Bhubaneswar: Odisha was restricted to 152 runs on the opening day by Jharkhand in their last Group-B Ranji Trophy match at St Xavier’s College Ground in Trivandrum here on Thursday. In reply, Jharkhand were nine for no loss at the draw of stumps.
Earlier in the day Jharkhand won the toss and selected to field. Spinners Shahbaz Nadeem and Sunny Gupta shared 7 wickets between them for Jharkhand. Odisha began the innings slow with Sandeep Patnaik and Ranjit Singh putting up 46 runs for the opening wicket. From 46 for no loss, Odisha was reduced to 48 for 4. Captain Govind Poddar, Abhishek Yadav and Subhranshu Senapati failed to open their accounts.
Though Patnaik and Biplab Samantray steadied the innings adding 36 runs for the fifth wicket, Odisha failed to recover due to fall of wickets at regular interval. At the end they could muster a 150-plus total with a 32-run crucial stand for the last wicket between vice-captain Basant Mohanty and Dhiraj Singh.
Opener Patnaik scored a valiant 43 off 173 balls, which included four boundaries. Left-arm spinner Nadeem was most successful Jharkhand bowler with four wickets for 31 runs, while off-spinner Gupta picked up three for three for 56.
With both the teams already through to the quarterfinals, this match is looked as a preparatory game for the bigger test ahead. But Odisha faltered on the opening day due to lack-lustre performance of their batsmen.
ODISHA (1st innings): Sandeep Pattanaik c Gupta b Nadeem 43, Ranjit Singh c S Kumar b Nadeem 20, Govinda Poddar c S Kumar b Nadeem 0, Abhishek Yadav (run out) 0, Subhransu Senapati c S Kumar b Vikash 0, Biplab Samantaray lbw S Gupta 19, Saurabh Rawat lbw S Gupta 11, Deepak Behera c Gupta b Nadeem 7, Suryakant Pradhan c Tiwary b Gupta 12, Basant Mohanty (not out) 17, Dhiraj Singh lbw Ajay 8; Extras (nb-4, b-8, lb-3) 15
Total (All out; 84 overs) 152
Fall of wickets: 1-46 (R Singh, 27.1 ov), 2-46 (Poddar, 27.3 ov), 3-47 (Yadav, 30.3 ov), 4-48 (Senapati, 32.5 ov), 5-84 (Samantaray, 50.3 ov), 6-94 (Pattanaik, 51.6 ov), 7-108 (Rawat, 56.6 ov), 8-120 (Behera, 59.1 ov), 9-120 (Pradhan, 60.1 ov), 10-152 (D Singh, 83.6 ov)
Bowling: Ajay 13-5-20-1, Vikash 16-4-21-1, Shahbaz Nadeem 26-14-31-4, Anand Singh 5-0-8-0, Sunny Gupta 22-8-56-3, Kaushal Singh 2-1-5-0
JHARKHAND (1st innings): Anand Singh (batting) 4, Sumit Kumar (batting) 5
Total (0 wicket; 4 overs) 9
Bowling: Basant Mohanty 2-0-8-0, Suryakant Pradhan 1-0-1-0, Dhiraj Singh 1-1-0-0