After nearly two months of fast-paced cricket, now the thrill of domestic cricket has started. The stars who robbed the audience with their fours and sixes in the IPL remained colorless on the first day of Ranji Phase 2. On Monday, openers Prithvi Shaw, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Mayank Agarwal, and Manish Pandey returned cheaply to the pavilion.
The quarter-final matches of Ranji are being played at the Aluru Cricket Stadium in Bengaluru. Among them, Bengal-Jharkhand, Mumbai-Uttarakhand, Karnataka-Uttar Pradesh, and Punjab-Madhya Pradesh are trying to make it to the semi-finals.
Madhya Pradesh is in a good position after the Day 1 of the quarterfinal match. Team MP all-out Punjab on day 1 itself. Punja got all out at 219 runs on Day 1.
Shubman Gill, who scored 483 runs for the current IPL champions Gujarat Titans, got out after scoring 9 runs in the first innings against Madhya Pradesh. He was clean bowled by Madhya Pradesh fast bowler Puneet Date.
After his dismissal, opener Abhishek Sharma (47) and Anmolpreet Singh (47) took charge and took Punjab beyond 100. Then coming in the middle, Sanvir Singh scored 41 runs. Punjab got out on the very first day at 219. Puneet and Anubhav Agarwal took three wickets each. At the end of the day’s play, MP had scored 5 runs without loss.
Bengal has started the quarterfinal match very solidly. Sudeep Kumar with an unbeaten 106 on the first day of the match gave an edge early in the match. Bengal players are also playing with a good strike rate. They touch the 300 runs mark on the very first day of the match.
Ishwaran-Mazumdar’s half-century, captain Sudeep Kumar (106 *) and AR Easwaran (65)-Anustup Majumdar (85) made a great start with the help of half-centuries. Bengal scored 310 runs for one wicket on the first day.
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