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Patel & Gohel prop up Gujarat

Valsad: Young Smit Patel scored his maiden first-class century while Samit Gohel scored a patient 85 to take Gujarat to a comfortable position against Hyderabad after the opening day’s play in their Ranji Trophy Group A match here on Saturday.

Gujarat were comfortably placed at 254 for two at stumps and are well on course to post a big first innings total at the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Stadium.

Hyderabad’s decision to field first backfired as Smit and Gohel raised 163 runs for the opening stand.

In the process, Smit notched up his maiden first-class century, an impressive 114 off 240 balls which was laced with 15 hits to the fence.

Gohel, playing only in his second first-class match, was not far behind as he scored his 85 off 186 balls during which he struck 14 boundaries.

It took Hyderabad bowlers 55 overs to break the century partnership between Smit and Gohel when Anwar Ahmed induced an edge from Gohel which was gleefully collected by Abhinav Kumar behind the stumps.

Gohel’s dismissal hardly had any affect on Smit who went about his business in style and stitched another important partnership — this time 87 runs for the first wicket with Bhargav Merai — to take Gujarat forward.

Smit fell just 4.1 overs before the close of play. He edged a Lalit Mohan delivery to wicket-keeper Abhinav while trying to cut the left-arm spinner.

Merai was batting on 45 at the draw of stumps and giving him company at the other end was Kushang Patel (2).

Summarised scores

Group A

In Mohali: Rajasthan 222 (P. Yadav 57; S. Kaul 4/63). Punjab 20/1

In Rajkot: Saurashtra 227/4 (R. Jadeja 111 batting, S. Kotak 53 batting) vs Railways

In Valsad: Gujarat 254/2 (S. Patel 114, S. Gohel 85) vs Hyderabad

Group B

In Kanpur: Baroda 254 (A. Rayadu 85; A. Rajput 4/62). Uttar Pradesh 18/0

In Nagpur: Tamil Nadu 235/3 (S. Badrinath 101 batting) vs Vidarbha

In Rohtak: Haryana 219/6 (R. Dewan 71, R. Dalal 42 batting; P. Awana 3/39) vs Delhi

In Sambalpur: Maharashtra 264/7 (A. Bawne 51, C. Khurana 48) vs Odisha

Group C

In Delhi: Kerala 192/5 (V. Jagadeesh 126 batting) vs Services

In Guwahati: Jammu & Kashmir (240/7 (P. Zargar 67; A. Das 4/58) vs Assam

In Nadaun: Tripura 325/4 (S. Roy 111, S. Ali 83) vs Himachal Pradesh

In Visakhapatnam: Andhra 234/5 (A. Muzumdar 56 batting; S. Bandekar 3/63) vs Goa

All matches to continue