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Ranji Trophy, Group A: Harbhajan Singh takes six wickets to dismiss Odisha for 205 on Day 1

Press Trust of India
Oct 28, 2013 at 10:13am IST

Lahli: The hype was around Sachin Tendulkar before young Mohit Sharma cashed in on the moment with an all-round effort, which, however, could not prevent Mumbai from having their nose slightly ahead at the end of the first day of their much-anticipated Ranji Trophy opener against Haryana on Sunday.

At stumps, Mumbai were 100 four 4, having bowled out Haryana for a paltry 134 after skipper Zaheer Khan opted to field. Mumbai trailed by 34 runs with three full days to go.

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The retiring Tendulkar gave the inhabitant of this village a sudden sense of anti-climax as he failed to let his bat do the talking after being bowled for a mere five runs by the 25-year-old Mohit, in what is being seen as the biggest of all matches in Ranji's opening fixtures.

Ranji Trophy: Harbhajan takes six wickets to dismiss Odisha for 205 on Day 1

Leading from the front, the 33-year-old scalped the wickets of Girjia Rout (38), Govind Podder (42), Biplab Samantray (30), Halhadar Das (0), Alok Mangaraj (4) and Dhiraj Singh (0).

Having top-scored with a invaluable 49 in Haryana's pathetic first-innings display, Mohit emerged as the day's one of the two most impressive performers, the other being Mumbai's Abhishek Nayar, who picked up four wickets.

Ajinkya Rahane and nightwatchman Dhawal Kulkarni were batting on 44 and 1, respectively, when the stumps were drawn.

40-time defending champions Mumbai had earlier kicked off their campaign in earnest as they bundled out Haryana at the Chaudhary Bansi Lal Cricket Stadium.

With the red cherry, Nayar was the star of the day for Mumbai as he bowled his accurate medium pacers to good effect, returning impressive figures of four for 38. Nayar contributed with 24 with the bat on a wicket that seemed to have helped the seamers quite a bit.

The cynosure of all eyes, Tendulkar, who is playing in his last Ranji match having already announced retired from international cricket, stunned the packed crowd when he was bowled by Mohit.

It was a good length delivery that pitched on off and nipped back, but the bounce was what did Tendulkar in as he leaned forward to defend before the ball went through touching his elbow on the way.

Gujarat in command against Vidarbha

Nagpur: Riding on brilliant bowling by Rush Kalaria (5 for 32) and Jasprit Bumrah (4 for 30), Gujarat bundled out Vidarbha for a paltry 85 and then themselves reached a comfortable 153 for 3 at stumps on day one of their Ranji Trophy Group A match.

Electing to field, Gujarat medium pacers wreaked havoc to wrap up the hosts for less than 100 runs in their first innings.

As they fell like a pack of cards, only three Vidarbha batsmen - opener Faiz Fazal (31), Ranjit Paradkar (17 not out) and Umesh Yadav (16) - could touch the double digit mark. Besides Kalaria and Bumrah chipping in with nine scalps between them, Rakesh Dhruv (1 for 02) claimed a wicket.

Gujarat bowlers never let the host batsmen settle down, reducing them to 21 for 4 in just 13.4 overs. There were only two brief partnerships - 25 runs for the fifth wicket between Fazal and Rashmi Parida and another 29-run stand for the ninth wicket between Paradkar and Yadav.

In reply, Gujarat got off to a fine start with openers Smit Patel (73) and Samit Gohel (36) sharing an 88-run stand for the first wicket to lay a solid platform.

Brief scores: Vidarbha 1st innings: 85 all out in 32.4 overs (Faiz Fazal 31, Ranjit Paradkar not out 17; Rush Kalaria 5 for 32, Jasprit Bumrah 4 for 30).

Gujarat 1st innings: 153 for three in 52 overs (Smit Patel 73, Samit Gohel 36; Sumit Ruikar 2 for 30)

Harbhajan takes six wickets to dismiss Odisha for 205 on Day 1

Mohali: Eager to make a comeback to the national team, Punjab skipper Harbhajan Singh on Sunday returned with a sensational six-wicket haul to skittle out Odisha for 205 in their first innings on the opening day of their Group A Ranji Trophy match.

Harbhajan produced a brilliant display of spin bowling to return with figures of 6 for 54 at the Punjab Cricket Association stadium here. Leading from the front, the 33-year-old showed once again that he sill has a lot of fire left in him as he scalped the wickets of Girjia Rout (38), Govind Podder (42), Biplab Samantray (30), Halhadar Das (0), Alok Mangaraj (4) and Dhiraj Singh (0).

Jiwanjot Singh (6) and R Inder Singh (5) were at the crease as Punjab reached 11 for no loss at the draw of stumps.

Brief score: Odisha 1st innings: 205 all out in 83.2 overs (GB Podder 42; Harbhajan Singh 6 for 54)

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