Jadeja`s 100 helps Saurashtra put up 305/5
Cuttack: An unbeaten century by Ravindra Jadeja catapulted Saurashtra`s score to a formidable 305 for five wickets on the opening day of their Ranji Trophy match against host Orissa at the Barabati Stadium here.
Put in to bat as Orissa chose to field after winning toss, the guests put up an impressive show as Jadeja grabbed an explosive 141 runs not out.
His thundering performance came with the help of as many as 17 hits to the fence in all directions and one over it off 213 balls as the batsman stuck around for 277 minutes on the first day`s play.
Adding punch to Saurashtra`s batting was an equally valiant score by Bhushan Chauhan who grabbed 83 runs that included 15 boundaries. He faced 171 balls during 240-minute stay at the crease before being caught by Natraj Behera off pacer Basanta Mohanty.
Saurashtra who were 97 for two wickets in 34 overs at lunch moved to 211 for four in 63.2 overs at tea. At the close of play they were 305 for five wickets in 90 overs.
Among Orissa bowlers experienced pacer Basanta Mohanty delivered some piercing attacks capturing two wickets while conceding 50 runs, while Deepak Behera and Jayanta Behera took one wicket each.
Mohanty grabbed the wicket of Saurashtra opener Chirag Pathak who was LBW without opening his account. Bhushan Chouhan`s wicket also fell to Mohanty when he was caught by Natraj Behera.
At stumps Jadeja was at the crease along with Pratik Mehta (21 not out) as Saurashtra looked for a big total.
Saurashtra - 305 for five wickets (Ravindra Jadeja 141 not out, Bhushan Chouhan 83; Basanta Mohanty 2/50).