Jaipur: Opener Ravi Inder Singh and Karan Goel stroked their way to centuries as Punjab posted 283 for three against defending champions Rajasthan on the first day of their Ranji Trophy Elite division Group A match on Tuesday.

Opting to bat, Inder (133) led from the front, scoring his ton off 212 balls, while Goel remained unbeaten on 116 that came off 278 deliveries to guide Punjab to a comfortable position.

After a poor start, Inder and Goel not only steadied the boat but also shared a 219-run partnership for the second wicket at Sawai Mansingh Stadium.

Goel and Mayank Sidana (0) were at the crease when the stumps were drawn for the day.

The visitors lost opener Sarul Kanwar (8) in the fifth over caught by wicketkeeper Dishant Yagnik off Pankaj Singh.

Inder and Goel then held fort and mixed caution with aggression to provide stability to Punjab's innings.

Right-arm medium Sumit Mathur, who came in for Aniket Choudhary, got the prized wicket of Inder, inducing an edge to wicketkeeper Yagnik.

Inder struck 20 fours and a six during his stay at the crease.

Punjab skipper Uday Kaul had to retire hurt just after facing three deliveries when a ball from Pankaj Singh bounced awkwardly to hit his knuckles.

Goel and Mandeep Singh (22) then shared a third-wicket stand of 70 runs to give Punjab the upper hand on the opening day.

Rajasthan got the breakthrough when they took the second new ball after 84.2 overs. Mandeep was caught and bowled by pacer Deepak Chahar.

Goel has so far struck 16 fours in his unbeaten knock.

Brief Scores: Punjab 283 for 3 in 90 overs (Inder Singh 133, Karan Goel 116 not out; Pankaj Singh 1/52, Sumit Mathur 1/54).

Jharkhand end innings at 218 against Goa

A brilliant 84 by opener Manish Vardhan and his 93-run third wicket partnership with in-form Ishank Jaggi (42) helped Jharkhand reach 218 on the opening day of the four-day plate group Ranji Trophy encounter against Goa at Keenan Stadium here today.

Electing to bat first after winning the toss, Jharkhand received a setback in the very first ball of the third over when Goa's strike bowler Saurabh Bandekar had opener Rameez Nemat bowled for one.

Ratan Kumar (9), who stepped in following Nemat's dismissal, did not last long as seamer Robin D'souza struck having him caught off Ryan D'souza with Jharkhand score reading at 30 for 2.

Jaggi, who had slammed a scintillating 188 against Assam at Dhanbad, started off on a confident note and steadied the innings in the company of his senior Vardhan, who was well settled at the other end.

They both displayed stroke play and treated the loose deliveries accordingly before Jaggi was bowled by Amit Yadav. Jaggi scored 42 studded with four hits to fence off 106 deliveries.

Vardhan followed the suit when SS Yadav struck in the 65th over.

Middle-order batsman Deepak Chougule, who walked in after S P Gautam's (2) departure, played confidently adding 34 runs for the fifth wicket with Vardhan and 45-runs for eighth wicket with Jaskaran Singh (12).

Chougule, who remained unbeaten on 45, struck four fours off 105 balls.

Bandekar and Robin D'Souza emerged successful bowlers for Goa sharing three wickets apiece while Amit Yadav scalped two wickets.

In reply, Goa lost the opener Anup Kolabkar (0) as new ball bowler S S Rao had him leg before in the only over bowled in their innings. At stumps, Sher Bahadur Yadav was batting at one.

Brief Scores:

Jharkhand: 218 (Manish Vardhan 93, Saurabh Bandekar 3-37, Robin D'Souza 3-36).
Goa: 2/1.

(Agencies)