Day's play ended with Baroda at 294/6 © Getty Images (representational image)
Day’s play ended with Baroda at 291 for loss of 6 wickets © Getty Images (representational image)

Gwalior: Dec 28, 2014

Saurabh Wakaskar (94) and Deepak Hooda (82) smashed twin half-centuries to help Baroda reach 291 for six against Madhya Pradesh on the opening day of their Group A Ranji Trophy cricket match, here today. Wakaskar hit 11 boundaries in his 150-ball innings, while Hooda’s unbeaten 140-ball stay was studded with 12 fours and one six at the Captain Roop Singh Stadium here.

At the draw of stumps, Hooda and Swapnil Singh (13) were at the crease. For Madhya Pradesh, Puneet Datey (2/80), Avesh Khan (2/34) and Ankit Sharma (1/13) were among wickets.

Invited to bat, Baroda lost their first wicket when Khan had Kedar Devdhar (13) caught behind by Naman Ojha in the 11th over. First down batsman A Waghmode too was dismissed with Ojha taking another catch behind wicket off Datey’s ball. Wakaskar and Ambati Rayudu (40) then shared a 84-run stand before the latter too was sent packing by Datey in the 41st over.

In the next over, Khan had newman Yusuf Pathan (0) trapped in front of wicket as Baroda slipped to 136-4 in 41.2 overs. Wakaskar then added another 55 runs with Hooda before becoming a victim of Sanjay Mishra. Hooda and Pinal Shah (28) then took the score to 253 when the latter was dismissed by Sharma in the 72nd over.

Brief Score:
Baroda 1st innings: 291-6 in 83 overs (SP Wakaskar 94; Avesh Khan 2/34).