Indore, January 10 (PTI) Reigning champion Madhya Pradesh rode opener Himanshu Mantri’s unbeaten century to reach a solid 232 for three on stumps on the first day of their Ranji Trophy Group D match against Gujarat here on Tuesday.
This was Mantri’s, who doubles as the team’s wicket-keeper, second century in first-class cricket, and hits 115 at the end of the match, he will look to beat his best score of 165 on the second day of the elite group match.
Shubham Sharma assisted Mantri in his bid to help MP take first day honours, hitting 72 off 147 balls at Holkar Cricket Stadium.
Mantri faced 278 balls to score his runs and hit 15 fours and a six during his time at center.
Shubham found the gate 14 times during his 150-run second wicket partnership with Mantri, the pair laying the groundwork for a big first innings total for the winners of the last edition of the tournament.
MP opted to bat and got off to a decent start with Mantri and Yash Dubey adding 56 runs, before the latter was caught in the front of the wicket by Chintan Gaja in the 17th over.
A great partnership ensued as MP went to tea break with a strong 180 for one.
However, before the addition of 26 runs, MP Shubman lost who was sent back to the locker room by Shen Patel.
Rajat Patidar fell short of expectations and was sacked by left arm spinner Hardik Patel.
Skipper Aditya Shrivastava (11) was giving company to Mantri when the stumps were pulled.
Short Scores: In Indore: Madhya Pradesh 232/3 in 90 overs (Himanshu Mantri 115 at bat, Shubham Sharma 72) vs Gujarat.
At Mohali: Jammu and Kashmir 146/6 in 33 overs (Abdul Samad 46, Vivrant Sharma 41; Siddarth Kaul 3/58) vs Punjab.
At Chandigarh: Vidarbha 6/0 in 3 overs vs Chandigarh.
At Surat: Tripura 96 all out in 49.3 overs (Bikramkumar Das 35; Akash Pandey 4/18, Karn Sharma 3/15) vs Railways 126/1 in 38 overs (Shivam Chaudhary 60 at bats, Pratham Singh 56 at bats ). PTI AH AM AH AM AM