Ranji Trophy: Pujara, Patel shine for Saurashtra

RAJKOT: heteshwar Pujara (115 not out) and Snell Patel (156 not out) gave Saurashtra a brilliant start by slamming unbeaten centuries and posted a mammoth 311/1 against Gujarat at the end of Day 1 on Thursday in their Ranji Trophy Group B fifth round encounter at the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Rajkot.

In Group C, Baroda bowlers Atit Sheth (5/50) and Lukman Meriwala (5/52) bowled brilliantly in unison to bundle out Mumbai — playing their 500th Ranji Trophy match — for 171 runs.

Later, Baroda posted 63/1 at stumps, trailing by 108 runs at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.

Meanwhile, in another match from the group, opener Murali Vijay (140) and one-down batsman N Jagadeesan (88) batted brilliantly to help Tamil Nadu post 292/3 against Odisha at the DRIEMS Ground in Cuttack.

In Group D, the Services were off to a shaky start and posted 228/8 against Goa at the Palam A Stadium in New Delhi.