Maharashtra 44 all against services

New Delhi, January 3 () The services surpassed Maharashtra by 44 with a medium pace P S Poonia returning 5/11 figures in their Ranji Trophy match here on Friday.

By stumps on the opening day, the Services took full control of the Group 'C' game by taking an advantage of 97 races at the Air Force Complex in Palam.

Poonia, who won his wickets in 10.2 overs, was complemented by Sachidanand Pandey (3/18) and Diwesh Pathania (2/13), while Maharashtra was shot in 30.2 overs.

The services ended the day at 141 for four.

Only two Maharashtra batters entered double figures, while four batters were unable to open their account, as Poonia and Co continued to attack at regular intervals.

Pathania began sliding, getting rid of the opener Murtaza Trunkwala (0) in the opening leaving her stumps in disarray.

The other starter Ruturaj Gaikwad (4) lasted 12 balls before falling to Pandey. Experienced Ankit Bawne was caught before 6 by Poonia for his first wicket.

Satyajit Bachhav (11) and Chirag Khurana (14) made 22 runs for the sixth wicket, the highest of Maharashtra's innings, before the lower order gave way by adding four more runs from 40 by six.

When Services hit, Mukesh Choudhary (1/17) struck early as he had Nakul Varma with the previous leg for a duck in the second round.

Ravi Chauhan (49 batting) and pattern Rajat Paliwal (42) added 69 runs to the Services, the advantage before the last one was caught by VV More outside the MD Ingale.

Chauhan and Rahul Singh Gahlaut (22 batting) said the services ended the day without further losses and the two will seek to take advantage of the advantage on day two.

There was no game on opening day in the games between Tripura and Odisha in Agartala and Chhattisgarh and Haryana in Raipur.

Brief scores: Maharashtra 44 in 30.2 overs (PS Poonia 5/11, Sachidanand Pandey 3/18) vs Services 141 for 4 in 51 overs (Ravi Chauhan 49 batting, Rajat Paliwal 42; AA Sanklecha 2/37).

In Ranchi: Jharkhand 170 for 4 in 50 overs (Kumar Deobrat 35, Batting Saurabh Tiwary 43; Abid Mushtaq 3/24) vs Jau and Kashmir. In Dehardun: Assam 237 for 5 in 92 overs (Gokul Sharma 47, Riyan Parag 104 batting, Kunal Saikia 34 batting; Sunny 2/19) vs Uttarakhand. SS AH

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