In the 7th round of Ranji Trophy match between Puducherry and Manipur in the plate group, played at the Rural Development Trust Stadium, Ananthapur, the Puducherry pace duo Pankaj Singh and Raiphi Vincent Gomez, sent the Manipur packing with four wicket haul for each. Puducherry, won the toss and put Manipur into bat first. Playing his first match for Puducherry, Raiphi was straight away into action by removing the Manipur opener Prafullomani for nine, which was equally matched by Pankaj Singh; who dismissed the other opener Hrithik Kanojia for 16. For Manipur, except the skipper Yashpal Singh, who scored a 50 off 85 balls with 5 fours, there was no big score by any other batsman. Manipur was all out for 132 off 39.1 overs. While the consistent wicket taker for Puducherry, Pankaj Singh returned with 4 wickets for 32 runs off 13.2 overs, Raiphi Vincent Gomez returned with 4 wickets for 58 runs off 12 overs and the skipper Rohit took one wicket.
In reply to Manipur’s first innings total of 132 all out, Puducherry openers started their innings very positively with S.Karthik scoring 55 off 91 balls with 5 fours and Saiju scored 42 off 105 balls with six boundaries. Manipur bowler Bishworjit consumed both the openers of Puducherry to return with 2 for 39 off 13 overs. At stumps on the first day, Puducherry was 150 for 2, with skipper Rohit (22) and M.Viknesh (26) at the crease.
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