Ranji Trophy 2024 Round 3, Day 1 Round-up: Ajinkya Rahane’s Golden Duck and Delhi’s Dominance

Mumbai vs. Kerala

In a dramatic turn of events on Day 1 of the Ranji Trophy 2024 Group B clash between Mumbai and Kerala at St Xavier’s College Ground in Thumba, Thiruvananthapuram, skipper Ajinkya Rahane faced an early dismissal, bagging a golden duck. Mumbai, opting to bat first, were bowled out for 251, with Basil Thampi sending Rahane back to the pavilion. The opening blows continued as Jay Gokul Bista was caught lbw off the first ball of the match. Kerala’s Shreyas Gopal emerged as the star bowler, claiming 4 wickets for 28 runs. Despite the early setbacks, Tanush Kotian (56), Shivam Dube (51), and Bhupen Lalwani (50) displayed resilience, each reaching the half-century mark.

Delhi vs. Madhya Pradesh

In a Group D encounter, Delhi asserted their dominance by bowling out Madhya Pradesh for 171 in 53.2 overs. Himanshu Chauhan led the bowling attack, securing an impressive 5-wicket haul. Madhya Pradesh’s innings saw a valiant effort from skipper Shubham Sharma, who top-scored with 59 runs. Meanwhile, in the same group, Baroda took command against Himachal Pradesh in Dharamsala, finishing Day 1 at 342/2. Shashwat Rawat, unbeaten at 167, and Shivalik Sharma, notching up 112 runs, guided Baroda to a formidable position.

Vidarbha vs. Saurashtra

Group A witnessed a captivating battle between Vidarbha and Saurashtra in Nagpur. After Vidarbha bundled out Saurashtra for 206, courtesy of veteran pacer Umesh Yadav’s four-wicket haul, the momentum shifted. Saurashtra fought back, reducing Vidarbha to a precarious 26/4 by stumps on Day 1.

Rajasthan vs. Maharashtra

In another Group A fixture, Rajasthan demonstrated their prowess by dismissing Maharashtra for 189 in the first innings. Kukna Ajay Singh starred with the ball, clinching 5 wickets for 75 runs. Rajasthan, in response, ended the day at 110/2, firmly in control of the proceedings.

The Ranji Trophy 2024 Round 3 has set the stage for intense battles, showcasing the unpredictable nature of the game and keeping fans on the edge of their seats.

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