Ranji Trophy: Ajinkya Rahane’s Poor Run Conintues as Uttar Pradesh in Driver’s Seat vs Mumbai

Last Updated: January 26, 2024, 20:10 IST

Ajinkya Rahane averages 38.69 in Tests. (AP Photo)

Ajinkya Rahane averages 38.69 in Tests. (AP Photo)

Ajinkya Rahane was dismissed for just eight runs as Uttar Pradesh bowled out Mumbai for a mere 198 and then reaching 53/1 in reply.

Former India and Mumbai captain Ajinkya Rahane’s poor run with the bat continued as he made a mere eight as Uttar Pradesh took upper hand against heavyweights Mumbai by bowling out their in-form rivals for a mere 198 and then reaching 53/1 in reply.

An all-round bowling show from UP saw veteran India seamer Bhuvneshwar Kumar (2/57) striking early, while Ankit Rajpoot (3/40) ran through the middle-order, putting pressure on Mumbai.

Aaqib Khan (3/54) and Shivam Sharma (2/29) were also among the wicket-takers for the Uttar Pradesh side against the group leaders Mumbai who have won three in a row.

A-rounder Shams Mulani’s 57 (88 balls, 10×4) saved the blushes for the hosts at the Wankhede Stadium.

In reply, Royston Dias struck early to remove Aryan Juyal but UP, who have drawn all three Ranji games this season so far, reached 53/1 at the end of play with 145 runs in arrears.

Rohilla’s fourth first-class ton gives Services solid start

Opener Shubham Rohilla struck his fourth first-class hundred to take Services to 279 for 4 against defending champions Saurashtra in the Ranji Trophy here on Friday.

On a chilly morning at the Palam Ground here, Saurashtra got an early breakthrough when skipper Jaydev Unadkat got through the defence of opener Ravi Chauhan in the opening over of the game.

Rohilla (143 batting off 217) forged a 92 run stand with Anshul Gupta (43) for the second wicket. He batted through the day and got help from Rajat Paliwal (44) and LS Kumar (30 batting), who too was in the middle at close of play. Left-arm spinner Parth Bhut got two wickets for Saurashtra.

Vidarbha all out for 204 against Jharkhand

It was an eventful day in Ranchi where Vidarbha were bowled out for 204 in their first innings with left-arm Jharkhand pacer Sushant Mishra striking four times.

In response, the hosts were struggling at 10 for three at stumps. Openers Aryamen Sen and Utkarsh Singh perished without scoring.

Brief scores:

Mumbai 198; 59.2 overs (Prasad Pawar 36, Shams Mulani 57; Bhuvneshwar Kumar 2/57, Ankit Rajpoot 3/40, Aaqib Khan 3/54). Uttar Pradesh 53/1; 15 overs (Samarth Singh 18*; Royston Dias 1/22).

Saurashtra 279/4 in 86 overs (Shubham Rohilla 143 batting; Parth Bhut 2/52).

(With inputs from Agencies)

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