Cuttack: An unbeaten century by Ravindra Jadeja catapulted Saurashtra's to a formidable 305 for five on the opening day of their Ranji Trophy match against hosts Orissa at the Barabati Stadium on Thursday.
    
Put in to bat, the visitors put up an impressive show as Jadeja came up with an majestic 141-run knock that came off 213 balls.
   
He struck 17 hits to the fence and one over it during his 277 minutes stay at the crease.

Apart from Jadeja, Bhushan Chauhan scored 83 off 171 balls with the help of 15 boundaries.

Saurashtra who were 97 for two wickets in 34 overs at lunch moved to 211 for four in 63.2 overs at tea before ending the day past the 300-mark in 90 overs.

For Orissa, Basanta Mohanty scalped two wickets giving away 50 runs, while Deepak Behera and Jayanta Behera took one wicket each.

At stumps, Jadeja was at the crease along with Pratik Mehta (21 not out) as Saurashtra looked for a big total.

Brief Scores:

Saurashtra: 305 for five wickets in 90 overs (Ravindra Jadeja 141 not out, Bhushan Chouhan 83; Basanta Mohanty 2/50).


Sharma's unbeaten ton puts Mumbai on top

Mumbai rode on Rohit Sharma's unbeaten 133 and Suryakumar Yadav's 88 to finish day one of their opening Ranji Trophy Elite Division match against Railways at a strong 338 for five.

Opting to bat after the coin landed in skipper Wasim Jaffer's favour, Mumbai were off to a sedate start as openers Kaustubh Pawar (31) and Jaffer (33) put on 56 runs in 17 overs.

But both the openers fell in quick succession, to Ranjitkumar Mali and J P Yadav. One-down bat, Prashant Naik could not do much, falling to Sanjay Bangar for 10.

The show then belonged to Sharma and Yadav who stitched together a 180-run partnership for the fourth wicket to put the 39-time champions on top.

During his 263-minute stay at the wicket, Sharma struck 14 boundaries and a six while facing 214 balls.

Yadav too found the fence equal number of times and faced 121 balls during his 157-minute tenure at the Karnail Singh Stadium.

Anureet Singh provided the breakthrough, trapping Yadav with the scoreboard reading 277 for four.

Iqbal Abdullah then fell to Shreyas Khanolkar for 25, but Onkar Gurav negotiated the day along with Sharma to ensure that Mumbai don't lose any further wicket.

Brief scores:

Mumbai: 338 for five in 90 overs (Rohit Sharma 133, Suryakumar Yadav 88).


Bengal scores 261 for 4 against Gujarat

Captain Manoj Tiwary's unbeaten 120 guided West Bengal to 261 for 4 on the opening day of their Ranji Trophy super league group B match against Gujarat at the Eden gardens.

Tiwary shared a yet-to-be-broken 105-run partnership with Wriddhiman Saha (41 not out) while former India captain Sourav Ganguly also chipped in with 34 off 63 -- packed with seven bouderies -- as Bengal started strongly.

While Tiwary hit both medium pacers and spinners all around the wicket to garner 120 off 234 balls with 20 hits to the fence, Saha Made 41 off 73 deliveries with seven fours.

Gujarat struck early when they claimed the wickets of openers Arindam das and Parthasarathy Bhattacharjee with 3 and 26 runs on the board respectively.

The visitors tightened their stranglehold as they got Arindam Ghosh, who scored 29, with the total reading 78.

But once Ganguly joined Tiwary, the hosts gained momentum and runs were scored from all corners. However, while going for a big hit Ganguly mistimed spinner J T  Makla and was caught at cover by P K Panchal.

Saha joined Tiwary after Ganguly's exit and both played judiciously to remain unseperated taking the total to 261 at the draw of the stumps.

(Agencies)