New Delhi: A good show by their middle-order batsmen helped Gujarat reached 234 for four against Railways on the first day of the Ranji trophy Super League Group A match, here on Monday.
Bhavik Thaker scored an unbeaten 54 while Niraj Patel (46) and Parthiv Patel (36) also chipped in with useful contributions as Gujrat recovered from 58/2 to end day near 250-run mark.
Thaker and debutante Pratharesh Parmar (28) were at the crease at stumps at Karnail Singh Stadium here.
Put into bat, Gujarat made a cautious start with openers Jay Desai (26) and Priyank Kirit Panchal (16) taking their time to score runs, dealing mainly in ones and twos.
All-rounder Sanjay Bangar dealt the first blow, removing Desai in the 28th over and to make things worse for Gujarat, Panchal also was sent packing by Sailender Gehlot just four balls later.
Desai had three fours to his name, while Panchal hit a couple of boundaries.
At 58 for two, Niraj took the onus on himself and stitched a 74-run third wicket partnership with Parthiv, before the latter was caught by Vairamudi Cheluvaraj off Salil Yadav’s bowling in the 52nd over.
Parthiv scored four boundaries in his cameo.
Niraj, who hit seven fours in his 99-ball innings, and Thaker then tried to steady the ship but the former was run out by Tejinder Pal Singh as Gujarat were reduced to 163 for four.
Thaker then starred in an unfinished 71-run partnership with Parmer to take his team across the 200 mark. The 28-year-old right-handed batsman cracked eight fours and a six in his innings so far.
For Railways, Bangar, Gehlot and Yadav shared one wicket each giving away 32, 46 and 69 runs respectively.
Gujarat: 234 for four in 90 overs (Niraj Patel 46, Bhavik Thaker 54 not out, PR Parmar 28 not out; Sanjay Bangar 1/32).