Trivandrum: On a spinning Trivandrum pitch, Odisha, after being asked to bat first by fellow quarterfinalist Jharkhand, could manage a meagre 152 runs on the first day of the only ninth round Ranji Trophy match that was rescheduled from Tamil Nadu following demise of its chief minister in the first week of December.
Jharkhand are batting on 9 without losing any wickets in 4 overs.
The Govinda Poddar led team batted for 84 overs and scored at 1.81 run rate with opener Sandeep Pattanaik contributing 43 runs off 174 balls, as the highest individual score of the innings and the last pair of Basant Mohanty and Dhiraj Singh frustrating the oppositions by resisting the bowling attack for almost 24 overs adding only 32 runs. Another lowlight of Odisha innings was three of its middle order batsmen including the skipper couldn’t open their accounts.
For Odisha other opener Ranjit Singh made 20 while lower order batsmen contributed in bits and pieces to take the team score past 150. Former skipper Biplab Samantray made 19 facing 49 balls but couldn’t prolong his stay in the middle. He was followed by Pattanaik who was till then batting calmly and patiently. Wicketkeeper Saurabh Rawat and all-rounder Deepak Behera could make only 11 and 7 runs respectively while Suryakant Pradhan hit three fours to score 12 runs during his 7 ball knock.
Though Odisha lost its 9th wicket on 120 at 60.1 overs, the last pair Basant Mohanty and Dhiraj Singh showed their defensive skills to frustrate the attack of the opposition. Dhiraj who was the last man to get out on 8 off 74 balls by pacer Ajay, opened his account on 49th ball with a four. Mohanty was not out on 17 facing 75 balls.
For Jharkhand left arm spinner Shabaz Nadeem bowled 26 overs to spend 31 runs with 14 maidens to get 4 wickets and part time spinner Sunny Gupta took 3 for 56 runs. Pacers Ajay and Vikash shared one wickets each.