Indore: Karnataka bowlers stuck to a disciplined line to bowl out minnows Madhya Pradesh for 200 and then knocked off 35 runs wthout losing any wicket at stumps on the first day of the Ranji Trophy quarterfinal match being played at Holkar Stadium.
Skipper R Vinay Kumar (two for 36) and left-arm seamer Srinath Aravind (three for 35) did the bulk of the damage and was ably supported by 40-year-old Sunil Joshi (two for 43).
The slide started with experienced opener Naman Ojha nicking one to wicketkeeper CM Gautham off Vinay Kumar's delivery. Mohnish Mishra (14), who looked solid at the onset offered a simple return catch to Joshi.
While Jalaj found the gaps with ease, skipper Devendra Bundela couldn't provide the support as he was caught by Gautham off Aravind at the stroke of lunch.
Soon after lunch, veteran Abbas Ali (0) was run-out due to terrible mix-up while Jalaj couldn't check his pull-shot off Aravind to be caught by Stuart Binny at mid-on.
Murtaza Ali was bowled by an incoming Vinay Kumar elivery. At 125 for six, Harpreet Singh (23) and Ankit Sharma (41 not out) added 37 runs for the seventh wicket before the former was out playing a lofted shot off Amit Verma.
It was Ankit who hit five boundaries took the score past 200 with some support from Anand Rajan, TP Sudheendra and Amit Sharma.
Brief Scores: Madhya Pradesh 200 (Jalaj Saxena 73, S Aravind 3/35, R Vinay Kumar 2/36). Karnataka 35/0.
Kartik helps Railways to 241/8
Baroda: Murali Kartik turned out to be a surprise package for Railways scoring a half century opening the batting but the visitors finished the first day's play against Baroda at none too impressive 241 for eight in a Ranji Trophy quarterfinal match being held at Moti Bagh ground.
Baroda captain Pinal Shah won the toss and elected to bat. However it was surprising to find Kartik who narmally bats at No. 9 or 10 come out to open along with Shreyas Khanolkar. It was learnt that regular opener Faiz Fazal isn't playing the match due to personal reasons and Railways didn't have second opener.
However Nilesh Chauhan (31 batting, 80 balls, 4x4) added 60 runs for the undefeated ninth wicket stand to give the ttal some respectability.
Brief Scores: Railways 241/8 (M Kartik 57, Y Goud 44 batting, JP Yadav 42, M Patel 4/87) vs Baroda.
Pankaj grabs six, Mumbai all out for 252
Jaipur: India discard Pankaj Singh wreaked havoc scalping six for 64 as Rajasthan bowled out defending champions Mumbai for 252 on the first day of the Ranji Trophy quarterfinal match at the Sawai Man Singh Stadium.
At stumps, Rajasthan were 17 without loss with openers Aakash Chopra (5 batting) and Vineet Saxena (12 batting) at crease.
Earlier, Wasim Jaffer's decision to bat first backfired badly as opener Omkar Gurav (0) was snapped by wicketkeeper Rohit Jhalani off Pankaj in the third over of the day.
Pankaj and Deepak Chahar bowled in right areas as Mumbai batsmen were under pressure from the very first over of the day.
Rajasthan's find of the season Deepak Chahar then got into the act as he dismissed the in-form Rahane caught by Jhalani. At 116 for five, veteran Ajit Agarkar (36) and Abhishek Nayar (60) did some repair work with a 61-run stand.
Nayar was finally out with the team's score at 216. It was Ramesh Powar (25, 4x4) who played a gutsy little innings as MUmbai crossed the 250-run mark.
However the task is cut out for Mumbai bowlers as they don't have a really big score to defend.
Brief Scores: Mumbai 252 (A Rahane 60, A Nayar 60, P Singh 6/64). Rajasthan 17/0.