for three, enjoying a lead of three runs. Skipper Devendra Bundela was batting on 34 while Rajan was yet to open his account.
Sudheendra started the slide by sending the top three Jharkhand batsmen with only 40 runs on the board.
MP skipper Bundela brought Anand Rajan after he gauged that Sudheendra was getting a fair bit of movement. Anand grabbed four for 31 runs in 13.4 overs of which included four maidens.
Sudheendra took three for 21 in 11 overs while Amit Sharma chipped in with a couple of wickets giving away 51 runs in 16 overs.
In reply, Madhya Pradesh started off well and the first-wicket partnership between Naman Ojha and Jalaj Saxena yielded 72 runs. Saxena was first to be dismissed for 29 runs scored in 48 deliveries with five boundaries.
At the score of 87, Madhya Pradesh got big jolt when well set Ojha was adjudged leg before off Varun Aaron at an individual score of 44 with seven boundaries. Mohnish Mishra was the next batsman dismissed for 11 runs.
Jharkhand: First innings 131 all out
Madhya Pradesh: First innings 135 for three