Parvinder, Alam put UP in command

Last Updated: Nov 29, 2011, 22:04 PM IST

Jaipur: Unbeaten half centuries by Parvinder Singh (56) Arish Alam (60) helped Uttar Pradesh to a strong 292 for four on day one of their Ranji Trophy elite division group A against Rajasthan on Tuesday.

India discard Mohammad Kaif had scored 67 and Tanmay Srivastav a 132-ball 50 to set the tone before Parvinder and Alam consolidated the innings at the Sawai Man Singh Stadium.

Put into bat on a wicket that had a bit of grass, the visitors batted positively to make a strong start.

What did not help Rajasthan`s cause was that they dropped a few chances to let Uttar Pradesh off the hook at crucial moments.

Except Deepak Chahar, none of the host bowlers could make an impression.

The decision to bowl first was justified initially as Chahar got rid of Eklavya Dwievedi early but Srivastav and Kaif put on 115 runs to wrest back the advantage.

The visitors suddenly lost a couple of quick wickets to Chahar and Vivek Yadav and were 176 for four, but Parvinder and Alam took advantage of the dropped chances to steer UP to safety.

For Rajasthan Chahar was the most impressive, picking up two for 75, while Yadav finished with two for 93.

PTI